14 September 2007

[un]Belichic[k]

The hoodie master has been caught, and punished. Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team will be forfeiting at least one draft pick.

And I ask: so what? Baseball teams have been doing this since before the AL combined with the NL. And baseball teams adjust - catchers have dummy signals, pitchers and managers cover their mouths when they're talking.

So why is it such a big deal that Belichick and Co. were videotaping other teams' signals? Eric Mangini has said that his team was doing the smart thing anyway, using dummy signals to confuse recorders.

It's not that hard to avoid tendencies, is it? Is it so hard that it's worth costing someone a first-round draft pick to avoid it?

I don't think so.

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