Optimal sanctions (New England Patriots edition)

What is the optimal penalty for cheating in sports? Take the current controversy involving the New England Patriots, for example. While we sympathize with Michael Wilbon’s (co-host of our favorite TV show “Pardon the Interruption”) drastic position that the New England Patriots should be disqualified from playing in Super Bowl XLIX, especially given their past history of cheating, why not scrap the lame Pro Bowl and replay the game between the Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts instead?

Bill’s secret formula: Cheat, smile, and win.

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7 Responses to Optimal sanctions (New England Patriots edition)

  1. Sydjia Guerra says:

    That is a great alternative! But then some may argue they shouldn’t even be given that chance. They definitely should not play in the SuperBowl if there is no re-match

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  3. Michael says:

    That is what I find so curious is the fact of matter is that the Patriots didn’t even need to cheat based on how that football game was going for the Colts. I also find it even more frustrating that the Patriots continue to lie about having no knowledge and think that anyone would believe them.

    • enrique says:

      That is exactly right … There are two rules violation here: one is the primary “Rule 2” violation of the under-inflated footballs; the other is the secondary violation of deception, of feigning ignorance. The more I think about this matter, the more I think the New England Patriots should be barred from playing in the Super Bowl altogether.

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  5. While it is true that the Patriots spanked the Colts, would the score have been different if there was no ball advantage for the Patriots? I believe it would have been. We all know how momentum can carry a game. With that being said, I feel that the Colts definitely deserve a 2nd chance. I do not believe though that the Pro Bowl should be sacrificed as that would only be punishing the players from other teams who deserve to be recognized.

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