By Bill Smith
The tapes that Matt Walsh turned over to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
included regular season games against San Diego, Miami (?) Buffalo (??) and
Cleveland (are you kidding? You and I
could have beaten Cleveland in 01 even if you were having a bad game!). It also included a playoff game against
Pittsburgh (that I can believe). The NFL
office has issued a statement to the Associated Press that “This is consistent
with what the Patriots had admitted they had been doing, consistent with what
we already knew.”
The “juice organ” of the NFL, NFL
Network, and virtually every analyst has said that this is the end of the
story. The tapes showed exactly what the
Pats and Bill Belichick had said existed.
But, don't believe that is the entire story.
First of all, we know for a fact
that these tapes are not all that were taken.
All the evidence indicates that Belichick and his minions have been
taping every game since he became the coach of the Pats. Fans in Cleveland probably wish that he had
thought of taping during his Titanic like stint with their team in the
90's. Does anyone believe that Walsh was
the only guy filming the games? Of
course not. Who else was involved and
what tapes do they have of which games?
There is a rumor that the Pats video
taped the Rams walk through prior to Superbowl that was printed in the Boston
papers. Walsh was never associated with
that rumor. So the question is who else
As a final bit of proof this is not
the full extent of the Patriot violations, I offer this question. Can anyone with an IQ above 7 really believe
that Belichick was so concerned about the Cleveland Browns that he taped the 01
game but felt that the defensive signals of the Indianapolis Colts were not
worth the cost of a video tape? Not for
one New England second! (A New England
second is half as long as a New York second.)
The regular season and playoff
history of Colts vs. Pats each rank among the top games of the decade. There was home field advantage at stake in
virtually every regular season game in that period and the winner of the
playoff game between them was the favorite to be Super Bowl champion.
The NFL wants desperately to end to the
news coverage of this scandal and will turn a blind eye to the obvious holes in
evidence the size of the Grand Canyon.
But don't expect the NFL to dig deeper into the issue. The league will gladly shove the video tapes
under the rug and hope that no reporter trips over the budge in the carpet.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro
teams and has scouted talent. He is a
senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com. He has also
published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm
and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com