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Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Epilogue on Spygate

The story is mostly finished. Earlier this week there was no smoking gun at the Super Bowl walkthrough, and that meant that the Patriots and Goodell can breathe a sigh of relief. But that did not stop a few of the main characters from taking some parting shots. Belichick should have been smart enough to stop talking, to simply let it go and move on. Instead he has showed how truly ugly this whole thing is. The story is over, yet it is Belichick who keeps this thing going. Mistake. Apparently Belichick has even more of a monstrous ego than we already thought he had.

I liked Belichick better when he was a defensive genius assistant who was part of the three Super Bowl appearances with Parcells. Now that he is his own man in New England, he gets all the credit for the success of the franchise and he deservedly gets all the stain too. He stepped over the line. It tarnishes a lot of what he has accomplished. Most importantly he does not want to accept that he no longer is going to be judged favorably by history. Bummer. I guess those things matter when you have that kind of ego. Let's remember Belichick for his last (class) act as head coach, leaving the field with 1 second left on the clock. How appropriate. Actions speak louder than words, but in this case they both say the same thing. Belichick has embarrassed the league, but now that that affair is over he mostly just embarrasses himself.


xtian said...

belichick is brilliant--ie. his game plans in the 1990 playoffs were the difference: 5 man front against chicago; 2 man front against buffalo--but also has become an arrogant asshole and sore loser. we all know he cheated; i don't believe for a second he didn't know of the secret taping; he was the one pushing it.

[ps. remember how paranoid parcells was about anyone spying on the giants practice sessions... makes me wonder if parcells spied on others, but with binoculars, not video. just a thought.]

belichick's legacy will be forever stained, and too bad, because he would have been successful without the cheating.

both he and parcells have shown to be less than honorable; puts a blemish on their icon status, the giant's included. i can feel wellington's restlessness, if only those two had his sense: the league's integrity trumps personal glory.

Chris Iafolla said...

Belichick always has been, and always will be a smug and arrogant bastard. But his mistake in dragging this out pales in comparison to the grandstanding of Arlen Specter. While Belichick might be concerned with his legacy, Specter is concerned with little more than pandering to the demands of Comcast.

Andy F. said...

Well, this is a sports blog, not a political one. The problem with Specter is so much larger than just one guy... it is a problem rooted in the oligopoly of shared power between Democrats and Republicans where there is a lack of competition. The two-party system has failed us. Specter is a symptom of that.

Chris Iafolla said...

I hear you. I certainly agree with you on the Belichick front. But Specter inserted himself into this--insisting on mixing politics and sports. Although, as elude to in your previous comment, his motives are not simply for the game of football.

I wrote a similar post on the topic yesterday here: http://heardinthecheapseats.com/.

xtian said...

i agree that politicians should stay out of sports: spygate, steroids, whatever; congress does not need to deliberate on it. still pisses me off that jimmy carter let all our athletes down by boycotting the 1980 summer olympics.

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