During yesterday's Spygate meet-and-greet with the press, Roger Goodell and Matt Walsh revealed everything and nothing as to how this whole misguided mess actually transpired. What we do know? According to Goodell, Patriots coach Bill Belichick continues to be full of shit about his misreading of the rules excuse, the Patriots won't be punished any more and Matt Walsh can safely return to relative anonymity of his tony golf course.
It was also revealed was that the Patriots did not tape the Rams walk-through before Super Bowl XXXVI, even though the Boston Herald reported on February 2 that those tapes did exist. This story prompted yesterday's amusing little chest-puffing match between NFL Live's Trey Wingo and the Boston Herald's Mike Felger. Wingo asked if an apology or retraction would be forthcoming for this erroneous report, and Felger basically gave him the whole I'm-not-the-boss treatment.
Apparently, it was enough, as today the Herald issued a formal apology for the story this morning. One look at the comments section shows their readers aren't happy:
• " I am never reading the Herald for the rest of my life, and I hope the writer of that article, who everyone knows by now, is severely punished for this. To publish a false report, of this magnitude, the day before the Superbowl, is unforgivable."
• "Damn, I thought I'd see fatty's resignation letter here. The Herald's apology mentions 'sources'.. Tomase's original article mentioned a 'source'. That's unforgivable journalism. He and his editor should be fired."
• "Boston Herald sucks! Let me get this clear - you ran the story without having the tape, seeing the tape or anyone who had seen it? Did this overwhelming lack of evidence not deter you? Well what the hell were you thinking? Fire Tomase. And now and forever the Herald is dead to me"
Wouldn't it be ironic if the only person to lose their job out of all of this was John Tomase?
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