Peyton Manning discusses concerns that locker rooms were bugged in New England

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Peyton Manning and Eli Manning are making a stir in their ESPN2 simulcast of Monday Night Football.

On Monday night’s broadcast, Peyton made a reference to longstanding concerns that the Patriots used enhanced measures to gather information, specifically by bugging the visiting team’s locker room.

“Every time I played against New England, I used to talk to my receivers in the showers,” Peyton said in the companion broadcast to the primary Monday Night Football feed on ESPN, via Jimmy Traina of SI.com. “Don’t talk about a play next to my locker because I know it’s bugged. I know it’s got a hot mic in there. Very strange to see seven guys hanging out in the shower.”

If push comes to shove, Peyton surely will say he was kidding — just like he did after he once claimed he tanked his preseason cognitive test so that it would be easier to pass the test if/when he suffered a concussion and his remarks created a stir.

Manning may say he was joking, but at some level he wasn’t. Opponents of the Patriots consistently believed the Patriots were cheating. After all, that’s a far better excuse for losing to the Patriots than saying, “They’re better than us and work harder than we do.”

24 responses to “Peyton Manning discusses concerns that locker rooms were bugged in New England

  1. After all, that’s a far better excuse for losing to the Patriots than saying, “They’re better than us and work harder than we do.”

    And that’s all it really comes down to.

  2. I get that he was joking, but it’s absolutely true that the pain and frustration of losing to Belichick, Brady and the Patriots all those years created these excuses, even if they’re tongue-in-cheek style.

    The fact is, the Patriots WERE better and did work harder than other teams. And they had Brady, which allowed Belichick to consistently invest in more depth and versatility in the middle of the draft for lower $$$.

    Sour grapes are just that—sour grapes.

  3. After all, that’s a far better excuse for losing to the Patriots than saying, “They’re better than us and work harder than we do.”
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    Agreed.

    It’s not like Bellichick hasn’t got a 20 year history of cheating or anything…

  4. It’s not like Bellichick hasn’t got a 20 year history of cheating or anything…

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    You’re right—he doesn’t. They were just better than you. Hard to deal with for folks who aren’t logical.

  5. Joke’s on Peyton. BB figured that Peyton would be careful in the locker room, so he probably had the showers bugged….lol

  6. After all, that’s a far better excuse for losing to the Patriots than saying, “They’re better than us and work harder than we do.”

    I mean that’s easy to say if the team hadn’t been caught cheating multiple times already. If there’s a history there then of course other teams would be worried about it happening again.

  7. I would not doubt it one bit. But I also would bet BB knew nothing about it. And perhaps the OC and DC knew more about it and maybe got some pertinent information. Maybe not every game, but certain games I would bet it happens not just in NE but other stadiums in the league.

  8. Bro, when all this finally comes out after Kraft dies and Brady has been retired for a few years it is going to be glorious.

  9. The Patriots have been caught cheating numerous times. They’ve probably gotten awat with a lot more stuff than they’ve been caught.

  10. At this point Peyton is coming off as a sore loser, enough with this spygate nonsense. The Patriots just worked harder than other teams at preparation and study.

  11. Payton…. desperately trying to stay relevant as his entire career just gets marginalized more and more every time TB takes the field…. Tom just putting light years between himself and the rest of the all time great quarterbacks!! Payton must cry himself to sleep every night wishing he didn’t play at the same time as Belichick and Brady!!!

  12. There is a line in the song For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield…Paranoia strikes deep,

    Commenters will be bringing up Spygate, Deflategate, etc. They need it because it’s all they have to hang on to, even if it isn’t true.

  13. I watched their broadcast last night and I definitely felt like Peyton was doing a bit and trying to be funny. Most humor has some basis in the truth but I thought he was playing it up.

  14. Peyton just wanted a reason to hang out in the showers with a bunch of guys.
    Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  15. ” The Patriots have been caught cheating numerous times ”
    Numerous times? Be glad to listen if you have proof.

  16. It’s funny how each time the Pats have been caught cheating it was blatant. Yet we continue to proffer the idea that everything they do is underhanded and sneaky. Despite history not showing that ever to be the case. In short, people really should be surprised if that actually happened because up to this point they have never really been shy about any shenanigans that may have taken place. In the end, any theory (be it conspiracy or otherwise) is nothing more than conjecture without proof.

  17. Gosh, Peyton should have just had them pipe some noise into that locker room. He could have got the sound people from the Colts home field to do it. They know how.

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