Re: spygate vs colts Lack of perfection
posted at 1/7/2010 12:48 AM EST
I want EVERYONE to re-read these Guidelines and By-Laws...
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
~SO, Let me get this straight... According the the NFL League Rules You just offered to Us here (I'll go right down the list, 1-2-3):
Number One- NO NFL Club whatsoever from game start to game finish, Is allowed to use any recording device at all other than a polaroid-type camera and/or a field telephone, But NOT a phone tap, bugging device, And NOT a VIDEOTAPING MACHINE...which leads Us to Number Two, Which "clarifies" (in otherwords), But when You DO in fact Videotape another team, You CANNOT do so in places which are accessible to your staff member's during the game...finally concluding in Number Three that, When You DO in fact videotape, ya can't do it in a coach's booth, the field, or the locker room, and make sure there's an enclosed roof for the videotaping session.
~So, allow me to simplify further: You can't videotape at all during game start to finish, But when You DO videotape your staff cannot be able to access the videotaping you're NOT allowed to do during the game, and when You DO videotape, it cannot be from the field, sidelines, coach's booth, and the videotaping you're NOT allowed to do, needs to be "roofed overhead."
~You're right...I don't have ANY idea how Bill Belichick or any other NFL Coach at the time, could possibly misinterpret the Comish's rules, which are clear as day...(*cough-and yet when I go to games to THIS very day, I see not only an enclosed booth with tinted windows overhead, but several cameramen in the stands that are standing, And have NO TV network clothes, headphones, or any other gear...and still, the coach's continue to cover their play-calling with oversized lamenated playsheets-With such simple, straight-forward sets of rules, it's so weird that there continues to be murky interpretations and odd behavior on the Final Official cut-and-dry Stance...I just don't understand.