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September 28, 2007

Spygate…honestly, its a little out of hand.

Thought you were done with spygate, didn’t you? thought you’d never see this great picture again?

taken from yeah…you’d be wrong. Its really out of hand now though. Why? because a Jets fan, attorney Carl Mayer of Princetown Township, N.J. has filed a class action lawsuit against Bill Belichick and the Patriots for “deceiving customers”. Mayer’s lawyer in the matter, Bruce Afran, was quoted as saying,

“They violated the integrity of the game…This is a way of punishing Belichick and the Patriots.”

Mayer’s lawsuit maintains that because teams other than the Jets have found or believed that the Patriots have illegally taped NFL games, that Jets ticket holders should be compensated for any game played between the Jets and Patriots since Belichick became the Patriots coach in 2000. I know, i know, some of you might be doubting the merit of this lawsuit. Rest easy though…once you hear about how much money they’re suing for, your fears will be assuaged.

“The two calculated that because customers paid $61.6 million to watch eight “fraudulent” games, they’re entitled to triple that amount — or $184.8 million — in compensation under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.”

$184.8 million. I just love that. Especially when they have absolutely no proof, save for the one game. Because nothing says unnecessary lawsuit like rumor and hearsay. They do attempt to act like they have the fans best interests at heart though…

“How many times have the Patriots done this? We find it hard to believe they did it just once,” Mayer said. “We just want to get to the truth of the matter of what the Patriots did to the Jets. I think the ticket holders are genuinely concerned about it. This is a type of misrepresentation.”

Good to see they’re only worried about the integrity of the game of football.

Now, i haven’t read all of RICO or the deceptive business practices act, but it really seems like this lawsuit is giving us lawyers a bad name. Shouldn’t they be following this lawsuit up with lawsuits against anyone who watches video tape before next weeks game? Aren’t they giving themselves an unfair advantage then too? Don’t get me wrong, I completely disagree with the Patriots actions, as I’ve discussed previously, but a $180 million dollar lawsuit? That’s laughable.

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Yahoo! Sports: Jets ticket holder sues Patriots and coach Belichick, seeks damages of more than $184 million

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September 26, 2007

Mike Vick…well, at least he’s fast, right?

Filed under: drugs, Michael Vick, Sports — Tags: , , — emmettjones @ 9:15 pm

This picture is awesome, and is from Kissing Suzy KolberYou have seriously got to be kidding me. No, seriously. A day after ESPN decided to hold their Michael Vick town meeting (honestly ESPN…this was the worst idea ever…you did nothing but continue to strengthen the racial divide between whites and blacks in Atlanta. Besides that…this was a little late, yes? He pleaded guilty almost a month ago…you are ESPN for goodness sakes; you couldn’t get the panel together any faster?), and there was a large outpour of support for Vick, we have some not so positive Michael Vick news…he’s tested positive for marijuana usage. The result? U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ordered Vick confined to his home between 10pm and 6am with electronic monitoring and he has to submit to random drug testing.

Honestly, what more could Michael Vick do wrong? The only way he could make this situation worse is if he hi-jacked a plane or something. If you are already in trouble for arguably the biggest sports story in the last 10 years, and then you get a small reprieve with Bill Belichick and the Patriots spygate incident, and then what do you do? bring yourself right back into the spotlight with your failed urine test.

What’s the old adage? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. The bad part for Michael Vick? I think Judge Hudson knows the adage as well.

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ESPN: Vick supporters turn out for town meeting

Yahoo! Sports: Falcons QB Michael Vick tests positive for marijuana

NOTE: the picture is from Kissing Suzy Kolber.  It is a hilarious sports site, the particular post about Mike Vick can be found here 

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