i left a message on your cellphone

September 18, 2007 at 9:54 pm | Posted in brian, football (american) | Leave a comment

bill belechick was fined $500,000, the patriots were fined $250,000 and lost a first round draft pick. that’s the punishment for cheating in the nfl. rather that’s the punishment for a certain type of cheating. specifically, videotaping opponents defensive signals. according to the guy they talk to on all things considered about the business of sports, every team has a person in the coaching booth peering through binoculars at the opponent’s sideline trying to decipher defensive signals. so what’s the difference? the use of the video camera and the fact that this coach was down on the sidelines. (i think this was accomplished by the video-guy getting a hold of one of the official nfl jackets all the camerapersons wear; in other words, he was undercover.)

apparently new england has been videoing signals for a while since at least six teams have complained to the league. but it wasn’t until last sunday that there was any real proof. so how did the league end up with proof? the jets’ head coach eric mangini (who may have made a guest appearance on the sopranos) used to be an assistant to bill b and would have knowledge of the patriots’ spying habits and tipped the league off during last sunday’s game between the two teams.

so let me re-cap: a covert agents using the newest technology gathering sensitive information with hopes of breaking coded messages is outed by a former member of the same organization who recently defected to a rival organization. and this happened in the nfl. that’s pretty funny.

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