Everyone’s Got a Bill Belichick Story

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Bill Belichick fact: There’s a proper way to do a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Belichick spreads peanut butter on both slices of bread. That way the jelly does not seep through.

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Let’s begin with a story that, on the surface (and maybe beneath the surface too), has nothing at all to do with Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Chris Jones, the marvelous writer for Esquire, was talking with Teller, the marvelous magician who serves as the second half of the Las Vegas act Penn & Teller. They were talking about a certain trick, The Red Ball trick, a kind of wonderful manipulation of a ball. Chris had heard from an expert in magic that there had to be a secret to it, something complicated and curious.

Teller shook his head, no. It was done, he said, with a single piece of thread.

Chris was…

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