Spygate lawsuit finally dies

An item last month from the Associated Press suggested that the lawsuit filed by a couple of Quixotic lawyers against the Patriots as a result of the Spygate brouhaha had a better chance of surviving than a snow cone in the devil’s baseball mitt.  Then, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit entertained oral arguments in the lawsuit that had been dismissed by a federal judge in New Jersey, published reports suggests that the case actually could be resuscitated.

Well, so much for that.

The appeals court has booted the Spygate class action, which sought compensation for all tickets purchased by Jets fans to games against the Patriots from 2000 through 2007, with treble damages due to the specific laws at issue. 

“We do not condone the conduct on the part of the Patriots and the
team’s head coach, and we likewise refrain from assessing whether the
NFL’s sanctions [and its alleged destruction of the videotapes
themselves] were otherwise appropriate,” wrote Senior Judge Robert E. Cowen, the one member of the three-judge panel who seemed at oral argument to be most troubled by the team’s actions. 

The problem?  Customers who buy a ticket to a game aren’t buying with it a promise that there won’t be cheating.  “At best, [the plaintiff] possessed nothing more than a contractual right to a seat
from which to watch an NFL game between the Jets and the Patriots, and
this right was clearly honored,” Judge Cowen wrote.

Once again, the AP item seems to suggest that the author was almost rooting for the Patriots to lose the case.  And that strikes us as odd. 

Unless the AP secretly is hoping to conduct a do-over vote on the 2007 coach of the year award.

54 responses to “Spygate lawsuit finally dies

  1. These vicious Jets fans will feel the fiery judgment of God Almighty for their vindictiveness. No court of man can possibly hold judgment against any NFL coach, especially not Coach Bellichek. Only God can pass judgment, so clearly these Jets fans and their infernal lawyers now face an eternity of fire and brimstone for their presumptuousness. No one can do God’s job for Him. This is an important lesson for all the kids out there!

  2. Which actually brings up the more interesting question, how has Tom Brady and Bill Bellicheat fared since they were forced to stop taping the other team’s defensive signals?
    No Superbowl wins, is that a mere coincidence or a telling insight into how the Patriots won their previously tainted titles?
    Bellicheat is a scumbag, cheat and not even a very good liar. On a side note, Matt Walsh fired a one over par today and extents his deepest apology to the Patriots fans and African children wearing those 19-0 tee shirts.

  3. But did it die of natural causes or is there a question of foul play being involved? I wonder?

  4. You forgot to uncapitalize quixotic when you copied and pasted it from thesaurus.com.

  5. Are you shitting me?
    People will sue about anything. As a Bills fan, I watch my team get beat quite often. During that time (2000 – 2007) I have watched them lose a ton. We haven’t beaten them since 2003. To say you still weren’t entertained by the games played in that time frame is pathetic. These people need to stop being so dam sue happy. I absolutely hate the Patriots but this is just pathetic.

  6. The Coach of the Year award in 2007 – after sanctions by the NFL for cheating – just shows the lack of standards by the AP voters. This was further emphasized when 18 voters still voted for Brian Cushing when he cheated. The awards presented by the AP are a complete joke until the AP creates specific standards that its voters must follow to be qualified as an AP voter. Until then, the AP awards should be dismissed as a whim by a handful of voters among the thousands that exist.

  7. Why would they do a re-vote? This was all public knowledge when the first vote came, it wouldn’t change now. I’ve mentioned this before as evidence that the AP voters wouldn’t have voted differently enough to strip Cushing given his September troubles that went away after he was ‘caught’.

  8. WWAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH BELICHEAT WAAAHHHHHHHHHH CHEATRIOTS
    WAHHHHHHHHHHH WAHHHHHHHHHH WAHHHHHHHH WAHHHHHHHHH…………. In b4 the butthurt whiners.

  9. good call to kill it. for one, nobody cares any more really. and secondly, it sets a bad precedent for sports in general and for what promise is made with the ticket. for instance, should the fans be given a refund in the last couple weeks of a season for games where peyton and the mannings all sit out to rest up for the playoffs? i’m sure plenty of ticket holders bought the tickets on the basis of seeing the stars of a team play, and when they dont, maybe they deserve a refund too. so you dont want to get into this business of refunding unless a game was cancelled.
    the end.

  10. No Super Bowls since spygate.
    No success for Charlie Weis or Romeo Crennel…
    …Hard to coach when you dont know exactly what the other team is going to do!!
    Barry Bonds thinks that New Englands Super Bowls should have an asterik next to them!

  11. I’d like to sue Mike Brown and the Bengals for full compensation of my season tix cost the last twenty years because of their sh*tty football.

  12. The lawsuit may have finally died, but the stigma that the Patriots cheated during their 3 Superbowl wins will never die.

  13. Just coincidence or fitting irony that this comes on the day after Sen Specter lost his seat?
    (remember, he was the jackass who wanted congress to investigate the Spygate issue)

  14. Jesus Christ. I am a Steeler fan and I was sick of them owning us in the first half of the 2000’s, but really, does anyone think that what they were doing wasn’t being done by at least 90% of teams? Only reason this game up is because Mangini knew it was happening and busted the Pats for it just to stick it to BB. They were the best team of the decade. Let this f’ing issue die.

  15. We dont need a court to tell us something is true right haters? Pats are guilty, an embarassment to the league and they should be thrown in jail for life for what they did in that bathroo… oh wait

  16. @JesusIsMySavior
    Go to hell.
    On a semi-related topic: As funny as it would be to see the Pats sued over this, it would be ridiculous. Yes, they cheated. Yes, their punishment was a joke. And yes, Pats fans rank among the most annoying. But its done, lets just let it die. The other 31 team’s fans should never let it go. Any time a Pats fan so much as mentions the word cheating, feel free to ruin their day. And when Brady and Bill are ranked among other all time greats this should be a MAJOR factor. But as far as this stupid lawsuit goes, I never want to hear about it again.
    Here is a question to debate: Why should Barry Bonds (who was never actually caught) and Sosa and the steroid gang be left out of the hall when Bill and many of the Pats on the spygate teams will undoubtedly get in? I am not saying this to say the Pats should NOT get in, but I feel Barry Bonds and others SHOULD.

  17. JimmySmith says: May 19, 2010 4:41 PM
    Which actually brings up the more interesting question, how has Tom Brady and Bill Bellicheat fared since they were forced to stop taping the other team’s defensive signals?
    ——————
    actually, they won 18 straight games.
    i wish someone would explain how taping something in plain view of 70,000 people benefits a team. i mean, the jets were caught doing the same thing, except tried to lie about it, and they werent very good.

  18. “Maddog says:
    May 19, 2010 5:39 PM
    Jesus Christ. I am a Steeler fan and I was sick of them owning us in the first half of the 2000’s, but really, does anyone think that what they were doing wasn’t being done by at least 90% of teams?”
    I still say Roger Goodell regrets the shitstorm his overzealousness created. By punishing them so harshly, he made it appear the specific issue was more detrimental to the game than it actually was, AND that the Patriots were the only team doing it.
    But hey, he had to make his mark early in his tenure. If Tagliabue had still been in charge it never would have blown up like it did. There would have been a slap on the wrist, and moving on.
    Of course, it didn’t help that the Patriots defied the league-wide memo from the new sheriff about the practice…..and it’s funny that some people think that, despite a league-wide memo going out, it was addressing only one team.

  19. Way to much talk, lets see how Brady does two years out from his injury. Something tells me the Patriots will be fine… lol Tate is going to light it up this year.

  20. Rings, Records and The Dynasty remain in the books tricks!
    Now you all know, what us higher intellects have known all along.
    (he he Suck It!)

  21. if this went to trial, i bet everyone that was on those tapes doing the same thing would have had to testify also. goodell would have had the very situation he wanted to avoid when he covered up for all those teams by destroying the tapes after leaking part of it to his wife at fox.

  22. @Maddog,
    Good comment but sadly on this site lack of football knowledge and common sense means most of the idiots will ignore you and keep crying like little girls.

  23. Is amazingly ironic that the issue of Spygate brings out some of the biggest morons on this website….Clueless guys who act like they know football, but know zero.
    Spygate was one of the most overblown issues EVER in pro sports…Blown up by media who resent a coach who plays them like puppets.
    EVERY team steals signals every game..or in the case of the Raiders, attempts to. Bill Walsh invented all this and ALL the great ones, Parcells, Johnson , Cowher etc did the same….And YES, hall of famer Shula ‘circumvented’ the 15 second transmittals to Marino for years…10x worse than videoing signals…which by the way MORONS from NY is of zero use in a game….nothing more than a future memory chip.
    And, oh ya, am not a Patriot fan @ all…just someone who resents vengeful NY media..and despises the jet fools.

  24. JimmySmith says:
    “Which actually brings up the more interesting question, how has Tom Brady and Bill Bellicheat fared since they were forced to stop taping the other team’s defensive signals?”
    Weren’t they like a drive away from the greatest single season in the history of the sport the very next year?

  25. # JesusIsMySavior says: May 19, 2010 4:35 PM
    These vicious Jets fans will feel the fiery judgment of God Almighty for their vindictiveness. No court of man can possibly hold judgment against any NFL coach, especially not Coach Bellichek. Only God can pass judgment, so clearly these Jets fans and their infernal lawyers now face an eternity of fire and brimstone for their presumptuousness. No one can do God’s job for Him. This is an important lesson for all the kids out there!
    ________________________________________
    I hope this is a joke. If it is, it’s stupid.
    If it’s not — no one take any lessons from brainwashed cultists like this guy. The universe isn’t perfect and doesn’t make sense, and tribal stories from poor herders and farmers from the Bronze Age, who didn’t know the world was round, don’t make things any less complicated or scary. Jesus can suck my post-plyometrics routine balls.

  26. @ Jimmy Smith-
    Your comments about the Pats and Tom Brady not winning a SB since are ridiculous. They actually have a higher winning percentage after the scandal than before it, not to mention became the only team in NFL history to go 18-0 before losing in the final seconds to a good NYGiants team that year. As far as Brady himself, he set NFL league records that year for throwing 50 TD passes, or maybe you forgot?
    Believe it or not, they actually gained even more respect from league circles and head coaches by taking their punishment for pushing the envelope like a man, rather than blowing the whistle on all of the infamous teams and coaches who are doing/have done the same exact thing.

  27. “Armpats says:
    May 19, 2010 5:53 PM
    Way to much talk, lets see how Brady does two years out from his injury. Something tells me the Patriots will be fine… lol Tate is going to light it up this year.”
    He posted the second highest rating of his career last year, to go along with his 3rd highest yardage total, and his 2nd highest TD total and his 2nd highest completion percentage.
    I don’t know why he hasn’t gotten much credit for having a really great season last year. Granted he had a couple of stinkers and a couple of really exceptional games, but overall his season was better than his career averages in almost all categories.

  28. @ maddog
    It’s nice to see a mature attitude from someone who obviously knows his facts, rather than the majority of obnoxiousness on this site.
    It’s true the Pats defied the memo sent to all 32 teams, and they paid dearly for it, and should’ve for breaking any rule. But anyone who thinks that the memo was specifically addressed to them is fooling yourself, it was sent to all 32 teams for a reason–because it has always been a part of the game. Even Jimmy Johnson and his Dallas SB’s were helped by his admitting to doing the exact same thing.
    It’s funny that great teams like Dallas, Miami (Shula + Marino), and Denver (blatently defying the salary cap more than once) will never get the disrespect that came with the NE Pats success, though all of their teams’ success was done by pushing the envelope too.

  29. “An item last month from the Associated Press suggested that the lawsuit filed by a couple of Quixotic lawyers against the Patriots as a result of the Spygate brouhaha”
    _____________________
    What? I thought Melvin Weiss and Bill Lerach were still in prison.

  30. “Once again, the AP item seems to suggest that the author was almost rooting for the Patriots to lose the case. And that strikes us as odd. ”
    PFT taking another reporting organization to task over bias- people in glass houses.

  31. “Which actually brings up the more interesting question, how has Tom Brady and Bill Bellicheat fared since they were forced to stop taping the other team’s defensive signals?”
    Yeah, there was that whole 18-1 season, but who remembers that? You know, 40 seconds shy of the greatest season in NFL history? Idiot. And last I heard they did not win in ’05 or ’06 or ’02 either and they were reportedly gaining this huge advantage then too. Try thinking your logic through. Actually, that may be impossible… and certainly not worth the effort.

  32. Jimmysmith,
    The Patriots would have been 19-0 and won the Super Bowl if your Packers did not fold in the cold of Lambeau. One of the biggest choke jobs, favored, below zero on the FROZEN TUNDRA and they LOSE!
    Armpats,
    IAG may think it is cute. I think its lame and I’m willing to bet you take the bus to school. If I have misinterpreted your worship of my posts and screen name then go in peace my child !!

  33. If the Jets had won this suit – on the premise that fans are promised a fair game when they buy a ticket – then teams wouldn’t pull and rest their starters for weeks 16 and 17 for fear of being sued.

  34. The Coach of the Year sulked and left the Superbowl field before the game was ovah!!!!!There should have been a followup award: Sulk of the Year.

  35. Stillerz says:
    May 19, 2010 5:43 PM
    We dont need a court to tell us something is true right haters? Pats are guilty, an embarassment to the league and they should be thrown in jail for life for what they did in that bathroo… oh wait
    ____________________
    Hilarious! Still laugh at it tomorrow.
    Maddog says:
    May 19, 2010 5:39 PM
    …..but really, does anyone think that what they were doing wasn’t being done by at least 90% of teams? Only reason this game up is because Mangini knew it was happening and busted the Pats for it just to stick it to BB. They were the best team of the decade. Let this f’ing issue die.
    _____________________
    And some sanity to go with it.

  36. @Maddog and Rachael:
    Thank you for your levity. I’ve posted many times here that I don’t excuse the Pats for what they did – after the league-wide memo went out. That was just dumb. But to pretend that the Pats stood alone in this practice, especially when Jimmy Johnson said he learned how to do it from the Chiefs 20 YEARS AGO, well that’s just being an ignorant hater. I can’t say every team taped, but I can comfortably say that it wasn’t just the Pats. The fact that there was little uproar from the coaching world tells you all you need to know, except for of course St. Dungy, whose greatness knows no bounds.

  37. Well, looks like the last bullet’s been fired, and you are still standing, Bill Belichick. My hat’s off to you – whatever you did, you got away with it.
    If you can build a SB winner again, all will be forgotten by most of the public, I’m sure. If not, it will be hard to live down your “Belicheat” moniker – especially with millions of a-holes like me spouting off about it

  38. Spygate lawsuit finally dies
    —————————————————–
    Unfortunately the crying about it in the comments section never will…

  39. “Which actually brings up the more interesting question, how has Tom Brady and Bill Bellicheat fared since they were forced to stop taping the other team’s defensive signals? ”
    ^^^^^
    Ummmmmm, didn’t they had the best offensive season of all time after they were blah blah blah blah blah?

  40. Jets fans are certainly the lamest fan base in the NFL.
    The Eagles fans are close, but at least their team has been somewhat successful.
    The Jets suck….always have ……always will. They are set up for one of the biggest fails of all time this year.

  41. ampats says:
    One of the biggest choke jobs,
    Ya, that title actually belongs to the Patriots. They were 18-0 and had a lead in the 4th Qtr and still found a way to lose.
    Aint Karma a bitch?

  42. JimmySmith:
    In what alternate universe does losing a conference championship game make for a better season than winning a conference championship game?
    According to that logic the Rams had a better season than the Colts last year.

  43. can you imagine if the pats don’t win again? i don’t mean at all, ever. i mean like before. not just one season but as the dominant team that they and bb were? in my heart i’ll know it wasn’t because of the absence of cheating. but what fun!
    they could lose their spot as the most dominant team by being pushed aside. can’t freaking wait. if bb’s legacy is soiled because of it it wouldn’t be fair but it would be sweet given the remarkable putz that he is.

  44. monropoobah,
    are you one of the illegals that they were referecing in the post above?
    I say that because the grammar and use of thought process sounds like someone where english is their second language.
    Adios, pendenho.

  45. It must really suck to be a fan of the only NFL team and head coach caught cheating in NFL history. Especially when you know that there are many many folks who will never let you chumps forget it, despite all your whining.

  46. olcap,
    Pot, meet kettle; sure sounds to me like you’re the one whining. Perhaps that’s a side product of defending Roethlisberger.
    By the way, how’d that prediction of yours that the Patriots would finish third last year work out? I guess about the same as your prediction that the Vikings wouldn’t make the playoffs.
    About the only thing that sucks with being a fan of a team winning three championships in four years, four conference championships in seven years, the most total wins in the past decade and nine straight winning seasons is that expectations become unreasonably high – as opposed to fans of so many other teams that can only dream of what it would be like for their team to simply once again having back-to-back winning seasons.
    Can’t tell what team you root for since other than defending Roethlisberger you never have anything positive to say, but since you have had so much to say about Raheem Morris and Tampa Bay in the past, I’m guessing you’re a Bucs fan.
    If that’s the case, you really have no business at all saying it must suck to be a fan of any of the 31 other NFL teams.

  47. Can’t we all just get along?
    Karma is good! The Jet’s lose another one, and Spectre is out! Comcast is now Infinity….
    BB is a very polarizing figure. Love him or hate him, he is definately one hell of a HC! By any measure you care to make, you can’t deny his success! Funny you don’t hear football people bad-mouthing him. They appreciate what it takes to win in this League.
    Belichick knows what he’s doing, builds the team, coaches them up. Doesn’t break the budget, stays under the cap. Year after year the Patriots have fielded good to great teams.
    NY fans? Hate BB as does Woody Johnson! Why? He didn’t want to be the Jet’s HC, even though Parcells appointed him HC. Woody got a 1st from the Pats…Plus stole Curtis Martin…Still looking for that ring. In the meantime, Johnson brings in Mangini, who wasn’t ready. He’s now in Cleveland hanging on by a thread. Herm Edwards used to wave at the camera. I’m glad this insanity is over!

  48. Can’t we all just get along?
    Karma is good! The Jet’s lose another one, and Spectre is out! Comcast is now Infinity….
    BB is a very polarizing figure. Love him or hate him, he is definately one hell of a HC! By any measure you care to make, you can’t deny his success! Funny you don’t hear football people bad-mouthing him. They appreciate what it takes to win in this League.
    Belichick knows what he’s doing, builds the team, coaches them up. Doesn’t break the budget, stays under the cap. Year after year the Patriots have fielded good to great teams.
    NY fans? Hate BB as does Woody Johnson! Why? He didn’t want to be the Jet’s HC, even though Parcells appointed him HC. Woody got a 1st from the Pats…Plus stole Curtis Martin…Still looking for that ring. In the meantime, Johnson brings in Mangini, who wasn’t ready. He’s now in Cleveland hanging on by a thread. Herm Edwards used to wave at the camera. I’m glad this insanity is over!

  49. Here’s what’s really funny.
    There AREN’T any asterisks. Anywhere.
    So 20 years from now it’ll be a dead issue.
    😀

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