Preseason brings conflicting emotions

Patriots coach Bill Belichick fumes over a loss that doesn't count

Updated: August 28, 2010, 8:25 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Like a nose tackle and center at the heart of the line of scrimmage, two forces were colliding during the New England Patriots' 36-35 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday.

First, there was Bill Belichick. One snapshot of the Patriots' coach on the sideline, and then after the game when fielding questions from reporters, said it all. He was fuming.

But why was he so upset?

After all, it seems every day there is a reminder to not read too much into these preseason games; that ...

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