What In A Name?

What In A Name?

Matt HealeyFriday,23 January 2015

This past Sunday New England beat Indianapolis in the AFC championship game to advance to the Super Bowl. Later that evening it was discovered that 11 of the 12 team footballs that the Pats used were underinflated by approximately 2 PSI. This has the sports world talking and the NFL investigating. Since  I tend to be the person at The Snap Download who comments on sports, I thought I would weigh in on the events.

Let’s start with the question as to why this is even an issue. The final score in the game was 45-7 so the fact that NE was using under inflated footballs did not affect the outcome of the game. For almost any other team this would be a non-issue. But this is New England and Bellicheat. For the non-football junkies out there it is important to remember that this is the same coach who orchestrated “spygate.” He arranged to video tape the Jets defensive signals so that he could figure out the defense and communicate that to Brady and the offense before the play started. For this Bellicheat and the Patriots were fined $500,000 and $250,00 respectively. Additionally the Pats lost their first round draft pick in the next year’s draft. So we have a head coach with a history of cheating. It is this history that makes this a bigger deal that it would be if it were another team.

So that brings us to Bellicheat’s reaction to this. He is “Shocked” that someone would do this in his organization. When I read that was I the only one who immediately thought about this:

“How can you close me up? On what grounds?”
“I’m shocked, SHOCKED, to find that gambling is going on in here.”
“Your winnings, sir.”
“Oh, thank you very much.”

As for the NFL, I suspect that they are very happy to be investigating something that acutally happened on the football field, rather than yet another off-field incident. Like say Ray Rice, Jim Irsay, Cheerleader Lawsuit, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy. Do I really have to go on? At least this investigation has to do with the actual game of football.

The final question for me is what we should call the controversy because we all know that is important. Most people are going with “Deflate-gate.” Personally, I would prefer “Ballgazie.” I think it has a better ring to it and is a little more modern. Let’s face it, NFL players, both current and former, have no memory of Watergate. The current players were not alive for it and the former players who did live through it all have dementia and are more focused on remembering things like their name.

Finally, the question is what will the outcome be? I suspect that what will happen is the NFL will find the Pats did do something wrong, they will be fined again but the win against Indianapolis will not be vacated and they will play in Arizona on February 1st. Additionally the process of providing game balls will be changed.

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