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Should Patriots' Super Bowls Have an Asterisk?

Sports 2012/05/02 20:00:00
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Before the New Orleans Saints hurt the NFL's image with BountyGate, there was the "Gate of all Gates" in 2007: SpyGate. It was revealed back then, after a complaint from then-New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini, that the New England Patriots were revealed to have been spying and video taping other teams' practices since the early 2000s.

Keep in mind, Mangini was on the Patriots' coaching staff during that time. This was largely an afterthought since then, until Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh opened his mouth in a recent interview, saying the Patriots' three Super Bowl titles in the 2000s should have an asterisk next to them. The NFL's investigation in 2007 rocked the league's image and tainted the Pats' three Super Bowl championship titles, but many detractors quickly focused on what went on after that.

That season, the Patriots went undefeated throughout the regular season and playoffs. At least until they ran into the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. As for the Patriots' punishments, well at the time, they were pretty stiff: a $250,000 fine to the Patriots organization and $500,000 to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Those were some of the major punishments that were made public by the NFL.

Were the tapes the NFL found damning enough to think the Patriots gained a considerable advantage? If you're going by recent history, the answer is no, considering Belichick and his team just made it to the Super Bowl this past season. However, we'll never know as the NFL destroyed the tapes. In hindsight, that might not have been the best idea, since even five years later, questions remain unanswered. The Patriots have the talent to win Super Bowls, but how could seeing what your opponent practices not help give you an edge? Was Harbaugh out of line or just saying what everyone else in the NFL is thinking?

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  • Met H.E 2012/05/07 05:09:18
    Met
    and my point is, how many other teams HAVE NOT WON a championship since spy gate...

    not because they were necessarily involved, but because on average a team wins a championship every 20 years.

    The pats are still there every year, in contention, with NO defense.

    Which is why they lost to the giants twice now. Gotta have a defense in the superbowl, especially against a physical team.
  • Gregaj7 2012/05/02 17:24:55
    Yes
    Gregaj7
    +2
    The entire NFL needs to shut-down for a year and totally clean house!
  • James Gregaj7 2012/05/02 20:16:05
    James
    +2
    Hey, don't punish all the teams. The Packers have done nothing wrong (that I know of so if they have, tell me) so if you're going to shut down the NFL, at least give them their trophy back! lol
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/05/02 15:27:11
  • jacktown kid 2012/05/02 15:12:24
    No
    jacktown kid
    +1
    No they should not

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