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The Entire DeflateGate Saga Can Only Be Described As Bizarre

Tom Brady prior to the 2015 AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis. He is the center of the DeflateGate controversy (Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)
Tom Brady prior to the 2015 AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis. He is the center of the DeflateGate controversy (Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)

The Entire DeflateGate Saga Can Only Be Described As Bizarre

By now you have surely heard about DeflateGate and the subsequent Wells Report stemming from the controversy at the 2015 AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2015.

Despite the claim of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knowledge of the deflated balls as “more probable than not,” there are still plenty of backers in his corner.

But the real take away here is how bizarre this entire ordeal is.

Why did Brady (allegedly, there was no definitive proof) encourage the removal of air? The Patriots were far and away the better team in the game. On top of that, Brady actually performed better in the second half of that game with the properly inflated footballs.

That also begs another question. How long has the deflation of the footballs been going on for? A year? Since 2007 as some have suggested when Brady’s number went up dramatically?

Then we had that incredibly surreal press conference by Dr. Bill Belichick in the days following the breaking of the controversy. Belichick was cleared of any wrongdoing in the report by Wells.

Up next was the Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanding an apology if the Patriots were cleared of wrongdoing. Kraft will be waiting a long time for that apology from Roger Goodell.

Perhaps the most bizarre part of all this was the report itself. It took over three months to compile and release the report, which just happened to be immediately after the NFL Draft. It took three months for the NFL’s “independent investigator” to find that it was “more probable than not” that Tom Brady knew of deflation?

Seriously. The NFL wasted money to pay a firm for three months of work on an investigation that detailed the deflation of the footballs in the AFC Championship?

That money could have been spent, well, on a myriad of other things. It is not like the NFL has high-profile domestic abuse cases with Ray Rice and Greg Hardy, a child abuse case involving Adrian Peterson, an on-going concussion controversy, or a former player being accused and found guilty of multiple sexual assaults in multiple states.

It is good to see the NFL has its priorities correct. “Integrity of the game” extends well beyond the gridiron, but also into the cultural and societal circles as well, but do not tell that to Goodell.

Perhaps this is not bizarre at all. It is typical Roger Goodell and his delusional crusade of “protecting the shield” at all costs when it matters the least. It would have been nice to see him do this before when he had a chance to make a real statement (i.e. the Ray Rice Case). Now, anything he does it too little and way too late.

Everything Goodell does in terms of punishment for the “integrity of the game” will only be seen as way to make up for what he did not do last summer. If that is the case, how can he objectively dole out punishment?

NFL Overtime Format Proposal

On Sunday, November 24, 2013 we saw the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers play to a 26-26 tie. We also saw this happen in 2012 between the St Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers (finished 24-24 in Week 10). These both happened despite the new overtime rules which give each team a chance to win as long as neither team scores a touchdown. We almost saw the ultra rare two ties in a week happen until the New England Patriots hit a field goal with just over 2 minutes left in overtime to beat the Denver Broncos. The last time we had 2 ties in the same week was Week 2 in 1973.


 

What is most surprising about the overtime rules is that the NFL players do not know them. At the beginning of each overtime that is played in the regular season it is stated “we will play one (1) overtime period.” It cannot get any clearer that, but in order to avoid confusion from both players and fans alike I have an idea in where each game will end with a winner. Here is my idea:

1. Adopt the College overtime rule that both teams will get a possession regardless of whether the first team scores a touchdown or not.

2. Move the starting point back to the 50 yard line for NFL overtime games. (College overtime starts at the opponents 25 yard line).

3. Give each team one (1) timeout for each overtime period.

4. Require teams to go for 2-point conversions in overtime with no extra points allowed. (In college, teams are required to go for 2-point conversions starting with the 3rd overtime).

5. Play until you have a winner, thus eliminating ties.

The rules above are basically the college overtime rules, but there are a few modifications. If the NFL truly wants to make sure each team has a chance to win in overtime they might as well just move to the college overtime system. This way we can avoid the “I did not know an NFL game can end in a tie” debacle we saw from Donovan McNabb.