Originally posted on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 5/2/12
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Yesterday turned out to be a busy day for Spygate: an incident (five years old now) where the New England Patriots were busted videotaping the New York Jets defense. The investigation uncovered the fact that Coach Belichick and the Patriots had actually been videotaping opponents as far back as 2000, a time period which included three Super Bowls and multiple AFC Championships. To say the validity of the wins, titles and Super Bowls should be called into question is an understatement. The Patriots and Belichick were fined, picks taken and we moved on. Or so we thought.



During comments about the current New Orleans Saints bounty fallout, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that regardless of whether cheating helps a team win, by exposing the cheating
"[those wins] got asterisks now. It's been stained."
He's right too. The facts are simple: The Patriots admitted to cheating during or in preparation for games they won. The cheating, whether it helped or not, "stains" the win because there's no way to go back and play the game in the absence of cheating. We're left to wonder, did it help? Secondly, one has to think Belichick asked for the videotaping in an attempt to increase his odds of winning. That seems almost elementary but rarely gets mentioned. If not for the purpose of winning, why videotape? Why does the offense run practice drills? To increase chances of winning on Sunday. Why do the players lift weights? To be stronger to increase chances of winning. Why anything? To win.

(As an aside, Harbaugh was asked to clarify his comments and he backed off. Gutless. He was right the first time.)


Shortly thereafter, former Patriot assistant Eric Mangini was asked to comment on Harbaugh's initial "tainted" accusation. Mangini, after leaving the Patriots, was the head coach of the  New York Jets in 2007 who blew the whistle on the Patriots. Now, sitting across (coincidentally, I'm sure) from former Patriot starter Tedy Bruschi, Mangini said he regretted turning in Belichick.

"If there is a decision I could take back, it's easily that decision," Mangini said, according to ProFootballTalk.com. "Never in a million years would I have wanted it to go this way."

One might think he is having second thoughts because he discovered he was wrong about the Patriots? Nope.

"Mangini said today that he wasn’t trying to hurt Belichick. All he really wanted was to beat the Patriots that day and keep them from getting any kind of an advantage...I didn’t think it was any kind of significant advantage, but I wasn’t going to give them the convenience of doing it in our stadium, and I wanted to shut it down."

So, he knew about it (as a former coach), knew the advantage it gave (even if it wasn't "significant") and wasn't going to let Belichick do it on him.  What did he think was going to happen when he turned the Patriots in? Did he really think Goodell would say, Belichick, could you leave the Jets out and cheat against only the other 30 teams? He saw the Patriots getting an advantage (the NFL agreed); when he turned them in, he had to expect punishment. And sometimes the punishment comes from the NFL (half a million in fines) and sometimes the "punishment" comes from the public. Notably both punishments have been effective: the Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl since and the public hasn't forgotten.
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