There is no time for the Patriots to respond to this allegation sufficiently to defuse the scandal prior to the game. It was perfectly timed, the eve of the SB, to provide maximum distraction to the team, and maximum damage to the organization's brand name, regardless of the truth. Tomorrow a billion people will be watching, and this story will be broadcast. There is much more at work here than Tomase. Tomase is just a stooge and people should recognize that. Whatever Tomase possesses was given to him at just the right moment for a reason. A condition of the tip may have been an agreement to publish the day before the game. Why did Walsh's name emerge on the Friday before the SB in the NYTimes? The story had been floating around for months. Who tipped the media in his direction? Someone with knowledge of the Pats' prior employees, even the journeyman castoffs from years ago, someone who might have overheard or been told sea-stories about supposed Patriot shenanigans from ex-Patriot employees. That kind of knowledge can only come from a close friend, a close enemy- or both. Think about the vehemence with which certain outlets who profess to have "sources" have attacked the Pats: Florio, Easterbrook, the NYPost. Whoever the source is, he seems to infect his minions with an almost pathological dislike for the Patriots. The motive behind an act of sabotage this aggressive and vindictive is revenge. This struck me immediately as a crime of passion. IMO there are only a few candidates for the prime mover in this circus. Such a person must have the motive, the means, and the special knowledge of the Patriots employees to direct sympathetic media outlets toward a shady character like Walsh. He would also have the experience manipulating the northeast media, just as was done when the original "videogate" tempest in a teapot was fomented. Goodell recently stated that he had believed the "videogate" materials to have been secured at the league office until blindsided by Fox's broadcast, and gave that inability to secure the material as a reason for its subsequent destruction. Jay Glazer, the Fox reporter who got the scoop, has stated he will carry the source of that video to his grave. This suggests to me that the source is a prominent individual in the league who had access to the tapes and has sympathetic ties to the NYJets. The Jets benefited most from the broadcast of that tape. Glazer is a NY boy who I believe grew up a NY Jet fan. I believe the orchestrated firestorm that broke at the time of the original "videogate" and this sabotage on the eve of the SB betray a pattern. This pattern IMO is consistent with the work of a single mind, one whose motive is revenge, one who has access to detailed knowledge of the Patriot organization, one who is adept at manipulating the North East media (ESPN, NYPost, it's subsidiary the Herald, the NYTimes). I believe that person, the prime mover behind this eruption and the last, is Mike Tannenbaum, GM of the NYJets. Tannebaum is young enough to be ruled by passion more than reason, competitive enough to resent the Patriots' dominance, loyal enough to his organization to have inherited a pathological hatred for BB since BB resigned as HC of the NYJ, familiar enough after years of competition to have tracked Patriot hiring practices, educated on the Patriots' methods by Mangini, in close proximity to former Patriot employees like Scarnecchia, Daboll et.al., adept at manipulating the Northeast media after years of doing business in NY. The collapse of the Jet season after "videogate" and the ascension of the Pats to immortal status was the ruin of all his hopes. IMO this sabotage has Tannenbaum's fingerprints all over it.