New England Patriots' Spygate Scandal Far Worse Than Saints Bounty Program

big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIIMarch 3, 2012

NEW YORK - JULY 27:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions from the media after reinstating Michael Vick on a conditional basis on July 27, 2009 at the InterContinental Hotel in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Investigations by the National Football League have revealed that the New Orleans Saints had a bounty program for their defense.  Their players were rewarded for injuring players on the opposing team.  This, allegedly, happened during their Super Bowl season as well as the 2010 and 2011 seasons.  

Adam Schefter, John Clayton, and all the other NFL analysts on ESPN and the NFL Network believe that the NFL is going to come down far harder on the Saints than they did on the Patriots for the Spygate scandal.

I don't think what the Saints had going was anywhere near as bad as what the Patriots did.  

The New England Patriots were cheating and the leader of the operation was their Head Coach Bill Belichick.  They were recording other teams at practice and using the footage to their advantage.  It is easy to win games when you know your opponents' game plan.  

What the Patriots did compromised the integrity of the game.  The National Football League just kind of swept the issue under the rug.  

The Saints were paying their guys a little extra for delivering a hit that knocked a player out of the game. Isn't that what defensive players are paid to do anyway?

This is football after all.  There is a reason why you were a helmet and shoulder pads.  A defender is supposed to try and knock out an opposing QB, RB, or WR if the opportunity presents itself, right?

I bet there are players around the NFL wishing they got a little bonus every time they rung someone's bell.  

I am all for player safety, but guys are going to get hurt anyway.  The NFL today is almost like flag football compared to the way the game was played in the 1970's.  

Well, that's all I have on the issue.  What do you all think?

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