The Super Bowl is what I proclaim to be the biggest sporting event of the year. Yet, it has been shuffled to the back pages as the New England Patriots villain duo Brady-Belichick grab national headlines with another scandal.
The Patriots continue to do whatever it takes to gain an edge on their competitors. Back in 2007 The Patriots were found to have violated NFL rules by video-taping an opponent’s practice, or known as a walk through. This became known as spy-gate. Now fast forward the clock to what is out there today and it is what is becoming known as deflate-gate.
Following a 45-7 defeat, the Indianapolis Colts brought to the NFL’s attention that the football’s used in the AFC Championship game did not feel right and had been tampered with. After investigation the league discovered that 11 of the 12 balls used in the game were under-inflated below league requirements. The league is reportedly angry at the Patriots as these violations harm the integrity of the sport. Public reaction is a general disappointment in the organization that many believe to be run with class and a dynasty. They takes another big blow in public perception with latest violation of league rules.
What some argue to be the greatest coach-quarterback duo in the NFL has lost the grace of most of the sporting community and their legacy is in question and at the end of the day it may not be able to recover from now another violation. This makes at least twice, out of possibly three scandals that they have been a part of.
The league will make a ruling after they complete the full investigation. The Patriots say they are working with the NFL as they investigate the violation. Brady and Belichick say they had no knowledge of deflate-Gate.
The timing could not be worse for the NFL, as they have been a league under scrutiny this entire season following two major off the field cases involving 2 marquee players, and the handling of punishment was publicly criticized. The league would prefer the Super Bowl be leading headlines, and the discussions, it finds itself in the middle of another situation where their decision or ruling is being closely followed.
The actual game itself is intriguing as you have the Seattle Seahawks who will try to go back-to-back for the first time since the New England Patriots did it in 2004 and 2005. On the other side of the ball you have the Patriots and Tom Brady who will try to join elite company with a fourth Super Bowl title.
There is enough surrounding the Super Bowl that should keep even the casual fan interested in the game. Those watching are going to either root for or against the Patriots depending on your take away from their violation. I have New England winning the game, despite the fact that they tried to get over on the NFL and its fans with their deception. I may not like how they run their business, but I respect them none the less.