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The Wall Street Journal counted how many times Bill Belichick smiled this season

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We all know by now that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick believes it is his purpose to coach football and be unhappy with the media.

And all the guy does is win. He did it again this year, with a 12-4 record and a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs. This didn't make him very happy, at least not publicly.

The Wall Street Journal said it watched every Belichick postgame press conference this season, about 114.5 minutes worth, and the notoriously grumpy coach smiled seven times. The Wall Street Journal even had photographic proof of the seven occasions:

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The WSJ documents the reason for each smile, and even noted Belichick's one and only laugh all season (when former Patriots player Rosevelt Colvin asked who was the best linebacker he had ever coached from Indianapolis). The paper even notes that Seattle coach Pete Carroll smiled 10 times in a nine-minute press conference this past December.

This is a pretty funny story by the Wall Street Journal. Belichick won't smile or laugh about it, but we can.

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