While we have no details just yet from the league regarding the allegations against the New England Patriots that they were purposely deflating footballs in their utter throttling of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, for the sake and integrity of the Super Bowl, they really need to wrap up whatever investigation they’re doing real soon, because it can create one big unfair distraction.
Of all the conspiracy theories leveled at the Patriots over the years, one can’t help but think the real conspiracy is against them and their winning ways…
If you remember prior to Super Bowl XLII in 2008, some clown named Matt Walsh, who worked for the Pats as a video assistant in 2001, got the NFL all riled up by saying he had knowledge that the team taped the St. Louis Rams’ walkthrough prior to Super Bowl XXXVI (special thanks to the Boston Herald’s little weasel writer John Tomase for running the story prior to Walsh’s coming out).
Patriots coaches and others were forced to take time off of important practices to speak with investigators about the BS claim, thus causing, you guessed it – one big unfair distraction. The Patriots that year, in a season dominated by news of being disciplined for taping opposing teams’ signals from the wrong location, (i.e. ‘Spygate’) were about to do what’s never been done before – go an undefeated 19-0 (screw you Don Shula and your 14-game regular season).
Fast forward to 2015 and the haters are at again two weeks before the big game. Sure, no one on the Patriots sideline has a camcorder in his hand anymore, but according to unfounded reports and assumptions, someone over there was purposely letting a little air out of footballs so Tom Brady can grip the ball a little better in the heavy rain, and by extension RB LeGarrette Blount can hold onto the ball a little better while he’s juking and stepping over Colts defensive players.
On February 1st, the New England Patriots face the powerhouse Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Arizona – the same place distractions got the best of them against the Giants in ’08 (yeah and that David Tyree catch too). The last thing they deserve is another distraction.