In the Starting Line-Up
Gotcha. Yeah changing the rules via memo is flimsy. But still most people (including the OP) think that the violation was that the filming was on the sideline, and you're saying that it was still legal to film on the sideline because a memo doesn't constitute a rule change.
I don't have a strong opinion on the technicalities but am interested to know as much as possible about it since I'm still learning new things 10 years later.
Interestingly, NOBODY in 2007 that I saw said anything about the location playing a role (i.e. I never heard the defense 'it was legal to tape from the stands'). And I read a ton about it in 2007. I wasn't on PatsFans then, but read a lot from sports media members who are usually homers and they never made the location defense. Seems like it became more prevalent the past five years.
If BB was truly guilty, he would have been "caught" in 2006, not 2007. That's the other dead giveaway, the Pats were framed.
For the Moss/Welker trades and Seau signing in 2007, Brady telling Harbaugh to "check the rule book", each are reflections of the jealousy and perceived "arrogance" from NE, when in reality, the Pats did nothing wrong.
It's actually the arrogance of the other franchises, expecting to the Pats to not try to win so much. It's so childish.
Really, the loser owners and fanbases just want any kind of harm to come to the Pats, whether it's a lie or not.
Each were triggers to get owners so enraged, they were the things sending Goodell into action.
If it's true, Moss was about to be had for a 6th rd (instead of a 4th before Al Davis stepped in), and that got out, which it clearly did, these are the kinds of things that enrage jealous fans and teams.
I remember when BB dealt for Dillon a friend of mine, simply sent me an email one morning saying "the rich get richer"...
This has been bubbling up for a long, long time.
I have to admit there was a joke video going around in 2005, that was somewhat comical, about Tedy Bruschi saving dogs from a burning car.
It was actually hilarious..It was after his stroke, recovery and comeback on 10.31.05 on MNF vs the Bills....It was right around that time. basically, people couldn't even resist mocking the Pats then, because of the drama surrounding Bruschi's situation.
The jealousy has been raging for so long, and it just trickles up and down from the owners, right on down to the fans.