I know that people want to lay spygate to rest and focus on football, but I think that it is not over. I find it disturbing that a team that cheated is held up by the media as a great organization. Roger Goodell is not doing a good job as commissioner so far in my opinion. The NFL has been the best league running for many years under great leadership, Pete Rozelle and then Paul Tagliabue. Goodell has not continued that tradition. The NFL is becoming as bad as baseball and the NBA have been in recent history. There are many problems off the field in the NFL as well as on the field now with spygate.
Cheating cannot be tolerated in sports at any level, especially at the professional level. They are the measuring stick by which all other levels are measured. If it is seen by the lower levels that cheating is being tolerated in the pro ranks, then it is only a matter of time until that filters down to the lower levels of competion. The leadership of the NFL must send a message in this case and harshly punish Belichick and the Patriot organization. The punishment handed down last year was not enough. Money, for many of these professionals, is not a deterrent because they have so much. Something that means something to them must be taken away. Pete Rose, the greatest hitter of all time, was banned from the game he loved for gambling and essentially cheating since he bet on games in which he was involved. He has spent the past decades attempting to get back in...to no avail. (I do feel that he should be in the HOF, but not allowed to manage again). The same should happen to Belichick, he should be banned from the NFL. The organization should have to forfeit any game or championship the won as a result of cheating. This would send a message to the rest of the league that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.