BOSTON (CBS) – People in New England this week have been quick to point out Peyton Manning’s dismal playoff record and numerous late-game mishaps.
Meanwhile, folks in Denver have been quick to point out the Patriots’ videotaping scandal as a reason for their three Super Bowls in the early 2000’s.
Clearly their state’s recreational marijuana is affecting their short term memory – either that or it’s all too convenient for them to forget their own past transgressions.
After winning Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998, the Broncos were found just a few years later to have circumvented the league’s salary cap to the tune of $29 million in deferred payments to John Elway and running back Terrell Davis.
They were made to forfeit a third-round draft pick and fined nearly $1 million for the infraction.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said at the time, “While I regret that the circumstances took place, it is important to note that there was no competitive advantage gained by our organization.”
The Broncos didn’t learn their lesson, because just three years later they were slapped with more sanctions for violating the same infraction.
Jerry Thornton of Barstool Sports appeared on the Felger & Massarotti program Friday afternoon to debunk the Spygate rhetoric coming from the Rocky Mountains this week, taking the Broncos to task in the process.
“They want to play the Spygate card? Ok great. You want to go back seven years for this? Fantastic. Al Davis [former Oakland Raiders owner] went to his grave saying that the Broncos stole two Super Bowls by having a salary cap violation, for which they lost $1 million in fines and a draft pick. Davis said their owner should be suspended. Their owner has two Super Bowls because they cheated, which is much worse than pointing a camera at a sideline in my opinion.”
Listen below for the full discussion: