In what could possibly cause some bad blood in a potential triangle involving HBO, the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots by the revisiting of an old (and what should have been dead by now) subject, Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips is disputing a report by HBO’s NFL guy Peter King that said that the Patriots’ three Super Bowl championships were tainted because of cheating.
Specifically, on Wednesday’s episode of Inside The NFL , King stated that Phillips told him that several coaches believe that the Patriots’ 3 championships were tainted (known to most as Spygate). According to King, he said, “The league, the Patriots, everybody, they just want this Spygate thing to go away. But Wade Phillips this week told me something that I think a lot of coaches around the league and a lot of people around the league are still thinking, and that is, ‘Hey, New England was caught cheating, and it is a black mark on their success.’ ”
Phillips, who had no idea what King said on the show until a Morning News reporter told him, denied making those comments; Phillips further added, “No, I didn’t say that at all. I think they would have won no matter what. I don’t know. I have no idea if it even helped them. But they were a great football team, well coached. I don’t see any way that they wouldn’t have won what they did. I don’t think that at all. I don’t know why Peter would say that.” As expected – especially coming from a major media outlet – King, through an HBO spokesman, said that he stands by his report.
Which makes me wonder – did King do what a lot of media hacks do? By that, I mean did King take verbal notes as opposed to writing them down verbatim from Phillips’ mouth? Phillips, in my humble opinion, doesn’t strike me as a person who would “stir the pot” just for the sake of hearing himself speak. If anything, he is much like his father, former Houston Oilers head coach Bum Phillips. I figure if anything even resembling this happened, it would come from someone like either Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens or even the Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. But Phillips? I find that hard to believe, for some reason. So Peter, do like all reputable sources do – show us your notepad (assuming you used one in the discourse between you and Phillips) or at the very least – provide some reputable sources. Give us something to lend some credibility to this HBO report.