So Roger Goodell continues to rule the NFL as if he were the dictator of a third world nation or a middle manager at Walmart. Exhibiting that he has as little tolerance for making it rain and dogfighting as he does for video taping hand signals, Goodell laid the hammer down on Billy B. and the NE Pats. Belichick was fined $500K and the Pats $250K (Robert Kraft makes that in less time than it takes to finish this sentence), but Goodell really showed that he meant business by snatching picks away from a team that has consistently replenished its resources through the draft. If the Pats make the playoffs they will lose a 2008 1st round and if they miss the postseason their 2nd and 3rd round picks spontaneously combust.
Though I would have rather seen Belichick suspended from the team for a week than be fined, kudos to the Commish (not Michael Chiklis) for giving the Pats more than a slap on the wrist. As my man Falco would say, "Don't turn around oh-oh, Der Kommissar's in town oh-oh!"