2007 Spygate investigation included signal jamming accusation

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In 2007, when the NFL docked the Patriots a first-round draft pick for taping opposing teams’ signals, there were also accusations that the Patriots were jamming opposing teams’ audio communications. But at the time, those accusations went nowhere.

Now the Patriots are accused of interfering with the Steelers’ headset communications on Thursday night in New England, and those 2007 Spygate allegations will come back into focus.

While the Spygate investigation was ongoing during the second week of the 2007 season, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that “The league also was reviewing a possible violation into the number of radio frequencies the Patriots were using during Sunday’s game, sources said. The team did not have a satisfactory explanation when asked about possible irregularities in its communication setup during the game.”

Shortly after Mortensen’s report, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that he was penalizing the Patriots for taping opposing teams’ signals. But Goodell said nothing about the Patriots violating any rules with respect to headset communications.

However, Mortensen then reported that taping opposing teams’ signals “could be the tip of the iceberg, and that the Patriots’ practices could include jamming the radio frequency in opponents’ head-sets, and miking the Pats’ defensive linemen to hear the offense’s audibles and the cadence between the center and the quarterback.”

No NFL discipline came from those allegations. And the fact that Mortensen was the reporter who broke the news of those allegations will lead many in New England to dismiss it. After all, Mortensen was also the reporter who incorrectly reported that 11 of 12 footballs the Patriots used in the AFC Championship Game were two PSI below the NFL’s 12.5 PSI minimum. If a false Mortensen report hurt the Patriots during Deflategate, then a Mortensen report about the Patriots in Spygate and Headsetgate won’t be received well in New England.

But the mere fact that the allegations existed — and that multiple teams have suspected the Patriots of headset tampering — means the NFL has a problem on its hands. There’s a perception that the Patriots cheat, and a perception that the NFL either isn’t willing or isn’t able to stop it.

113 responses to “2007 Spygate investigation included signal jamming accusation

  1. The Ideal Gasbag Law clearly states that when someone makes a legitimate claim against the Patriots, someone from Boston will reply “They hate us cause they ain’t us”.

  2. I heard they also left the tarp off the field in a rain storm the night before to slow down the Jets in the Jan. 1983 AFC title game.

    Oh, wait a minute, that was Don Shula’s Dolphins. Nevermind.

  3. no surprise here. foxboro is the bermuda triangle of the nfl – strange things always happen to the visiting team.

    the definition of insanity is expecting a different result however, when are teams going to realize that the craps will lie, cheat and steal to win? START DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND DON’T RELY ON FAITH THAT THE CRAPS WON’T CHEAT!

  4. Really? The NFL controls the headsets. Belichick said they almost had to swap out Brady’s helmet because they couldn’t get signals to him. Do we really think that the Patriots are jamming radio signals on the sidelines after the last seven months?

    Maybe the Steelers should’ve covered Gronk.

  5. spiffy1001 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 11:08 AM

    The Ideal Gasbag Law clearly states that when someone makes a legitimate claim against the Patriots, someone from Boston will reply “They hate us cause they ain’t us”.

    Patriots all we do is win all we do is win

  6. The Ideal Gasbag Law clearly states that when someone makes a legitimate claim against the Patriots, someone from Boston will reply “They hate us cause they ain’t us”.

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    Define legitimate? And guess what…….they hate us cause they ain’t us.

  7. Where can the PSI data be found from last night’s game? The integrity of the game is at stake as according to the league office, the biggest cheater in the history of the NFL was playing and he can only play with deflated equipment according to Roger and his goons.. Why would the league not want to release all of the PSI data after game # 1 to let the fans know that the league will only operate within the rules they have in writing?

    PFT has been the only unbiased football site in regards to this, please get the data or at least let the fans/readers know what is going on.

  8. “When did sour-grapes inspired accusations and allegations all of a sudden become fact?…”

    As long as they are against the Patriots, no one will check facts or sources.

  9. diehardgiantsfan says:
    Sep 8, 2015 10:29 AM
    It’s only Pats fans who think they have a dynasty. Belicheat hires 3 men to come up with ways to cheat so they cheat 100 ways every week to beat the 2 win Jags and brag. The players don’t have a choice. They’re all tarnished. You guys keep forgetting what you’re not getting caught at. Belicheat needed to cheat because he had the worst QB and roster ever.

    I celebrate real successful franchises. Not fake ones. I don’t hate untarnished real winners.

    Packers 13
    Bears 9
    Giants 8
    Steelers 6
    Niners 5
    Cowboys 5
    There’s a bunch with 4, 3, 2, and 1 without cheating.

    **** puts the Pats at -4. That’s what the Pats fans call the greatest dynasty ever when every other NFL team has a classier tesm to root for. They won 0 without the greatest cheating coach in NFL history.

  10. I can’t wait for next week and for the new scandal to surface.

    Sure the game is in Buffalo but I’m sure New England is savvy enough at this point to have successfully infiltrated a mole onto the payrolls of every team to engage in some cloak and dagger chicanery.

    I’m hoping said mole plants a plethora of foot porn upon the Surface devices and Rex is so turned on he fails to notice he is no longer looking at nor calling plays into the game.

    All the other coaches and teams are doing the Mad Fold In while Belichick is reading Spy vs Spy.

  11. The NFL provide the headsets and radios, but the installation and maintenance of the equipment is done by the home team.

    Just like the footballs…you cannot let the Patriots have access to anything cause they will try to manipulate whatever they can to their advantage.

  12. The perception that the Patriots cheat is because the Patriots cheat. They’ve been caught at it multiple times now. The NFL being incompetent in its handling of the appeals process doesn’t exonerate them.

    Proving things beyond a shadow of a doubt, especially to rabid Patriot fans, is basically impossible. They still deny that Spygate mattered at all, even though their team was caught red-handed and somehow convinced the league to help them destroy all the evidence. The team didn’t change, it just moved on to the next underhanded tactic.

    The Patriots are the Bill Cosby of the NFL. They may not be convicted on each of their offenses, but no one outside of their fanbase believes they’re innocent, or that their championships come asterisk-free. No one.

  13. This was such a diabolical plan they even sabotaged their own equipment to throw people off the scent.

    Oh and the NFL controls the headsets. The NFL already explained what the issue was, and Belichick even complained that it happens to him at home too much.

    I think the NFL needs to invest in better wireless technology. Not to mention get rid of the shoddy Bose equipment.

  14. Wow, Mortensen is horrible, he reported 11 of 12 balls were a full 2 psi low……….when in fact 11 of 12 were under the legal limit and some of the balls were a full 2 psi low- just not exactly 11. Please pats fans, stop crying about one little detail in that report being wrong. The fact that ANY ball was a full 2 psi low means there was tampering. If air drops a ball 2 psi then QB’s would have complained about this YEARS ago. Lets not throw the baby out with the bath water. Mort was right about 11 of 12 balls being illegal, and that some were a full 2 psi low. Other teams are making crap up, there is a basis for these complaints. Pats fans can keep denying it, but anyone outside of NE knows the patriots have maintained their winning ways through cheating for 15 years now.

  15. Really? The NFL controls the headsets. Belichick said they almost had to swap out Brady’s helmet because they couldn’t get signals to him.

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    Because I really believe everything that Belichick says. He’s known around the league as an honest, up front man. I’m going to take his word for that.

  16. When the answer to an accusation is, “well, yeah, you can’t prove it!”, everyone knows what is going on.

  17. The Dolphins admitted on record that they mic’d up their dlineman to steal Brady’s audibles and no one said a peep then. It was just gamesmanship.

    Now the Patriots are being accused of that? Pathetic.

  18. Can I get another Pats fan to come on here and declare that the “NFL CONTROLS THE HEADSETS”. Do you even know how radio communication works? This is about interference or jamming of a radio frequency and has no bearing on who controls the individual headsets. The Pats control other stadium communication from security, to Radio broadcast, etc. Ever driven in your car listening to one station and then a more powerful signals interferes? Like perhaps a radio broadcast of an NFL game? Stop acting like this is complicated here. The excuse of power and weather issues is broad and convenient. So please, stop declaring (like your Sherlock Holmes and you cracked the case) that the NFL controls the headsets. No kidding. It’s like say “Gee, how did the Germans jam our radio communication during WWII…don’t they know that we control the headsets”.

  19. Pats fans hate the Raiders because they were dirty in the 70s.

    Guess what? You ARE the Raiders now.

    Either relish it and revel in it, or whine about how you’re innocent but no one believes you.

    Your choice.

  20. .
    @letsgobuffalo

    Why would you waste months upon months, every day posting negative crap about old, resolved issues with the Patriots?

    Haven’t you noticed that your own team the Bills, look to be highly competitive this year? Probably not since your all consumed by hate.
    .

  21. So much of this crap depends on being the home team: alleged headset tampering, alleged bugging of the locker room, alleged rifling through garbage cans for play sheets (??? wtf, man…really?), alleged deflation of footballs. Why are the Patriots so successful on the road? If a fraction of these allegations were true a reasonable and critically thinking adult would expect to see a team that dominates at home and is poor to middling on the road. The drop would at the very least be evident and curious. But its not there. The Pats play consistently everywhere. Its of enough to make this whining an eyerolling experience.

  22. Obviously Tomlin is not planning on the Steelers making the playoffs. There is no other explanation as to why he would so foolishly overplay his hand here.

  23. Did anybody else notice last night that when Kraft came out with the trophy, the song verse was….All I do is win win no matter what

    Fitting, yes? Cheat to win, not matter what.

  24. I will admit, I did have to change the channel during the ceremony last night.

    It would be great if Kraft wore dress shoes like every other grown man does when they wear a suit. He doesn’t live in Boca Vista

  25. this makes no sense — how can anyone suggest they’re both taping the signals and jamming the communications?

    with an inside pipe to the headsets, just record the coaches’ calls, skip the part about deciphering wild arm gestures, and make sure they NEVER go out.

  26. haven’t you folks heard….. Bill Belichick has discovered how to control the weather….. he is also causing water shortages, earthquakes, and wild fires around world and also involved with solar flares.. in all seriousness…. anyone who uses a dish is fully aware how the weather effect wireless communications

  27. You butthurt steeler fans are really embarrassing yourselves today. Your team SHOULD HAVE I WON THE GAME BY TWO TOUCHDOWNS but choked that game away with boneheaded play calling, poor clock management and failing to execute on critical downs. That’s what you should be whining about today.
    Not to mention, wasn’t it Bill Cowher who admitted to taping other teams signals all throughout his coaching career? This ‘holier than thou’ sentiment among you Steeler fans is getting soooo old.

  28. Sep 11, 2015 11:11 AM
    no surprise here. foxboro is the bermuda triangle of the nfl – strange things always happen to the visiting team.

    the definition of insanity is expecting a different result however, when are teams going to realize that the craps will lie, cheat and steal to win? START DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND DON’T RELY ON FAITH THAT THE CRAPS WON’T CHEAT!

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    Totally misses the point.

    The NFL issued a memo last night that they found the problem with their communication equipment and issued a statement (even tweeted their www site that listed all the times stuff goes wrong with headsets) and yet the Patriots still get blamed.

    Its laughable that 2007 ‘accusations” are brought up after the league identified-in writing-the problems from Thursday.

    Just laughable.

  29. Steelers failed to jam Gronk so now jammed head set is their excuse.

    Maybe Tomlin should just tripped Gronk and say I’m looking at the cheerleaders. They look really good wet on the rain.

  30. To all the pinheads that keep saying the NFL controls the equipment. Wrong, the NFL SUPPLIES the EQ. The HOME team is responsible for setting it up. Anyone with a basic knowledge can back into these systems using a friggin I Phone. Yeah, it’s that simple.

    Listen. If it was one complaint about something no problem. But let’s face it, NE has been caught with it’s pants down now several times involving several different issues. The real culprit here is the NFL. It’s very simple to have official from both teams monitor their supplied equipment and the NFL does not mandate that.

    With WiFi a darn HS kid can hack into this stuff in about a minute or two. Also simple is a mini transponder in a D lineman a helmet to pick up sounds from the opposing team. Such as audibles and snap counts. That can go directly to anyone of their choice on this planet

    Be real. If you can send a text to. Australia in a second does one not think a wifi radio system cannot be easily hacked with no sign of who did it ? It can and the pats are doing it.

  31. The Patriots made their bed, now they have to lay in it. The bottom line is that it takes a lifetime to build credibility and it only takes an instant to destroy it. They were caught cheating and now have to suffer the consequences of added suspicion and accusations. It’s their own fault and they have no right to be indignant!

  32. Can I get another Pats fan to come on here and declare that the “NFL CONTROLS THE HEADSETS”. Do you even know how radio communication works? This is about interference or jamming of a radio frequency and has no bearing on who controls the individual headsets
    ===
    From what the NFL has said (house power, weather) it sounds to me like it was due to poor grounding. Could be a ground loop or otherwise induced ground current that affected the equipment, too.

    No one (who is sane) is intentionally jamming FCC-licensed frequencies over a football game.

  33. The Dolphins admitted on record that they mic’d up their dlineman to steal Brady’s audibles and no one said a peep then. It was just gamesmanship.
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    The problems with you Patsie fans is that you can NEVER get the facts correct. You just make up your own and then whine about them.

    “The incident spawned considerable attention on Tuesday after some Dolphins players suggested to the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post that the team “purchased” tapes of the New England offense that provided audio of quarterback Tom Brady making audible and line-blocking calls.

    Those players strongly hinted that the tapes were critical in preparing for the game and provided the Dolphins inside information about New England’s offensive audible system.

    “I’ve never seen [Brady] so flustered,” middle linebacker Zach Thomas said.

    The league’s response? Pretty much a stifled yawn, since there is no rule prohibiting such film study.”

  34. Jets accused the Steelers of doing the same last year, Jets took the loss and moved on, guess Steelers can’t do the same.

  35. As the scandal broke, the NFL was investigating a possible violation into the number of radio frequencies the Patriots were using during the Jets game, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who reported at the time that the Pats did not “have a satisfactory explanation when asked about possible irregularities in its communication setup during the game.”

    Quarterbacks communicate with the sidelines via microphones in their helmets that pick up an NFL-monitored radio frequency. An NFL sideline official cuts off communications on this frequency 15 seconds before the play clock runs out.

    O’Leary — who uses data crunched by a Las Vegas bookie and a Ph.D. statistician from China with no previous familiarity with Spygate — suggests Patriots “director of football research” Ernie Adams, a prep-school chum of Belichick from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., was the nerve center behind the chicanery.

    Offensive plays would be called based on stolen signals and the information relayed straight to Brady’s helmet, O’Leary theorizes.

    In this scenario, the extra frequency is critical, as it allows the team to do something in real time with the stolen signals, out of earshot of the NFL monitor, and change its plays accordingly.

    If there’s an open channel during the play itself, you can also alert the quarterback to open receivers he may not see.

    O’Leary repeats a rumor that Pats backup quarterback Doug Flutie once said he accidentally picked up Brady’s helmet during the 2005 season.

    “He was amazed that the coaches kept right on speaking to Brady past the 15-second cutoff, right up until the snap,” ­according to O’Leary.

    “The voice in Tom Brady’s helmet was explaining the exact defense he was about to face.”

  36. Steve says:
    Sep 11, 2015 11:12 AM
    Really? The NFL controls the headsets. Belichick said they almost had to swap out Brady’s helmet because they couldn’t get signals to him. Do we really think that the Patriots are jamming radio signals on the sidelines after the last seven months?

    Maybe the Steelers should’ve covered Gronk.

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    This was the first thing I thought of as a counter argument too. However, if you’re being honest about it, it’s totally conceivable that you could identify what frequencies the opposition was using and then send gibberish on those frequencies. I’m not saying I think that’s what happened; I’m only saying that the fact that the league controls the radios doesn’t make a bulletproof alibi for NE.

  37. LOL You act like it is some sort of difficult thing to do. They are limited range frequencies, not a Radio/TV broadcast spectrum.
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    I didn’t say it’s difficult. It’s simple if you have the equipment. I said it’s highly illegal to jam FCC-licensed frequencies (yes, Virginia: the NFL holds licenses for its game-day comm frequencies) and that nobody would do that over a football game.

    FYI: It’s the same reason movie theaters can’t jam cell phone frequencies.

  38. lolo376 says: Sep 11, 2015 12:20 PM

    Jets accused the Steelers of doing the same last year, Jets took the loss and moved on, guess Steelers can’t do the same.

    Hmmmm, idiot comes to mind here…..

  39. There is so much reckless journalism out there. I don’t know what to believe. Only thing I do believe is that ESPN is out for clicks and money with sensationalist reporting….so I cannot believe anything from them. This website seems to lay out the facts and let me decide. Only remedy is for someone (Patriots in this case) start filing defamation lawsuits since it is tarnishing image.
    All these articles saying patriots cheated yesterday. Everyone says they are a smart organization. How stupid would they be to cheat on day one. It is true. Sports fans can be irrational or blinded by thier fandom. I hope we don’t turn into European soccer fans.

  40. Do you guys remember in the 70s the Patriots used to get blown out in every playoffs? Now all of a sudden they are 3 time champs.

    Interesting……………

  41. Before fans of other teams start yippin’ about how the Patriots are cheaters, they should go to the website yourteamcheats.com and see where their own team stands. Interestingly enough, the Steelers – latest “victims” of those diabolical Patriots – are one of the biggest cheating organizations in the league behind only the Broncos and the Jets.

  42. The haters are feeling very butt hurt today. Last night they were supposed to be proven correct. And it was a perfect setup. A night game in the pouring rain. The Patriots were supposed to fumble over and over. Brady was supposed toss numerous interceptions due to his inability to hold and throw the fully inflated ball. And yet he was lights out. 19 straight completions…4 TDs. 79% completion percentage and a 145 QB rating.

    Yes….the haters are feeling butt-hurt this morning.

  43. Folks, it is not the Headset, it is the signal. There are handheld options to disrupt a signal, and then the nearest broadcast might feed in. A best practice would be for an NFL official on each bench also get a headset and they can monitor the feed is audible and the same quality, then make the call to either pull all headsets or not. The Giants used to open and shut the doors to create wind issues for other teams kickers, but this is more nefarious. With today’s tech, it should be easy to find where this jamming is coming from, either bench area or upper press box where the assistant coach is located, that would be my first best guess. Interesting or creative wiring ala the Saints. Sad to see that a level playing field is tilted for what is supposed to be a patriot, not a coward. I concur they are excellent team, but have some honesty.

  44. Steve says:
    Sep 11, 2015 11:12 AM
    Really? The NFL controls the headsets. Belichick said they almost had to swap out Brady’s helmet because they couldn’t get signals to him. Do we really think that the Patriots are jamming radio signals on the sidelines after the last seven months?

    Maybe the Steelers should’ve covered Gronk.

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    Just because the NFL may control the headsets doesn’t mean the Patriots couldn’t jam or intefer with the signal. They don’t have to be in control of communications to mess with it.

  45. Piping the radio broadcast into the Steelers headset isn’t “SPECIFICALLY” written into the rules so you know, its not technically against the rules because no reasonable person would just assume it.

  46. Just because the NFL may control the headsets doesn’t mean the Patriots couldn’t jam or intefer with the signal. They don’t have to be in control of communications to mess with it.
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    Again: what you’re accusing NE of doing is against Federal law.

    It’s much more likely that this was a grounding or induced current issue.

  47. Does life outside New England stink that bad???? The haters can’t help themselves. Get a life, stop throwing crap on the wall to see if it will stick.

    Pitt screwed themselves at every juncture last night. But somehow this has become another opportunity to make ridiculous allegations.

  48. There are handheld options to disrupt a signal, and then the nearest broadcast might feed in.
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    You don’t even need to disrupt the signal. You just need to overpower it. That’s all jamming is, really. You can jam with white noise or you can jam with Rachmaninoff – so long as your signal is stronger than the target signal.

    You don’t even need a device. Run a poorly-shielded cable with a lot of current (like something associated with AM radio broadcast) next to a cable with not much current (like something carrying a short-range comm signal or Cat 6) and you’ll get all kinds of interference due to induced current on the weaker signal.

  49. In other news Mort has reported The Hoodie is the founder of ISIS and Kraft’s weather satellite created Katrina and Sandy

  50. It’s not like the Pats ran a bunch of no-huddle when the Steelers headsets weren’t working. Or wait…

    It’s not like it appeared the Steelers D-Backs had no idea what defense they were in bc of communication issues. Or wait…

    The national television broadcast was quick to point out the Pats coaches couldn’t use their headsets while the Steelers coaches headsets weren’t working. Of course, it turns out this is false.

  51. The headsets are supplied by the NFL. And the headsets WORKED! They weren’t “malfunctioning.” They were being INTERFERED with. Big difference.

  52. I use to think the accusations against the Patriots was all a joke based on jealousy but it seems to me now teams only speak out about their suspicions after first taking it to the NFL and finding out the NFL has done nothing about it. It’s not that teams making accusations are whiners they’re simply calling the Patriots out on their own once they realize the NFL won’t.

  53. THIS IS PITIFUL, nobody wants to play them anymore not because they’re good, it’s because they cheat. Seriously can’t you just play fair brady. In my mind ALL your accolades mean nothing. I am NOT a Steeler’s fan at all, but really respect that team, same with the 49ears and other teams as well. But the patriots make me sick there’s a genuine hate for them !!!

  54. Steve says:
    Sep 11, 2015 11:12 AM
    Really? The NFL controls the headsets.
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    This is what happens when you live within the incestuous pool of Pats arguments.

    The NFL does NOT control the headsets. They provide them and the home team installs and maintains them.

    Do you think the NFL goes into each stadium and runs wires up to the boxes, etc?

    Time for a Congressional Hearing.

  55. But the mere fact that the allegations existed — and that multiple teams have suspected the Patriots of headset tampering — means the NFL has a problem on its hands. There’s a perception that the Patriots cheat, and a perception that the NFL either isn’t willing or isn’t able to stop it.
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    If something is perception, and not reality, how do you stop teams from THINKING they’re being cheated?

    You can’t.

  56. The communication systems in at least 1 NFL stadium. I was at the Browns Bills game 2 yrs ago on the Thursdsy night game and tried to text a pic of the field I took and it couldnt even go thru.

    I mean what a joke. The NFL cant do anything right but make money.

    Heres an idea invest in better communication systems and products. O thats right you only award sponsorships and use products from companies that give in to your Mafia like demands. Just like the NFL could have better helmets to make the players safer but choose not to

  57. How absurd is this discussion? Let’s put it in perspective.

    Federal tax evasion (U.S. Code 26 Section 7201) has a Statute of Limitations of 6 years.

    Spygate was 8 years ago.

  58. It must be really sad to be a Patriots fan and to realize that the only way your team can win is to cheat and lie its way to victory.

    Deep down inside every Patriots fan knows that all of the Patriots’ Super Bowls are completely tainted.

  59. At this rate if the cheating can’t be stopped NFL will become a mockery…

    The NFL will be looking to stiffen their grip with New England – and it may hit a all time ceiling this year.

  60. The irony of the Patriot fans using the statements from the league that their investigation found no wrongdoing as proof that they didn’t tamper with the headsets is priceless.

  61. I know that this will never happen, but this is what should happen. The NFL and the owners must make the Patriots clean house totally. Rid themselves of the coaching and support staff and start over. This has gone way too far over the top to ever see the Patriots in a positive light. Tired of reading about all the accusations against this team of insecure people. As Trump would say, You are Fired!!

  62. I remember when the Patriots flooded the field with water just a few days before they played the Colts in the playoffs to slow down the Colts receivers. Showed that the Patriots have NO CLASS! What a bunch of losers!

  63. Kraft, Bill and crew are all testing the waters to the nth degree. They will push the envelope and make Goodell react. That’s what they want, and hopefully the other owners are sick of this as much as fans of the NFL are.
    Don Shula called it- “Beli-cheat”

  64. How absurd is this discussion? Let’s put it in perspective.

    Federal tax evasion (U.S. Code 26 Section 7201) has a Statute of Limitations of 6 years.

    Spygate was 8 years ago.
    —————-
    But just like criminals who are convicted of tax fraud, their prior convictions yield stiffer penalties when they commit new crimes later. Much like the Patriots.

  65. jdhein22 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 12:25 PM
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    i knew it was only a matter of time before someone referenced ‘spygate: the untold story’ by brain leary(son of tim? ha), telling about the ‘quote’ by doug flutie. this is hearsay, four times removed. the whole book is garbage, self-published because that way, he could avoid the rigorous sourcing standards of a legitimate publishing house.

  66. The signal in question is a digitally encrypted signal. That means that if it is jammed without knowledge of the key, you will (barring some neigh-impossible random chance) receive random static at the decrypting end. If you attempt to insert a plaintext message into ciphertext, that plaintext message will come out scrambled by the decryption process. It will not come out coherent and clear like the Pats Radio Broadcast did.

    The interference here was introduced while the signal was still analog. It was probably in the press booth.

  67. I didn’t understand the “hub-bub” in 2007 and I still don’t. It’s ok to watch, with the naked eye, the signals being given; it’s done on national TV for the world to see; what is the big deal about video taping? Is there a real big difference in seeing the signals and making a report of same AND video tapping?

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