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Patriots guilty of videotaping calls – invest in new logo

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On Friday the Patriots and Bill Belichick were found guilty of videotaping the Jets defensive coordinators making calls on the sidelines. How much of a benefit this provided in the actual game I think is negligable but would certainly have been of help for the return fixture at Foxboro.

As punishment the Patriots will lose 1 of their 2 first round picks in next years draft if they reach the playoffs (on current form more than likely) or or its second and third round picks if they don’t. Alongside the loss of the draft picks, Belichick has been fined a league maximum $500,000 and the Patriots $250,000. I’m sure Belichick has that sort of money hidden in that grey sweat top of his so the financial penalties aren’t that great. Roger Goodell was considering a ban for Belichick but decided on the fines because “largely because I believe that the discipline I am imposing of a maximum fine and forfeiture of a first-round draft choice, or multiple draft choices, is in fact more significant and long-lasting, and therefore more effective, than a suspension.”

It seems to me that the Patriots have got off quite lightly. OK they lose 1 first round pick, but they still have 1 left that was acquired in the trade for Randy Moss. Goodells sentiments seem correct of a long lasting penalties but losing both first rounders and suspending Belichick would have hurt the Patriots this season and in the future and sent out a message to the rest of the league. Losing 1 first rounder will sting a bit but losing both would have been a real kick in the nuts.

The other part of this story is how long has it been going on, who else does or did it and does it tarnish the accomplishments of the Patriots. There are claims of a similar incident in Green Bay, but the man doing the videoing was ejected. In terms of trying to guess a call coming in from the sidelines some coaches hide their mouths with play cards to stop a team potentially lip reading the call, however using a camcorder seems to take this to new heights. A few other coaches have spoken out about this and Mike Holmgren of the Seahawks was quite vociferous in rubbishing a claim that other teams use similar methods. Will this current era Patriots achievements be tainted like those of Barry Bonds as you can never be sure that they weren’t being assisted ? Only time will tell but certainly its been a big PR snafu for the Patriots.

In other news the Patriots have decided to alter their logo slightly in view of the current problems.


Written by UK Bucs Fan

September 17, 2007 at 10:55 am

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  1. Sounds like another whiner!


    February 18, 2008 at 10:15 pm

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