The image in this comic isn’t a reference to New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s famous “Spygate” scandal. It’s a football figure of speech and not a reference to actual thievery.
Stealing a play out of another team’s playbook helps describe how a team successfully anticipates what its opponent plans to do on the playing field, and then capitalizes on it.
You don’t need to be a Bandit like the one in this comic in order to metaphorically steal the other team’s plays.
Stealing a play (figuratively) can happen in any NFL or NCAA game.
You just need to be a smart and savvy football player who knows his competition well and anticipates their next move.
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