Well it could be the media sensationalizes everything and is preying on amateur fans to sell papers and get TV ratings. Click on this site below and any team and see the cheating that has gone on in history. I guess no one will root for any team now. http://yourteamcheats.com/ Spygate is old stuff. The Cowboys and Giants, amongst others did it way before the Patriots. Spygate (90s) TEAM: The Dallas Cowboys SUMMARY: Said former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson: "When I came into the NFL, back in '89, I talked to a Kansas City scout and he said, 'Here's what we do, we videotape the opposing team's signals and then we sync it up with the game film.' So I did it." VICTIM: The entire league PUNISHED? No Spygate (1956) TEAM: The New York Giants SUMMARY: From the Lodi News-Sentinel, October 15, 1956: "The New York Giants, still chuckling about the trick they pulled on their bitter rival, revealed today they stole Coach Paul Brown's radio signals Sunday while scoring their most one-sided triumph over the Cleveland Browns. The Giants said they used a powerful receiver on their bench to intercept Brown's radio signals to quarterback George Ratterman and made good use of the informantion during their 21-9 victory at Cleveland. Bob Topp, former Michigan end, was New York's chief "space cadet" as the team got on the beam in the electronics craze Brown started in the National Football League a few weeks ago by installing a radio receiver in Ratterman's helmet. Topp operated New York's receiver and passed Brown's calls to Tom Landry of the coaching staff. Spygate (2001) TEAM: The New York Giants SUMMARY: In early 2001, a column from the Toronto Globe and Mail included an item alleging that the Giants were under suspicion from the NFL for eavesdropping on conversations between the offensive staffs and quarterbacks of the Eagles and Vikings during their 2001 playoff victories. No league or team source was quoted and no specific violation was cited. The original article is no longer available, but isreferenced here as well as in other places online. According to the Globe and Mail, there were serious allegations running through the league that the New York Giants cheated in the playoffs by intercepting radio transmissions. According to the report, the concerns were brought to the attention of NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue after the Eagles claimed that the Giants were able to listen to the plays being sent via radio from coaches to their quarterback, Donovan McNabb. When the Giants heard the plays, they set up their defense accordingly with hand signals. Apparently similar allegations were being expressed by the Minnesota Vikings after being dominated by the Giants in their game. According to the report, the NFL was feverishly trying to keep the issue quiet, what with the Giants having qualified for the Super Bowl. DEFLATEGATE (2003) TEAM: The Arizona Cardinals SUMMARY: Ex-Cardinal and retired Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Blake confessed in an interview that removing air from footballs was common when he played in the NFL from 1992-2005. "I'm just going to let the cat of the bag, every team does it, every game, it has been since I played," the ex-Cardinal QB said Wednesday in a radio interview on the "Midday 180" show on Nashville's 104.5 The Zone. "Cause when you take the balls out of the bag, they are rock hard. And you can't feel the ball as well. It's too hard. Too many to post.