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  • The Farce Continues: 'Spygate' reopens?

    WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter called today for an independent investigation into the Patriots' illegal taping practices, citing what he called an obvious conflict between the interest of the NFL and the public interest.

    "After a lot of consideration it's my judgment that there ought to be an impartial investigation, an outside investigation, like the [steroids] investigation that baseball had with former [Maine] Senator George Mitchell," said Specter at a Capitol Hill news conference.

    Specter, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, stopped short of saying the government would conduct an investigation if the NFL didn't do so, but didn't rule out Congressional hearings to look into the matter, if action wasn't taken.

    Specter met with former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh for three hours yesterday in his Hart Senate Office Building office. He said that Walsh told him that a former offensive player for the Patriots told Walsh a few days before a Sept. 11, 2000 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that the offensive player was called into a meeting with head coach Bill Belichick, then offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and Belichick confidant Ernie Adams. During the meeting it was explained to the player how the signal tapes would be used.

    According to Specter's recount of what Walsh detailed to him, the offensive player, who was on the sidelines for the game, would memorize the signals then watch for the Tampa Bay defensive calls during the game. He would then pass the call along to Weis, who would give instructions to the quarterback on the field.

    Specter's statement said that the offensive player told Walsh that it helped the Patriots anticipate 75 percent of the defensive plays being called.

    The senator also said that Walsh, who worked for the Patriots from 1997 to 2003, told him that as a season-ticket holder he witnessed Steve Scarnecchia, the son of Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and currently the New York Jets video director, taping games during the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons.

    The games that Specter cited, according to his meeting with Walsh, were Sept. 9, 2002 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Nov. 16, 2003, against the Dallas Cowboys and Oct. 31, 2004 against the Steelers, a 34-20 New England loss that ended their record 21-game winning streak.

    According to Specter, Walsh didn't tell NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about witnessing those games because he was not asked.

    Specter said he was also troubled by the fact that Walsh told him that Dan Goldberg, whom Walsh identified as a Patriots attorney, was present at his NFL interview and allowed to ask questions. Specter, a former Philadelphia district attorney, said such a practice "strains credulity."

    "What is necessary is an objective investigation," said Specter. "This has not been objective."
    http://www.boston.com/sports/footbal...r_calls_f.html

    Interesting report, but you have to start to wonder about Walsh's credibility at this point. The possibility of this dragging into an epic public inquiry vis a vis the MLB steroids blemish is perhaps a step too far...

    Also, from a legality standpoint, I was previously under the impression that it was the videotaping of signals that was illegal whereas watching the and relaying them from the sidelines was simply 'bad form.' Is that incorrect?

  • #2
    Yeah I think video taping signals is the thing people didn't like. I mean even in baseball people have been trying to steal signals. So stealing or trying to stealing isn't a bad thing, but using recording devices to aid to do it is going a bit far. I have no problem with trying to steal them with the naked eye.

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    • #3
      Somebody's lying because Goodell said during his press conference yesterday that he asked Walsh about any other information that he (Goodell) should know. The stuff about Scarnecchia taping from the stands is kind of mute because thats not against the rules.

      P.S. I don't trust Specter's motives because I listened to his interview a couple of months back with WEEI in Boston, and also his ties to Comcast.

      Here's the link:
      http://audio.weei.com/m/18414823/arl...er&match=QUERY

      Host: So in its embryonic stage this really did have its seeds in your concerns -- the patriots might have stolen the Super Bowl from your Eagles?
      Specter: That's right
      Host: To put it another way, if you weren't an Eagle fan you might not be interested in this?
      Specter: Well, I wouldn't have . . . it wouldn't have triggered my thinking. And as I say it triggered my thinking 'cause the Patriots and the Eagles were about to play a game [that was] scheduled in November.

      Later in the interview:
      Host: Senator, let me apologize at the outset here if you believe this question to be impertanant. Any connection here that your second largest contributer, Comcast (153,000 dollars to your campaign) and the feud that Comcast is having with the NFL. Comcast in a nutshell doesn't want to pay the NFL Network for its programming. If you rattle the NFL's cage with the anti-trust comment be beneficial to Comcast?
      Specter: I do not think so. I've been concerned about the NFL long before Comcast was on the seen. My interest goes back more than two decades.
      Last edited by my future me; 05-14-2008, 02:19 PM. Reason: Clarification

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      • #4
        What raises most of the curiosity is why did Goodell destroy the tapes?
        I think that leads a lot of ppl to believing he is hiding something

        bonekrusher
        The Twitters
        themaninblack

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        • #5
          I don't care anymore. Simple as that. No more punishment will happen and the Pats lost a 1st round draft pick. That's all folks.


          Originally posted by Halsey
          I don't have to watch it to know it was not interesting.

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          • #6
            God Specter needs to stop and let it go.


            RIP TheManInBlack

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            • #7
              Oh **** Specter let it go already. It's over and done with. Find a way to make gas less than $3.60 a gallon and then you can start talking about football.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Turtlepower View Post
                I don't care anymore. Simple as that. No more punishment will happen and the Pats lost a 1st round draft pick. That's all folks.
                Thats true. Nothing else will be done for this matter. Tapes were destroyed, and if the Pats did have anything else they taped, I am sure they have destroyed it by now.

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                • #9
                  I agree do your job and let the comish do his. Piss off specter

                  Sick Sig by BoneKrusher

                  WHO DAT

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                  • #10
                    Specter: Walsh indicated Jets taped as well

                    May 14, 2008 12:34 PM

                    Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

                    Sen. Arlen Specter said former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh indicated he saw the Jets taping signals at one point during a Jets-Patriots game, but Walsh did not say anything about it at the time. Specter also thinks the NFL hasn't done enough to investigate the Patriots' taping practices in 2003, 2004 and 2005, even though Walsh told him he observed the Patriots taping signals from the stands after Walsh had left the organization as an employee.
                    http://myespn.go.com/blogs/hashmarks...d-as-well.html

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Turtlepower View Post
                      I don't care anymore. Simple as that. No more punishment will happen and the Pats lost a 1st round draft pick. That's all folks.
                      QFT. WHO CARES ANYMORE?

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                      • #12
                        Someone needs to take out Walsh before he becomes McNamee

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                        • #13
                          Arlen Specter just won't let this go, oh well, guess he doesn't have anything more important to do.





                          Originally posted by Scott Wright
                          I guarantee that if someone picks Cam Newton in the Top 5 they will regret it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SNIPER26 View Post
                            Oh **** Specter let it go already. It's over and done with. Find a way to make gas less than $3.60 a gallon and then you can start talking about football.
                            Dang. We are up to $4.15 in Oakland.

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                            • #15
                              It's about $5 a gallon in England I believe, and only going up.

                              XBox 360 Gamertag: Bunj1986

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