Discussion in 'Visiting Locker Room' started by PatriotsReign, May 13, 2008.
Anyone think he'll stop by for a public apology?
What's there to apologize for? I stand by everything I wrote. I never said for a fact there was a tape (in fact, look at my last posts here before I got snowed under at work--70% chance Walsh was in over his head and 30% there was a tape), in fact, I was the one who kept reminding folks that no one knew what the facts were at the time, although my odds of it existing were higher than most folks' here admittedly. I still suspect that your team and its coach push the envelope every chance they get (sometimes beyond the rules, as was the case last year in the initial Spygate case), although I think this experience overall may chasten them a bit.
In fact, as reported by the Times this week (and others, like Peter King in February at the combine talking to other players and coaches from around the League), it sounds like the Pats seem to have been the center of controversy internally in League circles for some time on suspicion of various dirty tricks.
I still suspect that there's some truth to that article (my personal favorites being the headset complaints of Del Rio and Marinelli, among others). Personally, I think it all comes from a coach (and possibly owner, too, if some old articles I've read on Kraft portray him accurately) who has a near psychotic aversion to losing (witness his running off the field this year before the game was over--I don't mean this to start controversy here or impugn the guy's toughness somehow, but it honestly wouldn't surprise me if he shed a few tears in the privacy of the tunnel that day and that's why he got off the field so quickly) and will thus do just about anything it takes to win, right or wrong. I still don't believe he "misinterpreted" that rule--even today we heard from Walsh that he knew that he shouldn't get caught and I recall last year that Matt Estrella fought to not hand over his tapes, both in NY and Green Bay, where he'd been caught the year before. That indicates to me at least that the underlings knew what they were doing was wrong, but Belichick didn't? Sounds like Goodell doesn't believe him either, but that's water under the bridge.
All that said, without proof of these suspicions there was nothing new here for the League to act on, so I can see why there was no new punishment. The two new things brought up (player on IR and scalping) don't merit any additional real penalties, nor did, in my mind, the idea that the team was taping offensive signals, which to me is what they already knew about the first go around. I went on record on both of those previously as you may or may not recall.
I think Felger said it best this afternoon (I caught that portion while getting a shoe shine), that this episode didn't really change anyone's minds on the Pats either way--folks in Boston stand fully behind them and even I would say that they have some vindication today that the bad didn't get worse, while the rest of the country still views them with suspicion (and before you tell me, I know none of you care about that and that's fine with me, too).
PS On the SB tape bit, I must chuckle, however, that there was no hew and cry here last week when Reiss wrote that if there was a tape (and this was before we knew for sure that whether it existed) the Pats would have the book thrown at them for it most likely based on respondeat superior. That's what I'd been saying, but was repeatedly shouted down about that here.
PSS I do look forward to coming around here periodically and having more civil discourse on football topics other than Spygate--I'm a football fan(etic) and not just a Spygate fan.
You gave an honest & open-minded summary of your view on Goodell's press conference. The main point of vindication Pats fans feel is that Goodell made it a point to state the tapes were never used during the game.
That "should" have mellowed the opinions of even opposing fans, but the media campaign lead by ESPN has engrained it in peoples' minds.
I have both ESPN & the NFL network and watched both coverages. ESPN should be raped in public for the way they portrayed the entire day. They acted as if THEY WANTED something to be found.
Life goes on Fanetic. I hope you have more to cheer about in the coming years! See ya around & no hard feelings!
Please don't do us any favors. You seriously don't bring a damn thing to the table and I have to say watching you play spin doctor is laughable. You are no more a football fanatic than you are a semi knowledgable person on the topic of the Patriots rules violations.
I've got to thank which ever mod decided to move this back from the Training Camp folder! It may be a stupid thread, I'll admit it. but the Fanetic is one guy who deserves a verbal beating. I didn't give him one in my first post because I thought someone wanted to dump the thread. So I was being careful with my choice of words.
I think DaBruinz covered most of what I wanted to say!
The Patriots were probably the most scrutinized team in the history of the NFL and they went 18-1.
The new york times sent two reporters out for a month to dig up all and any dirt they could find on the Patriots, because, after all, wheres theres smoke theres fire. right?
Well they found zippo, nada, nothing. They had ONE transgression and they were fined and apologized and moved on to an 18-1 season.
Oh my god, you are the man!
Won't waste my time trying to respond to your post, except for one factual thing--the Pats did in fact play GB in 2006. That is I believe the first time Estrella was caught filming and, as originally noted, fought like hell to not turn over his tapes, as he did last year when caught. Seems like at least he knew what the story was, even if BB claims he did not.....
I decide to move it to the VLR and it was sent to Training Camp by mistake.
But this time I'll send it to the VLR which is a place you can play with trolls. What he has to say is of no importance to many of us.
But please let me know if he dumps on this site again, he has been warned.
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