September 10, 2015 |
There is a reason that most NFL home teams choose the sideline with its back to the press box and coaching boxes. There is a reason coaches hold the play chart in front of their faces when calling plays or coverages. There is a reason locker rooms are guarded and practice facilities are inspected for hidden cameras and hotel trash cans are emptied lest a morsel of information fall into the wrong hands. The reason is not because Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have turned the league into a cult of cheaters.
May 8, 2015 |
IT'S NOT so much that they cheated, it's how they cheated. It's not so much that they protested, it's how they protested. They cheated with utter arrogance and disdain. They protested with utter arrogance and contempt. Again. For this, the NFL should excoriate them. Ted Wells spent almost 4 months compiling a 243-page report that, on its surface, exonerated coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft from culpability in the actual deflation process. There was no evidentiary proof of their knowledge, which, strictly speaking, affords them plausible deniability.
February 2, 2015
PHOENIX - What a difference a year makes. On the eve of the Super Bowl a year ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell delivered an imperious state-of-the-game address, then jousted with reporters in his typically combative manner. Yesterday, Goodell stood before 2,000 reporters and NFL executives a humbler man. His power diminished and his haughtiness gone, Goodell acknowledged his failures of the past year as the league's profile descended to this: A collection of woman-beating, child-abusing, insubordinate cheaters.
December 16, 2010
THERE was a campaign button being circulated among the power brokers at the annual confab of the Pennsylvania Society last weekend in New York: It had GOP strategist Roger Stone's fingerprints all over it. You never know when Stone is joking. (Just ask Elliot Spitzer.) To the extent that anyone would see City Hall in Specter's future, I'd argue that they were setting their sights too locally. I'm thinking Islamabad. In light of Richard Holbrooke's death, President Obama should name Specter the new special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
November 20, 2009
Thumbs down To the NFL for the harsh fine it handed Titans owner Bud Adams for giving a single-digit salute - with both hands - to the Bills sideline during his team's 41-17 victory Sunday. Adams was fined $250,000 for his actions. That's as much as the Patriots were fined last year for Spygate (Patriots coach Bill Belichick received a separate $500,000 fine for that). "I got caught up in the excitement of a great day, but I do realize that those types of things shouldn't happen," Adams said.
November 17, 2009 |
The NFL has fined Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for making an obscene gesture at Buffalo fans while celebrating Tennessee's victory over the Bills. Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adams of the fine yesterday, and league spokesman Greg Aiello said it is for conduct detrimental to the NFL. Adams was seen making the gesture while in his luxury suite and again on the field after Sunday's 41-17 victory in Nashville. The 86-year-old Adams issued an apology a couple of hours later, saying he got caught up in the excitement of the moment.
June 18, 2008 |
Calling it "the toughest decision" facing USA Basketball since it began using professional players, U.S. Olympic team coach Mike Krzyzewski said the 12-man roster for this summer's Beijing Games would be released Monday. "The pool of players that we have have all made commitments and have given time and effort," the Duke coach said yesterday at his annual summer news conference in Durham, N.C. "Really, we have more people qualified for those 12 spots than we can take, so that's what makes it tough.
May 14, 2008
YOU CAN'T trust any of them. Matt Walsh, Roger Goodell and the Patriots: They're all lying, at best, disingenuous, at least. Walsh, the Brian McNamee of the NFL, yesterday slunk into the offices of two men with better things to do in an effort to squash Spygate and its most insidious development: that the Pats taped a Rams walkthrough before they beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002. Walsh was armed with evidence he never should have had after his stint as a low-level Patriots video gofer and scout - illegal, grainy videotapes he took of opponents flashing signals during games.
March 2, 2008 |
Sen. Arlen Specter relishes a good investigation, whether it's the Kennedy assassination, corruption among Philadelphia's magistrates, the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, the death of Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, or the Khobar Towers bombing. Now his passion for truth is focused on the National Football League, much to the angst of the league and some taxpayers who question whether the senator's interest is appropriate. Last week, I sat down with him to find out why he is so interested in "Spygate," the NFL scandal involving illicit videotaping by the New England Patriots, and the league's handling of the mess.
February 23, 2008 |
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter accused the New England Patriots yesterday of "stonewalling" his investigation into Spygate, and hinted that NFL might never question key witness Matt Walsh, a former Patriots video assistant. "My suspicion is that they're going to put enough conditions on it so that he won't talk," the Pennsylvania Republican told ESPN.com. "If they had wanted Walsh to talk, it would have been done a long time ago. " Specter said he wants to be present if Walsh is questioned.