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And Another Thing


Next question for the mime?

As has been observed a jillion times in a jillion more influential places than the Blob, it's a different world out there in international soccer.

One in which a coach will show up for a news conference, only to impart no news. Or anything remotely resembling communication.

That's what happened yesterday when Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho showed up at the club's press center on the eve of a showdown with arch-rival Barcelona, and refused to speak. A club spokesman conveyed that message to waiting reporters as Mourinho sat mutely next to him.

After which many of the reporters got up and left in protest.

After which ... well, the story doesn't say. I guess Mourinho sat there and whatever reporters were left sat there and they all had a staring contest.

This of course begs the question as to why Mourinho showed up at all, unless there was a fine involved if he didn't. It's also something you'd never see happen at an NBA, NFL, NCAA or MLB mandated news conference.

Well. Unless Bill Belichick was involved.

Ben Smith's blog.