Making sense of NFL's 'Deflategate'
On their way to the Superbowl final, the New England Patriots put on a football clinic as they dismantled the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. NFL and Patriots' superstar quarterback Tom Brady piled on the misery for the Colts in what was a humiliating defeat for them.
However, in the wake of this triumph for New England, American sport was rocked with yet another controversy – Deflategate.
A routine Patriots win caused a furore after news emerged of 11 out of the 12 balls used by Bill Belichik's team were under-inflated by 2lbs.
Considering the rainy conditions during that Sunday's game, that could have significantly helped Brady in throwing the ball and the receivers in catching it.
Brady has been playing as a starting quarterback in the NFL for over a decade now. To be in his place, one needs years of practice, which means throwing ball. Hundreds of them, everyday.
Hence, for someone with the experience of Brady, would it not be possible to figure out if the ball was under-inflated? Common sense suggests he'd have know.
Assuming Brady knew, the finger would then point to his coach Belichick. The duo, of course, are the principals of the New England Patriots.
So, did they practice with under-inflated balls in training too? Or how else would they if Brady would be best suited to over-inflated or under-inflated balls?
It is a well-known fact that different players prefer different air pressure in the ball. For instance, Brady has made his views public of his preference for under-inflated, while Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers prefer over-inflated balls.
Does having knowledge of this alleged under-inflation classify as cheating on Brady and Bellichicks part? It should. Or they'd have informed the officials about it. They preferred to stay silent.
This is Superbowl week. It is also the week during which Lance Armstrong has pleaded to cycling authorities to left or reduce his lifetime ban.
Hence it has served as a grim reminder to sport lovers across the globe of their heroes and icons opting for unethical means to rule their respective sports.
But for now, Brady and the Patriots are innocent. Fans will have to wait until the NFL investigation is over to know whether the team taking on Seattle on Sunday in the Superbowl were in fact involved in Deflategate.