Re: BJGE FINED FOR CHOP BLOCK
posted at 11/20/2010 11:37 AM EST
In Response to Re: BJGE FINED FOR CHOP BLOCK
[QUOTE]Goodell has been a joke from day one. Belichick could have totally exposed him when the the "Spygate" thing broke. Everybody in football knew illegal videotaping and signal stealing was going on. But Belichick chose not to be a rat and took his ridiculous punishment for something everybody else was doing. As for the BJGE fine? Yes it is outrageous. But it's not like he's going to pay a dime of it. His wealthier teammates will take care of it. I swear Goodell and Stern are having some sort of contest to see who is the bigger a sshole. I still have to give it to Stern. As far as I can tell, the NFL still isn't rigged. Of course, we'll see how I feel about that after the Pats/Colts game and Lord Manning's customary half dozen bailout pass interference calls. Hopefully none of the Pats graze a small portion of his helmet while trying to knock the ball out on a 3rd and 18. Automatic first down and 50k fine.
Posted by df2[/QUOTE]
Taping is not illegal. I don't know how many times we have to say this.
It's legal to film, the home team has to give the road team a specified spot by rule, so there is no "perceived" advantage with regards to scouting procedures provided by the NFL.
I still believe if this was not the Jets, the tape wasn't leaked on purpose or "stolen" and if the public saw what BB gave Goodell, everyone would have learned that the Jets were trying to take advantage of knowing Goodell was looking to use an iron fist with his new position as commissioner.
Since there was so much of a sinister tone to the whole situation, framed by the jealous Jets and the media ("caught them redhanded"), once that tape leaked, it cornered Goodell.
He panicked and buckled to media pressure. The jealous fans around the NFL wanted their Schaudenfreude day in the sun, and he delivered.
But, you can tell by the time the witch hunt finally wound down in the Spring of 2008, even by February, his comments tell us he caused more of a stir with the severity of the punishment v.s. what NE actually was in violation of.
He could have done that to Miami or the Jets in 2006, both in two different cirumstances. Miami literally bought CBS/NFL owned property (audio), which is "technology" and they used it for future scouting purposes.
The NFL called it "just football".
How is that "just football" and any team legally filming, but mistakenly in the incorrect spot in violation, somehow, magically so far worse, it's worthy of the punishment he handed down?
That makes no sense, especially when he does not hold up his own rule in the NFL ini 2006 when NY was in violation. And that's just what we know.
These are just incidents we know about. You can bet other rival teams in other divisions were involved with similar aspects of gamesmanship for years and years and years, prior to this.
But, no organization would be so pathetic enough to go running to the commissioner about it.
Since NFL gameday personnel never once penalized NE from 2000-2006 for road, on field filming, this tells me it wasn't deemed a violation enough to be penalized for OR the procedure was just to show the video intern a proper spot if it hadn't been specified by the home team.
That and the 2001 title game where Walsh filmed is the proof. Pitt gave him a perch across from their own bench in broad daylight for 3 hours.
Why did they do that if it is illegal? That's because it isn't.
All the Walsh tapes showed him on the road on the sideline and that's because teams either didn't provide the spot, didn't care or BB never asked where he should be.
It's just so pathetic and polticially correct in nature for Goodell to pretend the fans, who dug a little deeper for the truth, didn't know what this was about from the beginning.
It was a witch hunt and GOodell played right into it.
Hopefully, someday BB writes his autobiography and devotes a whole chapter to this with full immunity because it will be hilarious to see what actually happened.
Goodell couldn't just coome out and say because it would look like his league was corrupt and it's hard to sell la damaged product overseas or in Canada.
I have always stated NE should have been punished for a rules violation, but what happened after that, courtesy of Goodell's very poor leadership, is flat out disturbing.
The classy Krafts and the Pats organization were unfailry skewered to the point, 3 years later jealous fans still obsessed with the success continue to prop the witch hunt up for more than it was ever worth.
And we know why that is.