New England – The NFL’s Special Team

Oct 13, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts during the second half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Every team in the NFL gets bad calls that go for them or against them.  Looking around the league, you’ll see NFL teams who have won or lost a game where the pivotal moment came not from either sideline, but from the team in black and white stripes.  It happens, it’s the NFL, and it usually has a way of balancing itself out.  Sometimes those calls take a game and make those few moments drastically shift the tide.  In other games, those calls may be hidden amongst the weeds only to see a team just barely lose with moments left in the game making those prior moments key if you look at the game as a whole.  Miami and thirty other teams in the NFL have both benefitted and lost out based on calls like these, and that is how things go as part of the natural course of an NFL season.

The thirty-second team in the mix, however, seems to get far more than their share of these breaks.  The fans complain about how their team is the most hated team in the league, but sometimes there is a reason for that beyond success.  If you look at teams like the Broncos, the Saints, the Colts, the Seahawks, etc – most true fans don’t hate those teams, but they do respect them.  Those are teams that have made their own destiny, pulling out wins on their own merit seemingly every time.  There are seemingly bad calls both for and against them, but those calls are handled with class and sportsmanship – for the most part.

Those bad calls are part of the game, and teams have to overcome them.  It’s part of life, and it’s part of the NFL.  I have a great deal of respect for the NFL and its officiating crews.  At a certain point, however, if things get too far out of balance, it begins to hurt the game.  Picture, for a moment, that the NFL is one enormous family.  In the family there are 32 siblings, each of whom have their own friends (the fans) and way of doing things.  Now picture that there is one sibling, no matter the situation, who starts receiving blatant favoritism.  That sibling rarely gets in trouble (unless there is NO other choice… thank you, Spy Gate!), and generally is given all the breaks and advantages by the parents.  There are teams we all “love to hate” when they’re good – such as the Dallas Cowboys or San Francisco 49ers.  This is all part of a healthy NFL fan base that fuels the fire, the passion and the love we have for the game.  There is that one team, however, that the unfair treatment has a tendency to sour us on as fans.

If you haven’t figured out who the team in question is here, then you’re obviously a casual fan and this article is not for you.  Thank you for reading this far, and we hope you return to read more articles here in the future.

For those of you that stuck around, let’s talk about the New England Patriots for a minute.  For years now, the NFL has changed rules based around what happens in New England.  Fans of other teams have had to sit and watch as Brady complains to an official who threw a flag, only to see the official pick the flag back up and rule that there was “No foul on the play for <insert penalty here>.”  We’ve watched as opposing quarterbacks, coaches and defenders have blatantly called timeout prior to a play, only to have the officials “miss it” over and over again, or catch it when a coaching assistant calls time out on a pivotal playoff short yardage play that is pivotal in deciding the game.  I’ve watched and listened as their fans cry over a half yard in a game, ignoring the fact that time and again the team has received ridiculously generous spots after a play, akin to having a “ghost runner” advance the ball once the player was down.

We can go back to hundreds upon hundreds of examples.  Randy Moss throwing defensive backs to the ground with the ball in the air.  The timeout against Baltimore in the playoffs.  Phantom calls, and no-calls, galore.  The “tuck rule,” the rule about hitting quarterbacks following Brady’s injury (a rule, btw, that wasn’t mentioned following several similar hits made BY the Pats own Vince Wilfork), the games played surrounding the official injury report each week.

Watching yesterday’s game, let’s subtract some of the phantom points from two very specific calls.  The first call in question was a terrible pass interference penalty on third and two from the New Orleans seven yard line.  The ball from Brady sailed out of the right side of the end zone and without even taking Dobson’s poor hands into account was clearly an uncatchable ball.  I don’t have a problem that they threw the flag, but it should’ve been picked up after the referees conferred and we should’ve heard the following: “There is no foul for pass interference on the play.  The ball was ruled uncatchable.  New England retains possession of the ball on the seven yard line.  Fourth down,” but instead it became first and goal from the one yard line.  That one call takes us down to 27-26 Saints if the rest of the game played out exactly the same, following what one would assume to be a successful field goal on fourth and two from the seven yard line.  It doesn’t end there.  On third and twelve from the New Orleans 13 yard line, the Pats received several key breaks on the same play.  With the play clock winding down, Brees clearly signaled for a timeout.  The referees didn’t see it, and the play clock expired.  The referees didn’t see that either.  New Orleans center snapped the ball, and Brees appeared to slow up, appearing to believe that one of the two happened before rolling right.  Jimmy Graham beat the linebacker in coverage, who reached out and grabbed his jersey and shoulder pad and yanked before letting go and Jimmy Graham was obviously limping after being thrown off his route.  The referees didn’t see this, either.  Brees threw the ball where Graham should’ve been, interception by the Patriots Arrington, deep at the New Orleans twenty yard line.  Are you kidding me?  New Orleans held the Pats to a field goal, but at the very least assuming a New Orleans punt, that is a field goal that shouldn’t have occurred – which brings us down to 27-23 Saints, or even a 27-27 tie leading to overtime. There was New Orleans lining up to go for it on fourth and short, and the Patriots jumping into the neutral zone clearly prior to any movement by New Orleans players who were reacting to the Pats players jumping across the line.  This resulted in New Orleans having to punt it back to the Pats, since the officials missed that as well.

I’m all for a level playing field in the NFL, and there are plenty of games that the Patriots win and have won based solely on merit.  I also believe you make your own luck, and take advantage of the breaks that you get while having to overcome those that go against you.  At a certain point, however, those breaks can become insurmountable and lead to a distinct unfair advantage for a team.  When it is a very good team, which the Patriots do have, it can turn a very good team into a great team on paper due to its drastic impact on the outcome of the games that are played.   It also can turn the team and fan base sour for the rest of the NFL, and hurt morale amongst NFL fans.

For the folks out there who have seen the Harry Potter movies, or better yet read the books, the NFL and the officiating crews are turning the Pats and their fans into the Dudley “Duddykins” Dursley of the NFL, while treating other teams akin to Harry Potter and his friends.  This fan, for one, is tired of seeing “Duddykins” get special treatment, and believes there needs to be a change somehow, some way.  After ten or more years of “Duddykins” getting special treatment, we’re over it, and it’s time the NFL did something about it.  The sad part is, the players and coaches can’t say anything publicly without risk of a fine or other sanctions by the NFL.  It’s high time for a change.

Fins up, folks!

Topics: Miami Dolphins, New England, Patriots

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  • corners

    Nice read. I feel your pain, i live in Maine and get to watch this stuff all the time. with the pats. I think you hit it on the nail

    • Paul L. Picken, Jr

      Thanks, Corners! I live down in CT, so I’m stuck smack in the middle of Pats country living with this!

  • Dan

    You should be happy that the only reason the Pats are in first place is because of this grand conspiracy theory you have come up with, Now you have justification for placing the mediocre at best Dolphins ahead of the Pats in your next aqua-tainted rankings. God forbid you give the Pats any credit for winning that game after some of their best players (Talib, Amendola and Mayo) had to leave with injuries. Now that you have solved this grand scheme could you please let me know definitively about the second shooter on the grassy knoll in Dallas?

    • Paul L. Picken, Jr

      Hi Dan, welcome back! As always, I appreciate the feedback both positive and negative. In the article, I do give the Pats credit as a very good team – which they are. Unfortunately, in my analysis around NFL games and teams, I haven’t had a chance to look into the second shooter on the grassy knoll, plus it took place well before my time. The Pats also would have been in first regardless of the outcome of yesterdays game, as even with the loss they would’ve been up by 1/2 a game…
      Thanks for reading!

  • Eric Brown

    I totally agree here. I watched both the Patriots and Jets games vs. Falcons. It was amazing that both teams used the same tactic on Gonzalez Jets were flagged for holding and Pats were not.

    • Paul L. Picken, Jr

      Thanks, Eric. It’s really been astounding to me through the years. I know I’m not the only one. I remember watching one game a few years back, Pats vs Dolphins, and one of the announcers made a comment after an offensive pass interference flag was thrown. Brady immediately ran over at the official complaining, and the announcer commented “Uh oh, Brady doesn’t like that call… that official better pick up that flag and change it” and they not only picked up the flag but ANNOUNCED there was no pass interference on the play. I was flabberghasted.

  • Johnny

    Also the perfect hit on a NE player where the NO defender threw his shoulder to break up a pass… Perfect technique!!! “Unnecessary Roughness’??? Defenseless WR”??? WTF!!! NO WR took the same kind of hit.. No call!!!!!!!
    Not asking for much here, just officiate the same way for both teams!!!
    And I have to mention the schedule… For years we always went up to NE late in the season.. Not this year.. Just stuck us on the road the first 2 games…
    But what kind of BS schedule did NE start off with??? Buff. NYJ, Tampa Bay??? WTF!!! It’s like warm-up game big colleges pay small schools to give them confidence… In NE case, the NFL gave them 3 warm-up games for Brady to gel with his new WRs and/or give NE a chance to get healthy!!! (Gronk, Dola).. And they could have easily lost those 3 games… Any other 3 teams they would have been 0-3 to start the season!!!!
    It’s hard enough to beat NE, but when the NFL and it’s Refs on their side, it’s impossible!!!!!
    Don’t know why??? In their pockets??? Maybe cause they have a bigger fan base??
    I don’t fregging know!!!!
    But I do know it’s BS!!!!

    • Johnny

      And thanks Paul, I thought I was the one who noticed..

  • gaz

    Been around a little longer than you. 1973. Pats versus Colts. The Bert Jones Non-Fumble. Took a respetable Pats team out of the playoffs. Over the long haul, it all evens out.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

    • John

      That was 1977, and it took Miami out of the playoffs, not the Patriots.

      And, I don’t agree with John Smith about Peyton receiving preferential treatment. As a Bronco fan, the officials really haven’t been on our side this year. There was a play against Jacksonville where one of their players went low near Peyton’s knee, and it wasn’t called. If that would have been Brady, there would have been a 50-yard penalty, and that guy would have been thrown out of the game.

      Also, Paul, I don’t think the Pats have won as many games on merit the past 12 years as people think. Spygate did matter, and it was much more than filming in bad spots. It also involved things like extra radio frequencies in Tom Brady’s ear so that he could get instructions past the 15-second cutoff.

  • John Smith

    There is definitely a conspiracy of sorts in the NFL. There is an uncountable amount of circumstantial evidence. I’ll cite Ray Lewis – NFL turned off the lights during Super Bowl. I don’t think it’s JUST the Patriots getting preferential treatment although they are definitely one of the NFL’s darlings. This year they are all up Peyton Manning’s butt. No way they let him not make it to the big dance this year.

    Having said that… As a Fin fan, I have a hard time making this complaint because the Fins haven’t lost anything due to the NFL. Yes we have been robbed in some games. Such as this past weekend vs Ravens. 2 Inexplicable pass interference calls (especially against Grimes in end zone) resulted in the only TD drive the Ravens had. Or few years ago when Steelers fumbled the last play of the game into the end zone – Fins recovered to win… wait Refs ruled down by contact. BS! Again. before my blood begins to boil – The Fins have been their own worst enemy over the years and must take full blame. In other words. The Fins have not been good enough anyway.

    Before I finish my rant….. I have to say that the pass interference rule is the most stupid penalty in the game. Penalty is 1st and goal at the 1 yard line???? That’s awarding a virtual TD. BS!! Ok a 10 yard. 15 yard or even a 25 yard penalty. But this is too much of a game changing decision riding on refs who botch this call left and right.