02-18-2008, 09:05 AM
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Join Date: Mar 2006
Re: Well, Peter King is back on his Spygate Soapbox
The "Silly" lawsuit and the "Rantings" of Specter...
King's trying to play down the danger and the competence of whatever legal apparati we're up against (from just these two sources.)
But I do like that he sees both for what they are.
I think this article may be an attempt to say, "If you guys give us alllll a whack at the Matt Walsh tapes, then you're okay people again..." and he might really believe that. I don't.
We've taken the hit for six months thus far, and it looks like we'll take the heat for the remainder of the life of the franchise. I certainly hope they don't try to come up with another punishment on the eve of the draft, and steal -- yes, now it would be stealing -- another pick, after we've gone to the trouble to scout and rank the prospects.
If they do, they do.
I see Arlen Sphincter's timing in this last story as purposely chosen for maximum media exposure. Ditto Walsh's non-disclosure of tapes he might or might not have. So they get their "timing," we get our (additional) distraction. Then we lose a super bowl that would have meant Perfection. I do not link the two. I only say that Pats management, Patriot Nation, and the Pats themselves are being dragged through an awful lot of crap for what's basically a non-issue.
King needs to get hip to something: Sphincter does hate us, and does love Comcast's money. The fan eating chicken wings next to you in a sports bar? Hates us. The guy serving you your latte? Hates us.
A right to "Further discipline" has been reserved by the league... but given the biased motivations of the good Senator Specter, it would appear to me that any further discipline -- deemed unnecessary by the Commissioner, and for months -- is now being undertaken for political reasons, and essentially to change outcomes of football games by legislative means.
So you consider our SBs tainted? I consider this ongoing witch-hunt the legislative/journalistic outlawing of excellence in the NFL, nothing more, nothing less. After all, the team has been punished. They have been over-punished. They have been docked draftpicks and fined cash, for offenses that it is now known other teams engaged in regularly.
The neglect of that side of the story should be shocking, but we all understand the difference between j-school and what goes on out there. We don't want both sides of the story; we want papers selling and eyeballs on websites.
So get your heads around it guys: Goodell's at least temporarily been thrown in with our brass, so don't sweat Goodell.
Sphincter has every reason to continue to put lipstick on his pig of a case. Matt Walsh just needs to find the legal alchemist to turn the base crap of his taping allegations into gold. And at the end of the day, yes, you heard it here if not first then most constantly: forget about normal fan-life.
Let's say you're a Chicago White Sox fan in the 20s. It's gonna be like that.
Get to know your fellow Pats fans real well... because in football season, you won't be able to have a conversation with anybody else without the subject turning to uninformed gross mischaracterization.
Learn it, live it, love it.