This whole spying thing has effectively ruined my week. I’m pissed.
I’m pissed because I made a jackass out of myself by making excuses.
I’m pissed because the Patriots are in no way the only team that does this but I guess with continued success comes increased scrutiny. And don’t tell me other teams don’t do it – just watch any NFL coach calling plays, they look like mafia guys chatting outside knowing there’s FBI agents watching their every move.
I’m pissed because, now the LaDainian Tomlinsons of the world can sit on their high horse.
I’m pissed because something that gives such a minor advantage is going to taint everything I have cheered and celebrated for the last 13 years.
I’m pissed because, no matter how hard they try, I think this is going to affect the players’ performance this coming Sunday.
I’m pissed because I can’t even enjoy the great game they had last Sunday.
I’m pissed because now Colts fans can have the last laugh, and why wouldn’t they? If things were reversed, I’d be doing the same.
My boyfriend made the best point – “In baseball, they always spy on the catchers. ‘Oh look! They’re gonna throw the fastball!’ So they know it’s coming… but they still have to hit the fucking thing.”
So what’s a Pats fan like me to do?
From around Patriots Nation:
– We’ve All Been Cheated @ Patriots Daily. “The events of the last few days have also revealed the league-wide contempt for the Patriots. Remember the days of the Cowboys with the “America’s Team” crap, and how reviled they were for it? That’s the Patriots now.”
– Commenter Jameros on The Patriots Act says, “The thing is, signals change week to week, the amount of plays teams use during a single game is huge, and this actually giving some sort of huge advantage is ludicrous. Plays even change as the defense tries to read what the offense is doing. Is this illegal and dumb? Yes.”
– Jeff at Pats Fan Blog makes great points including, “One positive can be taken from this incident, however. Now, the Patriots don’t need motivation to play this year. Now, they won’t have to find opportunities to dig deep. They’ve been labeled cheaters, and the rest of the league thinks very little of them. If the point of this exercise was to give an already dangerous team motivation to win, then consider it done. I feel bad for San Diego, because it won’t be pretty next week.”
Brace for the worst, Pats fans. At least we’re in it together.