Perfectionist, Bill Belichick Tumbles Through Treason"
Monday, Feb 04, 2008
Editors Note: A quorum has been met for the editorial to be considered
for publication as 15 members of the board voted by 1:30 a.m. The
editorial passed with a super majority: 14 - 0 - 1: 14-Yes votes,
0-No votes, and 1-Abstain vote
Treason is defined as an act of betrayal or disloyalty. Bill Belichick,
the coach of the New England Patriots embodied that when he was accused
of spying against the New York Jets team. Spying is an act of betrayal
and disloyalty. In this case, it was the country of the National
Football League (NFL) where the treason occurred.
The hope and unspoken expectation is that everyone plays honestly and
does not cheat. Without cheating there is no act of betrayal and
disloyalty. Belichick betrayed other coaches and the NFL when the spy
gate scandal broke through because there was an unspoken trust that
these kinds of things will not happen and it did.
At the time, they were not sentenced severely by the NFL and Coach
Belichick continued to coach the high powered offense of the Patriots
led by quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Randy Moss.
The New York Jets could not put the New England Patriots down nor were
they able to be sentenced for treason in the other 15 games of the
season, finishing the regular season with a perfect 16-0. This was
disappointing because at the time it showed that there was no sentencing
for cheating. The Patriots streak continued in the playoffs when they
went 2-0 winning the AFC Championship game too! This was a disappointing
moment again because spy gate was not taken seriously.
The most disappointing moment came when Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) was
outraged when he found out Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner gave
permission for all the video tapes that the Patriots took of opposing
teams to be destroyed. There is now a scandal on that too and hearings
will happen in Congress with their Judicial Committee.
Goodell did not want the NFL to get a bad name as Bud Selig, the Major
Baseball League (MBL) commissioner did not want baseball to be clouded
by the steroids scandal. Yet, players of other teams and coaches of
other teams needed to know what kind of video tapes and whose plays did
It is believed that when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl with
Belichick at the helm against the high-powered offense of the St. Louis
Rams led by quarterback and Bible-believing Christian Kurt Warner that
the Patriots may have cheated there too. It is also possible that they
cheated against the Philadelphia Eagles in another Super Bowl.
Were the Pittsburgh Steelers who missed out on the Super Bowl couple of
times because of the New England Patriots also victims too?
It is hard to know for sure because all the tapes have been destroyed
but we can still get to the truth of the treason by having witnesses
involved being summoned over to Congress including Coach Belichick.
What the New York Jets could not do to put away the Patriots in their
second game against them, was taken care of by the other New York.
The New York Giants almost gave the Patriots a loss in the regular
season which would have put a dent on their perfect season hopes but
could not accomplish it then until now.
It is only fitting that a New York team sentenced the Patriots and Coach
Belichick to a defeated season for treason involving spy gate. On the
night of Feb 3, 2007, it became a defeated season for the Patriots when
the jury of 12 players including their coach Tom Coughlin being the
foreman of the jury sentenced the Patriots to a 17-14 loss.
Belichick’s season which was blemished from the beginning of the spy
gate scandal and accusations that commissioner Goodell destroyed the NFL
video tapes acquired from the Patriots, got rightly blemished by the
Giants who gave them a Super Bowl loss allowing them to finish their
sentence with a 18-1 record. The Patriots became the only team in NFL
history to go 18-1 without a Super Bowl ring.
Giants gave Patriots perfectionism piercing payday for treason. Never
was real remorse seen in Belichick for his actions and never was an idea
of repentance or restitution evident in Belichick. Belichick came of as
a win at all costs kind of coach which also propelled anger towards the
It was a sweet feeling when the Indianapolis Colts with coach Tony
Dungy, a born-again Christian won the Super Bowl last year whose
coaching style and lifestyle have been praised in the NFL compared to
Cheating may seem successful for the time being but it will eventually
come to bite when the truth comes to light whether it is day or night.
Patriots finishing the season with a Super Bowl loss to the Giants is a
classic example. Of the only loss they got, it happened in the game
watched all over the world. It reminded people what cheating can
eventually result in.
Coaches and players need to be honest and have integrity because wrong
doing will eventually come into the light. When it comes to light and
there is no remorse the sentencing will be harsher.
The New York Giants had the opportunity to be the jury of 12 sentencing
the Patriots organization with a devastating loss in Super Bowl XLLII.
The lesson to be learned no matter where we are whether it is sports,
academics, career, it is not worth coming up by cheating because
everything may go well but when least expected when most of the world is
watching cheaters collapse when there is no remorse or repentance but
when there is remorse and repentance there is forgiveness involved too.
It is sad that the Patriots team had to pay the consequences and fans
had to suffer this sentence because of coach Belichick's actions.
The Bible speaks a lot against dishonesty and cheating but also speaks a
lot on mercy and forgiveness when there is remorse.
The New York Giants being the jury set the precedent that cheating can
hurt badly at the most watched moment. It happened to the New England
Patriots. Let it not happen to us!
picture to read my dad's memoriam:
Nov 01, 1941 - Dec 17, 2007
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