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Patriot Games
Driving home this afternoon, at least five different radio stations were covering Tom Brady's presser where he denied knowing anything about soft squishy balls.  He gave many a quote that will be pulled out of context and used to mock him and his team forever.

Meanwhile, his coach, lovingly known as The Hoodie, held an earlier, shorter press op where he claimed to be "shocked" by the alegations of his team deflating the footballs that it used, contrary to the game rules, in the first half of last Sunday's game. I'm sure he's also shocked, SHOCKED, to find out that gambling is going on concerning the games. Most instant analyses of the two appearances decried the two Patriots spokesmen, the reactions ranging from "not telling the whole truth" at best to "pants on fire" from the biggest critics.

I'm in the latter camp, but I also blame the league.  They KNOW that players, coaches and others connected to the game will lie, cheat and deceive as much as they can and for as long as they can get away from it.  Years ago, the NFL figured out that teams were doctoring the balls used on kickoffs, punts and field goals, freezing or warming them to meet their kickers' preferences. So THOSE footballs are marked with K's and kept entirely in the control of the officials at all times. But the rest of them- you know, the ones they throw, and hand off, and catch? Each team turns in its own before the game, and after inspection they're returned to their own sidelines where nothing could ever happen BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE WRONG.


The Patriot guilt is fast approaching "beyond a reasonable doubt"- of stupidity, at least. Because they didn't need the advantage to win; after the refs caught on and reinflated the footballs at halftime, New England actually played better. But the tone of the game had been set, and the opposing team was no doubt wondering why they weren't throwing or catching as well as the home team in the weather that was hideous but, supposedly, equally hideous.

So what to do? Almost all pundits expect nothing that will affect the game a week from Sunday- although Keith Olbermann, for one, would be perfectly okay with tossing New England out of the game, or at least forcing a replay of last week's tainted game this coming weekend. That'd sure be more entertaining than their dumbass Pro Bowl.  Far more likely, the team will forfeit a draft pick or two this spring, and maybe hang up the Hoodie for the first X games of the season.  We can only hope that X="one of the Bills games against them in 2015" so we can milk this mess to full advantage. Best scenario for that though, would be this: if a team is disqualified for post-season play due to cheating, the runner-up in its own division takes its place.

Get right on that, Goodell;)
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bktheirregular From: bktheirregular Date: January 23rd, 2015 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Would it be excessive to allow the Patriots to play, but have their coach confined to a Faraday cage at least one time zone away while the game is in progress?
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: January 24th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Schrodinger's Coach?
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