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Why don't the Patriots get eviscerated for cheating like the Astros have?

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The spectacle of the Astros cheating scandal has been unprecedented this generation in pro sports. Even the national media, who is supposed to be unbiased and impartial, have been very upset. Players and coaches of all teams are coming out publicly and just trashing and shaming the Astros. And they've been applauded for doing so.

How come this didn't happen with the Patriots? Let's recap:

The Astros cheated for 3 years. The Patriots cheated for at least 16 years, and just got caught cheating again in 2019. The Astros stole signs, the Patriots stole signs. The Astros used buzzers. The Patriots deflated footballs and have been accused of screwing with the comms systems of opposing coaches(like John Harbaugh). The Astros apologized half-assed and fired their manager and GM. The Patriots never showed remorse, and didn't fire anyone, except maybe a scout who got caught spying.

Yet, when McNabb and others came out and criticized the Patriots, the response was "Oh shut up, stop blaming other teams, you lost. Accept it!"

When the Dodgers, Yankees, and other teams go after the Astros it's "Good, let those cheaters have it. They deserve it, those frauds!"

When AJ Hinch the manager, and players like Altuve and Springer and others perform great while cheating, it's "Damn, now we have to question everything about them and how good they actually were..." With Belichick and Brady it's "WHO CARES, THEY'RE THE GOATs!!"

Double standard much?

The Patriots cheated more. They cheated longer. They showed less remorse. Yet the outrage compared to the Astros is not even comparable.

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Because the league has protected them, in order to protect the league and the 'validity' or 'integrity' of those 4 (or 6?) Super Bowl 'wins'. To admit that they cheated and by cheating, won Super Bowls, it would have set off a firestorm.

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Because Goodell destroyed the tapes

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4 minutes ago, paco said:

Because Goodell destroyed the tapes

 

58 minutes ago, VaBeach_Eagle said:

Because the league has protected them, in order to protect the league ...

Same, same lol

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I wouldn't give MLB much credit either. They're trying to smooth this over before Spring Training starts. They fined the Astros, took away draft picks, and suspended the GM and manager. The Patriots were fined and lost draft picks over spygate. They were fined, lost draft picks, and Brady was suspended for deflategate.

The bigger difference is the Astros punished themselves, firing the staff that was involved. Many of the coaches had already moved on to other teams already, and those teams punished them too. The Patriots dug in their heels after they got caught. Seems like they're still out there cheating.

I feel like sports fans are similarly outraged at both teams.

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And why was Sean Payton suspended for a year and billicheat not?

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btw, the Patriots cheating was worse than Astros cheating.  I still don't get the fuss over sign stealing, I always just assumed that happened.

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5 hours ago, Rodney_Zero said:

And why was Sean Payton suspended for a year and billicheat not?

Payton’s issue was directly in violation of players’ safety. He ran a headhunting scheme. In many ways that’s so much worse.

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12 hours ago, dawkins4prez said:

  I still don't get the fuss over sign stealing, I always just assumed that happened.

Agreed, to some extent. Even playing in high school, we'd try to get a runner on 2nd base to get a good look at the catcher and signal the batter. The runner taps his thigh for fastball. Tap his head for curveball, etc. The Astros took it next level by installing cameras and recording the signs.

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Two things

looking and video recording afre very different

you don’t win your division goes to the playoffs Super Bowls for roughly 20 years without an edge

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Because Kraft is on Goodell's compensation committee and decides 1/3 of his salary.

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An extremely vocal 2/3rds of this very board denied that the Pats cheated against the Eagles for years and shouted down anyone that believed otherwise. Destroyed tapes, lost picks, million dollar fines apparently meant no cheating to tate. 💩

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