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Turning off 'Belicheat'

Come Sunday, after never missing a Super Bowl for as long as I can remember, I will not be watching the "Stupid" Bowl ("Let the NFL's air out," Jan. 23)! I am a huge football fan and growing up every Sunday our TV was on for the game. In high school, I was on the pompom squad and never missed a game. I attend games at M&T Bank Stadium and worked at training camp the last season the Ravens were at McDaniel College. I traveled to New Orleans to watch the Ravens win their second Super Bowl trophy. But Patriots Coach Bill "Belicheat" has ruined all of that for me this weekend!

I went to Foxborough with my husband and my son to watch the Ravens' final playoff game against the Patriots, which we honestly should have won. Why does a coach have to look for loop holes and slick tricks to win when every one else is playing above board and by the rules? How does Mr. Belichick sleep at night knowing that all of his Super Bowl winnings are due to unfair play? Everything Patriots is banned in our house from newspaper articles, TV news reports and yes, even the Super Bowl on Sunday. Thanks, Coach Belichick, for ruining a good thing! I guess the words integrity and character, have no meaning for a coach who is trying to win at all costs, who has no morals or values other than to just go out and play football.

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I am so tired of hearing the man claim he doesn't know anything about deflating the balls and reworking his line-ups. Deflategate is a joke, and so is Coach Belichick! He may end up in the NFL Hall of Fame, but that would be the ultimate slap in the face — to honor a man who cheats his way to the top. He should have been removed from the NFL years ago as this didn't just start this season. He has been cheating for years. But he is so sly, like a fox, that he is able to get out of it and only has to pay a fine. What is $25,000 to a man who makes millions? That's not a punishment, that's a slap on the wrist and then he does it again!

The Ravens had that game stolen, we were winning by two touchdowns, not once but twice! That game was ours, until Mr. Belicheat started up his tricks. We need to get back to basic game playing and be rid of those that can't play by the rules.

Sandi Jordan, Finksburg

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