Deflategate, Integrity, and Speculation

by on May 6, 2015 updated May 6, 2015

 So What are You Gonna Do About It?

 We love our NFL tickets. We believe in our NFL tickets. When we buy tickets to a game we have high hopes and we also have another thing: We believe that the game will be decided on the field and not through some type of shenanigans with equipment or officials or players. So, now we come to the release of the Deflategate report in which we find intense speculation that Tom Brady knew the balls were deflated.

“Based on the evidence it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally (locker room attendant) and Jastremski (equipment assistant) involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”

So either Tom Brady is a liar and a cheat or he’s a completely unaware idiot. Really? Bottom line here is that it would be pretty surprising to fins that Brady didn’t notice the feel of underinflated footballs. Which means he’s guilty as charged. But what is the NFL going to do? There’s a real danger here.

If the NFL truly believes that Brady and the Patriots deliberately cheated then they have to come down on them like a ton of bricks. Like stripping them of their Super Bowl win. Anything else would be unacceptable. The NFL cannot say “We think you cheated but would have won anyway.” It also calls into question the possibility of stripping them of victories, fines, and tremendous loss of draft choices in the future.

The integrity of the NFL game, if there is any after this, has to be protected for football fans and for the good folks who spend their hard earned dollars on NFL tickets. The football world will not pay homage to a team that doesn’t adhere to the rules and the Patriots have been busted not once, but at least twice, ignoring the rules, in this case by employing someone who refers to himself as “Deflator” in text messages. If all this is true, the Patriots must be disciplined severely and that’s an absolute shame to have their legacy marred by these events, but it is what it is. So NFL, what are you going to do about it?

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