New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick had fans in stitches Sunday with his determined flag challenge on a call he disputed during the Pats’ game against the Miami Dolphins.
The Patriots were working for a first down, and running back Rhamondre Stevenson rushed, trying to achieve that. The refs, though, ruled that Stevenson was short. But Belichick thoroughly disagreed with that assessment.
The coach pulled his red challenge flag out of his right sock, and as he stood there trying to decide whether or not to make the challenge, a ref came by with a boundary line and made Belichick move out of the way.
That further annoyance pushed the coach toward his decision as he defiantly slammed his challenge flag to the grass right in front of the ref.
Bill Belichick is one of a kind
1. Get challenge flag out of sock
2. Wait for officials to set chains
3. Spike the challenge flag pic.twitter.com/RPHV6Nw4Wn
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) September 18, 2023
Belichick lost his challenge, and the officials let their first ruling stand. And it went downhill from there as the Pats lost the game 24-17.
But while it was clear that Belichick was disgusted by the whole thing, his flag-tossing defiance had fans rolling in the aisles.
I keep watching this and it gets funnier every time. He looked that ref in the eyes when he threw that flag https://t.co/wU0omJkJGv
— Katie (@kaydeeasu07) September 18, 2023
This is forever my favorite Bill moment. Hilarious. https://t.co/ObFJieLYeC
— Jordan T (@JLeeT24) September 18, 2023
— Matt Higgins (@MattHiggins80) September 18, 2023
Belichick always has the best flag throws. Easy 10/10 here https://t.co/GDaKQ5QiNO
— Blake (@ByBlakeWilliams) September 18, 2023
Bill Belichick spiking the challenge flag in the refs face is going to be one of the best memes of the season 😂 pic.twitter.com/BxEiOWwN1U
— Bussin' With The Boys (@BussinWTB) September 18, 2023
PREPARE THE MEME MAKERS.
Another gold Bill Belichick meme emerges.
— Michael Sicoli (@Michael__Sicoli) September 18, 2023