So I couldn’t let the Super bowl come and go without blogging about the most ridiculous thing ever going on with the NFL. As I am sure all of you have heard, at least 100 times or more, the New England Patriots (yes, my team) are accused of deflating their balls, giving them an unfair advantage to the win against the Colts.
The footballs that were played in last Sunday’s game against the Colts passed inspection just 2 hours and 15 minutes before the game and yet it was discovered that 11 out of 12 balls had been deflated at some point before the second half of the game.
Tom Brady denies having any knowledge that the balls were deflated, though he does take responsibility. Brady was asked if he was a cheater. He replied by saying, “I don’t think so.” Unfortunately, Brady’s response was scrutinized and viewed as tentative and unsure at best – a response, which, either makes him seem guilty or suggests that he that he may have had knowledge of someone deflating the balls
Several opposing players have come forward accusing Brady of being rude and arrogant, saying he isn’t the perfect guy everyone thinks he is.
The NFL has hired an outside investigator; however, the outcome of the investigation should not affect Sunday’s game being played as scheduled.
In the defense of the Patriots, Boston.com quoted Martin Shmaltz, a Professor of Physics at Boston University as saying:
“’If they had inflated the balls inside the building and put it to the minimum amount, and then brought it outside to temperatures that were about 30 degrees lower, that would drop the PSI by between 1 and 2,” Schmaltz explained.
Whether or not there is any credibility of these accusations, the worst thing that will happen is that “the party” found to be responsible will be fined up to 25,000 dollars – a mere drop in the bucket for these highly paid NFL players!
The Patriots are frustrated and just want to move beyond this and most New Englanders are tired of all the buzz surrounding “the deflate gate.”
As for me, while I don’t approve of cheating or being dishonest, I am still at a point where I am over this. Can we please just move on with the Super Bowl?
What are your thoughts? Do you think Tom Brady is guilty of deflating the balls? If not Brady, is the opposing team trying to set him up? What is your opinion?
Check out this thread for more info on the scandal: