SPIN THESE … IF YOU CAN
|| By FITSNEWS || At one of those rare moments when everything seemed right with the world, along came government to remind us just how wrong things still are …
Thursday evening marked the beginning of the 2015 college football season … a time when we as a nation do what we do best: Ignore reality and get fatter.
Our enjoyment of this rapturous evening was repeatedly maligned, though, by a “BREAKING” news scroll at the bottom of our television screen. It was the news that New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension for the “Deflate-gate” – a.k.a. Ballghazi – scandal had been overturned by a federal judge.
How’d we get here? Cue boilerplate: In the aftermath of the Patriots’ 45-7 win over the Colts back in January, eleven of the team’s twelve footballs were determined to have been inflated at least two pounds per square inch below league specifications – which call for all balls to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch (and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces).
Why does this matter? Under-inflated balls are easier for players to grip – especially in slick, rainy conditions like those that prevailed at Gillette Stadium during the AFC championship game. They are also easier for wide receivers and running backs to catch. In fact, Brady has made his preference for under-inflated footballs well known, telling a New England radio station in 2011 “I like the deflated ball.”
Brady was suspended for the first four games of the season for the scandal by commissioner Roger Goodell for engaging “in conduct detrimental to the integrity of, and public confidence in, the game of professional football.”
Now a federal judge has tossed that suspension, arguing that “Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others.”
Jeez … “general awareness of ball deflation?”
What a country …
In no particular order, here are some “firm” truths about this scandal …
1. The judge who handed this ruling down is an unrepentant lib-tard. If you’ve never heard of Richard M. Berman before, this is the guy who ruled that Islamic prisoners must be allowed to eat ritually slaughtered beef at taxpayer expense during their incarceration. He’s also the guy who threw the book at conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza for minor campaign finance infractions. Just a terrible, terrible judge.
2. The federal government has no business overturning a sporting league’s suspension. As Brady himself said during the scandal, “this isn’t ISIS, nobody’s dying.” This was a four-game suspension – and for the federal government to presume jurisdiction over an internal league matter would be downright laughable if it weren’t so frightening. It also sets a terrible precedent for future rulings (in any sport) – while opening a Pandora’s Box when it comes to prior suspensions (hello, Ray Rice).
3. The Patriots cheat … Forget the speculation about what Brady knew and when he knew it – or when and why he destroyed his cell phone. The bottom line is this: The franchise for which he plays has a long and documented history of trying to bend/ break the rules in order to gain an unfair competitive advantage over its opponents.
4. … even though they don’t have to. This is the saddest part of “Deflate-gate.” The Patriots have forever tainted their championship legacy by cheating when they didn’t need to. Seriously: They’re better than everybody else. They don’t have to cheat. In fact that should be their legacy – that they’re stupid.
5.”Deflate-gate” didn’t change the outcome of the 2015 AFC Championship Game. As Indianapolis Colts’ tight end Dwayne Allen said after the game, the Patriots could have been playing with “medicine balls” and still beaten the Colts. He’s right. “Deflate-gate” didn’t change the fact that Indy’s offense couldn’t run the football nor could its defense stop the Patriots from running it. And that’s why the Patriots won so convincingly.
6. The NFL’s punishment of Tom Brady was too harsh. While we maintain the NFL has every right to suspend Brady for any length of time it wishes (and we believe Brady was complicit in the scandal), the league still didn’t prove his guilt. And where we come, no proof means no punishment. Obviously that’s not an “injustice” worthy of federal intrusion into the NFL’s discipline system, but we said from the beginning of this scandal that the punishment was excessive. And it was.
7. Tom Brady is a very handsome man. Wait … what? Ummm … hmmm. Is there something this website’s founding editor needs to come clean about?
8. No one is going to stop the Colts this year. It doesn’t matter how much air is in the balls, Andrew Luck has Indianapolis poised to make a Super Bowl run in his fourth year as the team’s starting quarterback. With new offensive and defensive weapons (and the return of dominating defensive end Robert Mathis), Indy is loaded. And has a deflated-ball-sized chip on its shoulder.