The word out of Boston – coming after the Patriots’ stunning loss to the Giants, following closely the revelations that the Patriots taped the Rams final walkthrough before the 2002 Super Bowl, with all of this flowing from revelations that the Patriots had an assistant taping opposing coaches for several years, which was revealed after Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter stated he was considering an investigation of the NFL, after Roger Goodell admitted to destroying evidence – is that the NFL may be reopening its investigation into the whole Spygate matter.
Which leads me to ask: How can you reopen an investigation if you destroyed the evidence?
I've got to admit, I like seeing some heat coming down on the Patriots and the NFL. As I've written in the past, I don't understand the pass that football seems to get when compared to baseball. Remember the media outcry after it was reported that members of the Carolina Panthers were purchasing steroids within a week and a half their Super Bowl match up against the Patriots? Probably not, because there wasn’t one. But just imagine what it would have been like if, just days before last season’s World Series, key members of the Boston Red Sox had been discovered purchasing steroids and HGH.
It would have been the end of life as we know it.
That said, I don't think Congress needs to go getting involved in this matter, just as I don’t think Congress needs to be getting involved in baseball’s steroids problem. I would much prefer our Congressional reps put as much work into debating the matter of telecom immunity in the FISA legislation as they put into debating baseball stats. However, I am happy that at least one person in Congress wants to hold the NFL to the same standard that it holds Major League Baseball. Of course, I wish it wasn’t the person who was responsible for the Scottish Solution and the Magic Bullet Theory. But I guess beggars can't be choosers.
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Anyway, I think the Patriots loss on Sunday was the proper justice. Bill Belichick’s leaving the field before the game was over just further solidified his reputation as a classless jerk. Tom Brady got to discover the world of David Carr, and maybe the people of New York will finally get off of Eli Manning’s back.
So while this is more a case of Karma Delayed instead of Instant Karma, I still can't help but think that maybe this is what John Lennon had in mind.
P.S.: On, and Roger Goodell, for an attorney, you're kind of stupid. Destroying the tapes? No matter what punishment you handed out to the Patriots, the destruction of evidence makes it seem as though things are much, much worse and that you’re trying to cover up something. – John Royal