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LMAO.  When the press was badgering Belichick to talk about the Kansas City loss, all he would say this morning was, “We’re videotaping Cincinnati. Er... I mean, we’re on to Cincinnati.” probably.

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STATEMENT FROM ROGER GOODELL, GOD-KING OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

“Earlier this week, the League was made aware of allegations of illegal sideline filming by the New England Patriots. Normally, such a repeat violation of the rules would be met with harsh punishment. However, since the offense was made against the Cincinnati Bengals, who are only an NFL team by a strict reading of League bylaws, we are going to let this one slide. We will be fining Bengals head coach Zac Taylor $10,000 for disclosing the existence of the investigation and linebacker Vontaze Burfict $15,000 just because. In conclusion, all hail Me, Roger Goodell, God-King of the National Football League.”

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De-legitimize the league by exposing the cheating ways of the premier, most successful, franchise?  Nope!  No better way to create a little internal documentary about the Patriots than to just leave a camera to record a whole quarter of the Bengals’ sideline.  Makes sense!  

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Patriots : “We were accidentally cheating the same way we got caught accidentally cheating in the past.  Just a lot of accidents.”

The League -“Gosh, could happen to anyone!  All is forgiven!  All is forgotten including your cheating to beat the Rams in the Super Bowl (taping Rams’ walkthrough), your mass murderer tight end, your cheating QB who destroyed his cell phone by accident to hide the coverup evidence, your hand job connoisseur owner, your taping of the Eagle’ sideline signals, all that, we can’t recall any of that.  Patriot Way!!”

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A common refrain heard upon the air waves today is:  "Why would the Patriots need to cheat to beat the bengals?"   Fair question.

The correct answer is:   Any given Sunday.     If you don't bring your A game then ANY team can be beaten by ANY other team.   This has been proven.

So if your "A" game includes top notch preparation and your preparation includes illegally obtained video assistance.   There's your answer.

The NFL has a level of parity baked into it's system.   Therefore if you have always gained an edge by doing "whatever", you must continue to continue to do "whatever" in order maintain the edge regardless of opponent because the gap is simply not that big.

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Given that the Patriots just lost a game at home against the Chiefs and now this....I predict the Patriots beat the Bengals by 50+ points.   Think they will institute a mercy rule for this game?

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Rapaport : “The League feels inclined to believe the Patriots’ intentions regarding videotaping the Bengals, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be a penalty.”

What a load. 

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The investigation around Spygate 1.0 discovered the Patriots had a directive that if the taper was caught, lie to the authorities and say you were filming for a Patriots show or web content.

Just shows the level of contempt they have for the league.  They didn’t even change their M.O., just started up taping signals again with the same bullshit excuses.  
 

Can you blame them?  A fine and one draft pick, very small price to pay for a competitive advantage.  That penalty had no effect on them, and the wrist slap about to be administered won’t matter either.

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None of it makes sense. If there's no purpose, or gain in competitive advantage, from taping the Bengals sideline for an entire quarter...why do it? Why film a documentary that includes sideline tape of your next opponent when you've been caught before? Why did the employee doing the taping say "I can erase this and we'll all just forget about it, ok?" If there's "nothing to see here" why would you take the risk of doing it in the first place? And why if this is all just "nothing" and routine, does it keep happening to the same team? The biggest heists are done in broad daylight. "Nobody would risk doing it in a manner that is so obvious so it can't be true". Purely manipulative psychology.

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