A team has been caught doing something that most honest observers would admit is or was commonplace throughout the league. Stop me if you've heard this before.
"BountyGate" is drawing comparisons to "SpyGate", and it's understandable why. New Orleans got caught doing something that is/was commonplace in the NFL. What makes it significant is not that they were doing it but that they were caught. New England had Eric Mangini going to the Jets and suddenly deciding to be a whistle-blower against his old team, to the benefit of his new team in the same division. Whoever the rat was in New Orleans is going to deserve a lot of scrutiny. Because of them, people will question the success of the Saints just like the success of the Patriots were called into question. Because of them, the Saints will suffer some stiff consequences that will almost surely set them back as a team. Worst of all, the beloved Saints(my 2nd favorite team) will be piled on during the quiet of the off-season. It will be brought up again and again and again, partly because the organization was a success, but mostly because someone from the inside actually ratted them out.
Remember when two members of the Giants D walked away from a play and then got the signal to fake-injury? That was also against the rules, common practice, but lacked a rat. There were also all those interviews at the Combine that weren't suppose to happen but no one does anything about. To quote Belichick, it is what it is. It sucks but like the recent passing of a beloved friend, what can you do about it? For the League to do something like this against a team it almost always needs an informant.
The biggest difference between BountyGate and SpyGate is the coverup. Loomis looks like he's going to take the biggest fall for this, but I suspect there is more to the story than what the league has presented. The only thing the Saints can do about it is continue to be successful and show that they don't need a BountySystem to win games. Which I'm sure they will, even if their entire 2012 draft is docked.
I rooted hard for you guys against the Colts, and I'm sure I'll find myself rooting for you guys again. Enjoy JazzFest!
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