There is a good article in this mornings NY Times on the Pats illegal taping. Sorry, I don't know how to create the link, but it is easy to find on the Time's homepage. It certainly appears that the NFL wants to sweep this under the rug as quickly aas possible. Even Dan Rooney feels that way. Unreal. Let the credibility of the league be dammned, we do not want to hurt the bottom $ line. I think Bush ethics have infected the NFL.. Many good comments to the story too.
This whole sordid mess raises some questions for me. How many games did the Pats outright win because of this cheating? It doesn't take much of an edge for a pro team to win and knowing the defensive signals and relaying them to your QB before the play is a hell of an edge. It is nonsensical to me to think otherwise. The battles of Midway and Leyte Gulf turned the tide for us in WWII pacific because we broke the Japanese code. We knew their signals. I would argue that gave the Pats a huge advantage on the field.
Also, why are NFL owners so myopic that they want to bury this issue? It is now out in the open and if Sen. Spector has his way will be with us for some time. He is like a pit bull on your ankle. Look at how long the BALCO topic has burned brightly. If the integrity of the rules is just something to sweep under the rug, let em just keep on t aping! One #1 draft pick is nothing more than a wrist slap. The fans feel very differently than the NFL brass on this one.
Unfortunately, if they get to Sen. Spector, it will be favoritism as usual in the NFL.. Now we have MLB trying as hard as they can to minimize BALCO and the NFL doing the same in this matter. Soon, perhaps integrity and credibility will be small secondary issues and we can just get back to playing and cheating as best we can. That is, in its own way, a level playing field. I feel sick now.