Why so sensitive, Patriots fanboys? You Patriots fanboys, always thinking the NFL is out to get you, LOL! The paranoia that Patriots fans have is unreal! Everything is a conspiracy!
Thursday, September 3rd, Judge Richard Berman rules against the NFL in the Tom Brady case, a decision called nothing less than a scathing rebuke of Roger Goodell and the NFL.
Tuesday, September 8th, within an hour, the following happened:
- ESPN’s alleged last bastion of journalistic integrity, Outside The Lines, released Spygate to Deflategate a re-look at events from eight years ago.
- Roger Goodell, who claims to be available to the media everyday, made his first radio appearance in recent memory. On ESPN, fielding softball questions. He told lies.
- Sports Illustrated also releases an extensive article on events from eight years ago – Suspicions of Bill Belichick’s Patriots regime persist among opponents.
In Ian Fleming’s 1959 novel, Goldfinger, the title character makes the following statement:
Goldfinger said, ‘Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time it’s enemy action.”‘
Mr Fleming was a wise man.
We’re supposed to believe those three events are unrelated? We’re supposed to believe that both ESPN and SI.com both decided, out of the blue, to release articles of similar slant within an hour of each other on the same day – two days before the Patriots open the season against the Steelers?
A few thoughts from me.
90 sources. All anonymous? How does that equal a shred of credibility?
With all of these allegations, ESPN couldn’t be bothered to check in with their own reporter who has covered the team on a daily basis since 1997?
Hey Mike, do you have any thoughts on these scandalous allegations we’re about to run with about the team you cover?
They had no problem attributing to Mike Reiss that Tom Brady “apologized” for deflategate.
I posted this yesterday – I can’t take credit for it though, it was BSMW member Dan Snapp who tracked this down – but one of the authors of the ESPN piece directly contradicted something he said in December.
That’s quite a different shift. So did Goodell preside over a closed-door meeting where all owners decided to destroy the tapes, or did Goodell conspire with Kraft and Belichick to destroy the tapes?
Van Natta wouldn’t come on WEEI to talk:
But he’s been making the rounds of ESPN Radio shows.
Another point from BSMW member Greg Doyle (Not to be confused with Gregg Doyel):
I was intrigued by this line of the ESPN thing
In 2005, for instance, they signed a defensive player from a team they were going to play in the upcoming season. Before that game, the player was led to a room where Adams was waiting. They closed the door, and Adams played a compilation tape that matched the signals to the plays from the player’s former team, and asked how many were accurate. “He had about 50 percent of them right,” the player says now.
I looked over all their transactions prior to that season in the media guide from that year. The only two potential signings that could have any relevance are Monty Beisel and Chad Scott. They also signed Chad Brown but they weren’t going to play Seattle in 2005 and he had been with them in 2004. Beisel was with Kansas City in 2004. The Pats played them in 2005. The DC was Gunther Cunningham. Scott had been with Pittsburgh. Their DC was of course Dick LeBeau who supposedly the Pats knew well. I went to that game out in KC in 2005. The Pats got stomped and did little on offense, so if it was Beisel he was about as helpful doing this as he was on defense.
ProFootballTalk has debunked two more of the allegations from Tuesday.
Looking at some of the other information, specifically the notes from the late Arlen Specter, at one point he connects John Tomase to MW (Matt Walsh) in September of 2007.
It would seem that Matt Walsh was likely Tomase’s source, the note above mentions the team picture, that MW had taken tapes of walk through. This was from Tomase’s story:
According to a source close to the team during the 2001 season, here’s what happened. On Feb. 2, 2002, one day before the Patriots’ Super Bowl game against heavily favored St. Louis in New Orleans, the Patriots visited the Superdome for their final walkthrough.
After completing the walkthrough, they had their team picture taken and the Rams then took the field. According to the source, a member of the team’s video staff stayed behind after attending the team’s walkthrough and filmed St. Louis’ walkthrough.
At no point was he asked to identify himself or produce a press pass, the source said. The cameraman rode the media shuttle back to the hotel with news photographers when the Rams walkthrough was completed, the source said.
It was suspected that Walsh was Tomase’s source, this adds to that.
Finally, let’s not forget: THE SPORTS DRINKS WERE TOO WARM!!!
ANTI-PATRIOTS PARANOIA REACHES NEW HEIGHTS – Jerry Thornton has more on the silliness.
But you Patriots fanboys are the ones with the agenda!