49ers-Broncos 'Spygate' Story Boggles the Mind
|Sadly, not even cheating allowed the Denver Broncos to slap these on with pride...|
First of all, even the Niners are left acknowledging that it defies reason to figure that recording their practices would impart any advantage to the possessor of said tape. If the Niners' offense were a novel, it'd be written by Franklin W. Dixon. The team hands off the ball ad nauseum to Frank Gore, Brian Westbrook is knitting a scarf on the sidelines, and, especially prior to the London contest vs. Denver, the Niners purged the system of any semblance of nuance for quarterback Troy Smith's hasty debut.
Second, while conspiracy theory-mongering is unbecoming, it seems a little too neat that all of the blame in this instance falls on a shadowy peon named Steve Scarnecchia, who, apropos of nothing, decided to tape the Niners' practice on his own volition. Conspiracy theory hounds will be pleased to note that both Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, Scarnecchia, and Scarnecchia's father, are all former employees of the New England Patriots -- an organization that took to spying on the opposition with the fervor of the Stasi.
Presented with the tape by Scarnecchia, McDaniels supposedly opted to Just Say No -- but didn't tell anyone about this gross violation of the rules. It was this silence he was punished for by the league -- not the comission but the omission
You can make your own Watergate allusion, but this seems awfully similar to H.R. Haldeman swearing that Richard Nixon didn't say "There is no problem in raising a million dollars, we can do that," but "There is no problem in raising a million dollars, we can do that -- but it would be wrong." We can do that thing that we did -- but it would be wrong. How convenient!
Sadly, involvement in this petty affair may end up being the 49ers' most notable achievement this season. Meanwhile, spy films have surfaced of one Andrew Luck lighting it up in Palo Alto. Perhaps the 49ers might want to direct some attention that way.
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