And the award for least surprising news surrounding DeflateGate goes to...
Okay but seriously, I am not going to act like Drew Brees' distrust with the league is something that is worthy of discussion. We are talking about a guy that withstood the unprecedented punishment of being without his Head Coach for a full year following a season in which the Saints were very close to making another Super Bowl run (I know, revisionist history). Drew Brees had a portion of his career compromised by a witch hunt that returned nothing but circumstantial evidence. Not exactly shocked that there is no love - or faith - lost between him and the commissioner.
Again, that's not the point of this blog. The point of this blog is that Roger Goodell has actually done the unthinkable. He has gotten the rest of the league - sans maybe the Colts - to take the Patriots side in this ongoing circus of epic proportions...
People that despise the Patriots. People that blindly hate the Patriots because of their success. People that never cease to bring up their oft-questionable tactics. Division rivals. Playoff adversaries. Rex motherfuckin' Ryan. Everyone of them has no choice but to support New England's never-ending search for justice. Not because it's what's right, but because their franchises could be at risk if Roger Goodell so much as wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one morning. The Saints and Patriots may be the only two teams that feel truly persecuted, but it's Roger Goodall's unwavering desire to victimize the Patriots that has left the rest of the league feeling vulnerable. I am not trying to say that a mutiny is upon us, but at what point is enough enough? When does an entire's league suspicion of one man start to effect how much control he has over it? Forget the legal loopholes, how can the NFL maintain it's level of success while avoiding even the most minor of fallouts when it's been made clear that it's a league primarily regulated by deceit? How can you continue to flourish when you've managed to lose the faith of this wonderful man...