If you love the New England Patriots, the next couple of paragraphs are going to make you even more insufferable than you already likely are.
If you hate the Pats, well, get ready for another decade of dominance.
Remember when that little “Spygate” thing happened, when New York Jets coach Eric Mangini ruined everything for the rest of us and alerted the NFL to Bill Belichick’s unauthorized taping of the Jets’ sideline?
Remember that? Of course you do.
And do you remember what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did as punishment for egregiously breaking the rules?
Next to nothing, it turns out.
Sure, Goodell fined the hoodie off of Belichick and the Pats’ owner, Robert Kraft.
So while you may think all Goodell did was incite the Patriots to their current destruction of the league and every team in it, he really did fail to hurt them at all.
Before “Spygate”, New England was set to enter the 2008 NFL draft with two first-round picks. Goodell took away, as part of the punishment he levied, the Patriots’ pick. That means the Pats won’t get to make what will likely turn out to be the 32nd and final selection of the first round. Poor babies.
But that other pick the Pats have? Yeah, it’s the one they received from the San Francisco 49ers as a result of a trade. The 2-8 49ers, if you’re keeping track.
So when April rolls around the now four-time Super Bowl champions are gearing up for the draft, they could be faced with what will almost certainly be a top 5 pick, if not better.
As brilliant as the New England organization is, they could trade the pick and get a bunch of players they’ll turn into major contributors.
Or, Goodell could find himself walking to the podium and saying these fateful words, “With the second pick in the 2008 draft, the New England Patriots select… Darren McFadden, running back, Arkansas.”
Sick yet? You should be.