This past week has been a drag as a New England Patriots (since 1986!) football fan. What should have been a week of basking in the glow of yet another AFC championship victory became an endless parade of jokes and innuendo about balls. Under inflated footballs are somehow to blame for all of the worlds woes and must be the only reason the Patriots have won more football games than any other team for the past 14 years.
14 years! That is ridiculous in this salary cap, free agent modern era. No team can consistently stay at the top and make it to 9 championship games, and 6 Super Bowls in such a short period of time. And yet they did. This is why everyone desperately wants them to fail. People love to tear things down. Haters gonna hate.
I have followed the team for a long time and the NFL is not filled with choir boys, but this feels like much ado about nothing. There is a lot of gamesmanship and most teams do look for any edge they can get, but I believe Brady and Belichick that this was not done to cheat their way to victory.
Belichick in particular never speaks at the best of times, so for him to come out and deny the accusations and defend his team the way he did was very different from normal procedure. I don’t think he would do that unless the allegations were not true and that it was becoming too much of a distraction.
Another odd development was the owner Robert Kraft speaking to open up Super Bowl week in defence of his team, coach and star quarterback. He basically said they are not lying and he is very disappointed in the way the investigation is being handled and the media overreaction. He goes on to say that if the NFL does not find anything definitive, he wants a full apology to Belichick and Brady for all the personal attacks on them this week.
So this week I will ignore the noise about deflated balls and enjoy Super Bowl week. Hopefully next week I will be basking in the glow of yet another Super Bowl victory by my favourite team.