Okay, so first of all, I'm not a bandwagoner. It's important to note that because with any team that has acquired serious acclaim, you're bound to get the jackoffs who refuse to call themselves new and insist that they've "just not paid much attention lately." I've been watching for almost a decade now (Since I was about 11) so I've enjoyed the Patriots while they've sucked and watched them rise to power with Brady at the helm. I've also been a Red Sox fan for about 12 years, seeing numerous games and watching most of them on TV, meaning I got to deal with the massive increase in their bandwagon fans. Needless to say, I've dealt with this crap before. Now, what I don't quite understand is the whole "Spygate" (how cute" controversy and how it's such a big deal. Let me explain why. Everyone loves to hate the winning team, especially if they win a lot, such as the Pats, Yanks (of yesterday that is), or Sox. So when the Patriots were caught filming defensive signals from the NY Jets, it was big news because so many people couldn't figure out the Pats. This gave those losing teams a reason to feel better, because now they could just lie to themselves and convince themselves that they were cheated. Here's the problem though: "Spying" is part of the game itself Look in the press box, do you think all those scouts are just watching the game? Hell no! Most of them are scouting the sidelines (which believe it or not, is legal). It's true, you can hire a guy to sit in the press box with high powered binoculars and relay signals to the coach. It's simply part of the game and has been for a long team. Teams usually have a dummy coach or two along with the real one just to mess up the opposing team's stream of play. So now that we know this, why are the Patriots under such scrutiny? I'll tell you why: They're the Patriots. Plain and simple. If it had been some shitty team like the Dolphins, no one would care. But because a big name team (possibly the biggest next to the Colts in the past ten years) was caught skimming the rules by taping, it's big news, even though it really isn't. Bottom line, the Patriots broke a rule that isn't even something that is all that much of a big deal. You can stare down the opposing team, you just can't tape. Although, that's not such a big deal if you've got a team of scouts watching the opposition. I guess I just can't wrap my head around why this is such a big deal. Can anyone tell me why this is such a big deal? Everyone spies, every team cheats, it may not be an excuse but it's the truth and I'm sick of hearing arrogant reporters and dumb-assed bloggers treating the Patriots like the dirtiest team in the history of the game.