Forget about bugging: Computer hacking will be NFL’s next big scandal

SHARE Forget about bugging: Computer hacking will be NFL’s next big scandal
SHARE Forget about bugging: Computer hacking will be NFL’s next big scandal

That Peyton Manning believed the Patriots might have bugged the visitors’ locker room at Gillette Stadium is hardly surprising. New England trying to get a competitive edge through any means possible? No way!

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy said Thursday that Manning wouldn’t take any chances when he played on the road against the Patriots. When the quarterback wanted to discuss plays the Colts were planning to run, he would move the meeting from the locker room to a stadium hallway, Dungy said on “The Dan Patrick Show.’’

“Whether (the bugging was) true or not, he treated it as true and we didn’t have a lot of strategy discussed inside the locker room,” he said.

Bugging a locker room seems so yesterday to me. Years ago, I had an NFL assistant coach put a finger to his lips and point to the press-room ceiling after I had asked him a question. He was concerned his boss might have very big ears or a bug planted. And you know what? I wasn’t sure if he was crazy.

The hacking scandal involving the St. Louis Cardinals seems much more up to date. A federal investigation into whether the Cardinals infiltrated the Astros’ personnel database is ongoing. It’s only a matter of time before an NFL team is caught hacking into an opponent’s computer system to steal game plans, scouting reports or medical files.

Major corporations spend millions of dollars a year to make sure secrets aren’t stolen. It’s silly to think that NFL teams would be free of computer espionage. In a game with so many paranoid and conniving people, it’s a scandal waiting to happen.

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