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    Rams Didnít Have A Walk-through?

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 1, 2008, 8:58 p.m.

    Hereís an interesting twist on the whole Matt Walsh/Spygate II story.

    John Czarnecki of FOXSports.com suggests that the St. Louis Rams didnít have a walk-through practice prior to Super Bowl XXXVI. Thus, if they didnít have a walk-through practice, the New England Patriots couldnít have videotaped it.

    Write Czarnecki: ďI was in the Superdome on the Saturday in question. The Rams were in their game uniforms, running around and generally relaxing waiting to take their team photo for the Super Bowl. There were wooden risers on the field. . . . If there was a walk-through that day, it was the most disorganized one ever assembled. Many of the players were there to simply unwind and relax and test out the carpet.Ē

    Weíre a bit confused, for two reasons. First, if there wasnít a walk-through, why didnít Czarnecki raise this, you know, two months ago? Second, what of those reports that the Rams had a walk-through practice that focused on goal-line offense and short-yardage plays?

    Another point raised by Czarnecki makes much more sense to us. ďMike Martz was extremely nervous about practicing at the Saintsí facility because he feared Jim Haslett and his staff would be taping his practices,Ē Czarnecki writes. ďHe wanted their coaches removed from the building. That didnít happen, but all of the windows that faced the practice field had their drapes closed. Remember, this was a time when Haslett, now the Rams defensive coordinator, and Martz really didnít get along. There was a real rivalry between the two and their teams.

    ďSo yes, Martz was concerned about being videotaped, but it was by the Saintsí staff, not the Patriots.Ē

    The bigger point here, which has been made on consecutive days by Pats owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick, is this ó if Matt Walsh has evidence of anything improper happening in connection with Super Bowl XXXVI, Walsh needs to come forward with it. Itís unfair to the Patriots for this vague notion that they swindled the St. Louis Rams out of a Super Bowl to hang over the franchise indefinitely.

    And hang over the franchise it will. Unless Walsh shows his hand, there will be casual fans who will be saying years from now that the Patriots cheated in Super Bowl XXXVI.

    Of course, there might be casual fans whoíll be saying that even if Walsh is proven to have no proof. But there will be far more of them if Walsh never talks.

    Thatís why the league and the Patriots need to call his bluff, give him a guarantee that he wonít be sued into the Sixteenth Century after he says whatever he has to say, and see what he has to show and/or tell.


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    Re: Rams Didnít Have A Walk-through?

    Itís unfair to the Patriots for this vague notion that they swindled the St. Louis Rams out of a Super Bowl to hang over the franchise indefinitely.
    I agree - let's get that fact in the open so it can hang over their franchise indefinitely.
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    Re: Rams Didnít Have A Walk-through?

    That article sounds like a bunch of hooey to me. Martz has already described what was worked on in the walkthrough.

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    Re: Rams Didnít Have A Walk-through?

    The bigger point here, which has been made on consecutive days by Pats owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick, is this ó if Matt Walsh has evidence of anything improper happening in connection with Super Bowl XXXVI, Walsh needs to come forward with it. Itís unfair to the Patriots for this vague notion that they swindled the St. Louis Rams out of a Super Bowl to hang over the franchise indefinitely.
    HELLO!! Tell it to the NFL. Walsh and his lawyer have been trying for months to get immunity from the league so he can show what he's got. Those poor Patriots, being hung out to dry and left to twist in the wind, all the while admiring their Super Bowl Trophies. Give me a break.

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    Re: Rams Didnít Have A Walk-through?

    Anything written on April 1st needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

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    Re: Rams Didnít Have A Walk-through?

    The latter claim would be a lot more believable if the other didn't seem so absurd. Sure, the coach and his team remember a walkthrough, but this particular journalist didn't happen to see it so it must not happened? I agree, though, that they really should get to the bottom of this.

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    Re: Rams Didnít Have A Walk-through?

    If Walsh ends up having proof, and the NFL somehow ends up overturning the Super Bowl, do you think the Rams'll get new rings, or will they proudly wear the Pats' rings and mock them?

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    Re: Rams Didnít Have A Walk-through?

    What? No walk through before the biggest game of the season?


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