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Another Spygate? Texans’ Antonio Smith Suspicious of Patriots

Houston Texan Antonio Smith clearly got his bell rung a few too many times during Sunday’s Patriots’ game. He claims that Bill Belichick somehow secretly spied on the Texans, which helped Tom Brady and the boys win the game in the second half. Correct me if I am wrong, but Belichick and the offensive and […]

Why I Hate the Patriots

For the past couple weeks Deadspin’s Drew Magary has been posting his annual “Why Your Team Sucks” series, a scathing (and highly accurate) review of the reasons why each NFL teams sucks. Yesterday he posted his Patriots edition, and while it was pretty thorough, I—as a Boston sports fan—couldn’t pass up an opportunity for some […]

Saints’ Payton Violated NFL’s Image with Bounty Program, Gets One-Year Ban

As punishment for his complicity in the New Orleans Saints’ “bounty program,” Saints coach Sean Payton received a one-year ban from the NFL Wednesday. Roger Goodell also banned St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams – the Saints’ defensive coordinator from 2009-2011 – indefinitely, Saints GM Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant coach Joe […]

Practice What You Preach: Saints Investigated for Bounty Pool

The New Orleans Saints are in some serious hot water today after the NFL announced on Friday that the team’s players and coaches have been offering monetary rewards for knockouts and bounties for injuries. The league announced that the team was in violation of the “bounty rule” over the course of the 2009, 2010, and […]

Super Bowl Media Day: Lies, Brady Bashing and Rich Cimini is an Idiot

Before I get to Media Day, I want to discuss a couple of topics that took place on Monday. I previously wrote Bob Ryan had lost his fastball. Well, Bob stayed consistent when making a guest appearance on Mike Francesa’s radio show on Monday. When asked why Brady had struggled in recent playoff appearances, Bob […]

Thomas’s White House Snub Brings Out the Cult of Media Hypocrisy

This week, Tim Thomas made a choice. He chose not to join his teammates at a White House ceremony honoring the Boston Bruins for their 2011 Stanley Cup Championship. Thomas released a statement to the public stating why he did not want to attend the ceremony. It had something to do with big government, rights […]

Jets Caught with Sideline Camera after Loss to Patriots

The New York Jets are under fire today, stemming from a recent allegation that a Jets’ team employee was caught videotaping from their sideline in a 30-21 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. The man in question was holding a large camera, New York Jets gear and a lime green vest.

A Look Back at the James Harrison Comments to Men’s Journal

Success breeds contempt, and contempt breeds irrationality. That’s truth. What the Patriots accomplished from 2001 – 2007 on the football field was unparalleled. The franchise broke the record for most consecutive regular season victories, won 3 Super Bowls, and captured the hearts of fans for the manner in which they operated. Unfortunately the adulation amassed was pierced when the “Spy-Gate” controversy surfaced. The “Patriot Way” […]

Regarding Spygate And Belichick, What Did You Expect Roger Goodell?

Anyone remember “V For Vendetta?” Pretty good movie, definitely the best Alan Moore adaptation so far (“Watchmen” was more accurate, but also more boring), even if some of its message about terrorism’s potential upside hasn’t held up in the five years since its release. Point is, there’s a line in it where Mr. Creedy, head […]

Spygate Reborn: Broncos, McDaniels Fined $50,000 Each for Filming 49ers Practice

You thought you heard the last of it, but Spygate has reared its ugly head once again. This time, the Denver Broncos have been embroiled in a scandal involving former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and assistant Steve Scarnecchia, the son of current Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. After an investigation, the NFL determined […]

Spygate Redux: Brad Childress Says Patriots Stole Signals

If you thought you heard the last of Spygate years ago, think again. At a press conference on Monday, Vikings coach Brad Childress said the Patriots were one of the all-time best at stealing signals. “… I’m mindful of the last time we faced them here on Monday Night Football. It was like a surgical […]

Did Ainge and Savard Make Boston Look Dirty?

For anyone hoping to garnish some good will in a sports nation that has all but fallen in love with hating us, you can forget it. Between Marc Savard “biting” Dan Carcillo during a post-whistle scuffle in Game 2 of the Bruins-Flyers series, and Danny Ainge tossing a towel in the air to distract Cleveland […]

Specter Calls Off Spygate Investigation

After all the talk about Congressional hearings, subpoenas and sworn testimony, it appears “Spygate” will not be uttered in the hallowed halls in Washington D.C.. After months of threatening an official investigation into the NFL’s handling of Spygate, Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter has said he will not be pursuing any such investigation because he “doesn’t […]

Spygate and BALCO Case Are Similar

I know this commentary on the topic is much behind the time, but it’s still important to note the similarities in how sportscasters and the general populace have reacted. Spygate, BALCO and the Tim Donaghy betting scandal all have a lot of similarities with a league having loose regulations to the point that people took […]

ESPN Ombudsman Analyzes Spygate Coverage

In a fascinating look at how ESPN and it’s many formats have dealt with Spygate, ESPN Ombudsman (basically a fact checker/someone who works for the company but looks for problems within said company) Le Anne Schreiber has a lengthy piece on ESPN.com; revealing a lot of things that the public already knows about but points […]