I Couldn't Care Less That The Patriots Deflated Their Footballs, And If You Disagree You're Simply A Hater
I will be the first person to criticize the Patriots. I will be the first person to bring up SpyGate when talking to delusional Patriots' fans. However, I simply do not give a fuck that they potentially deflated their footballs this past Sunday. That last sentence is the problem in itself. "Their footballs"? How goddamn preposterous is that? How is this the first time I am learning that teams submit their own balls to use on offense each game? Multi billion dollar industry can't even make sure that it's participants are competing on an even playing field. Absolutely unreal. When you leave the discretion of something as trivial as the weight of a football up to teams who are in the business of winning you are going to see some foul play. These teams employ men of question character every year in hope of hoisting the ultimate prize. It's not their job to have morals. It's not their job to make sure every football is appropriately measured to the ounce. If the NFL were mildly concerned about it they have should have an agreed upon set of balls that both teams use. Christ, I am giving myself a headache. I can't even believe this is an issue in 2015. It's called gamesmanship. Do anything you can to win. If it takes leaking a little extra air out of the football then so be it. It's not the Patriots fault the NFL couldn't hire some dude that makes minimum wage to weigh a few footballs pre-game. It's not like SpyGate where the Patriots were blatantly cheating. This was completely out in the open. The actual fabric of the sport is dependent upon using the ball. The entire country focuses on the ball every single play. If no one could tell that it was modified then it's far more the fault of the officials and the other team than the fault of the Patriots staff. If teams are forced to submit their own balls every game there is a 0.00% chance that this is the first time a ball had failed to meet weight requirements. That's the NFL's fault for leaving it up to chance.
Furthermore, I only like to concentrate on things that effect the outcome of games. I can say with absolute certainty that a semi-deflated ball wasn't responsible for the Colts losing by about 8 touchdowns. Hell, they scored 7 points. Seven points, and even that drive was heavily aided by some questionable yards obtained by penalty. The Patriots could have been using a bowling ball or a NERF ball on offense and they still would have won the game. I honestly believe that. That's how outclassed Indianapolis was from the onset of the game. They didn't even have to play offense in the second half and they would have won. As it turns out, the Patriots were found out by a Colts' equipment manager in the 2nd quarter, following a D'Qwell Jackson interception. Seeing as the Colts went on to get outscored by 28 in the second half, I put very little stock in the weight of a fucking football. As much as it pains me to say it, the Patriots belong in the Super Bowl this year, whether they deflated balls or not. That's really all that matters, especially given the negligence of NFL officials that touch the ball when spotting it every single play.
At this point I'm not mad that the Patriots have controversy surrounding seemingly every one of their playoffs wins. I'm more mad that they are clearly in the heads of everyone else in the league. First it was Harbaugh complaining about a deceptive alignment that led to a few productive plays in the Patriots win over the Ravens, and now it is the entire league in an uproar over a couple of balls not filled to capacity. If anyone should be upset it should be the rest of the head coaches in the NFL that they didn't think of these things first. The Patriots are winning a mental battle over their opponents right now, and everyone that has played sports knows that sometimes that is half the battle. With Seattle's inferiority complex, which is blatantly presented every time they open their mouth, it leaves me very concerned leading up to the Super Bowl. If there is any team that can get in the heads of the brash, arrogant Seahawks it is the team that has been doing it all postseason.
Unbelievable that such a petty accusation could cause so much confusion.