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NFL spy stories once had comedic touch

The current flap involving the Patriots pales in comparison to the old days, when spy stories had spice, suspense and a lot of comedy, Frank Luksa writes.

Updated: September 13, 2007, 9:14 PM ET
By Frank Luksa | Special to ESPN.com

NFL spy stories once had spice and suspense, besides all of the friction they created between the innocent accused and outraged accuser. Those were days when undercover agents were clever, stealthy and in some cases imaginary, which was all the better because they spooked the other side anyway.

This latest flap in which the New England Patriots spied on the New York Jets in their opener Sunday fell far shy of a classic case of NFL espionage. A guy caught videotaping defensive signals by Jets ...

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