Re: League Bias
posted at 11/30/2010 12:23 PM EST
The Tuck Rule is an actual rule that was enforced correctly.
That's for starters. At least the call was not made up completely like we saw with Indy getting that call on Hobbs where the league actually apologized.
So, do your homework first, big mouth, and look at facts and contexts.
Next, no one is "crying" about the last place Broncos.
We'd like to know why Goodell chose to only enforce the rule when a jealous rival team made a spectacle out of the location in 2007, but never checked any team's filming procedures prior to the incident.
Goodell has no clue what teams had on NE.
So, other than, what SHOULD HAVE BEEN a slap on the wrist, like he just gave Denver, his knee jerk Draconian ruling has been exposed.
The memo itself specifies locations, not the act itself. This is why the memo up against the Constitution and ByLaws was confusing, especially when just reiterating a portion of what the Constiution and ByLaws portion read.
Was there a cover letter saying something like: "It has become apparent some teams are taping team's signals, and to make this clear, you cann't do that."...?
Was this included with this shotgun management of sending out some random memo to teams?
That didn't happen, or it has not been reported that it did.
What would one think by getting a memo? You could argue coaches could have called to clarify and I have no issue with that argument. I don't disagree.
It's pretty obvious the concept of stealing signals and taping is legal, but just not from the locations they list.
In this way, NE was guilty of the location, Yes. But, they were not guilty any deception or a calculated attempt to gain some secret advantage doing this in the open just like every other team does.
Which is what the organization and fans have stated from the beginning. What the real issues became later, is how the media and some teams and their fans CONTINUE to lie about this being some definitive advantage or how it helped them win SBs.
Outrageous premise and this will go down as the biggest witch hunt in sports history.
Look how it is brought up, 3 years later! Unreal.
What McDaniels had Scarnecchia do is worse, in my opininon. Closed practices are a lot different than in-game scouting that is legal.
ESPN's Mike Reiss, explains it well in his mailbag today:
Q: Hi Mike, in light of the revelations regarding Josh McDaniels, I had a question regarding the previous Patriots penalty. I was always under the impression that if the Patriots had just taped the Jets' hand signals from the stands/crowd, then it's considered legal and that the location of the taping was the illegal part. Is that correct? -- Gary (Cambridge, MA)
A: Gary, the initial rule in the Constitution & Bylaws was written poorly so that it could have been interpreted in a number of ways. In September 2006, the league sent a memo to all teams letting them know that any taping of signals -- from any location -- was prohibited. Here are the three key pieces of information which I dug up from that time:
Constitution & Bylaws: "Any use by any club at any time, from the start to the finish of any game in which such club is a participant, of any communications or information-gathering equipment, other than Polaroid-type cameras or field telephones, shall be prohibited, including without limitation videotape machines, telephone tapping, or bugging devices, or any other form of electronic devices that might aid a team during the playing of a game."
September 2006 memo: "Videotaping of any type, including but not limited to taping of an opponent's offensive or defensive signals, is prohibited on the sidelines, in the coaches' booth, in the locker room, or at any other locations accessible to club staff members during the game."
League's operations manual: "No video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches' booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game." Furthermore, all video shooting locations for shooting purposes "must be enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead."