You may have heard this article talked about on the Dale & Holley show this morning, but I think it’s worthy of mention and discussion here as well.
Dan Pompei in the Chicago Tribune tells readers it is time to forget Spygate and remember how good that Bill Belichick really is. He tells us that while the black hat does fit Belichick well, he adds:
On the day before the most recent Super Bowl, the Boston Herald ran a story stating a member of the team’s video department taped the Rams’ final walk-through on the day before the 2002 Super Bowl.
Matt Walsh, the former video assistant for the Patriots who was negotiating with the league about information he claimed to have regarding the tapings, did not deny the allegation. And the controversy was fueled by grandstanding U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.).
With the way it’s starting to look, that black hat fits Specter, Walsh and the Herald better than it fits Belichick.
After issuing criticism of Walsh and Specter, he then has the following to say about the Boston Herald:
The Herald meanwhile, bit on a story that more responsible media outlets did not. The Herald was not the only outlet that had the information it printed Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, but they were the only outlet that deemed the story solid enough to print.
It’s now starting to filter out that other media outlets got the same information that John Tomase did, but they didn’t run with it.
They’re not absolved of blame, however, because as we know, they all certainly jumped on the story and ran with it once the Herald published it. They no longer had to worry about whether the information was shoddy or not, they could just state “The Boston Herald reports that…” and go merrily along their way of speculating that the tape of the Rams walkthrough might be out there and what it could mean if Walsh turned it in to the league.
Pompei closes by saying “Belichick’s reputation won’t be sullied by this affair as much as the reputations of some others.”
“Some others” includes not only Walsh, Specter and the Herald, but most of the sports media at large.