Patriots Under a Cloud

by Ryan on September 11, 2007

in Media Bias,Sports

Rumors are flying that the Patriots got privileged information on Sunday against the Jets through using video surveillance to spy on the Jets’ defensive signals on the other side of the field.  The allegation is pretty serious, since the Patriots could know in advance what defense the Jets are going to use, making it much easier to adjust and beat it.  There were sometimes when it seemed like Tom Brady had forever to throw the ball Sunday.  It was most likely that stellar offensive line, but these allegations put a damper on the Pats’ convincing 38-14 victory. 

However, the Pats had been warned about this before.  The person videotaping the Green Bay Packers in that instance did not have the proper credentials, was tossed, and the issue was eventually dropped.  The NFL’s rule against this kind of video surveillance is designed to keep the teams honest.  I think the Pats could have beaten the Jets on sheer talent anyway, but this allegation is going to harm the legitimacy of that victory and stigmatize them as cheaters in future games.  In the top link, there’s a video showing LaDainian Tomlinson from the San Diego Chargers (who the Pats play next week) saying that the Patriot’s motto was something like “if you ain’t cheating, you’re not trying.”  LT and the Chargers lost a very winnable playoff game against the Pats last season and still sound quite sour. 

Knowing the Pats like I do, it’s only going to get them more energized to defeat the Chargers, which admittedly will be one of the toughest games of the year, next Sunday night.  Also, knowing the sports-talk media, even if the Pats are cleared the stigma will remain like a cloud for the rest of the season, especially if the Pats beat high-profile teams or advance in the playoffs.

Pic from Pulled My Groin blog.

UPDATE:  Yup, they did it, as determined by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  Fines and punishment to follow, probably by Friday.

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Mike September 11, 2007 at 7:07 pm

It seems like the Pats may lose some draft picks. Serves them right.

That game should be forfeited as well.

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