It appears we've reached the end of Spygate's "active" phase.
The vetting of Matt Walsh on Tuesday and the public screening of his NFL sideline tape collection gave the league its, "See? Nothing here. Case closed," moment.
Yeah, well, if only it were so easy. Spygate isn't gone and it won't be forgotten.
Some people -- fans, drive-by commentators and media types -- are never going to accept that the New England Patriots weren't engaged in something more diabolical than what the tapes showed.
"All this -- eight months of hand-wringing, finger-pointing and accusations -- for ... for that??!?!?"
There had to be something more. And to these people who view Tuesday's exercise through the prism of skepticism, it's easy. Matt Walsh lied. The Patriots got to him. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell paid him off. Whatever it was, there was some kind of Roswell, New Mexico, Area 51 wool-pulling going on by The Man down on Park Avenue.
Spygate Skeptics won't be satisfied the way Oliver Stone wasn't satisfied with The Warren Commission’s Report (quarterbacked, ironically by a young Arlen Specter) on the JFK assassination. Yet instead of grassy knolls and magic-bullet theories, people will return to "Rams walkthrough" and "Louisiana Superdome" for decades because the Patriots of the '00s are a historic team and this is -- sadly for them -- now part of their history.
The people who just ain't buyin' this whole story aren't necessarily cynics incapable of believing anything they can't lay their hands on. Plenty of them probably back Obama's nebulous promises of "hope" and "change."
And those who swallow the testimony of Walsh and the Patriots aren't saps and dupes who still leave cookies out for Santa.
But there are two camps and -- no matter what Goodell, Specter or Matt Walsh say -- two camps will remain.
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