Here are my problems with the most recent #____Gate to hit the New England Patriots:
- It came from the Colts. The same organization that, after the Patriots picked off Peyton Manning four times in the 2003 AFC Championship game, cried to the competition committee to change the illegal contact rules.
- ESPN reporting is hitting an all-time low. ESPN “broke” last night that the NFL found 11 out of 12 balls to be under-inflated. Note that no time was attributed to the initial statement – was this before the game or after the game? And if it was before the game, why didn’t the referee crew didn’t fix it? Additionally, what were the Indianapolis balls weighed at? No attribution to who deflated the balls, who ordered the balls to be deflated, or any video proof that the balls were removed from the sideline – because I find it hard to believe that the ball boy is going to stand on the field, needle in hand, deflating balls. ESPN moved way too quick, with the obvious intention of creating a fervor.
- Here’s the thing no one is talking about either: balls deflate. Are we to believe that the strongest athletes in the world, holding onto the ball for dear life, are not going to take air out of the ball? What about defenders who do everything they can to take angles to the hit the ball? Is air not going to come out during the collisions? It does.
I may be an annoyed Patriots fan, but something feels off with this one. I can’t wait to see what revelations come to in the next 48-72 hours.