NFL fines Pats coach, team loses pick.
Jay Fitzgerald calls the punishment excessive, but adds:
... Belichick's real stinker move: using a young kid to do the dirty work. ...
Bob says the punishment fit the crime:
... Now can we concentrate on getting ready for Sunday night at 8.15 PM.
Kristen: enough already:
... The Pats have been punished for their current rule-breaking and we need to leave it at that. You can't retroactively punish someone for all that they've allegedly done wrong in the past just to prove a point. The end. Let's move on. This means you too, LaDanian. Though for our sakes, I hope you're moving on into a brick wall of Vrabel, Bruschi and Thomas. And also? Shut up. ...
Bruce Allen provides the media round-up.
Meanwhile, Save WRKO is disconsolate that the media is concentrating on tapegate instead of demanding to know why Deval Patrick hates America.
The cameraman is 26.
David Bernstein posts a press release he just got from Bill Richardson.
Dan Shaughnessy Watch: The worst part about the cheating scandal involving the Patriots was knowing that Shank would inevitably weigh in, bringing all his tired tropes into action.
I am not a sports fan, but I have always been puzzled as to why fines are levied for infractions. I mean, with all the money people in pro athletics have, how could a fine of almost any size have any real effect? Why not punish them in ways that would really hurt? Like suspension for the rest of the seaons, lifetime suspension, and things like that.
why didn't the NFL require forfeiting the victory against the Jets? Obviously, as a Pats fan, I would not like to see this, but it would be far more effective than a fine.
The effects of a forfeit would not be isolated to the two teams in question. To change the outcome of one game affects a number of standings, not just the Pats and the Jets. If a forced forfeit resulted in one team making the playoffs and another not, it wouldn't be pretty or fair.
Its the first week of the season.By January when everyone is planning their SuperBowl parties who is really going to care? THEY ALL DO IT! belichick is guilty of arrogance.he thought he could get away with it but his former butt boy eric the rat mangini snitched to the league.belichick took this kid in as a ballboy in cleveland, teaches him the game and the league and this is how mangini shows his appreciation.THEY ALL DO IT!we will destroy san diego sunday night and all will be well again.hang in ther coach.