01/28/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak
We've heard the allegations. The New England Patriots knowingly deflated 11 of the 12 game balls they would use in the AFC Championship game. We've heard Bill Belichick's take on it. We've heard Tom Brady's take on it. We've heard every conspiracy theory possible. And I think that we've heard enough about what is now known as "Deflate Gate".
See here's where the problem starts. Footballs with less air pressure are supposed to give the team using them an advantage because they're easier to throw and catch. And if the game came down to a last drive miraculous catch that led the Patriots to victory, maybe deflated footballs would be an issue. But the Patriots beat the Colts 45 to 7. The game was decided by 38 points. Thirty eight! Something tells me slightly deflated footballs had very little to do with the outcome of the game. Maybe it had more to do with the fact that LeGarrette Blount rushed for 148 yards and scored 3 touchdowns? I doubt an under inflated football had anything to do with his success. Blount could have been carrying a deflated beach ball or a cinder block and it wouldn't have mattered. It was the man who cut through the Colts defense like a hot knife through butter, not the football. Maybe Andrew Luck completing 12 of 33 passes for 126 yards and throwing 2 interceptions had something to do with it? I don't think Luck using properly inflated footballs would be the cause for him having such an awful game. Because every time Luck has played the Patriots in his career, the Colts have gotten blown out.
The other problem I have with this is shouldn't someone from the NFL be in charge of making sure the footballs are at the proper inflation level? This is being made out to look like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick decided after warm ups to take all of the footballs into some secret room and deflate them. How ridiculous is that? It should be up to the league to make sure that everything meets the standard before the game starts. And if this is now such a big deal, why were teams ever allowed to handle their own footballs? If there is some way that doctoring the ball is going to give a team an advantage, I doubt the Patriots would be the first team to do it and the only team doing it. Like the late Eddie Guerrero said, "if you're not cheating, you're not trying".
So as we head into what looks to be one of the best Super Bowl matchups in recent history, we're all sidetracked and distracted by deflated footballs. The 2 best teams in the NFL this season are meeting in the Super Bowl, which is the biggest sporting event in the world, and instead of talking about the teams and players, the talk is about deflated footballs. Listen, it didn't matter what air pressure was in the footballs in the AFC Championship game, the Patriots crushed the Colts on the field in every aspect of the game and it had NOTHING to do with the air pressure in the balls the Patriots were using. I think it's time to deflate "deflate gate" once and for all and move on to what should be a great Super Bowl. Just make sure someone checks the air pressure in all of those balls before kickoff.
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