The Patriots cheated in Super Bowl 36. Or at least I hope so. Not only do I wish that Matt Walsh was videotaping the St. Louis FC’s final walk through, but as an added bonus, John Madden was there working the telestrator for him. That would only be fitting, considering that football fans in Southern California were cheated out a team by a murdering showgirl.
But the world will probably never know. Walsh met with Commissioner Roger Goodell and there was no “smoking gun.” In other words, there was no tape of the walk-thru.
That we know of.
Not that it would have mattered if Walsh had one. The league previously destroyed tapes collected against the Patriots. Like it was a used copy of Planet of the Apes. (The Mark Walberg one.) So what would stop him from doing it again? Even if Walsh did have the tapes, do you think Goodell would let that information be seen?
Not because it would force Goodell's hand to forfeit the Patriots victory (which can't happen). But rather, would those people who bet on St. Louis’ FC be able to get their money back? Yeah, right.
The best possible scenario was achieved that year. The Patriots used a screwy rule to defeat the Raiders in the playoffs. And then they cheated to defeat the St. Louis FC. Both will leave both opposing franchises mutter, which is probably the sweetest reward of all.