Todd Bowles, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had a priceless reaction to a question that missed the mark.
Ahead of a game against the Detroit Lions, a reporter's inquiry about weather preparation took an amusing turn. The reporter asked about adapting to frigid temperatures for the upcoming game in Detroit. But there's a twist. Detroit's stadium is an indoor, temperature-controlled dome, a fact overlooked by the reporter.
Bowles, taken aback, responded with a mix of surprise and humor, "You do know we play indoors right? They got a dome. I don’t…” His reaction highlighted the irony of the situation.
He humorously added, "No. Nothing planned. We’re indoors and we only have to be outside for 20 seconds getting off the bus going into the thing, so… we’ll be ok.”
The incident raises questions about the reporter's preparedness and knowledge, especially given the prestige of covering an NFL press conference. It's a reminder of the importance of fact-checking and knowing your subject in sports journalism.
Shoutout to Bowles for the way he handled that. He couldn't help but crack a grin, but he didn't show her up or make things any worse and he easily could have.
This isn't the first time Bowles handled a tricky question well. A reporter was attempting to play up that Bowles and his opponent, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, are both black.
Bowles downplayed that they are black and said, "I think the minute you guys stop making a big deal about it, everybody else will as well."