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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Belichick: Is Long Suspension in Order?

By now, all football followers have been alerted to the shady undertakings performed at the direction of New England 'genius' Bill Belichick.

The three time Super Bowl winner is accused of deploying one of the teams camera men to record the signals initiated by the NY Jets sideline. This is a clear and heinous violation of the rules of the NFL. And a completely immoral undertaking which flippantly mocks the spirit of good sportsmanship and fair play.

Additionally, undertaking such flaunting and out right rules breaking has to make the rest of the league wonder what other shenanigans are going on or have gone on in New England. This may well just be the tip of the iceberg.

Throw in the recent revelation that at least (and quite possibly more than) one Patriot has been connected to PED usage; and we may well have a situation which is set to tarnish NE's status as the NFL's model franchise.

It's most interesting that all this has come to light after an off season which saw NE stock their roster with an unmatched accumulation of free agent talent. All that money spent. All that talent amassed. What could provoke this need to cheat in more than one phase of the game?

It should be clear.

Belichick's genius, while documented and revered, took a back seat to others last season. And, after the opening Thursday game it was clear that it might take a back seat again this season. Belichick, armed with easily the most stocked roster in the league is terribly insecure.

And jealous.

Tony Dungy.

No more needs to be said on this matter.

What does need to be explored and discussed is commissioner Roger Goodell's reaction. Goodell has ruled with an iron fist. Arbitrarily smiting players for both off field convictions and accusations.

But now, we enter an entirely different aspect of personnel conduct. This is beyond a late hit or a punch thrown in the heat of an emotional combative sport. This is a calculated and planned out effort to sabotage the balance of a game.

Goodell has banned players from participation for their conduct off the field. Using the logic that it portrays the league in a negative light with fans. Fair enough.

He has banned players and a coach for alleged connections to a PED and controlled substance investigation. The notion being that the league can not allow its personnel to be involved in such undertakings. Again, fair enough.

But now, he has a smoking gun connecting the flagship coach of the flagship franchise to a clear action intended to impede the fair and reasonable progress and participation of another team. An action deviously and brazenly carried out in plain site.

If players getting DUI's or disorderly conduct charges levied against them is bad for the game and punishable by multiple game suspensions, what of this conspiracy to cheat on the field? How can this not require a long term suspension?

If Wade Wilson loses 5 games due to his connection to the HGH distributor, because it is bad for the game to have a coach who influences players involved; how can Belichick get anything less? This is beyond a connection. This is beyond simply tarnishing the leagues image through appearances.

Roger Goodell claims he is cleaning up the league's image. He is protecting the game. He is cleaning up the NFL.

Well, if that's the case, it's time to sweep up the dirtiest 'player' out there.

And, it's also time for the rest of us to jump on the Dungy bandwagon and elevate his status straight to the top.

For doing it the right and fair way.

And for doing it under the intense scrutiny being a Negro coach carries with it.

27 comments:

uncommon sense said...

it will be interesting to see how god-dell decideds to handle this type of cheating.

it will be more intersting to hear bill's excuses!

RockyJasons said...

"An action deviously and brazenly carried out in plain site."

I'm not sure I follow--what exactly was he doing in "plain site?"

Al_Sharpton's_Banana_Hammock said...

"I'm not sure I follow--what exactly was he doing in "plain site?""

he had a team camera man standing on the sidelines filming the jets coaches...

Avonte Mixon said...

seems more and more is coming out now on belichick's cheating ways.

RockyJasons said...

"he had a team camera man standing on the sidelines filming the jets coaches... "

It will be interesting to see how severely the commisioner decides to cite Belichick his evil deeds.

freedom rings softly said...

"It will be interesting to see how severely the commisioner decides to cite Belichick his evil deeds. "

especially since before the season he warned them explicity about such things.

wrecking_ball said...

Sirs,

Though a proud member of Brother Mike Tomlin's bandwagon, I fear that The Man desires such factioning among the Enlightened. I therefore will join your cause in the name of unity.

I shudder to think of the outcry from league HQ had Brothers Dungy, Tomlin, Crennel or Lewis been found doing such deeds.

RockyJasons said...

Clearly the evildoing coach will require strict future oversight to ensure these type activities do not repeat.

Five Pound Bag said...

This will merely drive the cheating underground, like dogfighting.

Amicable MindSet said...

LT seems to think they do even more cheating than just this.

Dave the Wave said...

didn't tony dungy kill his son?

i'm sure he is doing some type of cheating.

Henry the 8th said...

NO. He didn't kill his son.

Nathan said...

Rewarding or praising a coach for being black only propogates racism and the illogical sentiment that a black man is inferior. Even if he did have to fight a predominantly white system to get there (given), I am sure that any real man would recognize that the real reward will be more black coaches in the NFL and celebrating his achievement for its racial uniqueness will not help more black head coaches get jobs. Tony should be celebrated for the great man that he is and the great coach that he is and not because his ancestors hail from a different part of the world than does Belichick, who incidentally, should be suspended at least eight games for his actions.

It seems Goodell's behavioral standards are just a little too strict for the NFL.

I wonder how many players and coaches will be left by the end of the year.

Malcom Hex said...

"Rewarding or praising a coach for being black only propogates racism and the illogical sentiment that a black man is inferior."

my man...are you dense?

NOIS has CLEARLY propogated the sentiment, in this post, that the black man is SUPERIOR!

Coach K's Back Injury said...

"Tony should be celebrated for the great man that he is and the great coach that he is and not because his ancestors hail from a different part of the world than does Belichick,"

ummm...i think the point is that Tony should be celebrated for not cheating.

this nathan dude is of his rocker.

Tripod said...

"I am sure that any real man "

what you know about a REAL MAN.

look like a straight up peter pan in your pick!

Sebastian said...

Easy on the "jump on the Dungy bandwagon," because Dungy is already respected.

I just read at ESPN that Mangini is telling what he knows from his time in Gulag Belichick. I'm thinking, but not positive it won't go well for Bill.

You are right NOIS, this is a prime-time opportunity for the NFL to show how much it's in favor of cleaning up the league. I'd be interested in knowing what was on the videotape. To me, if it is closeups of defensive coaches, then the Jets game must be forfeited at the very least.

The league must dig into this cheating allegation. It is potentially as big as the NBA ref and Pete Rose. If it to come to light that Belichick cheated on the way to any one of his Super Bowl victories, Belichick must be banned from football. Additionally, serious thought must be given about how to make amends to team beaten through cheating, and how to fix things if playoff games were won through cheating.

ZEKE said...

"Additionally, serious thought must be given about how to make amends to team beaten through cheating, and how to fix things if playoff games were won through cheating. "

and sports bettors.

how do we go about fixing the wrongs committed by all the lines this must have skewered?

lgf said...

"it will be more intersting to hear bill's excuses!"

Trying not to read into anything too deeply, I heard a rumor hes looking into the rules regarding voyeourism.

Henry the 8th said...

"Trying not to read into anything too deeply, I heard a rumor hes looking into the rules regarding voyeourism."

he basically said it was due to him misunderstanding rules....cough...bullshit...cough.

Lil John's Pimp Cup said...

Is the rule that sign stealing in general is illegal, or that using devices to do the stealing is the wrongful act?

lgf said...

"Is the rule that sign stealing in general is illegal, or that using devices to do the stealing is the wrongful act?"

I always thought stealing signs was a part of the game. any professional game. but to use a camera is going too far.

Steven A's Cheese Doodles said...

"I always thought stealing signs was a part of the game. any professional game. but to use a camera is going too far. "

i may be wrong, but i believe the video equipment usage is the illegal part of the act.

Foxxy Brown said...

Long suspension. Long anal raping broadcast live during each pregame, halftime and postgame show on each network each day football is played.

Whichever.

RockyJasons said...

This whole discussion has been highly insightful.

Gabby's World said...

Seems like the actions of the Pats are more of a detriment to the "shield" that Goodell wants to protect. Its not off the field activities completely unrelated to the NFL that tarnishes that "shield"...its the lost integrity being exposed right now. What say you Goodell??

Tripod said...

so which IS worse....Michael Vick financing dog fighting, or Bill B out right CHEATING on sundays???