Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The New England Patriots Are Cheating Cheaters, Who's Next?


By now I'm sure you all know that the Patriots are cheating bastards. They have violated league rules by videotaping defensive signals given by the New York Jets in last Sunday's "victory." This is surely not the first time they have done this, but it appears this time there is evidence to support the facts and now the commissioner will have to deal with it.

This is upsetting to me on a number of levels. First of all, the Patriots really are one of the best teams in the NFL. On an individual level, they outmatch just about every other team at almost any position. Everyone in that organization is really talented at what they do. They are the last team that needs to resort to spying in order to win.

If I'm a Pats fan, I'm even more disgusted by this. If I'm a player, I'm extra pissed off. Consider this response from Patriot cornerback Ellis Hobbs when the allegations first came out:

We put too many hours in as individuals and a team to have to go out and cheat. If it's true, obviously, we're in the wrong. But I'm standing behind my team, my coaches. I don't think we do that stuff.


Can you imagine how pissed you would be after making a statement like that in support of your team?

So hopefully Roger Goodell will come down with the harshest punishment possible. He has to. The damage has already been extensive and nothing is worse than damaging the integrity of the game. If we, as fans, can't be certain that everyone is playing on a level field, we're not going to buy into this game. And I love the game. I hate crap like this, even if it does confirm that the Patriots are the cheating cheaters who we always knew them to be.

The other frustrating thing is that even after the punishment is done, there's no way to repair the damage. I'm still upset that more wasn't done about Shawne Merriman. I mean, the guy gets busted for using steroids after winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award and going to the Pro Bowl the previous year. So he gets a little 4-game suspension and is a starter in the Pro Bowl that same year? That is absurd to me. How can you support that? Jose Canseco, Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds- these guys had their reputation and their legacy basically ruined by steroids and ruined the integrity of their game. But a hot Pro Bowl linebacker does the same thing and is as popular as ever. He's still endorsed by all the biggest corporate sponsors and is even lucky enough to be in the best NFL commercial so far this year. It's just not right.

The ridiculous thing in both cases is that neither team needed the extra cheating. San Diego still went on to have the best record in the NFL, even with those four games Merriman was out. And the Patriots should never have to cheat to beat the Jets.

The thing that scares me the most is this. Those two teams are the cream of the NFL crop. And which team has the best regular season record in the NFL since 1999? Yep. The Indianapolis Colts. It seems a bit naive to me to think they've done that without bending any rules. Personally, I don't think they have. I seriously believe that integrity and character is more important to this franchise than wins and losses. But I also know that sometimes the people you least expect, are the ones dirtying up the laundry.

27 comments:

B said...

I wish somehow I could hack into google and put that picture on their homepage for everyone in the world to see it.

Arthur said...

I also found this inappropriate photo that seemed a bit distasteful for the tone of my post. So, I decided just to put it in the comments:

Cheaties

Anonymous said...

In Tony Dungy's book he discussed a moment in his career where he viewed video footage of another team practicing and instead decided to not study the video and got rid of it. He is a man of his word and we are lucky to have him. Although, he sort of made it sound like it was kind of a common thing in the NFL... Hopefully now that we know of one team that has for sure cheated it will be something they will come down harder on....

Anonymous said...

DO YOU CONSIDER PUMPING IN CROWD NOISE SO LOUD THAT THE OPPOSING TEAM CAN'T CALL SIGNALS CHEATING?

RIGHT, I DIDN'T THINK YOU WOULD!

Arthur said...

You are right, I would consider that cheating. Do the Patriots do that too? Those bastards.

Anonymous said...

Did the Chargers Cheat by playing alot of their B team?

Arthur said...

No, the Chargers cheated by pumping their linebackers full of steroids. Then sending them to the Pro Bowl.

Anonymous said...

Look Your just pissed because your team Probably got beat by the patriots! So why don't you just piss off!

Arthur said...

You are correct, sir. I am pissed because my team did get beat by the Patriots. And I'm even more upset because those Patriots are cheaters. You've done nothing but strengthen my argument.

Anonymous said...

who are you saying the Patriots are cheaters? you are just probably a little because your team can't beat the patriots so you revert to little childish name calling games because you have nothing better to do. Pats #1

Anonymous said...

yea cheaters in this day and era if you dont know everything about the team your playing then you shouldnt be in the nfl what could they really obtain by filming the signals???? you need to grow up and move on , learn to accept greatness for what it is...greatness . If you cant do this than you are truly in every aspect NOT A TRUE FAN OF THE GAME.PS 19-0 choke on that for the rest of the year fido !!!

Long live Belichick !!!
and if your not sure what greatness is yet go to http://www.patriots.com/homepage/

Arthur said...

First of all, how can you possibly deny that the Patriots cheated? They cheated. Therefore, I am calling them cheaters. How is that "childish name calling?"

Secondly, a "true fan of the game" would be adamantly opposed to any form of cheating, no matter how great or small. All of you Pats fans who blindly follow your "beloved" Belichick and pardon his ridiculous behavior just disgust me.

I know there are many Pats fans who were upset to hear that their team cheated. I'm not talking to these fans. I'm talking to the idiotic morons who can't accept that their team did something wrong.

And you're not 19-0... yet.

Anonymous said...

they will be 19-0

Anonymous said...

no shit the patriots cheated if you are still talking about it you must really live in the past it was like 6 months ago and if everyone keeps harping on it then it will come out the every single team cheats...gosh im really looking forward to that because then everyone will just shut their freaking mouths and cry because theyr too ashamed to admit that because they didnt drop it they opend pandoras freaking box

Arthur said...

... Uh, this post was written 6 months ago genius. Patriots suck. Go Colts.

Anonymous said...

Arthur. the patriots certainly do suck. i mean they are only one of the greatest teams ever and have created a dynasty.

Arthur said...

Anonymous- When I say they suck, I'm obviously not talking talent-wise. Sorry, I should have clarified.

However, as talented as they are, that makes the fact that they cheated that much worse. And that is why they suck.

They have created a dynasty with an asterisk, as they have yet to win a Super Bowl under Belichick without taping their opponent's walk-through. Nice dynasty.

patriotsrock97 said...

Patriots are the best you can't just admit it.


P.S All that garbage is down right rotten and FAKE.

Arthur said...

I love when a Pats fan comes here and proves how retarded the majority of you people are. "Patriots are the best you can't just admit it." Okay. And I have no idea what you are talking about "rotten and fake." Patriots cheated. Period. End of story. That's the whole point. Not really much you can defend there.

Dave said...

I totally agree... Patriots SUCK!!!!

Anonymous said...

all you shut your fucking mouths, the patriots are the best team in the league everyone knows it, your all a bunch of whinnying little pussies. Evey team in the league has "cheated" like the patriots the only reason anyone cares is because the pats are the best, if miami got caught cheating who would give a shit, they suck. Tom Brady and the Patriots are the best franchise in NFL history fuck anyone who thinks differntly fuck you all! ;)

Arthur said...

If the Patriots were the best team in the league, they would have won the Super Bowl. Also, if they're the best team, why'd they have to cheat?
/discussion

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Arthur said...

Wait, wait wait... let me guess... You're a Patriots fan with a small penis who still lives with his parents? Amirite?

Anonymous said...

fuck you who think the patriots are cheaters you are just mad because your teams are homosexual bitches who cand stand shit against the patriots

Arthur said...

"you who think the patriots are cheaters..."

Hey moron, guess what? The Patriots CHEATED!!!

I know I'm feeding the trolls here, but good lord are you seriously that retarded?

charles said...

Yeah, the Patriots did cheat. But anyone who thinks they are the only ones who cheated need to wake up and smell the coffee. The patriots are the only ones who got caught. IDIOTS