Good Lord my Google-Motorola “rope-a-dope” theory was wrong as hell

A while back, when Google announced it was buying Motorola Mobility, I posited a theory that Google had pulled a “rope a dope” on Apple and Microsoft by pretending to compete for a set of Nortel patents. Google, I asserted, must have known all along that it was going to buy Motorola and get its huge stash of patents, and was just bluffing in the auction for the Nortel patents, tricking Apple and Microsoft into vastly overpaying for those patents.

Many people, including most notably my good friends John Gruber and M.G. Siegler, pointed out at the time how absolutely head-up-the-ass stupid my theory was. And it turns out they were right.

Thanks to SEC filings, it’s now coming out (in stories like this one at the New York Times) that Google reached out to Motorola after losing out on the Nortel patents. Money quote:

In early July — mere days after Google lost out to a consortium led by Apple and Microsoft — Andrew Rubin, the company’s senior vice president of mobile, reached out to Sanjay Jha, the chief executive of Motorola Mobility, to discuss “the possible impact of and potential responses” to the Nortel purchase.

I think I’ve become such a big fan of Android, both as a product and a phenomenon, that I’ve started thinking Google people are more clever than they really are.

I am heading off to a Jesuit Dominican retreat for a few days of corporal punishment and meditation so that I can try to get clear again.

Many thanks to all who have pointed out the errors in my thinking.