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    Patriots, NFL Deny New Spying Allegation

    Associated Press
    Feb 2, 2008

    PHOENIX (AP) - A member of the New England Patriots' video staff taped the St. Louis Rams' last walkthrough before the 2002 Super Bowl, a Boston newspaper reported Saturday. The NFL, however, said it was satisfied this was not another Spygate.

    "We were aware of the rumor months ago and looked into it. There was no evidence of it on the tapes or in the notes produced by the Patriots, and the Patriots told us it was not true," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press.

    Citing an unidentified source, the Boston Herald reported that a Patriots employee recorded the Rams' walkthrough at the Superdome in the New Orleans a day before the Super Bowl. New England beat the heavily favored Rams 20-17 its first NFL title.

    The Herald reported that a source close to the Patriots in the 2001 season said the team held a walkthrough at the Superdome in New Orleans before the game on Feb. 3, 2002. After the Patriots took a team picture, a member of their video department stayed inside the stadium and taped the Rams' session.

    It was not known whether the cameraman was told by the Patriots to film the practice or what he did with the tape, the Herald said. The Rams were two-touchdown favorites, but lost on Adam Vinatieri's last- second field goal.

    "The suggestion that the New England Patriots recorded the St. Louis Rams' walkthrough on the day before Super Bowl XXXVI is absolutely false. Any suggestion to the contrary is untrue," Patriots spokesman Stacey James told the AP.

    Rams spokesman Rick Smith, reading a statement from team president John Shaw, said, "At this point, we have no comment."

    The unbeaten Patriots will try to win their fourth Super Bowl in seven seasons Sunday when they play the New York Giants.

    Early this season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fined New England coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and docked the team $250,000 and a first-round draft pick after the Spygate scandal. The Patriots were accused of videotaping New York Jets defensive coaches as they signaled to players.

    New England did not have a walkthrough Saturday. The Giants held one at the Arizona Cardinals' practice facility.

    A walkthrough is done without pads or helmets, giving teams a chance to practice their formations.

    Goodell spent much of his state of the game address Friday talking about that episode. He said he did not think the Patriots used such tapes to win previous titles.

    "There was no indication that it benefited them in any of the Super Bowl victories," he said.

    Goodell also defended his decision to destroy notes and videotapes linked to the Spygate, saying "there was no purpose for them."

    Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who sent Goodell a letter asking for explanation, said Goodell's response "didn't make any sense at all."

    Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.

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    If the Patriots do manage to go undefeated this season should there be an asterisk in the records book?

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    Dont worry Lofter, all its going to say is 18-1.

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    Time to head out and watch the game and tilt a few lagers. Go Giants!!

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    Still 19 seconds left in the game, but about 2 minutes ago Drudge Report put up this headline on the site ...

    NOT PERFECT
    NY GIANTS TAKE SUPER BOWL

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    Quote Originally Posted by alonzo-ny View Post
    Dont worry Lofter, all its going to say is 18-1.
    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Still 19 seconds left in the game, but about 2 minutes ago Drudge Report put up this headline on the site ...

    NOT PERFECT
    NY GIANTS TAKE SUPER BOWL


    "Regardless of the year {the Patriots} had, the records they set, if they don't win the Super Bowl .... that means this season was ultimately a FAILURE."

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    Quote Originally Posted by alonzo-ny View Post
    Dont worry Lofter, all its going to say is 18-1.
    GO GIANTS!!!

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    I want to see the newspaper headline tomorrow with 18-1 and that pic.






    Legendary.

    ****ing Legendary.

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    I am so happy, it's been over three hours and I still haven't stopped smiling yet.


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    Reached for comment, Gisele Bundchen had this to say;



    "Eli, CALL ME!!"

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    What a game!!! Finally NY sports take something away from boston. This pretty much makes up for the 04 alcs, for me at least.

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    Courtesy Talking NFL / Brian

    "No words describe what we [the Patriots] feel at this point …You can say it's just a game, but at end of the day we had an opportunity to be special and we let it slip away. It's disappointing that we came so close to being special ... we're second class.

    That's the sign of a champion, what [the Giants] did …"


    "… David Tyree's leaping 32-yard reception put New York within striking distance with under a minute to play." (New York Times)


    Photo: Barton Sillverman/The New York Times

    "Plaxico Burress's 13-yard touchdown catch with 35 seconds remaining was the climax of a remarkable Giants' comeback." (New York Times)


    Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times


    Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters

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    I knew the Giants could do it!!!



    Play of the game...Manning's ability to keep his stance under pressure and make a pass completion to Tyree, one word BEAUTIFUL

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    As I read more articles about the game yesterday, I am even more amazed at how impossibly incredible that feat the Giants pulled off was.

    Apparently David Tyree isn't even a regular wide receiver. He's mostly a special teams player and what's even more startling about that unbelievable catch was that according to Armani Toomer, Tyree had been "dropping catches" all throughout Friday's practice.

    Looking at the photos of the play, he had a Patriots defender on him literally trying to strip him of the ball, which he barely had control of to begin with, so for him to have caught it like that was nothing short of incredible. This is not even mentioning how close Eli came to getting sacked before throwing the ball to Tyree.

    Nothing short of miraculous.

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