LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Troy Smith #1 of San Francisco 49ers is faced by Brian Dawkins #20 of Denver Broncos as he scores their first touchdown during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31, 2010 in London, England. This is the fourth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Smith;Brian Dawkins
As the San Francisco 49ers get ready to try and resurrect their season on Monday Night Football, the old Bill Belichick "Spygate" scandal has been resurrected too, with the Niners as the unwitting victims.
After the news broke Saturday that the Denver Broncos had illegally videotaped 49ers practices in London earlier this season, ESPN reports that the Broncos are now admitting guilt and have called the 49ers to apologize.
Denver Broncos employee Steve Scarnecchia has been placed on a leave of absence for allegedly videotaping a 49ers practice in London, in a scandal being referred "Spygate II".
Do they really want to call it "Spygate II?" That just sounds too much like a children's espionage film with Antonio Banderas.
The Broncos were charged $50,000 for the infraction, and Denver coach Josh McDaniels was personally fined another $50,000 on top of that.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks you don't need to illegally videotape a 49ers practice to figure out they're always going to run on first and second down.