Found May 07, 2012 on
Eye On Sports with Eric Williams:
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
says New England's Super Bowl titles are tainted.I’m sick and tired of people from all walks of life, letting their true feelings be known – only to try and take it all back once they receive a wave of negative public backlash.Such is the case with Baltimore Ravens head cach John Harbaugh, who came out last week and said the New England Patriots’ three Super Bowl titles are “tainted” because of their infamous Spygate scandal that came to light back in 2007.The sad part in all of this is the fact that Harbaugh apparently feels pressured into taking back what he said about the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick – even though he is 100 percent spot on with his comments about how the Pats are viewed in the court of public opinion.Harbaugh made his comments in an interview on a Baltimore radio station. "In the end, everything is brought before the light of day, when it's all said and done," Harbaugh said on "98 Rock" in Baltimore. "What happens, even the thing in New England, no matter whether those things had any impact on whether they won their championships or not, they got asterisks now. It's been stained."To me, it's never worth it. You have to figure out ways to use the rules to your advantage; you have to figure out ways to make the most of everything. We have new work rules here as far as what we can do and what we can't do with our players, and we're going to make the most of it. What we're finding is, 'Man, maybe we can do some things even better than we did before, because these rules make us focus more on some things that we didn't focus on before.' You just have to make them work for you. That's what success is in the world. You have to find a way to do things better than somebody else. But if you're cheating, in the end, you're going to get discredited. It's not worth it."Later that day, Harbaugh tried to clean up his comments in a statement released by the Ravens."While on the 98 Rock show this morning to talk about the run to honor O.J. Brigance and raise funds for ALS research, I answered a question about playing within the rules and referred to the perception that the Super Bowl championships won by the Patriots and Saints have a stain. My reference was to the perception out there that came as the result of the league's actions," Harbaugh said in the statement."I could have been more clear that I was referring to those viewpoints. I totally believe that the Patriot and Saint coaches and players earned those championships. Bill [Belichick] and Sean [Payton] both know that."Nice try John, but the fact of the matter is that most NFL fans, that aren’t loyal followers of the Patriots, already believe every single word you said – even though they didn’t have to be said. Like I’ve always said since the incident took place five years ago, just think, ‘the Patriots won all three of their Super Bowl titles by an identical three points. If they gained an advantage for even one play because of their ability to ‘know’ the play or plays their opponents were going to run, then their cheating ways worked like a charm.I see no need for anyone to bite their tongue on this issue. It’s pretty clear to me that John Harbaugh is right … no matter what transpires for the Patriots, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick from here on out, their three Super Bowl titles will always be viewed with a ton of skepticism because of the events surrounding Spygate – and in the end, maybe that’s just what Belichick and the Pats deserve…an ‘unwritten’ asterisk next to their league titles.
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