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Don Banks: Suspension not likely, two draft picks not definite

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  1. Rob0729

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    Don Banks is on WEEI and he said his sources say that suspensions aren't off the table but not likely. He says it is the most unlikely scenario. He also said that it isn't definite that the Pats will lose two draft picks.

    But he also said that Goodell is embarrassed by the situation and he isn't going to take it likely.
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    If that's the case we can forget about getting a fair game called against Indy or in the playoffs.
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    I also agree with what he said about this weekend.

    The Pats will turn inward and make this an US against THEM issue. I say they play with a serious CHIP on their shoulder. Not only this weekend, but the rest of the season.
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    Yeah, he's going to compound the Pats scandal with one of his own by directing his crew to make calls go against the Pats. No, the punishment will be above-board.
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    This statement is simply uninformed. A commissioner who is publicly embarassed is going to create a bigger public controversy by having officials favor a team in a big game? Right. That will make things better. Please think before you post.
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    Guys it was a tongue-in-cheek comment. Yeah, I thought the officiating was questionable in our last couple of playoff losses. I'm not alone here.
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    Well, at least they apologized for the phantom PI call...:rolleyes:
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    Do they think we'll know today? I am getting so *******sick of this.
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    Goodell is not "embarrassed" by the Pats gamesmanship. He is embarrassed because an out of context incident has been leaked to the press, creating a media firestorm and unjustly calling into question the game's integrity. His nature is to avoid such controversies, and his anger is equally directed at the Jets, for shortsightedly leaking the anecdote to the press out of spite after a devastating loss. This act by the jets was the height of selfishness. everybody in the league knows that this 'gamesmanship" in omnipresent. Only the Jets used it to fend off the media cycle ready to tear them apart after a loss. Trust me, the Jet organization will be under tight scrutiny going forward for their self-serving role in this affair. Their manipulation of the media for short-sighted ends is the real culprit in this affair, which is really a tempest in a teapot.
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    I'm not sure I agree that Goodell isn't embarrassed - I'd say he IS, to some degree - but other than that your argument here really rings true.
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    I think there's at least some merit here--while positive change coming out of a #%&@)storm can be good, it's better to have the changes without the #%&@)storm, and I'm pretty sure Goodell would rather have dealt with it quietly, rather than have it blow up like this.
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    Goodell's pretty good at waving his d*ck around and being the tough guy.
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    So, you guys think the Commissioner is going to fine us and take away a second round draft choice, and that will be the end of it all. Please continue your denial if you must. 36 hours ago you all thought that this was all a hoax.
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    What's he going to do, kick the Patriots our of the league?
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    I think it's likely somewhere in between, but what YOU have suggested in other threads - that Belichick will be suspended for "several" games and that Bob Kraft would FIRE Belichick - is more asinine and far less likely than anything being thrown out by the people you're criticizing.
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    And I always thought I was cynical. Sheesh.

    I'm now going to assume that Belichick will be publicly hanged at midfield and Polian will be working the trapdoor, so anything less than that will be a relief.
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    I think many of us thought it was a tempest in a teapot then, and still do. Unfortunately the tempest knocked off the lid, and in order to put it back on Goodell has to grandstand with a show of force. The grave sin which you seem so distraught over is an emperor with no clothes.
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    Bella, word on the street is, as early as today, but no later than Friday. I'm with you, the sooner the better.
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    This is probably taking some time because Goodell has to spin this in a way that doesn't hurt the integrity of the league (including the Pats). He can't have people thinking 3 championships were tainted (even if they weren't).
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    Great post/points. I wish I wrote that.:)
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    Yup. you guys are right. The ruling will be made of Friday and belichick will go back to sticking it to the league in every way he can. He will continue to flaunt NFL rules on SUnday night and in every game thereafter.

    Yup, Belickick made a mistake. We'll lose a draft choice, and everything will be the same.

    As I have said many times, I don't think that this will be the case. Neither the Commissioner or Kraft will let this happen. An example is being set. There must be some reason to beleive that after the ruling that behavior WILL change.
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    Quite true.

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    Here's some food for thought for people who see absolute calamity:

    Remember who was responsible for getting the owners together on the most recent CBA? The Krafts.

    Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that Goodell takes away all the Pats' day one picks in 2008, and fines them $1M and suspends BB for the season. What odds do you want to give that when it comes time to renegotiate the CBA--which looks to be coming sooner, rather than later--the Krafts would say, "Screw you guys, I'm going home?" [Remember, the only thing the Pats get out of the CBA, really, is avoidance of the poison pills, and a cap on how much they pay in salary. They would be among the beneficiaries, not the losers, if the cap went away.]
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    Here's a crazy idea: let's wait and see what happens!*



    * If anyone uses that idea I want credit for coming up with it!
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    What is the burr up your ass really all about? You want Belichick to be punished for some reason. You find his boorish public social manner an embarassment to your franchise? You think you know what Kraft thinks just like ESPN thinks it knows what the Commissioner thinks? You think you're smarter than the rest of us because you root for the laundry irrespective of whose coaching it? So you want the rest of us punished to prove how much more in touch than us you are? You believe in your heart of hearts they would still win without BB? He sent your wife packets of money?

    Really, Mg, WTF is it?

    There are lots of HC in the not so illustrious history of this franchise who embarassed me, this guy simply isn't one of them. He has a resevoir of goodwill in my house that would take a whole lot more than he's obstinate and difficult for some to deal with and relatively unapologetic for his perceived shortcomings to put a dent in.
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    NOBODY is arguing this so maybe cut out the ridiculous hyperbole. When Belichick is suspended for several games and then fired by Kraft, you can crow all you want.
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    They had a new version of Mort's take on the situation on ESPN today (12N), and all he said was the Patriots could likely lose one or more draft picks. He didn't say anything about a suspension, so maybe the sources Banks' hearing from are correct? Ah, we'll find out soon enough, I guess.
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    Since I have mischaracterize you, please state your position.

    I believe that most take the same position that we took on Harrison. We did what we should. We got caught. Take the penalty and move on. What if anything do YOU believe needs to change in the behavior of the patriot organization, except not getting caught?

  30. Rob0729

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    Banks was pretty specific that Goodell is embarrassed that Pats cheated right under his nose since the league offices are in New York. Not because it was leaked to the press.
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