Pats Spied on Jets ...

Posted: Sep 12, 2007 9:37 AM

I thought Dean would be all over this, but since he's not, here goes ...

So the New England Patriots are in trouble for spying on the New York Jets during Sunday's game: 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has determined that the New England Patriots violated league rules Sunday when they videotaped defensive signals by the New York Jets' coaches, according to league sources.

... Goodell is considering severe sanctions, including the possibility of docking the Patriots "multiple draft picks" because it is the competitive violation in the wake of a stern warning to all teams since he became commissioner, the sources said. The Patriots have been suspected in previous incidents.

While "picking off signs" is a long (and almost revered) tradition in sports, using a video camera to do it violates league rules.

It would be unfortunate if this incident tarnishes the reputation of the Patriots, who have become a huge success story in the NFL.