Hmm, why do Eric Green’s comments sound so familiar? Gotta love Greg Lloyd stick his hand out only to get air. Belichick’s been doing it for years.
Back in 2004, well before Eric Mangini blew the whistle on the whole Patriots Spygate operation, Herm Edwards then the Jets coach, knew that the Patriots and Bill Belichick taped defensive signals. Just like in baseball when guys try to pick up signs there will be a few different coaches relaying signs, the ’04 Jets compensated by having two coaches give signals, one as the hot signals, the other as the dummy. I’m pretty sure that this is a standard defense mechanism in the NFL, whether or not it’s against the Patriots. The NY Daily News which relays the story, even adds this comment made by Roger Goodell:
“One of the coaches was actually waving at the camera, so it’s clear that teams, to me, recognize that taking signals from another team is something that they do, so they have very complex systems to make sure that they don’t allow their plays to be intercepted.”
And pretty much anyone who’s watched an NFL game recently can tell you that almost all coaches hold their play charts up in front of their mouths when they talk into the headset to prevent lip reading. I’m not out here to defend the Pats and Belichick — I’ve been skeptical of the advantage they’ve received — but I think an important factor in this whole Spygate equation is that opponents were well-aware of the Pats’ tendencies. This signifies to me that the Patriots won games because they were better than their opponents rather than because they cheated, which at least provides me some peace of mind.
In case you’re unaware of where the whole Belichick/Dungy dicey relationship, you only have to go back to September when Dungy compared Spygate to Barry Bonds‘ use of performance-enhancers in baseball. That’s a pretty strong charge where I come from, and it resulted in a non-handshake between the two after they played in the season. Well anyway, Dungy was interviewed by Gametap about NFL Head Coach ’09, a videogame for which he appears on the cover. Check out the remarks he had for the Patriots:
GameTap: Are there going to be any cheat codes in the game where I can spy on my opponents?
Tony Dungy: [laughs] I don’t know about any cheat codes. They say that’s really a big secret around here, it’s like Spygate. I don’t know if they put that in there or not or what the penalty would be if you entered any cheat codes, but we’ll probably only let New England have cheat codes.
Surely he’ll say he meant it in jest, but man, has any coach ripped on the Pats harder than Dungy? Even the Rams who have players suing the Pats haven’t unloaded comments like that, and they lost in the Super Bowl. Love to see how Billy boy reacted when that comment got around to him. Next time these teams play, I’m sure the Pats will do their best to run up the score.
This actually is a legitimate lawsuit. Not like the crazy ass character Jonathan Lee Riches from the South Carolina prison who’s been known to sue Michael Vick, President Bush, Martha Stewart, and the lot, these guys have actually put together a suit. Former NFL player Willie Gary, who was on the Rams Super Bowl team, wants compensation for losing the Super Bowl amidst the allegations that the Patriots taped the Rams walkthrough the day before the game. A ticket broker is also suing too. Their cases:
Willie Gary … wants each member of the Rams Super Bowl roster to receive $25,000 – the difference between the bonuses paid to the losing team and the winning team.
Gary, who now lives in Atlanta and plays arena football, also wants compensation for not receiving a Super Bowl XXXVI ring, which now sell for $125,000 on the Internet auction site eBay, according to the suit.
Through the lawsuit, the broker Kevin Hacker who also attended the Super Bowl, asked the federal court to grant 72,922 people who attended the game a full refund. At a face value of $400 per ticket, that would mean the NFL would have to return $29,168,800.
Imagine what all the people who attended Tim Donaghy officiated games would have to say in response to this suit. Good luck with it gentlemen. I don’t expect anything to happen, but it’s interesting to note the reaction from one of the Rams. Kurt Warner and Mike Martz were disturbed by the news and wanted the NFL to look into it. Dick Vermeil doubted the impact of the taping on the actual game. And Willie Gary, well, Willie Gary just wants some money out of this.
Seemingly right on cue, just moments after posting the video of the Britney Spears defender, I came across this incredible gem. First, you must see the Spears video. After you take a peek at that, feast your eyeballs on this:
As Bill Belichick approached the podium preparing to field questions from the media following the Patriots win over the Chargers on Sunday, he made an action that can be taken in no other way than disrespectful.Â BelichickÂ turnedÂ the NFL Network microphoneÂ (which was already set up at the podium prior to his arrival) upside-down.Â Belichick fielded questions for around a minute before someone from the audience reached up to adjust the microphone back to the upright position.Â You can see for yourself in the photos below.
Why Belichick did this we’re not quite sure.Â Without a doubt, it was an intentional act of disrespect because he had his choice of microphones that were already set up, and the only one he turned upside-down was the NFL Network’s mic.Â Was the disrespect aimed at the NFL or the NFL Network?
LaDainian Tomlinson went to meet some of the opposing players on the field following the game – as is the tradition in the NFL. However, the post-game show on CBS caught Tomlinson getting into a shoving match with a few Patriots. In his post-game interview on the podium, Tomlinson addressed the shoving, saying it had to do with the Patriots’ celebration following Kaeding’s missed potential game-tying field goal that resulted in a 15 yard penalty for excessive celebration:
“I would never ever react in that way. You guys know me, I’m a very classy person. I wouldn’t have reacted like that so yes I was upset. Because when you go into the middle of our field and you start doing the dance that Shawne Merriman is known for, that’s disrespectful to me. And I can’t sit there and watch that. And so yeah, I was very upset. And just the fact that the way they showed no class at all and maybe that comes from their coach.”
Maybe that comes from their coach? Hmm, didn’t know Tomlinson had a beef with Belichick, but certainly now we know that he does. The dance Tomlinson is referring to is Merriman’s “Light’s Out” dance where Merriman acts like he’s pulling the cord to turn off a light bulb. A couple thoughts there – don’t get upset about other people celebrating when it’s your teammate Merriman who started it. If you don’t like celebrations, then why isn’t Merriman’s dance disrespectful? Since Tomlinson isn’t complaining about Merriman’s dance, just the fact that the Patriots did it, this unfortunately becomes a clear case of sour grapes for a guy whose reputation had previously been sterling. Oh yeah, just a thought my friend John Ramey brought up, are you really classy if it’s a self-proclaimed trait?