Now, firstly I have to state I have no horse in the race, so it doesn’t matter to me who wins.
My biggest problem with the game is the stigma that hangs over it from the name “Deflategate”.
I am no expert on footballs, and who is but I am skeptical that no one “noticed” that the footballs for the New England Patriots were deflated beyond the parameters of correct game-balls.
Not to cast aspersions on either Bill Belichick or Tom Brady, but shouldn’t someone have noticed? You’d think, right. Which leaves both men’s honesty and trustworthiness in question.
I wonder why with all the hours and experience Tom Brady has as a quarterback how he didn’t notice the footballs were under-inflated. Wouldn’t he have felt the difference? He’s one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL and must have expertise of how he likes his game ball to feel, so if it wasn’t correct, you’d think he’d notice. Unless he did and liked it that way as he’s known to prefer softer footballs. Unfortunately he even had the nerve to utter:
“Things are going to be fine. This isn’t ISIS,” quarterback Tom Brady said, smiling, in an afternoon news conference in Foxborough, Mass. “No one’s dying.”
What the hell does that mean…..since they aren’t as bad as ISIS we should let this go?
As for Belichick he again is a very experienced and savvy coach, how was someone able to tamper with the game footballs without his knowing? Even Bill Nye the science-guy has weighed in and dismissed the excuse of barometric pressure, weather and other excuses for the PSI to have changed without human intervention. If the temperature affected the Patriots balls, wouldn’t it have affected the Colt’s?
Unfortunately, this team has been known to cheat….so jumping to the conclusion that either or both men were in collusion with the under-inflation for this very important game isn’t so outrageous.
It calls into question their honesty and integrity that’s already been proven questionable after the 2007 “Spygate” game where they cheated.
So, does this game have any real meaning to you? I’m a little disenchanted wondering if the New England Patriots deserved to call this a win with their proven cheating record and if they deserve to be playing in the game at all.
The score was by no means close, but still I think with proof of the PSI number being incorrect in their footballs the game is tainted. It may seem ridiculous, but when is cheating ever accepted? Have we lowered our standards on how important honesty is?
Don’t forget millions of people are watching, including impressionable children and since the Patriots still get to go to the Super Bowl, what are we accepting as permissible behavior?
For me the game will always be tainted…if the New England Patriots are so good, why did they have to cheat? Do you think losing high ranking draft choice is enough of a punishment for perhaps changing the whole outlook of the biggest game….the Super Bowl? Is it after all all about the money?Arizona has invested billions to host the game, the million dollar commercials have been made, so how can the game be contested without the NFL and many others losing money? Is that what it comes down to? For me it is a sad day that the Super Bowl has been cheapened with this cloud of cheating hanging over it.
What do you think?
© Evelyn Garone 1.26.15