I'll be honest, the story of the New England Patriots' allegedly deflating footballs ("more probably than not," according to the latest news) is not really my cup of tea. I don't think that a few PSI in a football is a reason the Patriots have won a bunch of football games. I think that Tom Brady would be really good at football if the league made him throw a watermelon.
I get why "Deflate-Gate" is a story, I get why i have to cover it, but I don't have to be moved by it. I'm generally not a fan of any of the "gates." It's ok if this story bores me, right?
Because until a punishment gets meted out to Brady — and if it involves him missing games, and sadly I think it will, that's ridiculous — the story doesn't really matter, especially considering the flimsy wording of the findings in the 139 page Wells Report, in which the investigation yields an outcome that states:
"Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady ... was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities ... involving the release of air from Patriots game balls."
Reams of paper, piles of text messages, days worth of conversation, all for a "more probable than not" regarding "general awareness" as an outcome. Gee, thanks.
If you want to read the whole thing, here it is….
Look, I do think Tom Brady knew about the footballs being deflated. Not just that, I think he was WAY more than generally aware, I think he was keenly aware of what was going on. Any of you who has a child who's lied about spilling Kool Aid on the carpet could tell that Brady was a bundle of nerves answering questions about Deflate-Gate prior to the Super Bowl. Frankly, I just don't think it's a big deal, I don't think the advantage gained is one that impacts the outcome of games. Maybe I'm wrong.
Once NFL executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent gets his hands on the case, it won't matter what any of us think. Vincent will hand down the punishment to Brady, and presumably only Brady since the Wells Report pretty clearly states that the team, ownership, and coaching staff are not implicated in the case.
Online sports books are nervous enough about Brady getting suspended that they've removed all wagers on the Super Bowl, the AFC championship, and AFC East title from their big boards until there is resolution on punishment. This came courtesy of Kevin Bradley of Bovada LV:
“Pending the potential ramifications of the investigation of Deflategate, all the odds for the Super Bowl, the AFC Conference, and the AFC East are down. Considering they were the third highest favorite to win the Super Bowl, the co-favorite for the AFC Conference, and an overwhelming favorite to win the AFC East, we are taking them down until we hear the official word on if Tom Brady gets suspended. If Brady does get suspended, it will have a huge impact on all of these odds.”
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So for now, all that's left to do is wait. I have no analysis on the situation. In fact, I would like to proxy all of my analysis over to Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Whatever Gronk thinks, I think:
Yeah, NFL….DEEZ NUTZ!!!!
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