This is the only time I'm going to write about the Patriots videotaping opponents signals. I will not write a follow-up post. I will not call it "Spygate" (adding -gate to the end of anything does not make it a controversy and I hate it that people do that). I am not a Patriots fan. I was, however, rooting for them in the Super Bowl because (a) I hate the Giants and (b) I wanted to see a perfect season in my lifetime. I will not expand on either of those two points, though.
What finally prompted me to write something was Arlen Specter's asinine interference in sports while the US economy crumbles around him. This man is a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania economy hasn't exactly been lighting the world on fire since, oh, the 1970s. It's not part of the Rust Belt for no reason. But that's not the point. The point is that a United States Senator during a recession (or at least a pre-recession) while gas prices skyrocket should have better things to do than worry about whether or not his favorite football team was screwed by the Patriots. You know what? I hope the Patriots stole every single Steelers and Eagles sign and used them to clobber both teams, simply because it would make Mr. Specter angry.And you know what? There are, shockingly, more important things than sports.
I've got a newsflash for Mr. Specter: every single team in the NFL cheats; the Patriots got caught. Every team cheats because the NFL is a league of maniacal micromanagers. The NFL has created a culture where coaches need to spend 20 hours a day at the office or else they're perceived as not trying. The tragic results of this can been seen with Andy Reid's kids (I'm not saying they wouldn't have done drugs, but maybe if he was around more it would've been caught sooner). This sort of pressure breeds burn out and, surprise surprise, cheating. Hasn't anyone in the NFL head office seen that Saved By The Bell episode where Jessy takes drugs to stay awake studying because she can't handle the pressure? There's a lesson there, ladies and germs.
Back to the point: the NFL has created this problem and it can fix it. The easiest solution? Add four more network cameras and say those are the only videos any team can have. Have the league control all communications equipment (the league is swimming in cash, I think they can afford to hire 30 nerds to monitor all communications; I'm available). Mr. Specter's whining, though, isn't helping. He's undermining his position as a United States Senator. He's going against everything he, as a Republican, believes in (namely, no government interference in private enterprise). And, most tragically, he's looking more and more like a senile old man. This is tragic because his mind is sharp. He simply needs to focus on the things that matter in the real world: the economy and good government.