The Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots on Sunday 20-18 in a thriller that sends Denver to their eighth Super Bowl in franchise history.
Quarterback Peyton Manning threw for two touchdowns, and the Denver defense forced two interceptions from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and the Broncos earned their second Super Bowl trip in three years.
But the big story following the game was the fact that the New England Patriots Surface tablets stopped working and that it may have been due to corporate espionage.
According to numerous reports the tablets on the Bronco side of the field were working fine but NFL rules do not mandate that Denver turn them off as would be the case if the electronic headsets were malfunctioning.
The team tablets are connected to a dedicated private wireless network and are used to look at real-time photos of previous plays and to study the tendencies and formations of the opposing team.
The problems were connectivity-related and were resolved after about 20 minutes.
However, the Daly Dose has learned that the Patriots’ electronics issues may have been self-inflicted.
A New England ball boy intern that goes by the nickname “The Hacker”, mentioned that he had been told by Coach Bill Belichick to “take whatever means necessary to knock out the Bronco tablets.”
Unfortunately he took out the wrong sideline.
When asked about the situation following the game Belichick was adamant that he had never authorized such a thing.
“Look, we do have a ball boy that we call “The Hacker” but it is because of his poor basketball skills. I am shocked to hear about this situation and had no previous knowledge of this controversy whatsoever. I think we all know that quarterbacks, kickers, specialists have certain preferences on the pictures that are provided on the sideline. They know a lot more than I do. They’re a lot more sensitive to it than I am. So I would say you need to ask Tom.”
Belichick continued. “Tom’s personal preferences on pictures are something that he can talk about in much better detail and information than I could possibly provide.”
“I am moving on to Cincinnati.”