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Bill Belicheater and the Pats – A Dynasty tainted!!!

The report that Roger Goodell believes the Patriots were violating the rules following the confiscation of a camera that was allegedly used to spy on the Jets Defensive coaches during this past weekend’s game might bring down the Patriots success and dynasty image. You need to take into consideration what is being revealed here and one big dirty word…CHEATING. Cheating is cheating and has no place in sports. Cheating is anything that threatens to disrupt the integrity of the game. Cheating is people taking steroids, look at the public perception of Barry Bonds. How about Mark McGwire? he should have been a first ballot hall of famer and he was not. Do you think Raffy Palmeiro will get in any time soon? Cheating is Pete Rose betting on baseball because he single handedly had the ability to change the outcome of games through his play and coaching efforts for the purpose of winning or losing gambling bets.

Now we have Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Matt Estrella, the Pats video assistant was in possession of the video camera and he was the same guy removed from a Patriots/Packers game last year, a game the Pats were up 35-0 at the half. He also did not want to hand over the video camera and was clearly agitated at the thought of doing so. Just look at the quote:

“From what I can remember, he had quite a fit when we took him out,” Packers president Bob Harlan said.

Then you have the following report from the NY Daily news:

“New details came to light yesterday. The cameraman, wearing a team polo shirt under the league-mandated sideline photographer’s vest, was stopped by security as he tried to enter the New England locker room before halftime, sources said. An animated discussion ensued, involving league security, Jets security and Patriots security. The dispute, which occurred in the bowels of the stadium, lasted more than an hour, virtually the entire second half. At one point, it became so heated that New Jersey state troopers were summoned as a precaution, a source said. The Jets apparently were trying to confiscate the videotape, which wound up in the possession of NFL security. The tape was placed in a box, sealed and forwarded to the league.
“He looked scared to death,” one source said of Estrella.

Here is the NFL rule and Roger Goodell stressed adherance to this rule in the offseason: “No video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches’ booth, on the field or in the locker room during the game. Videotaping of an opponent’s offensive or defensive signals on the sidelines is prohibited.”

In addition, the following memo was sent by the NFL’s head of football operations, Ray Anderson, to head coaches and general managers last September reiterating the policy and stating that “video taping of any type, including but not limited to taping of an opponent’s offensive or defensive signals, is prohibited on the sidelines, in the coaches’ booth, in the locker room, or at any other locations accessible to club staff members during the game.”

This is repeated problematic rules violations. Hey Estrella, if you were not doing anything wrong than hand it over. Now word is that Eric Mangini, Jets coach, was the real reason this went down. Mangini was familiar with Belichick’s video tactics and was livid about seeing the camera on his own guys. Why do you think Belichick has so much hostility towards Mangini; it is because Mangini knows about all of Belichick’s cheating ways.

These are serious allegations and Roger Goodell has shown that he is willing to come down hard on rules violators. because this is America, the Pats have the right to present their case to Goodell and sources think this will happen by the end of the week. Actually, I just received word that Belichick spoke to Goodell this morning and just had a press conference at 11AM this morning. He apologized to players, owners and fans and then said it was in the hand of the NFL and he had no more comments on it.

I am not sure what the appropriate penalty should be but I think it should be harsh. Extremely harsh. Cheaters should be punished and the Pats and Belichick are no different. If these allegations prove true than I am going to discount everything the Pats have accomplished under Belichick. Just think about what you think of Bonds and McGwire’s homers…should they have an asterix? Well the Pats wins in the regular season and Super Bowl are soured if these allegations prove true that the Pats and Belichick’s staff were cheating. Plain and simple, this is not up for debate. If Belichick is a cheater than the Pat wins and Super Bowl wins came under the direction of a proven cheater and their results need to be discounted and maybe even erased. I also think some type of serious fine and the loss of draft picks should be thrown in as well. I think Goodell will respond quickly and harshly and I can not wait to hear what he has to say.

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September 12, 2007 - Posted by | Belichick, Eric Mangini, ESPN, Jets, NFL, Packers, Patriots, Roger Goodell, Sports

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