Cheaters never win – except when they do.

January 29, 2015


Sports Editor 




Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe there is an important NFL game being played this weekend.


What was it again?


Do not feel bad if you forgot about it too. It seems like there has been little to no coverage of the actual game because of the “Deflategate” debacle, which if anyone is keeping score, occurred almost two weeks ago now.


You see, the New England Patriots simply cannot win fair-and-square, that would be against everything Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stands for.


By now you are probably aware that NFL footballs must be pressurized to a certain level of air pressure to be eligible to be used during an NFL contest.


And by now, you are probably aware the footballs New England used in its game against the Indianapolis Colts in the American Football Conference Championship game were not inflated to the proper levels.


Now let us all stand back and watch as the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell do nothing about this situation until after the Super Bowl has been played.


Of course, this would not be the first time the Patriots played in the largest spectacle of American sports while under a cloud of media scrutiny.


In 2007 the league disciplined the Patriots for videotaping New York Jets’ defensive coaches’ signals from the sidelines.


In 2008, Matt Walsh, a video assistant for the Patriots in 2001 who was fired after the team’s 2002 season, sent eight videotapes containing opponents’ coaches’ signals from the 2000 through 2002 seasons to Roger Goodell for review.


“Spygate” – as the controversy was eloquently termed – was a clear violation of NFL rules and both the New England Patriots organization and Belichick were penalized for their roles in the incident.


Neither the team nor Belichick have been penalized for their roles in “Deflategate” as the Patriots’ most recent controversy has been coined.


Belichick has been adamant in saying he had no knowledge of the illegal level of air in the footballs used during the AFC Championship game. This should come as no surprise because Belichick also clung to that notion when he was caught stealing opposing teams’ signals during the “Spygate” scandal.


“Deflategate” is unfortunate for the game of football because it has taken the country’s attention off of the grand spectacle that is the Super Bowl and placed it on 11 semi-deflated footballs used more than 10 days ago.


Jared King is a senior journalism and marketing major from Jena who serves as sports editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to jki008@latech.edu.


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