That's what Senator Arlen Specter calls NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's assertion that the Patriot's taping of defensive and, now it is known, offensive signals had not "affected the outcome of any games." And while I will forever revile the Senator from Pennsylvania for giving us the Magic Bullet theory, I could not agree with him more about this.
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The Patriots are the biggest cheaters professional sports have seen since the Black Sox scandal.
The NFL is obviously desperate to kill this story, issuing ludicrous statement after ludicrous statement, and continuing to claim that the matter is closed when it so clearly is not.
Finally, I point to one passage from the New York Times article linked above:
Mr. Specter said Mr. Walsh told him the player met with Mr. Belichick, his longtime assistant Ernie Adams and the assistant Charlie Weis, now the head coach at Notre Dame, to discuss how the team would make use of the signals. Mr. Specter said Mr. Walsh said the player told him this helped the Patriots anticipate 75 percent of the plays called by the opposing team.
The inclusion of Ernie Adams in that trifecta of deceit makes me think that I was right.
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