I can’t tell you how angry and depressed it makes me to not be able to talk about maybe the greatest Super Bowl matchup this century. No one wants to talk about it because we’re all talking about air in a goddamn football. Air… in a goddamn football: the most boring scandal in football history. The only thing gained from this is a quick payday for baseball and tennis writers to vacation into football journalism for a week and write whatever inflammatory B.S. they want. I should be witnessing one of the great back and forth press battles of our time. I should be watching Richard Sherman cut a Road Warriors promo to the press right now. I should be watching Belichick silently seethe in response while you know he’s hatching the the most vicious gameplan of his career in revenge. I should be talking about the Super Bowl but I’m talking about AIR IN A GODDAMN FOOTBALL.
You know what really burns me up about every Patriots controversy? It’s that 31 other teams, teams that hire criminals, run by tax cheating assholes, that cut corners and cheat in the background, all line up to play innocent. Well not all of us are football tourists. Some of us have been following this game every day for years and know that there’s enough dirty laundry on all 32 franchises right out there in the open. Well here’s a quick list, most of which was compiled off the top of my head (and cited for accuracy). If your response is “Yeah but the Patriots…” the Pats get theirs 24/7 on every news outlet there is. This is about sharing the love. If your response is “You sound like a whiny bitch” then congratulations: you know what it’s like for me to listen to you cry and cry when your favorite team bottoms out again and again. Here it is, a quick and friendly list of reasons all 31 other franchises and their fans don’t have the shining ethical resume they think they do.
UPDATE: The response from football fans both inside and outside of Patriots Nation has been overwhelming. Thank you everyone who has read this with an open mind, shared it, or posted suggestions. I’m still entertaining comments about how I’m making all this up (nope), or that I’m a hypocrite (the first 2 paragraphs recognize that the Patriots have also been disciplined for illegal behavior) or that this has nothing to do with PSIgate. All 32 teams have a black mark on their record,and have no superior ground to stand on. That’s the crux of my argument. Stamp your feet and cry all you want. These are things that happened. Also please stop posting analogies to Obama or dumb Teaparty rhetoric. I’m not interested.
UPDATE #2: So sick of having the same argument. The point I’m trying to make is that the Patriots have been accused of unethical behavior on and off the field as if the rest of the league has zero skeletons in their closet or a virtuous right to thumb their noses at others. This is a detailed cited list of reasons why they don’t. If you’re here to tell me that decades of documented unethical, violent, destructive, deceptive, or criminal behavior aren’t relevant to my argument then I’m just going to delete your comment. If you’re too illiterate or lazy to respond the argument at hand then I will no longer pay you the same courtesy. Thanks.
The Miami Dolphins
- Reinvented bullying and homophobia for the modern day NFL. Physically and mentally harassed one of their own players into a mental institution.
- Accidentally revealed that Mike Pouncey’s house was the chill spot for the team to do drugs..
- Cheated to sign former coach Don Shula by tampering with the then Baltimore Colts employee. Found guilty of tampering and stripped of a first round pick.
- The organization’s public unwillingness to follow tampering rules was the impetus for free agent reform. In 2008 the Phins signed guard Justin Smiley, contract written, detailed, printed and signed just 17 minutes after midnight.
- Center Mike Pouncey endorsed a murderer cut by the Patriots.
The New Jersey Jets
- Employed an exhibitionist sexual deviant for several years, and still fired him despite being the best coach they’ve had this century.
- Tried to get away with an illegal sideline blocking strategy that blew up in their face when a meathead assistant coach intentionally injured an opposing gunner. Cowardly Mike Westoff, instead of taking responsibility for their malicious actions, blamed the Patriots instead.
- Former kicker Jay Feeley admitted the team had been faking injuries for years.
- The Brett Favre sexting extravaganza.
- While playing for the Jets Favre also gave out inside secrets and strategy tips on the Packers in a 40 minute phone conversation with Matt Millen and the Lions coaching staff, actively sabotaging the team he’ll one day enter the Hall of Fame as a member of. The story was successfully covered up by an ESPN “Do Not Report” order but was unearthed by Profootballtalk. Favre was never disciplined, fined, or help accountable for lying about the incident for weeks.
- Some would say intentionally injured cancer victim Eric Berry, with a low block (away from the play) that had Berry publicly wondering if the Bills had a bounty on him.
- Fined $20,000 for failing to report a wrist injury to Mario Williams. Ya know, falsifying injury reports, the thing everyone insists the Patriots do.
- Sued by their own cheerleaders for pay practices that left the cheerleaders with hundreds of hours of unpaid labor.
- Hot Off the Presses! Ravens Terrence Cody under investigation for animal cruelty.
- Gave fiance-puncher Ray Rice the most minimal punishment possible for punching said fiance, hoping the whole thing would go away. Only cut the despicable RB when the video of the domestic violence incident went viral and essentially forced the team’s hand. Remains one of the most disgraceful incidents in league history and a black eye on the league for life.
- Employs repeat domestic abuser Terrell Suggs with little to no repercussions.
- Accidentally let it slip that the team used bounties, specifically with Steelers WR Hines Ward.
- Ray Lewis never murdered anyone. I refuse to perpetuate this myth. His cowardice in refusing to identify a murderer to the police is another story.
- Ben Roethelisberger settled out of court for a civil lawsuit alleging that he raped a woman. It was the second of such allegations for the Steeler’s QB. In the eyes of the law it certainly doesn’t mean he raped anyone. But it also doesn’t rule out that Ben quite possible shelled out a lot of money to quiet his victim down.
- Former coach Bill Cower admitted to stealing opposing teams signals (sounds smart if you ask me).
- Current coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 for cheating in-game, stepping onto the field to deliberately alter the path of kick returner Jacoby Jones.
- Markice Pouncey also in on FREE HERNANDEZ hat scandal.
- Thirteen years of Hines Ward being the dirtiest WR in the league.
- In 2012 WR Emmanuel Sanders (with the Steelers at the time) was fined $15,000 for faking an injury to gain a free timeout against the Bengals.
- Former Steelers team doctor Dr. Richard Rydze left the team amid investigations and was later indicted by federal authorities for a massive steroid distribution. His con was that he would falsely diagnose patients with pituitary dwarfism to prescribe HGH and steroids. All those steroids sitting around a football team… Sure hope no one had dwarfism.
- Hot Off the Presses! Former QB Jeff Blake (who also played for the Jets, Saints, Cardinals, Ravens and Bears) admitted to deflating footballs throughout his entire career and divulged that “every team does it, every game, it has been since I played.” For reference sake, Blake’s career record was 39-61, again proving that air in a football is just about meaningless terms of in winning or losing a game.
- Accused by the Steelers of intentionally injuring Steelers RB LeVeon Bell before the 2014 playoffs. Reggie Nelson is an excellent safety, and I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt but the hit was low, and happened to be on the Steelers top offensive weapon.
- A former Bengals cheerleader pleaded guilty to statutory rape after having sex with one of her 17 year old English students.
- LB Vontaze Burfict was fined $25,000 for a pair of shots on Carolina Panthers players in 2014 including wrenching Cam Newton’s surgically repaired ankle.
- FOURTEEN arrests since 2009. The charges for only 2 of them were dropped. More than one incident belonged to Pacman Jones, and the best involved OT Andre Smith attempting to bring a loaded gun on a plane.
- Currently under NFL investigation for violating electronic device rules for texting about play calls to the Browns sideline from the press booth. Another example of a team that can still suck even when they’re cheating.
- In 2013 the FBI raided the headquarters of Flying J, a company owned by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to investigate a money skimming scandal where the company stole millions of dollars in fuel reimbursements from working class truckers. Haslam was saved from a colossal media nightmare only because the FBI raid happened on the same day as the Boston Marathon bombing.
- I don’t really like to beat up on Donte Stallworth for pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter. The guy he ran over and killed was trying to cross a highway at night. Stallworth was still drunk at the time so he makes the list.
- Former director of Browns Pro Personnel Jeremy Green plead guilty to possession of child pornography in 2011.
- Josh Gordon had the entire NFL world take his side over a suspension for repeated substance abuse violations. Repaid the favor by almost immediately getting suspended again for violating team rules.
- Former coach Eric Mangini was shamed into making a bus ride from Hartford to Cleveland to atone from negligent and stupid hazing tactics.
- Really… if you think about it, just some expansion team with an unoriginal name.
- Career alcoholic Robert Irsay dismantled the Baltimore Colts for no other reason than he felt like it, robbing the city of Baltimore of one of the NFL’s flagship franchises.
- Like father like son, owner Jim Irsay was fined $500,000 and served a 6 game suspension in 2014 for a DUI under the influence of alcohol and OC’s.
- Accused repeatedly throughout the years of using artificial crowd noise, manipulating dome temperatures, and tampering with opposing teams in-helmet communication units.
- Accused by many of purposely tanking the 2011 season to rig the 2012 draft and select Andrew Luck dubbed the “Suck for Luck” campaign.
- Used coach Tony Dungy’s influence on the competition committee to advance defensive contact rules specifically tailored to their own agenda. The Colts won a Super Bowl with the new rules in place, yet somehow the rest of the world is still under the impression that Tom Brady lobbied for and created these rules.
- Colts great Marvin Harrison pulled a Houdini-esque legal feat in 2009 when he somehow avoided charges of attempted murder despite having a gun he owned identified as having fired shots at the victim.
- The Luck/Pagano era Colts have thus far been a significant change of pace from the Manning/Dungy Colts. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson even had the guts to admit that the reports of him reporting the Patriots for under-inflated balls were false. So don’t say I can’t say something nice when I need to.
- Team captain Brian Cushing gave up possibly the worst excuse for PEDs of all time when he claimed he thought he was taking flaxseed oil instead of steroids.
- Long time employer of Jeff Fischer, one of the dirtiest coaches of all time, routinely known to target opposing players. The culminated with Albert Haynesworth stomping on Cowboy’s lineman Andre Gurode’s face with his helmet off. Gurode received 30 stitches under his eye and considered filing criminal assault charges.
- The Titans own the best highlights of Pacman Jones’ criminal years. Jones faced two felony charges for a fight he started outside a night club that left one victim paralyzed from the waist down
- In 1994, the franchise’s much more notable Oilers days, defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan punched offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride in the head on the sidelines on national television.
- Former Owner Bud Adams went on a middle finger giving spree… Actually, that was awesome. RIP Bud.
- Former first round pick Matt Jones charged with felony cocaine possession.
- Adopted the “Keep Chopping Wood” mantra under coach Jack Del Rio that eventually got punter Chris Hansen chopped in the leg with an axe.
- Thought by many in the league to be purposely running the most incompetent anemic football team possible that never spends money on useful free agents or shows any scouting ability whatsoever in an effort to sink the team and move it to anywhere else but Jacksonville, Florida.
- Team’s VP of Football Operations John Elway used his celebrity influence to cover up his son’s domestic assault incident and keep a future woman beating sociopath from learning that actions have consequences.
- Caught cheating by way of manipulating the salary cap multiples times: a feat that won the franchise back to back Super Bowl titles.
- Coach Mike Shanahan admitted to using similar video taping practices as Belichick during his Super Bowl years, and was investigated for spying on a Chargers practice in 2008 Quoted as saying “Our guy keeps a pair of binoculars on their
signal-callers every game,” “With any luck, we have their defensive signals figured out by
halftime. Sometimes, by the end of the first quarter” in Sports Illustrated five years before Spygate.
- Three Broncos players (Brian Habib, Gary Zimmerman and Mark Schlereth) were fined $5,000 a piece for putting vaseline on their jerseys during a divisional playoff game against Kansas City. The trio claimed they were using the lubricant (which undoubtedly made them more difficult to block or hang onto when applied to their jerseys) to protect their skin from the cold. This is a known tactic that has been used in the league for years, strictly forbidden in the rules yet yielding only occasional fines.
- Up for debate if the Broncos intentionally injured Aqib Talib and Calias Campbell. We may never know on Talib, but the Campbell play looked extremely dirty.
- Hot off the presses! Former Broncos QB Jake Plummer (career 69-67 record) recently admitted that he would rub footballs on the grass to make them easier to grip. Totally stupid and inconsequential but by Deflategate standards he should be executed. Pretty funny how Brady’s career numbers dwarf Plummer’s even with altered footballs.
San Diego Chargers
- Caught cheating in 2012 by illegal use of towels with a hidden adhesive substance. The league fined the team $20,000 ruling that the club failed to turn over the towels when directed, and attempted to conceal them. As a testimony to just how little ball tampering matters, the Chargers were 3-3 before the scandal and finished 7-9 missing the playoffs.
- Built a top level defense around LB Shawne Merriman who built himself around steroids. The Pro Bowl LB’s production took a nose dive after he was suspended for steroid use and gradually faded out of the league.
Kansas City Chiefs
- Jimmy Johnson named Chief’s coach Marty Schottenheimer as one of the many coaches in the league that videotaped opposing teams signals identical to what the Patriots were found guilty of.
- In 2012 the Chiefs administration was busted for misappropriating millions in tax payer money. The report outlined that of the almost $30 million in tax payer funds it received for stadium maintenance, they used only about 30% of the money on the stadium. The rest, illegally, went elsewhere.
- In one of the more bizarre stories of recent years former Chiefs coach Todd Haley accused the team of bugging rooms in the Arrowhead facilities, and even wiretapping their own head coach’s phone.
- Going back to 2009 the Chiefs have had 7 different players arrested for drug and alcohol related incidents, 5 of which were DUI or OUIs, the most recent of which was Sean Smith who drove into a light pole in downtown Kansas City, thankfully killing no one.
- Accused by all-time Raiders great Tim Brown of sabotaging their own team in Super Bowl XXXVII. It’s cheating in reverse, so of course the Raiders pioneered it.
- Former owner Al Davis cost both the team and the NFL millions years of frivolous lawsuits.
- Linebacker and confirmed steroid user Bill Romanowski attacked a teammate in practice: an act speculated to be the result of “roid rage.” His teammate was injured so badly he was forced to retire.
- In a preseason game against the Patriots in 1977 safety Jack Tatum delivered a vicious hit to the head of Daryl Stingley that left him paralyzed for life. Tatum was said to have refused to apologize for the hit up until Stingley’s death in 2007.
- Legendary coach Jimmy Johnson one of the few people with the courage to admit that he used video taping practices identical to the Patriots’ to steal signals, as did a number of other coaches. It was integral to their success in building a dynasty (Hi Aikman).
- Caught cheating and stripped of over $10 million in salary cap space for illegally tampering with their salary cap 2010.
- Owner Jerry Jones used team’s influence to bribe NJ Governor Chris Christie (one of the biggest pieces of shit on two legs) to secure lucrative contracts for his New Jersey based hospitality business.
- I love Michael Irvin, but he was also the same guy who plead no contest to being found in a hotel room covered cocaine and strippers/prostitutes performing sex acts on him. He also, allegedly stabbed a teammate in the neck with a pair of scissors over a chair he wanted to sit in.
- The results are purely speculative but the fact is that the NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino (who in my personal opinion has the ethics of Saddam Hussein) was seen partying with the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones’ son. I have no comment on any potential effects on that, but it was grossly unethical on the part of both the Cowboys and Blandino.
- Caught cheating and nailed for over $31 million in salary cap space for running the same salary scam as the Cowboys in 2010.
- Most racist team name in professional sports.
- Accused of cheating by the Cowboys in 2011 by way of “disconcerting signals.”
- Owner Dan Snyder remains the most despicable administrator in professional sports with a history of scamming fans, players and anyone with money. The definitive list is here, and is too long to ever get into on this blog.
New York Giants
- Caught cheating and epitomized the fake injury scandal by accidentally having two players fake injuries at the same time to gain extra timeouts.
- Accused of cheating against the Vikings in 2001 with somehow knowing the Vikings offensive plays in a 41-0 victory. Completely unsubstantiated and untrue, but hey so was the allegedly taped Super Bowl walkthrough that the media pretends to forget never actually happened.
- I won’t even mention Plaxico Burress getting shot by a pair of sweatpants. How about instead safety Will Hill who had to be taken to court over $9,000 in owed child support (at the time Hill had a base salary of almost $400,000 with the Giants).
- All time Giants great Lawrence Taylor (also of crack cocaine and rape of a 16 year old prostitute) admitted to colorfully cheating by sending prostitutes to opposing players hotel rooms the night before games to tire them out. That’s some admirable low-tech old school cheating.
- Signed convicted sex offender Christian Peter after he was cut by the Patriots due to previously undisclosed rape accusations. Two women claimed to have been raped by Peters, one of which was bought off for $50,000 by the University of Nebraska. The remaining victim approached Myra Kraft with her story, and the Patriots cut him before even putting him on the field.
- Responsible for bringing dog killing sociopath Michael Vick back into the league after minimum jail time and zero expressed remorse for torturing and killing animals. The team promoted the false notion that having a good season somehow meant that he had become a better person.
- Caught cheating in 1989 as head coach Buddy Ryan promoted a bounty system against the division rival Dallas Cowboys, coaching his players to purposely injure key opponents. Ryan was let go by the team a year later and has generally been known as a living joke in the NFL.
- Got a helping hand from PA Senator Arlen Specter in 2008 who went on a crusade to legislate against the Patriots for an unsubstantiated cheating claim in Super Bowl XXXIX. The effort soon fell apart and earned the disdain of Pennsylvania residents when the whole thing turned out to be Specter lobbying in favor of Comcast (involved in a dispute with the NFL at the time, and had paid hundreds of thousands in campaign donations to Specter), costing tax payers untold amounts on money.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Former QB Brad Johnson recently admitted to cheating by bribing ball attendants to tamper with game balls. Immediately afterwards said he never did anything wrong (he didn’t). In yet another demonstration of how little minor tampering of game balls matter, this is the same Super Bowl mentioned above that the Raiders allegedly lost on purpose.
- FIFTEEN arrests since 2010, several of which had charges dropped but certainly not Da’Quan Bowers who attempted to bring a loaded .40 caliber hand gun on a plane.
- Accused of cheating in 2012 by way of tampering with visiting teams’ in-helmet communication systems, and were still somehow 2-5 at home that year.
- As explained by his own accounts, Bo Jackson believes the Buccaneers intentionally sabotaged his NCAA baseball career to steer him towards professional football. Jackson outlined the story in detail in 30 for 30: You Don’t Know Bo explaining that the Buccaneers brought him in for a tryout, promising that it wouldn’t interfere with his NCAA baseball eligibility, which turned out to be untrue costing Jackson his senior year of baseball at Auburn. Anyone who knows me knows I consider crimes against Bo unforgivable.
- Three members of the 2004 Panthers were linked to steroid use after LOSING Super Bowl XXXVIII to the New England Patriots. An investigation showed all 3 players had prescriptions for the banned substance filled within two weeks of the Super Bowl and up to ten times a piece before that suggesting that they were almost definitely on steroids during the game… AND STILL LOST. The local press later revealed that steroid and HGH use ran rampant in the Carolina camp for several years to come.
- Pro Bowler Greg Hardy was convicted of domestic violence including slamming his ex-girlfriend into a bath tub and strangling her. The Panthers had no intention of cutting or suspending him even after learning the full extent of his actions in court. They even started him week 1. Pressure from the public finally forced the team’s hand and instead of suspending him (for something he was legally convicted of) Hardy was placed on the NFL exemption list, essentially giving him a paid (in the full amount of his $13.1 salary) vacation for the year.
- Owner Jerry Richardson is rich scum like you only read about. This includes nailing South Carolina taxpayers for over $87 million dollars for renovations on a stadium that wasn’t even 20 years old, claiming financial hardships during the lockout despite $112 million in profit between 2009 – 2010, and openly antagonizing players during lockout debates actively prolonging the lockout.
- In 1999 Panthers WR Rae Carruth assisted in murdering his pregnant girlfriend in a driveby shooting.
- Hot Off the Presses! Well well well… One last update before the Super Bowl. Falcons under investigation for using artificial crowd noise during opponents offensive drives. There you go to the Falcons fans that came here to flap their gums. WHAT A BUNCH OF CHEATERS.
- Did the right thing in cutting dog killer Michael Vick but if New England still gets Hernandez on their resume then the Falcons do too.
- 2 time All Pro CB Eugene Robinson was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover cop the night before Super Bowl XXXIII which the Falcons would go on to lose.
- Sucked so bad in 2007 that head coach Bobby Petrino quit mid-season.
New Orleans Saints
- BOUNTY GATE. BOUNTY GATE. BOUNTY GATE.
- I don’t hate the Saints, and rooted for them in the Super Bowl. However, I don’t care what any blogger or clearance rack athlete turned “broadcaster” says the intent to injure (not hurt, injure) a fellow athlete, to cost them the right to earn a living by destroying their knees or head is the lowest thing an athlete can do. Stealing signals or messing with a football isn’t even in the same galaxy. Even the big mouth asshole from the Cobra Kai broke down and apologized when he went low on Daniel-Son. These are things so ingrained in our collective humanity that they need no further explanation. There is NO comparison between letting air out of a gameball and costing a fellow player his career. None.
Green Bay Packers
- Aaron Rodgers quoted by CBS as saying (paraphrased) “I like to push the limit to how much air we can put in the football. Even go over what they allow you to do, and see if the officials take the air out of it because it’s easier for him to grip…” (Thank you to Reddit user IsuzuBellet for this). No word on when coach Mike McCarthy will be suspended, fired, and fined millions in the name of integrity.
- Brett Favre admitted to being addicted to painkillers in the late 90’s.
- Packers great Paul Hornug was suspended for one year in 1963 (an unheard of penalty at the time) for gambling on NFL games. Pete Rose was blackballed from baseball for life over this. Hornung, instead, has an award named after him.
- Drafted Najeh Davenport who was arrested and given community service after breaking into a woman’s dorm room to defecate in her closet.
- Former Bears LB Brian Urlacher admitted his defense regularly used fake injuries to slow down opposing offenses.
- Wide receiver Sam Hurd arrested for felony drug charges after attempting to deal cocaine to a Homeland Security agent. Almost brought a whole bunch of NFL players down with him as potential clients.
- Former defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan (yes, the Ryans again) was described as being racist and antagonistic by the late Dave Duerson who claimed Ryan dropped a hard N on him on Duerson’s very first day in the league. Ryan has since denied the story.
- Caught cheating in 2014 by tampering with game balls, heating them on the sidelines. In yet ANOTHER example of how little this matters the league didn’t even punish or fine them for it.
- The Viking Sex Boat Scandal, which is exactly what it sounds like. In 2005 a bunch of players rented a party boat full of strippers/prostitutes. The evening culminated in OT Bryant McKinnie allegedly eating out a stripper/prostitute in front of his teammmates.
- Employs homophobe special teams coach Mike Priefer, quoted as saying “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows” as part of an insane quest to blacklist the franchise’s all time leading punter.
- During a search of his bags at the airport in 2005 Vikings RB Onterrio Smith was found with several vials of dried urine in a device known as The Whizzinator. The device was designed to be able to beat drug tests. Smith already had two strikes against him for substance abuse policy violations, and later failed another drug test in spite of the Whizzinator, ending his time in the NFL.
- Say what you want about Adrian Peterson’s choice to discipline his children. But only a year ago another man beat Peterson’s other two year old son to death. If that doesn’t alter your opinion of laying your hands on a child at least a little then there’s something wrong with you.
- Domenic Raoila, a documented cheap shot artist who somehow stuck around with the team for a decade plus despite never being very good. Raiola was hated so badly by his own fans that his career has been spotted with incidents of threats at fans and flipping them off.
- Former Lion Alex Karras also nailed in 1963 gambling scandal mentioned above and suspended for a year.
- Nick Fairley’s repeated run ins with the law.
- Ndamukong Suh, straight from his Wiki page “…has been fined a total of $420,669 by the NFL for 7 player-safety violations, and suspended once for 2 games, resulting in the loss of $165,294 in pay.”
- Former Cardinals QB Matt Leinart admits to tampering with game balls, and further more correctly admits that almost every NFL quarterback does it too. As evidence of just how insignificant this is Leinart was awful throughout his whole career even with tampered game balls.
- LB Daryl Washington was arrested in 2013 for assaulting his girlfriend. This is in addition to a pair of suspensions that cost him the entire 2014 season for substance abuse.
- RB Jonathan Dwyer arrested on two different incidents of domestic violence.
St. Louis Rams
- Former Ram Leonard Little was convicted of manslaughter after a drunk driving accident killed a woman in St. Louis.
- Graduated RB Marshall Faulk who you would never know actually won a Super Bowl because he won’t shut the hell up about the Super Bowl he lost. Still accuses the Patriots of cheating based off a red zone series that never actually happened. Super Bowl XXXVI is available on youtube in it’s entirety if you want to see how sloppy play against a devastating defense lost the game for St. Louis.
San Francisco 49ers
- Hot Off the Presses! NFL legend Jerry Rice, one of the most outspoken critics of the Patriots and their legacy, admitted to cheating by using illegal stickum on his gloves to get a better grip on the ball. Just one day before the Deflategate story broke Rice discussed the evolution of the receiver glove on ESPN and laughed about his own willing circumvention of the rules. Rice was one of my favorite players of all time but has carried himself as a disgraceful crybaby the past few weeks and really any time anyone has come close to his former achievements. You can put him down as a hypocrite now too.
- Violated salary cap rules in the late 90’s. Finally busted for it in 2000 (well after all the Super Bowls had been won) and fined a collective $300,000 and loss of two mid-round picks over 2 drafts.
- Former owner Eddie DeBartolo was banned from active control of the franchise for a year in his involvement in an extortion scandal. He plead guilty and was fined $1 million.
- Were accused of cheating throughout their dominant run in the 1980’s.
- Forced to apologize for homophobe Chris Culliver’s idiotic comments. No apology yet for his awful play in the Super Bowl.
- Lost Aldon Smith (who could be the best defensive player in the league if he got it together) for lengthy parts of 2013 & 2014 for substance abuse treatment, a series of drug and alcohol related arrests and nearly being charged with a felony for claiming to have a bomb in an airport.
- So inept at negotiating Michael Crabtree’s rookie contract that a month into the 2009 season, with Crabtree still unsigned 80’s pop start M.C. Hammer had to be brought in to delegate the final details of the contract. You cannot make this shit up. Many would argue that Crabs has not been worth the trouble.
- Multiple violations of offseason practice rules leading to the team being stripped of mini-camp days and both the organization and coach Pete Carroll being fined a combined $300,000.
- CB Richard Sherman busted for adderall usage in 2012, eventually won his appeal but not before dropping a really lame excuse that he accidentally drank someone else’s adderall.
- Not counting Sherman, five Seahawks under the Carroll regime have been suspended for PED use including current Patriot Brandon Browner Winston Guy John Moffitt Allen Babre and former first round pick Bruce Irvin