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What's it mean to videotape an football team walkthrough?

Asked by Zaku (24540points) May 14th, 2008

There’s an Associated Press story that uses this expression but I don’t think explains what in the world it means. Apparently it has something to do with spying on other teams in an unethical way. I don’t even know what a walkthrough is.

“By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP)—New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft complimented the Boston Herald on Wednesday for apologizing for a story that said his team videotaped a St. Louis Rams walkthrough before the 2002 Super Bowl.”

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Allie's avatar

This is just a guess, but maybe by “walkthrough” it means going over the plays one last time before the actual game begins.

Zaku's avatar

I don’t think so, because watching other teams’ previous games is a standard practice which is regularly commented on by sports announcers during games, and this is apparently something more like cheating.

The story talks about a $500,000 fine and a $250,000 fine against the Patriots for videotaping the signals that other teams’ coaches use, but apparently this is something different.

Oh, now I’m thinking maybe a “walkthrough” is a pre-game discussion of the game plan? As if the retracted allegation was that they’d snuck someone into their briefing room before the game and videotaped it? Yes?

EDIT: Oh, wait, sorry, I mis-read what you wrote. Yes, I think we’re thinking the same thing. Anyone know?

iwamoto's avatar

i too think it’s the pre-game walkthrough, the “okay guys, they;ll think we’ll use this and that, so we’re going for this and that”

lefteh's avatar

Yeah, it’s the practice usually the day before the game where the final touches are put on the plays that will be used and to make sure everybody knows where they’re supposed to be. It’s the finishing touches before gametime.

marinelife's avatar

The walkthrough is the final practice before the game. The issue referred to in the article is that a former New England Patriots’ employee claimed the Patriots taped the walkthrough of their opponent in the 2002 Super Bowl, that Saint Louis Rams. The purpose of the taping was to steal the opposing team’s defensive signals.

While Belichick and the Patriots were fined for other incidences of taping an opponent’s practices for the purpose of stealing signals, in the case of the alleged Super Bowl 2002 incident, the tape has never turned up, and the League has decided to drop the matter, thus the apology to Belichick

GD_Kimble's avatar

@Marina and @lefteh are right.
The walkthrough is a final practice before the game. Usually it consists of the first 20 plays from a team’s gameplan. So, videotaping it would be akin to stealing a playbook, so you’d know exactly what they’re going to do.

Zaku's avatar

Thanks guys!

gooch's avatar

It is called cheating. The plays can be learned but the other team so there are no suprises.

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