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John Harbaugh Attaches Asterisks To Patriots, Saints Super Bowl Wins

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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots talks with head coach Bill Belichick during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012.
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots talks with head coach Bill Belichick during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012.

By Terry McCormick, National Football Post

In an nutshell, it sounds as if Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is a firm believer in the old adage that cheaters never prosper - at least not in his eyes or in the long-run.

According to USA Today, Harbaugh told the Baltimore radio station that the titles won by New England and New Orleans during their respective "Spygate" and "Bountygate" eras were "stained" and needed "asterisks."

"In the end, everything is brought before the light of day, when it's all said and done," Harbaugh said. "What happens, even the thing in New England, no matter whether those things had any impact on whether they won their championships or not, they got asterisks now. It's been stained."

The Patriots were caught videotaping opponents, while the Saints were dragged through the mud of paying players to injure opposing players with vicious hits. To Harbaugh, those things are way out of bounds.

"To me, it's never worth it," Harbaugh said. "You have to figure out ways to use the rules to your advantage, you have to figure out ways to make the most of everything. We have new work rules here as far as what we can do and what we can't do with our players, and we're going to make the most of it. What we're finding is, 'Man, maybe we can do some things even better than we did before, because these rules make us focus more on some things that we didn't focus on before. You just have to make them work for you. That's what success is in the world. You have to find a way to do things better than somebody else. But if you're cheating, in the end, you're going to get discredited. It's not worth it."

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

UPDATE: Harbaugh has backtracked somewhat on these remarks.

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