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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Matt Walsh, the New England Patriots and the Charger Girls? 

Posted by David Allen Tyau at 11:00 AM ET

Just when you thought the New England Patriot Spygate controversy couldn’t get any more bizarre, it did. The NFL released the edited tapes that Matt Walsh, the former New England Patriot employee, shot during the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons. The tapes showed opposing coaches' signals intercut with the subsequent play. But, that wasn’t the only thing the tapes revealed. According to the AP’s Rachel Cohen, “the most scandalous part of the tapes shown before Goodell's news conference had nothing to do with stealing signals - it was several minutes of close-ups of San Diego Chargers cheerleaders performing during a 2002 game.”



The good news is that no new revelations of improper videotaping were uncovered. NFL commissioner Roger Goddell is satisfied with the previously imposed sanctions against the Patriots and considers the matter closed. NFL fans can finally close the book on perhaps the most disappointing and egregious example of organizational cheating in professional football.



But, what’s all the interest in the 2002 Charger Girls? Well, I dug deep into the archives and came up with a few photos for our reader’s pleasure.



San Diego Charger Girls

Danielle D. – One of my favorite Charger Girls from 2002.


San Diego Charger Girls

April A.


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Ashley B. - the youngest Charger Girl on that 2002 squad.


San Diego Charger Girls

Lori E.

San Diego Charger Girls

Sara Beth G. – who can be found today, prowling the sidelines along with Lori E. as Charger Girl coordinators.


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Robin – who was on the squad as recently as last year. The following photograph is from her most recent stint with the Charger Girls, looking better than ever.


San Diego Charger Girls


Well, I am still a little confused how video of the Charger Girls relates to game footage of opposing teams play calling. That’s a question only the Patriots staff can answer. But until we get an explanation from Bill Bilichick, I’ll still keep shooting…photos of cheerleader, not coaches!

Epilogue: rumor has it that the reason why the Chargers prohibited video and still cameras at this past weekend's minicamp was because of concerns directly related to Spygate. Thanks Bill.

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