A lot of people are sick and tired of hearing about “Deflategate.” What does it matter in the scheme of things that the Patriots let some air out of some footballs? Does that REALLY matter? If you are a Patriots fan, my apologies for the following expose’. I know there are die-hard fans. Regardless of what happens, they are going to be fans. Other people are just sick of hearing about it. I understand that…at least to a point. However, there are lines that should not be crossed and when someone makes the decision to break the rules, there are consequences for their actions. There are always consequences for our decisions, and we don’t get to choose what they are.
Recently it came to light that the Patriots deflated the balls they used to give their team an edge in the game against the Colts. The question is, why? Did they not have enough confidence that they could beat the other team without stooping to that? Really? This is not the first time that Bill Belichick, head coach of the Patriots has come under fire for doing something unethical or illegal.
Remember “Spygate” a few years back when the Patriots were caught spying on the Jets. In 2007, the media couldn’t stop talking about “Spygate. ” The New England Patriots were caught illegally taping sideline defensive signals from New York Jets coaches during the teams’ opening week game. It soon became known that that Patriots coach Bill Belichick had engaged in such activity since 2000, and although the league had only expressly clarified the practice as forbidden in a September 2006 memo, the perception still lingers that New England gained an unfair advantage (i.e. cheated) during the first seven seasons of Belichick’s tenure with the team. That period happened to include three Super Bowl championships and five division titles. Imagine that!
Now we have “Deflategate.” They did not have to cheat to win. They beat the Colts 45 to 7. Belichick says he did not know about it. Brady says he did not know about it. Really? Are we to believe that someone randomly deflated the game balls in a critical playoff game which gave the Patriots an edge in the inclement weather and the coach and quarterback were clueless about it? I don’t think so. Nothing happens like that without the blessings from above…and I don’t mean God.
Troy Aikman was asked if there was any way that they could not have known, and he said, “Brady knew and Belichick should burn.” Too harsh? I think not. This is another black eye for the Patriots and for Roger Goodell. Aikman said that Goodell’s “ignorance is no excuse” reason was used to bury the Saints in 2012 for “Bountygate.” Sean Peyton was suspended from football for a year!
Let’s see if what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Goodell lost a lot of credibility with the bungling of the Ray Rice fiasco. Now this test has risen to test his moral compass once again. Talk about being in the hot-seat. I would not trade places for anything with Roger Goodell. Let’s hope he does the right thing, and let’s hope that the Patriots learn the lesson that sooner or later your sins will find you out. When you have to cheat to win, what have you really won? Certainly not the respect of anyone. I think we would all like to put this behind us, but how do you do that when someone continually cheats to win? Is this what professional sports has come to?