Don Shula famously referred to New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick as “Belicheat” recently, and a host of NFL apologists dutifully lined up to downplay the New England fraud in three Superbowls, proved for all time by the Spygate cheating tapes and their destruction by Richard Nixon — whoops, I meant Roger Goodell.
A core part of letting New England off the hook is that old standby “Everybody Does It” (EDI), an excuse so powerful it has been trotted out to excuse all manner of infamies, including felony crimes committed by Bill Clinton, etc.
And so I enjoy when this monolithic “EDI” excuse is ripped apart, either vigorously, or casually, which is even better.
A recent case in point is from former NFL player Ross Tucker, who guest-hosted the Dan Patrick radio show last week. Mr. Tucker was an offensive lineman who played on several pro teams, including the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, and yes, the cheating New England Patriots.
And so, here was a back-and-forth between Tucker and Andrew Perloff on January 21, 2015:
Perloff: “Isn’t everybody guilty of something, Ross? I mean all 32 teams, is it, as you said, it’s kinda, I don’t know…”
Tucker: “I don’t know the answer to that, and I can tell ya, most of the other teams I was on I don’t remember anything like that…”
Boom, there it is. But he left a little loop hole in his answer by saying “most of” instead of “all of”.
However, this get cleared up immediately by Mr. Tucker, who goes on to say
…although I do remember my rookie year that when were in Washington, we thought we knew some of the hand signals that the Cowboys had. This should be noted, though, that’s not illegal, to try to steal signs. It’s just illegal to videotape them.
Right, Ross Tucker, exactly: videotape them as the New England Patriots did throughout their “dynasty” years, which were actually their fraud years. What the Patriots did is illegal, and not something you saw when you played for five other teams.
What makes Belichick and Brady the frauds that they are is that the Patriots took an acceptable level of opponent espionage and pushed it past the boundaries into a destruction of the integrity of the game: one of their guys actually walked over to the opponents’ sidelines (!!!) with a video recorder and videotaped the opponents’ play books.
What was on those tapes?
We will never know, because Roger Goodell destroyed them rather than allow the ugly truth to become known: Brady and Belichick and Mr. Kraft’s football team are an elaborate hoax.