The Specter of Spygate
Of course, there was an ugly shadow that loomed over the Patriots' season. On Sept. 10, the Pats were caught taping the Jets' defensive signals from an on-field location. Head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000, a record for a coach, and the Pats were slapped with a fine and stripped of their own 2008 first round draft pick. Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) pressed the issue, but further investigations have proven inconclusive and Specter has since backed off.