Some pretty big details coming out of Goodell's Press Conference...
He said there were a total of 6 tapes. All contained "nothing exciting", a lot of the same that was on the tape that was leaked. He mentioned that on some of the tapes there were even coaches waving to the camera as they knew what it was for. He said he felt he needed to take a strong stance against it as it was illegal, but that anything gained from the tapes was little if anything. He also said the 6 tapes were from late 2006 to the pre-season of 2007. That's it.
Talk about much ado about nothing.
Edit: Forgot to add that he mentioned he would love to sit down with Senator Specter and answer any questions, or something along those lines.
What the hell do people expect? They were penalized for video taping signs, no one denies that they were doing this and the video tapes confirm this. What vast conspiracy do they expect might have been unearthed by those videos being made public? That Belichick was taping opposing team’s practices? That he sacrifices a kitten before every game and video tapes it?
I found the one man conspiracy theory chorus of TMQ a little bit amusing. I had this image of a guy sitting in a room and holding a multi-party conversation like “don’t you think its suspicious that Goodell destroyed the tapes?,” “yeah, what’s he hiding,” etc. The other day he wrote that the 2007 Pats can’t be considered the greatest team of all time until we know whats on those tapes because they may have been cheating in previous seasons, which makes no sense for two reasons: first cheating in previous seasons has nothing to do with this season, if you think they were cheating this season, which many people do, then fine, but they could’ve cheated every single game of every single year in franchise history prior to this one and it would have nothing to do with whether or not this year’s
team was the greatest team of all; second, we know whats on those tapes, its fucking videos of other team’s signals, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. I happen to think its not a big deal AT ALL as every team does the same or similar. If you disagree with that then fine, but stop acting like there’s some much more nefarious truth being covered up that suggests a conspiracy to conceal cheating by the Patriots.
It is what is. The Pats did something illegal with an impact that people can interpret however they choose, if that’s being debated then fine. But that’s where it stops. Drumming up some idiotic conspiracy theories to suggest something else is happening is just a waste of everyone’s time.