The New England Patriots have been videotaping opponents since 2000. That is the admission from league Commissioner Roger Goodell to Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter. In a report today following a meeting between the NFL Commish and the politician…there is a movie title there I know it…the NFL Commish has said that he was made aware of the video taping practices of one Bill Belichick, and that those tapes date back to the year 2000 by Belichicks’ own admission.
That would mean gaining an edge in the Super Bowls, the playoffs, the regular season, pretty much everything. If Goodell had the knowledge of this from the September “Spygate” incident, it would almost make the punishment seem more like a slap on the wrist than originally perceived. Although it is unknown what new information may surface out of all of this, if anything, it apparently is not enough for one Senator from PA.
Specter apparently doesn’t like what he is seeing and has asked Goodell to indemnify former Patriot staff member Matt Walsh. He also has said that the Patriots admitted to videotaping the Pittsburgh Steelers twice in 2004.
In the 2004 regular season match up, the Steelers beat the Patriots 34 – 20 with 4 sacks and two interceptions, but in the playoffs when the two teams met, it was the Patriots that rolled to a 41 – 27 victory. Now of course there is zero proof that the Patriots gained one shred of an advantage with those videotapes or for that matter what really was on them. It is the simple implication that that team may have used a process to gain an unfair advantage that does the most damage.
Already reeling from one of the biggest upsets in the modern NFL Super Bowls, the Patriots are starting to diminish their once untarnished image. As this new chapter unfolds, so will the patience of players, coaches, media, and fans alike. As we sit and listen to a congressional hearing on HGH in Major League Baseball and Roger Clemens, the black-eye of the NFL seems to be getting a little darker.