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January 12, 2008 6:28 AM

Drew Litton: A Patriots Asterisk

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  • January 12, 2008

    2:45 PM

    Brian writes:

    I wish people would get off the Patriots and them being CAUGHT trying to cheat. They didn't ACTUALLY get to use what they had try to obtain. Hence, they could not be cheating. They were caught TRYING TO CHEAT. Had they been able to use the footage being filmed, then you can call them cheaters. People need to move on, just like with the Kobe Bryant incident a while back in Eagle Co.

  • January 12, 2008

    9:59 PM

    Brad Davis writes:

    The best/worst thing to happen this season was Spygate. It gave the Patriots the excuse to run the table and bury the NFL. All those records they've prized so much are getting buried. I'm for the Patriots. They might actually believe in team motto and have leadership to lead that team. In addition, where is Chad Johnson? At home in his recliner
    Leave your ego at the door!

  • January 12, 2008

    10:28 PM

    Brett writes:

    The Super Bowl will be the AFC Championship game Pats VS Indy.
    Indy is the only team that is similar to the Patriots when healthy.

    The Patriots even in the playoffs still do not show off all their schemes because Belichick is saving his best stuff for the Super Bowl vs the Cowboys,Packers or Giants.

    IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER...
    Whoever is broadcasting the SuperBowl wants the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Ratings will be HUGE to see if the Pats go 19-0 and cost for commercial spots will be the highest ever.
    It'll be the most watched Super Bowl in history with the Patriots in it.

    It'll be a Patriots VS Packers Super Bowl.


  • January 13, 2008

    10:48 PM

    Brian in Evans writes:

    They didn't "get to use it"???? wrong!!! The only way that Mangini KNEW they were doing it, is because he is a former Patsies coach, and they have been doing it for YEARS. This is not complicated stuff here. They won 3 superbowls by 3 pts each, and probably would've lost them all had they not been cheating. Many many former nfl players and coaches have expressed their disgust over this cheating. They have made it clear the Patsies went TOO FAR. They hurt the integrity of the game by filming. They are cheaters, 100% cheaters.

  • January 14, 2008

    10:15 AM

    Tom writes:

    Let's not be so hasty in forgetting that the Denver Broncos...yes, THOSE Denver Broncos....cheated by going WELL over the salary cap in both their Super Bowl years so that they could re-sign John Elway and other key players. They were fined by the league and forced to give up a draft pick. The Patriots, if they were guilty of the camera deal, were one of 32 teams guilty of the same thing. If anyone thinks that every team in the NFL doesn't use some form of cheating, then they're dillusional. There's too much money involved here folks. Every sport is corrupted. Honesty is way overrated in professional sports. Always has been, always will be. Steroids, gambling, stealing signs and signals....whatever.....
    it's all about money and advertising.

    Sorry to put a damper on everyone's Monday, but that's that way I think it is. I really cannot ever see myself truly giving the benefit of the doubt to athletes. They're just as corrupt as any ambulance chasing lawyer out there. They're out for the almighty dollar.

    It's sad, but it's life, I guess. It's also why it might not be such a good idea to get too hyped up about a franchise. Most folks will end up very, very discouraged.

    Yeah, I watch some sporting events, but I look at the games the same way I look at a fictional novel or any film starring someone like Sylvester Stallone or any other actors with limited talent or acting range. It's all just weird entertainment that I lose myself in for a couple of hours, and then it quickly fades into thin air. It's just not worth getting passionate about long term.

    I will admit that I did somehow really enjoy seeing Terrell Owens bawling like a 2 year old after the Cowboys got KO'd. Also, there are few things finer than seeing Jerry Jones on the sidelines fuming so hard at the end of the game, that it looked like his head might pop off like a cork on a champagne bottle. Absolutely great theatre.

    Cheers.

  • January 14, 2008

    9:52 PM

    Mike D writes:

    Tom,

    You're just wrong. The Broncos didn't go WAY over the salary cap so they could pay John Elway, etc.

    They made agreements with Elway and Davis to defer their salary to later years (including interest) to help them cover the cost of building the new stadium and other cash flow problems. The NFL, while fining them for violating the rules (about $1 million and a 3rd round pick), clearly stated in their statement the Broncos gained NO competitive advantage as a result.

    But, as usual, you don't let facts get in the way of your bluster and hyperbole.

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