No matter what happens tomorrow, the New York Giants are this year’s Super Bowl Champions. Yes, I’m talking about Spygate.
By now, my husband is tired of hearing me rant about the ugliness that is Bill Belichick and the Patriots coaching staff. I absolutely can not believe that man was given the “coach of the year” award again. He cheated. And he knew it. Even worse, the NFL is covering it up, and hoping it will just go away.
First, I’ve said from the begin that the “penalty” was way to lenient. Belichick makes close to 3 million a year, or more with bonuses and what not. $500,000… that’s a spit in the bucket. I seriously doubt that man is living paycheck to paycheck like so many of our nation’s military. To fine the Patriots team $250,000, and force them to lose a draft pick… oooo… the big bad enforcer Roger Goodell took away their first round draft pick. Whoopdee Freakin’ Doo! Did you know that they traded with the Chargers, and now have the number 7 first round pick? Better then they would have had before. Were you aware that they still have 8 picks? Ugh! What should have happened – The Pats should have forfeited the game against the Jets (so much for their perfect record then, eh?). They should have lost ALL draft picks. Not just their own, but any they traded for also. A full scale investigation should have been launched, not just the piddly little nonsense that Goodell claimed was enough. Belichick should have been suspended for the season. Especially once he claimed sole responsibility. Hell, most of the coaching staff should have been suspended. The Video Department should have been fired, with their names red flagged so that they would never get a job in professional sports again..
Now, Sen. Arlen Spector wants to bring Goodell before the senate. He claims that the NFL’s destruction of the tapes is tantamount to the CIA destroy tapes from gitmo. I wouldn’t go that far. Truthfully, Sen. Spector is a lifelong Philly fan, and he’s out to prove the Pats cheated in the Super Bowl against Philly. Can’t say that I blame him in light of the evidence out there that the Pats taped the Chargers’ run-through before their Super Bowl. Throw in Matt Walsh, a former Patriots videographer who claims the cheating goes way back to when he worked under Belichick (would have been the 2000-2003 time frame), and you’ve got yourself a nice little scandal. How in the world can Goodell and the NFL think that they were given all the material, and the investigation is over, just because the Pats turned over 6 tapes, and some notes? Seriously Roger? You honestly think that was it? Dude, you have been so pwned. This is not the first time. In fact, they only reason they got busted is because they were ballsy enough to try the same crap against their former assistant head coach, and he was pissed off about it enough to turn them in. All kinds of instances of videographers with Patriots credentials on the wrong sidelines, or aiming their cameras at places they weren’t supposed to be. Even information about radio frequency violations, like using too many frequencies, or jamming the other teams frequencies, starting coming out when “Spygate” hit the fan. The whole bit Goodell did about why they destroyed the tapes – because a copy of one tape got leaked to Fox News somehow, and he wanted to prevent that from happening again. Right. Umm… Sir, if you do not think for one second that the Pats kept copies of everything, then you sir, are a fool. Oh my word!! While I do not think that Congress should step in and interfere with the NFL, I don’t think that anything else would be done to punish the Patriots if someone out there with more clout then Roger Goodell and the NFL bigwigs starts making noise. But Sen. Spector has a conflict of interest in this, seeing how he gets large donations from Comcast, who is in a fight with the NFL over the NFL network. Besides, I really don’t want the government to get involved and screw up football as badly as they screwed up our nation’s airlines, and any other of a million or so examples you can come up with of governmental screwups.
That said, this is a dirty team, from the cheating at the coach’s level, HGH scandals, alleged assualt and battery, to the fingers in the eye of Brandon Jacobs.
As far as I’m concerned, no matter the outcome of tomorrow’s game, the NY Giants are already the winner.
Though it would be supremely sweet to kick their asses. Go Big BLUE!
My sources for all this information:
Boston Herald – Pats taped Rams Super Bowl walkthrough hat tip, Blue Screen
NYDailyNews.com – Belichick, great coach, or common hood?
ESPN.com – Former Patriots video assitant hints at team’s spying history via Profootballtalk.com
SECsports fan – Belichick’s unanswered questions
SI.com – Political Mess
SI.com – Goodell defends destroying tapes
Dallas News – Penalty puzzles Cowboy’s Wilson
Chicago Sun Times – Belichick can’t bury Spygate
New York Times – Senator Wants NFL Spying Case Explained
Daily Illini: Next year’s Pats will be just as good
Boston Globe – Reiss’ Pieces
ProFootball Weekly – Patriot Games
Sporting News – Pats broke rules
Newsday – Wifork Fined
Chiscago Sun Times – Harrison Savors postseason glory
Fox News – Randy Moss denies allegations