Second, as smart as these guys are, I look for the ways they circumvented the rules to come out which will exonerate any rule breaking, even if the outcome was the same.
Then forget about just the punishment, my second as above is respecting a track record of doing things smart. This would be RETARDED. At that point I would lose all respect. You know you are under scrutiny constantly.
Everyone still pissed off, but no rule broken technically and therefore not guilty--
Thats smart just like the crazy formations or running around an endzone to run a clock out. No rule against it.
So thats me-- hate if you want to. I am a Patriot hater-- but a fan of getting over on rules without technically breaking them. Thats the attorney in me.
I guess these comments are my biggest fundamental difference you and I. You think circumventing the rules and finding ways to cheat without getting caught make you smart. I think it makes you an A**hole with no integrity, that can never be trusted, will never be respected, and basically a miserable human being.