Hurricane Spygate Picks Up Speed

Ron Johnson@TLCCaptainSenior Writer IFebruary 16, 2008

I know I didn't pay much attention during social studies in school, but Congress is supposed to be passing laws, making our country better, and showing us why we put them there in the first place.

Now all of sudden, we got this pretty-boy who has screwed it up for all of us in every way possible.

Here's the question: who really is responsible for Spygate being blown way out of proportion?

Here's the suspects. You decide.

Bill Belichick, Head Coach, New England Patriots

He was the epitome of controversy when he was chosen as Bill Parcells' successor with the New York Jets.

Belichick accepted the position only to decide that he didn't want to coach the Jets.

He became coach of the Patriots and thereby started the "dynasty" that we know about today.

Unfortunately, he got into trouble when members of his staff were seen taping the play calling from the sidelines during a game against the Jets earlier last season.

Because of that, they lost a draft pick in next month's draft.

But the story doesn't end there, unfortunately.

Yesterday it was confirmed that a member of the 2001 Rams team from Super Bowl XXXVI filed a lawsuit against the Patriots citing that the Pats taped Rams practices before the Super Bowl.

I don't know what the story is with all these teams screaming foul, but Belichick isn't the only one responsible for Spygate.

Matt Walsh, former Patriots Employee, Current Snitch

No one knows who Matt Walsh is, but he will be well known after Spygate is officially buried.

Walsh is the man who claims to have physical evidence that the Patriots were taping teams as far back as their first Super Bowl title run in 2001.

Walsh also says that he taped the walkthrough practices of the St. Louis Rams the day before the Super Bowl, which the Patriots won 20-17.

Whether the tape exists or not is only known by Belichick and Walsh.

Walsh has agreed to turn over the evidence in exchange for amnesty. 

Walsh is living proof that trust is nothing more than a five-letter word in the Patriots organization.

Who is to say that what Walsh claims is true.

We have already seen that they did indeed tape the Jets game, but if I remember it right, didn't a member of the Jets staff already say that he did the exact same thing?

Roger Goodell Castro, NFL Commissioner

For months, I have called him Goodell Castro due to his "my way or the highway" reign as NFL Commissioner.

But after this season, not many people are going to respect him the way they respect Paul Tagliabue.

PT may have been a jackass at times, but at least he came to you face-to-face and said he didn't like you.

The first blow to Castro was during the Michael Vick controversy.

The way he handled the situation with Vick left many wondering if he truly was the right man for the job.

Following the Jets-Patriots game, Spygate became a major issue for the NFL.

People were starting to wonder if the Patriots were taping them while they were sleeping or taking a shower.

Yes, it got that bad.

Castro decided that he would handle this situation in house and destroyed the tapes that contained videos of multiple games and practices of teams.

But the problems didn't stop there for the Patriots, Castro, or the NFL.

That is where Washington decided to step in and make themselves noticed in more than just baseball.

Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania

Just how extreme do sports have to be to have our nation's lawmakers step in and take control of a situation?

Senator Arlen Specter thinks that it's the perfect time.

Specter has made it his business to get to the bottom of the Patriots Spygate season.

He has made it clear that he wants to talk to everyone involved with the taping incidents, and to make it worse, Walsh is next on his hit list.

So instead of preparing for the arrival of the 44th President of the United States, Arlen Specter is preparing to take down one of the most dominant teams of this decade.

Just how far is he willing to go?

He has called Castro a moron for destroying the tapes instead of keeping them for those "just in case" moments.

Don't be surprised if he calls Bill Belichick and possibly some of the players in for a little one-on-one time.

Willie Gary, Defensive Tackle, 2001 St. Louis Rams

No one from that St. Louis Rams Super Bowl team has complained about the loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI.

That was until Spygate arrived.

After the Patriots loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, we all figured Spygate was officially over. Even the Giants said that it didn't matter anymore.

Someone should have told Willie Gary that.

Despite the season being over, Gary and three Rams fans have decided to file a lawsuit against the Patriots for the alleged taping of walkthrough practices the day before their Super Bowl showdown in New Orleans.

Gary is citing that the Patriots committed "fraudulent acts and showed patterns of racketeering."

I'm not a wiz kid, but this lawsuit doesn't have much basis, but of course, Senator Specter could be foaming at the mouth at the thought of others joining a pointless crusade of making a mountain out of a molehill.

There are many players in the Spygate situation, but all of them have one thing in common: THEY'RE BLOWING THINGS WAY OUT OF PROPORTION!

We all are moving on from last year's controversy, but there are those that just want to keep beating a dead horse.

I hope that for all of our sake Ricky Williams gets caught smoking some pot and is still allowed to play.

Because honestly, these guys are proving that "there are far worse things out there than an ounce in the bottom of a water bottle." 


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