#Deflategate and why we should not care

Chances are most of you reading this have an inclination of what deflategate is. If you have no idea here is the synopsis: The New England Patriots’ equipment personnel either took it upon themselves for; or in cahoots with quarterback Tom Brady to alter the football pressure to levels outside of the National Football League’s parameters. How did that help? Different people say different things, some QB’s argue it helps. In the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Colts brought this issue to the League and the footballs were corrected at halftime. The score of the game at halftime was 17-7 in favor of New England. Now I can not speak for all football fans or experts or even players, but whatever the condition of the football is I believe if I am rooting for a team and the halftime deficit is only 10 points I believe that the team I am rooting for has a good chance to go in and make some adjustments and come out clicking on all cylinders. But, this is beside the point isn’t it? Now lets get into some stats of the game and see if we can make heads or tails of this. New England forced 3 turnovers, rushed the ball 40 times while only having 1 turnover. Indianapolis ran the ball 19 times ALL GAME. How many times have we been preached to about valuing the football in a playoff atmosphere? I have heard that since before I was a teenager. How many times have we been preached to about “Championship Football” being running the rock and have a strong defense? I have heard that my entire life as well. Sure the footballs were deflated, by whom honestly I. Do. Not. Give. A. DAMN. And, this is also beside the point for me. Here is what I think is important: Roger Goodell upholds the 4 game suspension first handed down to Tom Brady. The why I think this is important is something I have not heard any talking head mention since the news broke the suspension is being upheld. It is important because this sends the message that you can beat your significant other and have a suspension appealed and reduced, but you if you are caught up in the possibility of breaking an on the field rule…your assets are grass. The Patriots have already been fined 1 million dollars and had a 1st and 4th round draft pick taken away for this egregious and blatant attempt to shame the shield on the field of play (in the eyes of the NFL). No this is not some pity party for the Patriots, here is what I am getting to. A video of Ray Rice absolutely without a shadow of a doubt knocking his then fiancé unconscious was on TMZ and he got 2 games at the beginning. Since 2010 there have been 68 different charges of players either having assault, domestic violence, battery, or animal cruelty-you can view the entire arrest record of the NFL’s players here: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nfl/arrests/. Some of the stuff in there is absolutely sickening but there is a silver lining. Most of the time the team gets rid of the player immediately, but there are a few cases such as Tony McDaniel only getting a 1 game suspension for shoving his girlfriend, whose head hit pavement; Brandon Underwood got a 2 game suspension for pushing his wife to the ground and ripping a necklace off of her (he was later cut by the team); Erik Walden got a 1 game suspension for a felony assault on his live in girlfriend. Now we get into the issues that are fresh into our minds: Greg Hardy’s initial suspension was 10 games, we all applauded the league. It is now 4 games (the same as deflating a football apparently) for assault and communicating threats, after he was alleged to have assaulted an ex-girlfriend by grabbing her, throwing her into furniture, strangling her, and threatening to kill her. That action is the same as deflating a football in the eyes of the NFL’s commissioner. That is the egregious error in judgment that I see from all of this. I side with Robert Kraft saying that he was wrong for placing faith in the league, however I feel as though if a player is not cut by his team after having these types of charges brought against him, it is then the commissioners job to hand down some punishment. If you then make the punishment equal for deflating a football and doing what Greg Hardy allegedly has done then you send the message that your little game is more important than the human beings that stuff your wallets by watching on Sundays.

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