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WhoDat!656 04-23-2012 03:40 PM

At first blush, allegations of Loomis espionage make no sense
ESPN currently is making a big deal about the allegation that Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis was eavesdropping on the communications in which opposing coaches engaged during games. At first blush, however, the notion that Loomis would find value in hearing the play calls and other communications between the opponentsí coaches makes no sense.

As ESPNís Bill Polian (pictured) said when asked to explain the edge that the Saints obtained doing this, ďThereís something missing here. I donít know what kind of competitive advantage you could get. Mickey would have to know the verbiage of every other opposing team in order to translate, and then he would have to do it instantly and find some way to communicate with his coaching staff, and get it down to the field in time to be useful. That would be very difficult to do, in my opinion.Ē

Polianís right, and he has no natural incentive to help the team that beat his Colts for a Super Bowl that culminated a season in which bounties allegedly were used. If Loomis knew what the opposing coaches were saying, there would have been no way to translate that information into something that could be used to the Saintsí benefit.

Even if the conversations were being taped and later given to the coaching staff, thereís no way to take that information and turn it into anything that could be used in a future game.

That doesnít mean the situation shouldnít be fully investigated. But it would be ludicrous for Loomis to engage in a blatant violation of federal law if there was nothing to be gained by doing so.

UPDATE 4:34 p.m. ET: As ESPNís Adam Schefter also pointed out on the air, Loomis isnít ďan Xs and Os evaluator, so it would be difficult for him to get that information down to somebody in a timely fashion when thatís not the language heís accustomed to speaking. Heís accustomed to dealing with agents, doing contracts, managing the cap, finagling the roster, not dealing with play calls and Xs and Os.Ē

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arsaint 04-23-2012 03:41 PM

ESPN = tabloid sports

They show it more and more each day...

jokeray 04-23-2012 03:54 PM


Originally Posted by arsaint (Post 399821)
ESPN = tabloid sports

They show it more and more each day...

100% correct. I hope this is proven wrong, and the saints sue their ass for taking "unproven stories" from unnamed sources.

burningmetal 04-23-2012 03:55 PM


jokeray 04-23-2012 04:17 PM

The E in ESPN stands for ENTERTAINMENT. Coincidence?

When the Saints get done sueing their asses over this,

the S in ESPN may stand for 'Saints' instead of 'Sports'!

Rugby Saint II 04-23-2012 04:48 PM

They're just throwing more manure in the mud we're crawling through. That's OK victory is very cleansing.

arsaint 04-23-2012 06:26 PM

I think that they have changed the corporate name to:

Evil Saints Pay Now

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