By New Age
We all know what happened in the AFC Championship game. Every single ball they had used (11 of them) was under the specified PSI…every single ball. Now some Pats fans will try to redirect and discuss the Colts balls or even try to use pseudo-science like the Ideal Gas Law. These puny attempts only reinforce the ideas that all homers are blind and that scientists can be easily bought. Even if the science would work out, it was the responsibility of the Patriots to provide legal balls to the game. Like these:
No Tom! These!
Tommy Boy did not cooperate with the investigation and some pretty damning texts insinuated that he knew the balls were soft. It would be very hard to believe a guy ,whose only job since college was throwing a pigskin, wouldn’t know anything about how they feel. Especially since he successfully lobbied to have his own people check his game balls every week. Brady said. “Our equipment guys do a great job with breaking the balls in. They have a process that they go through. When I pick those balls out, at that point to me they are perfect.” His own words on what his expectations were every week.
Now to see why this is a big deal.
TLDR version- Patriots went from a middle of the road team in fumbles every year to being almost perfect for 8 straight years. They went from middle of the pack in TO differential to a top 5 team four of the past five years. Turnovers win games. Here’s a video from NFL.com to further showcase this:
This is an amazing play. What is even more amazing is that it is pouring rain during this game. Blount who averaged 1 fumble per 49 carries elsewhere carries the ball with very little security in this video. Somehow, he is able to also extend that ball for the TD and hold on in the pouring rain until his falling weight helps knock it out. Is this possible with a properly deflated ball in the hands of a serial fumbler? Sure. Likely? Not at all.
What other benefits does a deflated ball give? It’s is easier to handle in bad weather, and easier to catch. So these benefits can be enormous for a bad weather team like the Patriots. Are these advantages the only reason the Patriots are a good team? No. But in a league of top athletes and parity, every incremental advantage can be the difference. The Patriots used deflated balls against the Ravens and barely won a close game. Would they have won without these advantages? I don’t know and that is the problem.
Does it matter in the long run if he cheats? As a Dolphins fan who watched this:
I know how refs can influence any game, especially a game full of Pittsburgh refs.
Anyone that watches the NBA knows about the damaging proof that a cheating ref influenced the outcome of games. It damaged the game no matter how much they still bring in. As mentioned several times lately, the refs still influence the outcomes of NBA games. It is not healthy for that sport.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have damaged the game with their incessant cheating and the success that has followed. The NFL was wrong in just slapping his wrist for hurting the integrity of the game twice! Don Shula proved that you don’t have to cheat to win. Unfortunately, Roger Kraftell has encouraged the Patriots to cheat their way to the playoffs for years. Eventually, any team can win at that point and they aren’t just any team.
In other news, the Patriots just picked up a FA QB to compete with Jimmy G. His name is: