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How are We Just Hearing This Story About Bill Belichick, the Pro Bowl, and Pamela Anderson for the First Time?

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Despite the fact he played in 256 NFL games, if the name David Binn doesn't register with you, all is forgiven. He was a long snapper with the San Diego Chargers from 1994-2010. So full time specialist as a position so obscure, they don't even get the waist-up, bottom-of-the-screen, "David Binn, long snapper, University of California" during the prime time games. So obscure, in fact, that I never committed him to memory even though he apparently was dating one of the most iconic, desired women in the world at one point. 

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But someone for sure knew all about Binn and Pamela Anderson. Someone who was in a position to do something nice for these two beautiful kids in love. And was willing to do them a solid. Because all the world loves a lover. Especially this hopeless romantic:

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If you're wondering how Binn, a guy who played 16 full seasons and part of a 17th, could somehow make it to one Pro Bowl - in his 13th year - the Manningcast last night had your answer. And credit where it's due to Dov Kleiman for finding the story in Binn's own words:

Priceless. 

And as far as Binn thinking he might have been joking, "Remind me why the fuck I invited you out here, again" wasn't meant in jest. And it wasn't rhetorical. It wasn't even a question. It was a command sentence. A direct request. As in, "Really. Tell me why." This was the first time Belichick had lost the conference championship game, and therefore his first time coaching the Pro Bowl team. So who knows how long he had been waiting for this opportunity. We just know that when he got it, he took full advantage.

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There were at least 32 long snappers in the NFL in 2006. Belichick could've brought any of them. Including Lonie Paxton, who had not only won Belichick three rings at that point by snapping on some of the clutchest field goals in the history of the game, was famous for doing snow angels on the field after the Snow Bowl and in the confetti after winning Super Bowl 36. Plus he has the added coolness of being a direct descendant of the actual King Leonidas of Sparta from 300

Binn only got the nod because of one thing. And he left her back on the mainland somewhere. So what did he think his appeal was? His perfect spirals? Putting the ball in the holders'/punters' palms? His wit and charm? It certainly wasn't for his judgment. Because if he had any he would've known why he got the gig and would've thrown everyone in Honolulu for the game a bone by bringing the one who literally got him there. Dropping the ball on that is a crime worse than any snap bounced on the turf or over a punter's head.

None of which is meant to be taken as an insult directed at Binn. Anyone who saw the Pamela-Tommy Lee video has nothing but the utmost admiration for anyone who can follow that act. Much respect to him. He no doubt puts the "long" in long snapper. But he has to admit Belichick was right to call him out. He didn't deserve a free trip to Hawaii.