No questions asked. The New England Patriots were the bandwagon team of the year.
Not only did their fan base skyrocket, but so did the sales for a Bill Belichick authentic hoodie.
It seems if you weren't rooting for the Patriots, you were rooting against them with a passion, constantly reminding every Patriots fan you knew of the infamous "Spygate" from the beginning of the year.
Turns out, you’re not the only one.
The St. Louis Rams have made accusations that the Patriots also filmed walk-throughs of the Rams the day before Super Bowl XXVI in 2002—the same Super Bowl that kicked off the fearsome football dynasty in New England.
While it does seem odd that the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl following September 11th, I have one problem with these all too recent claims. It was over six years ago.
Now, I love to belittle the Pats as much as the next guy, but there comes a point when it's ridiculous. If these accusations are true, why are the Rams waiting until now to call Bill Belichick out on it?
What has happened six years down the road that jogged someone’s memory into thinking, "HEY! Maybe they cheated us too!?"
Statistics would say the Patriots are guilty. The Rams were a prolific offense, high scoring every game. Walk-throughs include the first 15 plays of a game, and the Pats managed to hold the unstoppable offense to three points in the first half.
But, as much as I hate to say it, if someone waits six years to make an accusation in the NFL, there should be a time-based amnesty.