Surface Pro tablet tossed into the stands by NFL coach is "fine" says Microsoft executive

Surface Pro tablet tossed into the stands by NFL coach is
Back in 2014, the NFL and Microsoft agreed on a deal that would allow the Surface Pro tablet to be used on the sidelines and press box by every NFL team. These modified units have a special case to protect them should any of the action on the field carry over to the sidelines. It also apparently protects the Surface Pro from getting tossed into the stands, which happened yesterday during the AFC Championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots.

During yesterday's game, in a fit of rage, New England head coach Bill Belichick mistreated his Surface Pro by throwing it on the ground, and hurling the tablet into the stands. A tweet from Microsoft's Chief Product Officer Panos Panay (via Windows Central) includes a video of the incident, and also says that Belichick's Surface Pro is just fine. In his tweet, the executive tells those who viewed the Surface Pro being manhandled, "Don't worry about the Surface Pro, we quality test for this exact scenario."

Belichick has been vocally opposed to the use of the tablet since the NFL made the deal with Microsoft. In 2016, the coach said that he was done using the Surface Pro and would return to the old method used by coaches of viewing Polaroid pictures of opponent's offensive and defensive formations. Black and white photos would be snapped from the press box by other coaches, and wired down to the sidelines. Belichick complained about the extra equipment required to use the Surface Pro and said the tablets offered "no consistency."

Despite the outburst, which was seen by millions of viewers watching the game on television or streaming it on their mobile devices, Belichick walked off the field victorious. Led by 41-year old superstar Quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots outlasted the Chiefs 37-31 in overtime. New England heads to its third consecutive Super Bowl, this time to take on the L.A. Rams. If you are attending the contest in Atlanta on February 3rd, you might want to get seats as close as possible to the New England sideline. This way, you might be able to score a free Surface Pro tablet if Coach Belichick has another temper tantrum.

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13 Comments

1. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Wonder if he would do the same if it were an iPad...

2. seantn4

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 11, 2018

Probably, but that would have broke.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 849; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

iPad is made of cheap material. It bends just by holding it.

6. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2128; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Nope. It would be so valuable that he would have thrown it and made sure and picked it back up and dusted it off and told himself, "Thank goodness it didn't break. What was I thinking?. Surface Pro. Who cares, its a another Windows tablet.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Actually, the guy doesn't like tech at all. Nor does he know how to work with it.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

An iPad would have likely bent before it hit the ground. Throwing it into the audience would have killed it completely.

5. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I wonder if they "quality tests them" for software frustrations as well?... (disclaimer: I have a Surface Book)

9. ceepyou

Posts: 67; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Being from Seattle and having friends that worked on the hardware team locally and abroad(I have never worked for MSFT), it's pretty amazing the lengths they go through. As with anything, they cannot come up with every potential problem's solution immediately. Have you had a MSFT store look at it? That is, if one is within a reasonable distance from you. I know the 1st gen Surface Books (I had one) were buggier than the refreshed performance base and 2nd gen models.

12. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I do have the 1st gen and after the initial batch of updates when I got it, was awesome... but every now and then weirdness crawl back and I don't know if its a general Windows 10 issue or something confined to my device... I live in South America so a trip to a Microsoft Store is quite expensive, but I did happen to visit a really fancy one in Boston last year and the experience with customer service and attention was phenomenal. I will definitely upgrade from this to a SB2 or 3... but my comment was just about the unpolished software experience that is a consequence of trying to reach such an amazing number of devices and form factors...

7. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

well the surface products are great hardware!

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1794; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I was at the game and saw that... Crazy!

10. Jrod99

Posts: 703; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Been pricing them but still not sure.

13. AxelFoley unregistered

Belichick prefers to use the videos his people take of the other team's walk-through rather than the ones provided on a Surface.

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