Tuesday, December 11, 2007
On this evening's Sports Center, they did a piece previewing the Jets/Pats game this week. It featured several Boston Globe writers saying things like "you don't cross Bill Belichick" and because Eric Mangini dropped the dime on the Pats' coach, New England would be out to "embarrass" the Jets, put up 70 points on them and settle for nothing less than Mangenious' "head on platter."
The season that the Patriots are putting on this year is amazing. I am not a fan, but sit in awe when I see them play. They are professional, efficient and ruthless. Do they have something to prove?
While the Boston Globers were alluding to the forthcoming bloodbath the Pats will inevitably lay on the Jets, the fact that it is heightened due to Belichick's visceral hatred for his former protege is sickening.
What's worse in your mind? Being a cheater or being a snitch?
How quickly we forget that Belichick was fined half a million dollars - the highest possible monetary punishment the league can dole out. The Pats were hit for another 1/4 mil and lost a first round draft pick.
Belichick isn't some victim, some innocent man with a chip on his shoulder looking to right an unjust wrong. He was proven to have cheated and was punished heavily.
We chastise Barry Bonds for cheating, for taking an easy, unethical shortcut to rewrite the record books. Is this any different from doing the same, inevitably winning three Super Bowl championships and being well on the way to winning #4 this year? Far be it from me to defend Bonds, but I can't seem to find a difference between him and Coach B.
Barry would have been well on his way to Cooperstown without his little extra helpers. The Pats this year and in the last 5 could have been great teams without Spy-Gate espionage, but now we'll never know. Just like Barry. Tainted.
Just don't blame Mangini. If you do, I bet you're the kind of person who'd wear a "Free Mike Vick" t-shirt.