Thursday, September 13, 2007

Patriots jump the shark

The New England Patriots (1-0 on the season, 0-0 in games where they don't cheat) might lose draft picks or have someone suspended because they spied on the Jets during Sunday's 38-14 mauling.

The NFL seized the video camera and tape in the first quarter, so it probably played no role in the win. Even so, I think the Pats ought to forfeit the game. It would be like a pass interference penalty -- maybe the dude wasn't going to catch the ball, but you're going to be punished like he would've.

Despite my tough line, I don't know if such a punishment is totally warranted, since I suspect that most teams are bending the rules in this or some other way.

It's kind of shocking the vitriol that's being leveled at Pats head coach Bill Belichick. It's like a lifetime of anger that fans couldn't voice because he's so good (76-37 with the Pats, plus 13-2 postseason) has finally found an outlet.

Throw in the suspension of Rodney Harrison for using human growth hormone, and the raging hormones of manwhore QB Tom Brady, who had a breakdown in protection, and the team has lost a lot of its lustre. Don't take it from me, take it from this guy, who's funnier.

The lustre can come back, though, with a win over the Chargers on Sunday.



Blogger Jerry Zezima said...

I am a Pats fan, but even I think the coach should change his name to Bill Belicheat.

September 14, 2007  
Blogger W said...

Well, Coach B saying he had a "different interpretation" of the rules was pretty lame… how do you misinterpret “no recording devices of any kind permitted in the coaches' booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game”… or furthermore that “all video shooting locations must be enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead”?! For someone considered such a class act... well that isn't a great example.

Whether other teams might be doing it or not is mostly irrelevant, they didn't get caught. Rules are rules and if you get caught you get punished. We wouldn't want the rules to be left unenforced, or worse, punishment to be handed to those "probably also guilty", would we?!

And a Boston fan shouldn't be surprised at any vitriol coming in... it happens to most successful teams - many people hate the success of other's (for little more reason than envy?!). I would offer the majority of Boston's feelings towards NYY as a similar feeling of fury over long-term success (can I call the Patriot's relatively recent success long-term?!). Heck, that's what made the (historic) Red Sox and Cubs so loveable - we love the perpetual losers – just as we want to knock down the perpetual winners!

That and the whole "class" thing... as neither a fan nor antagonist of the Patriots, I always felt Coach B and the org had class... as the accusation and his response seemed surprisingly less than dignified compared with my expectations.

September 18, 2007  

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