Posted by: coomercove | January 30, 2008

Superbowl/Patriots comment

This is Superbowl week, so I have to at least make one football post.

  • In a New York Post article, Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft said concerning the Spygate cheating incident, “We all know it had no impact on any game this season.”  So, the Patriots owner inferred that the cheating had an impact before this season.  That is why the Patriots dynasty should be marked with as big an asterisk as any baseball record.  I don’t see how anyone can say that their Superbowl championships are not tainted.
  • Gaints wide receiver Plaxico Burress has guaranteed a Gaints victory, going as far to predict the final score, 23-17.  I mentioned this last year, but I still don’t see what the big deal is about a player saying their team is going to win.  What do you want them to say, “We’re gonna lose.”  But predicting the score?  That may be taking it too far.  Now, the Patriots will probably score 24 points in the first quarter.
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Responses

  1. As much as I dislike the Pats, their kicker is a Memphis grad (Stephen Gostkowski), so I hope he goes 5/5 on FG’s and the Giants win 21-15. But you’re probably right, the Pats will now score 24 points in the first 6 minutes of the game.

  2. The “spygate” issue is a non-issue. Until Eric Mangini, the Jets head coach, had the audacity to call the league on it, every other head coach (including Mangini) did exactly the same thing. That’s why you didn’t hear an outcry from any of the other head coaches. What Belichick did do was to use one camera on the sidelines. It was his interpretation of league rules. He was wrong but certainly not cheating. They paid a very steep price for a misinterpretation of the rules.

  3. “misinterpretation of the rules”??????

    The Patriots were suspected several times of this and told it was cheating and to stop. They refused and then were caught red handed. They thought they were above the rules.

    You can’t blame it on Mangini or his audacity. Last year in the playoffs, the Jets had permission from the Patriots to video. The Patriots took back the permission during the game. That was the Patriots right to do so. But you can’t accuse the Jets of doing the same thing because the NFL looked into it and said it was alright.

    Before the season, the NFL sent out a memo that videoing coaches was cheating. From what I’ve read, although the memo was sent to all the teams, it was directed at the Patriots.

    So, the Patriots were caught cheating several times but hid the proof (the video) each time. The NFL told them not to do it again. They were again reminded not to do this before the season started. Their first game is against their arch-rivals and the team that they gave permission to video before their last game, but took it back during the game. The other team catches them cheating, this time with the proof. The camera man tries to get away until police (I believe it was state troopers) get involved and holds the man until NFL security arrives to take the video.

    So, I don’t see how it could be a “misinterpretation of the rules” or the fault of Eric Mangini.

    I wouldn’t be so anti-Patriot if the team would just say, “Yeah, we cheated, but we thought we could get away with it. Sorry,” and their fans would stop defending them.


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