The Patriots are one week away from a perfect regular season. They have the oppurtunity to be the first team to go a full 16-0. What will that mean for the franchise?
For Patriots fans, it’s something that will never be forgotten, because it will likely never be repeated. To us, the season is unblemished, perfect in every way. However, many fans across the country will think different things. They will call the Patriots “cheaters,” people like Don Shula will say there should be an asterisk. Along with the undefeated title, there will be a permanent bias, a blemish on a perfect season. The undefeated record will come with a price.
Is it fair? Of course not. Any person who actually took the time to think would realize that the Patriots weren’t even cheating. They recorded and took signals as they would record and analize a game tape. It’s no different. They wanted the signals as a reference point to help them to prepare for future games (they certainly did not use them in the same game). All teams change their signals (another fact that the majority of fans can’t comprehend). By all means, I am not supporting the Patriots actions. They disobeyed the rules, and they should have been punished. However, all of the hype from the “Spygate” scandal is one giant misconception, and it’s sad that the Patriots will be looked down upon for that.