When I initially read about the deflated footballs a few hours after the AFC Championship game last Sunday, I smiled and shook my head. “Belichick! … Again,” I said to myself. I sounded like Jerry Seinfeld grunting, “Newman!”
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is defending the way his team preps its game balls and said his team earned its spot in the Super Bowl fairly.
If the Patriots can put the hangover of this scandal behind them, this could actually be one of the most memorable Super Bowls of them all.
The NFL says it is still investigating how the Patriots used underinflated balls in its last game but has no conclusions yet and no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away.
The split-screen drama performed by the Patriots has our nation scratching its head and perhaps grabbing other organs at the twin presses provided by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
The former NFL quarterback isn’t about to call Tom Brady a liar, but he has a “hard time believing the total truth” of the press conference conducted Thursday as Deflate-gate enters Day 5.
Inspired by the latest alleged shenanigans of the New England Patriots, I got artsy and satirized one of our great American classic rock songs, “The Weight.” Sing along, friends.
D’Qwell Jackson insists he doesn’t handle the ball enough to know whether it was properly inflated or not: “The deal about me saying that I noticed anything about it, that’s totally false.”
Friday morning marked the start of ‘Deflate-gate’ Day 5, which had Craig and a blonde, left-handed, retired NFL quarterback not named Boomer Esiason talking about balls from just about every angle imaginable.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has not been contacted by the NFL, even as league officials investigate whether the team cheated against the Indianapolis Colts.
Belichick must pay for Deflate-gate. Make it hurt. But don’t wrench his headset from him before February 1. We all lose if the Patriots lose before the game begins.
The New England Patriots may end up facing some form of punishment from the NFL for their role in “deflate-gate,” but on the Internet, where the meting out of instantaneous justice is the norm, they are getting shellacked.
The Patriots have come under scrutiny with regards to NFL rules in the past, most infamously when they were punished for videotaping sideline signals used by the Jets during a 2007 game.
The Patriots made it look easy in advancing to their sixth Super Bowl of the Belichick/Brady era.
There is a lot to look forward to when Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks, the defending champions, take on Brady’s New England Patriots, the dominant franchise of the 2000s, in the Super Bowl.