Let me say this up front- I am not a Jet fan. What I am wondering is why the punishment for the Patriots’ sideline videography isn’t going to include forfeiting the game that they were caught cheating in? I don’t quite understand the logic to this. Sure, I think that losing draft picks is a serious penalty, but I don’t think it should be the only penalty. I’ve read from football insiders that the penalty could be as severe as a second round pick and a fifth round pick, more than likely not in the same draft. My question is why not make them forfeit the Jets game and take away a second round pick? Wouldn’t that be a serious deterrent from cheating?
My buddy and I were discussing this tonight, and we were trying to come up with comparisons in other sports. The best we could think of would be if there were cameras in center field pointed at the catcher’s signs, and some sort of relay or signal could be instantly sent to the batter. But even then, it is probably easier to audible to another play than to hit a pitch when you know what it will be. And if a player on the other team was able to figure out what one of your signs was while playing on the field, then so be it, but to assign someone to video tape the other coach, and compare that with other visual evidence to ‘crack the code’ is just as bad as what Tim Donaghy did in my opinion. Donaghy attempted to alter the outcome of games for his personal benefit. Isn’t that what the New England coaches were doing? I think this is just as important to the “integrity of the game” as the steroid issue.
Seems to me that the commish retired at just the right time don’t you think? Now we’ll see if Roger Goddell is as serious about front office and coaches behaving as he is players.