1- RE Coach Belicheck, this is NOT a defense of rulebreaking but... has anyone written why 'stealing signs' are against the rules as opposed to breaking down coaches' film for player tendencies/formations; positioning coaches in skyboxes high above the field with headsets to the sideline? If the answer is that all games would end in scoreless ties (except for goofs/errors/blown coverage), that's reasonable. Just want some elaboration on the issue. If the answer is that it's 'unsportsmanlike,' that has a different meaning.
2- Darn that mean and nasty state GOP for calling attention to Governor Patrick's public remarks on 9/11. Any chance that a careful local reporter like Jon Keller or Joe Battenfeld might get the Governor to elaborate exactly what he meant by his remarks?