After a team wins the Super Bowl, there are certain traditions that follow. The team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy right after the victorious game, and gets to make the media round in the days following the game. It can hold a parade and will have to pick 32nd in the NFL draft, while it also gets to unveil a championship banner before what is usually the league’s first game of the next season.
When it comes to the New England Patriots, however, there is one tradition — to paraphrase Futurama: “It is a recent tradition, but it is a tradition nonetheless.” — that needs to be added to this list: head coach Bill Belichick renaming his boat. This is exactly what has recently happened following his team’s win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53 a little more than a week ago:
Bill Belichick has renamed and repainted his boat to VIII Rings eight days after Super Bowl 53.— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) February 11, 2019
The name of the vessel, of course, reflects Belichick’s success as a coach in the NFL: he won two Super Bowl rings as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator following the 1986 and 1990 seasons before turning the Patriots into the league’s greatest-ever dynasty — one that earned six championships since Belichick took over as head coach in 2000. After the latest title, his boat was now properly renamed.
VII Rings is dead, short may live — at least in name — VIII Rings!