Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Cheating and spying

There was a report floating around - based on a comment by a player - that some players had bought bootleg videos of Tom Brady and used them to help decipher his playcalls and cadence. Bootleg videos? Does that mean something like a "Girls Gone Wild" video?

Geez. Everything that happens *on the football field* is public record. Whether the Dolphins watched every televeision broadcast of every game he's played in, somehow got a hold of a recording of one of those audio dishes you see on the sidelines, or even if Jason Taylor was in uniform holding a tape recorder during the last Pats game, it just doesn't matter.

How could that be considered cheating in any way? The NFL chose - rightfully - not to investigate.

Used to be a time - before every game was broadcast - when teams had to make films of their own games, and then were required by the NFL to exchange them with their upcoming opponent. Many a coach would send somebody to have a somewhat clandestine meeting with a person from the opposition to change film cans. In those days, getting a little more scoop was valuable.

Today, everything that happens is well known.
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