New England Patriots

Apparently, Bill Belichick is a big Friendly’s ice cream guy.

Roster cutdowns loom for Belichick, the New England Patriots, and the 31 other teams across the National Football League in the final week of the preseason. Every team has a lot of final evaluation to do before Saturday’s final cutdown day. But it’s also important for every NFL club to keep an eye on the other teams, to see who might get cut – and thus be a potential fit for them.

Belichick evaluates the other 31 teams as much as he can for potential free-agent or trade targets when the Sept. 1 deadline hits across the league. So don’t mind him when he’s a little surprised to be asked if he has an idea of who the Patriots might want.

“We look at all 31 teams, yeah,” Belichick said, smirking. “What do you think we’re doing? We’re in camp. We don’t have watermelon rolls and badminton contests and all that. We’re working on football.”

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick during Super Bowl Opening Night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.

For the uninitiated, Watermelon Rolls are a type of Friendly’s-brand ice cream that you can find in your local supermarket. It’s a mix of watermelon/lemon sherbet and chocolate chips. Give it a try. Belichick apparently has.

It would make more sense if Belichick was referring to some kind of race involving a watermelon, the type of event you’d see at a school field day. That’s also possible. But it’s more fun to think he was talking about ice cream.

The questions from WBZ-TV’s Levan Reid were fine, and Belichick rolled with them in hilarious fashion. The Patriots head coach was in a noticeably jovial mood on Tuesday. Perhaps because he knows he doesn’t have to deal with us for another couple of days.

You can watch the full exchange in the above video.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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