The revelation that the Denver Broncos saw fit to clandestinely record the San Francisco 49ers practice sessions -- yet still lost -- is a story that truly makes not one bit of sense.
Second, while conspiracy theory-mongering is unbecoming, it seems a
little too neat that all of the blame in this instance falls on a
shadowy peon named Steve Scarnecchia,
who, apropos of nothing, decided to tape the Niners' practice on his
own volition. Conspiracy theory hounds will be pleased to note that both Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, Scarnecchia, and Scarnecchia's father, are all former employees of the New England Patriots -- an organization that took to spying on the opposition with the fervor of the Stasi.
Presented with the tape by Scarnecchia, McDaniels
supposedly opted to Just Say No -- but didn't tell anyone about this
gross violation of the rules. It was this silence he was punished for by the league -- not the comission but the omission
You can make your own Watergate allusion,
but this seems awfully similar to H.R. Haldeman swearing that Richard Nixon didn't say "There is no problem in
raising a million dollars, we can do that," but "There is no problem in
raising a million dollars, we can do that -- but it would be wrong." We can do that thing that we did -- but it would be wrong. How convenient!
Sadly, involvement in this petty affair may end up being the 49ers' most notable achievement this season. Meanwhile, spy films have surfaced of one Andrew Luck lighting it up in Palo Alto. Perhaps the 49ers might want to direct some attention that way.
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