The NFL has determined that the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs, which are easier to throw in bad weather, in the victory over Indianapolis that sent them to the Super Bowl. Patriot coach Bill Belichick also cheated against St. Louis in 2007 when he was found to have spied on a practice, affecting another Super Bowl-related game.
The penalty for this kind of thing is a minimum $25,000 team fine, plus maybe the loss of a draft pick. But doesn’t this merit forfeiting the game and, this being a second offense, the banning of the coach from the game? [Read more...]