Opinion: Football follies, Tom Brady and the Deflategate Comedy | PostIndependent.com

Opinion: Football follies, Tom Brady and the Deflategate Comedy

That will teach that uppity Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback plus the team itself. For shame, for maybe knowing the footballs he was throwing were not inflated properly.

I mean, a four game suspension with no pay, $1 million from the Patriots, loss of two draft choices?

So much for seeing the Super Bowl star tossing passes to Patriots when the first game of the coming season is played; that pits the World Champion Patriots against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10, the regular season opener. In Foxborough.

Thanks to that NFL penalty benching Brady, of course it’s the fans who get cheated. But then, does the NFL really care about the fans?

Not that I am a true football fan any longer, given the Broncos continuing meltdowns in championship play, but there are some questions about the whole “Deflategate” comedy. That of course has been whipped up by the sportscasters and writers and kept alive far past its due date.

It comes to mind that the penalty for under-inflated balls is a misdemeanor, costing the team involved $25,000 as the penalty.

So why did the NFL whack the Patriots so hard? Oh, because Brady didn’t turn over his cell phone to the independent investigator, Ted Wells, who wrote a 281-page report. He opined Brady was “uncooperative”, which is a whole different issue since it brings discredit to the NFL.

Not that the hapless Indianapolis Colts could have beaten the Patriots that day if Brady had thrown left handed, it’s the spirit of the thing, right?

Well try this:

The game officials are NFL employees. Most of them have played football and, do you recall seeing them pick up footballs and put them on the ground before every play?

Don’t any of these folks have any feel for the plumpness of the footballs? Or any responsibility to question one that supposedly was obvious to a Colts player, who complained?

Guess not.

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