Bad People

More than anything else, the entire Spygate fiasco has ended up reinforcing my beliefs about the main players involved.

Bill Belichick really is a sniveling, sneaky, cheater who would do anything to win. He told Roger Goodell that he didn’t believe that the taping was illegal at the time. That wasn’t really believable anyway, but Matt Walsh’s statements remove all doubt — not only is Belichick a cheater, he’s also a liar. A liar who has no problem lying directly to the NFL Commissioner’s face.

Roger Goodell, for all of his rhetoric about cleaning up the league, is really only interested in cleaning up if the mess is already in plain view. His actions in the last few months in regards to Spygate have been highly suspicious. His office has issued several statements that would lead any thinking person to believe they were more interested in making this go away than getting to the whole truth of the matter.

ESPN talking heads have probably been the worst of anyone. They have raced against each other to make the most outrageous statements possible. This network has a serious problem — in its quest to appeal to the non-thinking, least common denominator of sports fans, the intelligent, thoughtful sports fan has lost all faith. It needs some competition.

Let’s hope this thing doesn’t linger much longer. As much as I would love to see Belichick and the Pats get boned, I think anyone outside of Bristol is truly tired of this. Training camp can’t get here soon enough.

Goodell in a Tough PR Spot

Paul Tagliabu picked the right time to call it a career.

Goodell has spent the early part of his tenure dealing with idiots like Pacman Jones and Michael Vick. Now he’s forced to defend and attempt to cover up for the reviled Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization.

It’s a shitty spot to be in, and judging from the public reaction he’s not winning anyone over. The best thing going for him right now is the Clemens show trial. Whenever that goes away his job will be even tougher. Arlen Specter seems set in making this the business of the federal government, and he’s likely to find his fellow committee members agreeable — for most of them attacking the Patriots just might be good politics.

I’m not immune to the emotional appeal of the prospect of Belichick twisting in a seat before Congress. The guy is too easy to hate. Combine that with the NFL’s terrible job of making this look like a closed case in the fall and this could get real ugly.

Update: ESPN has taken the Goodell video down? Why?

Suck it, Belichick

And though the Giants’ victory is a tragedy in my world, I still find solace in a Patriots loss.  Watching Belichick ignore Mike Carey’s pleas to stay on the sideline, abandon his team and leave the field with time on the clock was staggering.  What an asshole.

Seeing the Patriots fail is something that brings me happiness, and I feel no guilt over this.  Will they suffer the curse of the Super Bowl loser?  God I hope so.