Philly spitter should be forced to stay home

IRVING, Texas -- Spitgate won't have one iota of impact on Saturday night's game.

It's not as if the Cowboys need any extra motivational fuel as they try to end the franchise's 13-year postseason win drought. The only thing Eagles employee Dave Spadaro's ill-advised actions might do give the sellout crowd at JerryWorld something to get worked up about.

In case you missed the Internet outrage, Spadaro somehow thought it'd be a good idea to spit in the star at midfield hours before the Sunday night's Eagles-Cowboys game and post it on philadelphiaeagles.com. The video was posted Wednesday, although it wasn't very long until it was replaced by an apology written by Spadaro. (Of course, the video lives on YouTube.)

"I admit I get carried away with my love of the Philadelphia Eagles, and if this is a crime, I am clearly guilty," wrote Spadaro, who runs the team's Web site. "Game days are an incredible experience for me. The will to win is unlike anything I have ever felt. The angst and the tightly-knotted stomach and the ups and downs of 60 minutes of Eagles football leave me thoroughly drained -- win or lose -- and I enjoy having the opportunity to communicate that to the many great Eagles fans who follow this team on a (many-times) daily basis."

The Cowboys would be well within their rights to deny Spadaro that experience Saturday night. NFL rules prohibit people with press credentials from cheering in the press box. It's common sense that spitting on an opponent's logo falls under the same line of thinking.