I was a bit surprised NFL commish Roger Goodell pulled the trigger so soon on Coach Belichick.

Naturally, being a Bills fan, I’ve never liked this particular cheater. So natch, you might assume I think he and his team got off easy. ESPN commentator John Clayton thinks so, too. I think the fines are meaningless. I would have suspended Belichick four games without pay. I would have considered forfeiting half the Patriots draft picks, not just one.

One thing I will say for the coach is that his apology was unconditional. He didn’t preface it with, “If I have harmed anyone …” He knows he’s harmed himself, his team, and his culture of sport. He leaves the Vince Lombardi/Chuck Noll/Don Shula cadre to join the Paul Hornung/Mark McGwire/Pete Rose team. Time will tell if he ever makes it out.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Cheater

  1. Randolph Nichols says:

    I never knew you were such a hanging judge, Todd. 500K out of pocket and a first draft pick isn’t significant? Particularly for an offense others, admittedly using less stupid means, routinely commit. (What do you think those coaching assistants up in the booths are doing with their binoculars?)

    Or perhaps you are just guilty of envy, knowing so well that while the Chiefs and Bills are licking their wounds in January, the Pats will be going for the big prize.

    An in-all-fairness addendum: Though New Englanders greatly admire Belichick’s coaching skills and grasp of the game, it would be an exaggeration to say we’ve warmed to his robotic persona.

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