A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with limited knowledge on the subject opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but please, no name calling and that means you, you big stupid-head!
Disclosure – I don’t hate Tom Brady, though people with that much talent should not also be so good looking; I hate Bill Belichick because he cheats and I wanted him to coach my Jets; and I root against all teams north of Connecticut because of a totally unreasonable and childish personal vendetta…otherwise I would like Boston.
Warning – This is a sports related post, but come on ladies (Not Arkansas Patti, she likes sports) I read your flower, cooking, parenting, and knitting posts.
The NFL has ruled against the New England Patriots in the deflated football scam. Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of next season (may be overturned on appeal) and the club has been penalized monetarily and by losing some draft picks.
Is this fair?
What was the crime? A little pressure taken out of a football? How much of an advantage could that be? I’ve never been a quarterback, a receiver or a ball carrier so I don’t really know, but if there was no advantage to be gained why would the team conspire to doctor the footballs?
A ball with less air pressure can be easier to grip and for some, easier to throw. A ball with less air pressure can be easier to catch. How much easier? It is hard to quantify, but historically Brady has been the most effective passer in the league and New England receivers have been among the most sure-handed receivers in the league.
There have been studies regarding NFL team proficiency in not turning the ball over on offense. Over the last several years, New England is the best in the NFL in holding on to the ball. They fumble almost one time less per game than the rest of the league. Perhaps it is easier to hold on to a slightly softer ball.
It seems clear that New England has cheated and played the game with the advantage of a softer ball. It amazes me that the league would even make this possible. Why are teams responsible for ball maintenance? An independent party (referee) should control the balls.
When I had to hire a babysitter, no matter how much I trusted the person, I did not leave liquor or cash out in the open. It is not fair to tempt dishonesty. New England is probably not the only team to cheat by deflating footballs. If the opportunity to cheat is present, people and teams will avail themselves of that opportunity. The league should take away this temptation.
Other teams probably also cheat, but New England got caught and New England has been the most successful team in the NFL for the last 15 years.
New England should be penalized.
Is suspending Tom Brady an adequate penalty? I think not.
The first four games of the year are important, but New England will still make the playoffs and those missed games will not mean a hill of beans. If I were king of the NFL, I would not suspend Brady, I would make him and the team play the entire season with footballs pumped up slightly higher than the specifications.
If they still have a successful season and go far into the playoffs or even win the Super Bowl then it will erase any stigma placed on their recent success. If Brady’s passing proficiency dips, if receivers have more drops and if the running backs fumble more and the team has a mediocre season, then a pall will be fairly cast over their last fifteen years.
There are those who say this football scandal is much ado about nothing (and in the great scheme of life they are right). I say let’s find out. Give the New England footballs a little extra pump next season and let Brady and the Patriots demonstrate if a little air pressure is important or not.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.