There’s a big controversy going on now in the world of the NFL. It turns out that when the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game, they did so with illegal footballs.
NFL rules state that footballs must be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds of air per square inch (PSI). The NFL discovered after the game that 11 of the 12 balls the Patriots were using were under-inflated by 2 PSI. The NFL tested the 12 balls belonging to the Colts and they were all within regulations. It was clear the footballs the Patriots used in the game had been tampered with.
The issue only came to light after the Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson intercepted a pass from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and kept the ball as a memento, and noticed that the ball was kind of squishy.
Under-inflated footballs are easier to throw short to medium distances. They’re easier to catch at any distance. The Patriots broke the rules of the game to get an unfair advantage. The New England Patriots cheated.
How is this fact newsworthy?
The New England Patriots cheat. It’s what they do. They’ve been caught cheating before. I have no reason to believe they won’t get caught cheating again. When I see the Patriots take the field, I just assume they’re cheating.
Discovering that the New England Patriots cheat is like discovering that Pope Francis has a deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ and all things Catholic. Instead of telling me that the Patriots cheat, tell me something I don’t know, like the ending to Interstellar.
The NFL surely won’t do anything about this, at least not before the Super Bowl. In another ball-related incident, the NFL fined Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for grabbing his crotch in the NFC Championship game. They are more than willing to fine a player for an obscene gesture, but not for cheating. Every Patriots player who touched an under-inflated football on the field of play, broke NFL rules.
Where’s their fines? Don’t hold your breath. Seriously, don’t hold your breath. It’s not good for you. You need oxygen to survive. Permanent brain damage begins after only 4 minutes without oxygen. Granted, if you held your breath for any extended period, you’d pass out before any brain damage occurred, but it’s not worth the risk. If you’re like some of the people who try to post comments here, you can’t take any more brain damage.