As the world deflates around the Patriots
This article was originally published on January 23rd, for its comments go to http://www.thesidelinereport.com/inflate-deflate/
Before we review, analyze this new bizarre event in Foxboro let me remind you of one simple thing: Sean Peyton was suspended for not knowing and compromising the integrity of the game.
I lived the Video thing as a Jets fan and Manginious, and frankly I never really put much weight on it. After all, the Pats were better than the Jets. For years I have read and seen attacks, made up stories, accusations and even truth about this, and for years I have remained blind. But, now we are talking about the Super Bowl, and unfortunately the rest of the league didn’t choose this, the Patriots did.
We have had fumbles in the snow, video tapings, formations that have never been thought to be legal, and now deflated footballs. It appears that Mr. Belichick, the same one that signed a contract to be the HC of one team and get introduced, while he was already in agreement with the Patriots. The man has bent the rules for ever, so really nothing he does is shocking. Great HC, maybe the best ever, but his legacy is tainted. Pretty Boy will be remembered as a liar instead of the great QB he has been. The organization and legacy Kraft worked so hard and diligently to build, will always be called “The Cheating Team”.
Yesterday we got two very creative news conferences, both well rehearsed (I mean why did it take so long for Brady to follow BB to the podium?) He was already at the facility, where he held a closed door meeting. Simple, BB passed the baton because he cannot communicate worth a crap, and Brady needed to deliver the message they wanted.
We got a lot of lies….To my knowledge, when anything happens to a team, anything, the first thing they do is announce that they will do an internal investigation. That has not yet happened, why? Usually we already know the name of the culprit, in this case the ball boy. Do we know that? No!
Mr Kraft is one of the most respected NFL owners, so much so, that he is usually the one that takes the limelight front and center. Did that happen? No!
The NFL and Roger Goodell have not even talked to Brady yet, this according to Tom. Why? They are hoping that the game will overtake this, and they will deal with it later. Sorry folks, but this is the biggest event in American television, and all reporters from Sports to Fashion News cover it. This is NOT going away, and the NFL will pay for it. Goodall may have survived the Rice fiasco, but he will not survive this stage, unless he moves quickly. This is going to become the story, not the Super Bowl, and that in itself is an indictment.
Lets get back to facts: The ref certifies the balls, then Brady tells the phantom Ball Boy to make sure they are to his liking, so exactly what does certification mean? Are we supposed to be stupid?
The owners respect Kraft, they have backed his boy Goodell, the owners will want to know what is happening. Behind closed doors this weekend, they will meet and figure out what to do. This cannot be topic number one on Tuesday. They need to act and fast!
The Patriots need to do some serious house cleaning. When most of the modern rules are in place because of you? There is a problem.
What I believe really happened
The Patriots have done this before because BB and Brady both hate to lose, even one game. They do a lot of good legal things to win, but if there is a way to gain an edge they do that too, even if it means breaking the rules. BB and Brady both knew that this was done.
What should Happen?
If justice is to be fair, then BB needs to suffer the way Payton did, as should the team and its main culprit, Tom Brady. I also expect Mr. Kraft to admit responsibility and apologize to the NFL and its fans, because his employees have lied over and over again. Sean Peyton and never been accused of cheating before, in this case the HC and Team are repeat offenders.
My opinion on May 7th
The NFL must be severe, as it is with players that are repeat offenders. This same group has now tested and circumvented the integrity of the game multiple times. Fines and suspensions need to be handed down, from Kraft to Belichick to Brady. Firing two dummies that make no many would be a slap in the face of all fans and especially the New Orleans Saints. The owner of the Falcons was removed from Kraft’s pride and joy, the Competition Committee, he needs to go too!
Kraft demanded an apology while lying to us all during the greatest stage in American Sports. Steinbrenner was exiled from the league, Kraft should be exiled for at the very minimum, a year.
Bill Belichick has now a rap sheet a mile long, time for him to pay as well, just like Sean Payton did. It’s his ship, he needs to go for a year.
Tom Brady’s reputation is tarnished the way Shoeless Joe Jackson was, and Brady, the game’s biggest star, cheated, repeatedly. He not only cheated, he set it up, he orchestrated it, he even demanded it from low paying employees. Tom Brady has embarrassed the league, the team, the fans and al his teammates that had no idea of this. Tom should also be banned a minimum of 6 games. Lets face it folks, if this was a less important player he would get a year, and the only way back would be to re-apply for entry. Cheating is breaking the rules and it makes the league look as bad as some player slapping his wife.