I used to have a tremendous amount of respect for Bill Belichick, head coach for the NE Pats.
Yes, his team sent my team home in the playoffs a couple of times. Yes, he is arrogant and yes, he was a poor sport at the end of the AFC Championship, last year when the Colts eliminated them. But by all appearances at the time, it looked like he worked his magic it by outcoaching the opposition. It looked like this man was truly a football genius and he knew his football as good as any.
Well, today it was announced by the NFL that they were stealing signals and taping formations in Sunday's game against the NT Jets, which is a clearly a rules violation. This casts a formidable shadow on the titles they have won, to say the least. The question now becomes, how long has this been going on?
If the league has any guts, they will come down hard on this man and the team. They should lose draft picks and should be fined, heavily. But more than anything, it shows a lack of integrity that will forever tarnish those three rings that he has.
Sorry, but I cannot respect a cheater. I know it goes on, I know that many have done it and didn't get caught. But for me, once I have seen a cheater exposed, that's it. Maybe he should retire from football and run for Ted Kennedy or John Kerry's seat in the Senate, because that's the level this sinks to.
We'll see how they play, now that their little spying operation has been exposed.