So I have to say, I'm dissapointed in the Patriots organization at the moment.
I mean, I get that "all the teams do it".
The question I pose is: but if all the other teams in the NFL jumped off a bridge…would you follow them?
Isn't that the basic rule of character, independence and ethics that we teach to our children?
Does it not follow suit in professional sports?
And better yet -- aren't the Patriots above doing what "all the other teams" are doing? Doesn't the Kraft Family and Bill Belicheck pride themselves with the fact that they operate in a manner that is upright, honest and respectful?
The thought process of everyone showing the Pats "no respect" and under estimating them all the time, I was under the impression always inspired them to work harder, play better and continuously prove that they're head and shoulders above the "other" teams, both on the field and as an organization.
Yet, unfortunately - the Pats are the ones who got caught being "like everyone else", which only leads to an unfortunate lack of respect from those who were already looking for them to falter.
It's almost as if they're the Yankees..the "evil empire" within the NFL. The bully on the block that everyone wants to see knocked down by the little guy. And while some if it is totally chalked up to "jealousy", because no one wants to see the same team win all the time (although, us Pats fans do!) -- jealousy only goes so far when ethics and integrity get called on the carpet, and unfortunately - deservedly so.
I can think of a million arguments as to why this shouldn't be a big deal. I can certainly justify it. But the core of the matter is that, whether it helped the team win games or not - it is a big deal. It's cheating. Plain and simple.
I just don't see how the Patriots organization are going to be able to come out of this in a positive light.