When this Deflate-Gate story broke late Sunday night I said to myself, why the hell didn’t I go to bed early? I had no deadline to meet, no need to rerun this epic blowout and dissect this that or the other thing to see just how Bill and Tom had once again spanked the Geldings. I was happy. So happy in fact, that you couldn’t wipe the smile from my face if you tried. Two weeks of bliss were staring me in the face. The Pats are back in the Superbowl. Stories of Tom Brady making his record setting sixth trip to the worlds biggest dance, who’s the better CB Revis or Sherman and LeGarrette Blount’s late season signing were in my future. I was looking forward to interviewing and not getting answers from Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks game film was my must see TV – now I have to deal with Deflate-Gate. Thanks Bill.
Deflate-Gate is a non-story. I’ve heard NFL insiders, talking heads and former players equating this transgression to Bounty-Gate. How you make the jump from a better grip on a football to a conspiracy to maim and injure human beings for cash is beyond me. And to pound your fist on what ever table you maybe be sitting at clamoring for the same punishment is ridiculous.
So why are you here? Why are you reading me this morning? Its obvious that I don’t care the least bit or feel it gave Tom Brady a significant advantage Sunday or any day for that matter. It is well known and has been admitted to that every QB in the league has a preference in how they like their footballs. That’s why each team gets their own set to doctor, rough up and get ready every Sunday. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady lobbied the NFL for this right. Aaron Rodgers has said “ I try to get over inflated balls past inspection”. And any QB you hand a microphone to has said “sure, we all do this”.
So why? Because I’m sick and tired of having to defend Bill Belichick and this kind of garbage. I’m tired of having to defend his and the Patriots integrity. To this day, every time I’m asked on a radio show, I’m grilled about camera placement and game film. I’m reminded that the Pats haven’t won a Superbowl since “spy-gate”. I have to remind radio-hosts, football fans and my readers that some of the best coaches in league history said, “hey, we did this too” and that a Superbowl walk trough was never taped and retractions had to be written. It makes no difference that the Pats have played in six AFC title games and now won three.
Bill has to know this team has to do it cleaner than everyone else. Has to know that while he can push the line, he can’t cross it. He has to realize while he could care less what everyone thinks, WE DON’T. He has to realize ” Because Everyone is doing it, wont get the Patriots Cut any slack. Once again, Bill, your arrogance has sucked the fun out of one of the things I love most in life. It’s easy for you to stand behind your podium, roll your eyes and grumble under your breath at reporters afraid to ask the tough follow-ups. It’s easy for you to toss out “we’re on to (Insert team Here)”. Easy because you live in the ivory tower. Easy because you just don’t care. Easy because the rest of us are fighting your battles for you…well I’m tired of it.
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