Spygate Observations: Roger Goodell, Arlen Specter and Ted Kennedy

According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the investigation of the New England Patriots’ illegal videotaping practices better known as Spygate came to an end today.  Matt Walsh, former Patriots’ video man turned golf-pro turned NFL informant, essentially confirmed what the Commissioner already knew, and exposed no new evidence of illegal surveillance performed by the Patriots.  The alleged smoking gun, a tape of the Rams’ walk-through practice before Super Bowl XXXVI, was never revealed – and likely does not exist.  The Boston Herald, which broke the story of the walk-through tape, even apologized to the Patriots for falsely reporting the existence of the tape on the eve of this year’s Super Bowl.  This seemingly endless story has been covered from virtually every angle imaginable.  Rather than rehash those stories, here are two observations on Spygate:

The Commissioner:

The Commissioner’s swift action after week 1 of the NFL season, likely intended to avoid this controversy from overshadowing the season, backfired to an extent.  The destruction of the videotapes confiscated by the NFL simply left too much room for conspiracy theorists and publicity seekers.  (See Senator Arlen Specter, Matt Walsh)  The Commissioner, clearly a quick study, learned his lesson and disclosed the tapes provided by Matt Walsh to the media.  Watching ESPN run tapes of the Cleveland Brown’s defensive signals was not exactly scintillating, and likely diffused the situation.


Watching Senator Arlen Specter hold a press conference advocating for an independent inquiry of Spygate, one would think that Senator Specter must have missed the House’s hearings on steroids in baseball.  Politicians are not well-suited to investigate Major League Baseball, the National Football League, or any other professional sport.  The Clemens hearing proved that.  Members of Congress alternated between throwing Clemens softball questions and attacking him outright.  Ultimately, the questioning broke along party lines and the hearing did nothing for the credibility of Congress.  But apparently Senator Specter felt left out and now wants to impress his Pennsylvania constituents (coincidentally the Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX) by launching an independent probe of Spygate.  Senator Specter attempts to hold the NFL’s antitrust exemption over their head, arguing that the NFL has a heightened duty to the public.  If so, where was Senator Specter during the Michael Vick scandal? 

Senator Ted Kennedy best summarized Senator Specter’s attempt to inject himself into Spygate:

“With the war in Iraq raging on, gasoline prices closing in on $4 a gallon, and Americans losing their homes at record rates to foreclosure, the United States Senate should be focusing on the real problems that Americans are struggling with…”

 Well said.



  1. Big Blue says:

    hmmmm…Ted Kennedy thinks that gasoline prices are more imporant than spygate??? sounds like an end-around to me (almost reminiscent of…what ever happened to that car going off that bridge on MV???) I thinks he’s still realing from Plax catching that pass. Now, what did I do with the keys to my hybrid?

  2. Great post! Lovely!

  3. Great post! Thanks…

  4. It’s cool!

  5. Vick haters and Cliff Lee people. Seems like the most vocal people on these boards these days.


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