fun gus wrote:
But that being said: I could see a situation where the visiting locker rooms are mic'ed up, and Loomis is listening at halftime to what 'adjustments' the visiting team is going to make. Then, it's pretty easy to get that information down to the sidelines. That would constitute a slight advantage.
Yep, you're right. Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case. From what I understand, the team had their own coaching booths mic'd up (nothing wrong with that), and then at some point the Saints coaches vacated those premises, moved to another booth, and the powers that be in New Orleans did not make the effort to remove those listening devices from their former booths.
Reports that Loomis had used listening devices during the course of the game, but as far as I know no solid proof that it was other teams communications. He could have very well been listening to his own team talking. And subsequently no indicator that if he was "stealing signals" that he then was able to communicate any new information to his own team.
Now new information could and potentially will come to light that will change my outlook on this, but until it does, this to me seems to be much ado about nothing. Not saying that nothing will come of this, but I ask what really should come of this? It (allegedly) happened 7 years ago, there is nothing really important at stake (like for Spygate), and unless some strong evidence comes to light that yes, Loomis was indeed using his (alleged) eavesdroppings to gain a competitive advantage for his team, then at least as far as the NFL goes, I really don't see what they should do besides giving the Saints and Loomis a very stern looking finger wag.