From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Subject: SpyGate Continued

Who doesn't enjoy a good conspiracy? Not long ago, Josh McDaniels said the illegal videotaping they did when he worked for the Pats was way worse than the illegal taping his guys conducted while he was the Broncos' head coach. The Pats tapes, you may remember, were destroyed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for reasons surpassing understanding. Then, just this week, McDaniels was fired by the Broncos.

Seems that every time SpyGate - or SpyGate II, or SpyGate: CSI Rocky Mountain - is mentioned, someone gets canned or moves to a Pacific island (which is actually what happened with the alleged SpyGate/Pats videographer; he moved to Hawaii to become a golf instructor). Think we'll ever know what actually happened in New England or Denver? And how rampant do you think that sort of cheating is around the league?

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Fitzpatrick, Frank; Gonzalez, John

Subject: SpyGate Continued

Josh McDaniels got fired because the Broncos have lost 17 of their last 20 games. It's no wonder McDaniels was allegedly cheating. Obviously he wasn't getting the job done. And let's face it: He learned from the master. Did you guys watch the Patriots shut up Rex Ryan on Monday night? That was fun to watch.

From: Fitzpatrick, Frank

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Subject: SpyGate Continued

Yes, it was. It's a shame about the Ryan family curse. Their mouths eventually obscure their abilities.

I'm pretty sure I saw Andy Reid behind the grassy knoll with an umbrella. The paranoia of football people knows no bounds. The way I look at it is, it's like stealing signs in baseball. If you're clever enough to pull it off, more power to you. McDaniels got fired because the Broncos stink. So if he were cheating, how did it benefit him?

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Subject: SpyGate Continued

Maybe he's just bad at cheating. I knew a guy in Dallas who used to play in underground card rooms. He thought that made him smarter than the people in our home game. We caught him stacking the deck. He was obvious about it. Hubris can be blinding.

From: Fitzpatrick, Frank

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Subject: SpyGate Continued

Did I ever tell you about my one experience with big-time poker? Two guys from South Philly who worked with me in a Wildwood boardwalk shop and who picked up the scent of my suburban naivete instantly asked me and a fellow bumpkin to their poker game. The streetwise sharpies got us college boys drunk and we left penniless. Let that be a lesson to NFL coaches tempted to cheat: Don't get in an IQ match with people smarter than you.