Relative to Vegas’s expectations, the Patriots scored 2.4 more points per game than they “should” have during the pre-Spygate era.
That might lend credence to the idea that taping defensive signals gave them an advantage, if it weren’t for the fact that they also outscored Vegas’s expectations by exactly 2.4 in the post-Spygate era as well.
That means New England’s offensive overachievement was more likely due to great coaching and quarterback play, which persisted across both eras, than to any illicit edge.
From a holistic viewpoint, using all repeat-opponent games in the regular season and playoffs, there hasn’t been any difference — significant or otherwise — in the Patriots’ offensive performance since the league mandated the team stop taping opposing play calls.
The nerds at FiveThirtyEight even posted a chart with a game by game statistical breakdown of their games before and after the "incident" that proves that the Patriots didn't benefit from videotaping their opponents signals on the sidelines.
I think it's safe to say people blew that videotaping bullshit way, way, way, out of proportion. They gave it a clever catch phrase, Spygate, and gave the Patriots haters (aka fans of all the teams that Bill Belichick made his bitch in that time) some ammunition to pounce.
Well, it turns out it was all for not. It was all just a bunch of bullshit. What's sad is that people will probably STILL bring it up. They will still say that the Patriots "cheated" when the facts prove that they harmlessly videotaped sideline signals and didn't benefit from it.
But hey, those ignorant assholes that wont let go of Spygate are probably the same ignorant assholes who consider jaywalkers criminals.
The reality is, mankind has been trying to cure ignorance since the dawn of civilization. It isn't going away. The facts say that Spygate was no big deal and now all we can do is move forward and deal with the assholes among us.
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