I've tried posting several football related threads and they have died so I might as well join the party. Here are my thoughts on the situation. First let's make it clear, the Patiots did violate NFL policy. From what I know now, it was more that a comparable speeding violation but less that a comparable running a red light volation. There should be penalties laid down by the NFL. However, the NFL should be very careful not to be too harsh for reasons that I will explain later. I think the maximum penalty should be no higher than a loss of a 4th round pick in 2008 and a 6th in 2009 and maybe a fine. Now if the NFL over reaches with the penalties, then this could come back and hit them between the eyes. BB has been in this league for 30 years. I'm sure he knows where the NFL bodies ar buried and the NFL's skeletons in the closet are. If they are too harsh, I think BB in his own way will make them pay a high price for it. This has given an opportunity for the BB haters in the media and NFL to come out swinging. It's too bad but it happened. If the NFL does not get excessive with their penalties, it will all die down in a couple of weeks. Patriots haters and fans from other teams will call the Patriots Dynasty "tarnished". Don't buy it, in fact ignore the stupid bastards. Nothing this team has done in the past or will do in the future has been tarnished. Just because some jerks say so, doesn't mean it's true. Now if the NFL does come down with overly harsh penalties, I'll be royally pissed and will voice my anger in no uncertan terms ( for all the good it will do). But until then, I rather think about beating the San Diego SUPER Chargers this Sunday. Just one Nuts opinion.