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Patriots coach Bill Belichick apologized yesterday in a cryptic statement regarding the videotaping scandal his organization is caught up in, but it was kinda hazy exactly what the mea culpa was for.  Here's a bit of classic Belichick-ese: "Earlier this week, I spoke with Commissioner Goodell about a videotaping procedure during last Sunday's game and my interpretation of the rules."  Huh?

Wouldn't you just love to see Belichick under cross examination by Law & Order DA Jack McCoy.

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"So tell us, when you ordered your team's video assistant to videotape the New York Jets' coaches as they sent in their signals, were you being astonishingly stupid or simply blindly arrogant?  Which was it, Mr Belichick?"

But this will be resolved soon by Roger Goodell.  Today or tomorrow, you would think.  Kind of funny was the observation by one Boston sports columnist, John Tomase, regarding Belichick squirming at his press conference yesterday.  For years, the New England coach's interviews with the media have been embarrassingly short on even nuts-and-bolts pregame information. But yesterday, Tomase wrote, Belichick was "all but begging for someone to ask him about football."

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*  And there's a report that Major League Baseball is ready to starting administering a blood test for human growth hormone in 2008. The move is dependent on the development of a mass-use test. HGH has become the latest performance-enhancing substance in the limelight with revelations than an Albany-based investigation into the distribution of hGH by Florida clinics has implicated Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons, the St. Louis Cardinals' comeback kid, Rick Ankiel, and Toronto third baseman Troy Glaus. Patriots safety -- there's that team again -- Rodney Harrison has already been suspended for purchasing hGH.

Photo credit:  Associated Press

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