First and foremost, what the hell is the big deal? Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t BOTH team play with the same balls in that first half? And, didn’t the poor, victimized Indianapolis Colts play a significantly better and closer first half with those evil under-deflated balls than they did in the second half, with real, NFL-inflated balls? I mean, it was 17-7 at half time before the Colts were outscored, with regulation balls inflated to Rog Goodell’s favorite psi, 28 to ZERO in the second half. How could anyone say that the Colts suffered any possible consequences because of playing with balls that could aide their offense?
But the real scandals are what the NFL did leading up to the game, and during the game, not to mention the relative way that the league handles “cheaters”, real and imagined.
So, it would seem that the Patriots were set up, with the league specifically permitting the felonious balls to be used throughout the first half, then sending in the bomb, …, uh, “ball” squad, at halftime to seize the evidence and FORCE the teams to play with regulation balls in the second half. So, what did the Colts have to say about that? I don’t think they were consulted beforehand.
And so, as the Super Bowl approaches, the sports world is aghast with the phony deflategate “scandal”, while real cheating throughout the NFL is allowed to prosper, with the occasional wrist slap. What cheating you say? Why, the pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs, you know the steroids, the human growth hormones, and all the rest, the stuff that major league baseball has now considered serious, meting out year-long suspensions and depriving suspected players of Hall of Fame status. Meanwhile, in the NFL, Rog and his crew of ball-snatchers give out a four-game suspension, here and there, now and then, while roid-rage players prance on the faces, skulls and genitals of opposing
Under-inflated balls? That’s a crock. Start suspending players who have been found to have used PEDs for a full season and for life for a second offense, and then you can make a big deal out of not quite enough hot air.