Seriously though, how could I not? I know it’s been forever since the whole ‘scandal’ hit the media, but that’s part of my point. I’ll get to it after my witty banter, I swear.
Listening to Tom talk about new, old, and oblong balls inspired a blog out of me. It’s not every day you see a grown man say balls so many times in such a short time and keep a straight face. I started writing this right after I listened to his press conference, but wanted to wait to post until all the information has been released. I fear that his balls will be old and wrinkly before the fiasco they are calling an investigation is complete, so I’m posting.
So, to start: haters gonna hate. You have a good looking guy (Tom Brady) leading a winning team (The Patriots) and a pretty bad*** (fill in the blank) coach (Bill Belichick) and people are going to try and find a reason for it. Success is not an acceptable thing in this country. We do not applaud success, we get jealous, and it comes out as hate. So, just to be clear, if the balls were bigger (hehe), like they were in the second half, the Pats still would have won because their score was 28-0 in the second half. Haters gonna hate, hate, hate. I think, though, if I were not a Pats fan, I would still be annoyed.
Here’s an NFL headline I would like to see: “Dez Bryant’s Catch was Actually a Catch”. *Sidenote* I am a closet Cowboys fan and have been since childhood. I was DEVASTATED that the ambiguity of the rules of the NFL. I’m siding with Lebron: “What is the definition of a catch or not in the NFL? I really wanna know? No one can answer the ?”
With a rule book that is about 120 pages long, it’s definitely a frustrating sport. It does state, though, “The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications. A pump is to be furnished by the home club, and the balls shall remain under the supervision of the Referee until they are delivered to the ball attendant just prior to the start of the game” (Goodell, 2013).
Now before I get too involved in football here, because I will not pretend to be an expert, I will quote two members of the opposing team:
From Dwayne Allen: @NFLonFOX not a story. They could have played with soap for balls and beat us. Simply the better team. We have to continue to build! #BTM
And D’Qwell Jackson: “It wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game,” Jackson said. “They outplayed us. We didn’t match their intensity.”
Now. The Colts got beat. The Pats scored three touchdowns with normal balls. The Pats would have won either way. If the Colts are not making a deal out of it, then what’s the big deal to the rest of us?
I’ll tell you what: Ratings. Yes. Ratings. Our country’s integrity is based on our journalists and at the moment, the big scandal was “Deflategate”. (Because a deflated football is almost as bad as Watergate- I see the allusion. Well done, media, well done.) The CBS Evening News would rather report on the goings on of a deflated football than starving children in our country. It would rather speculate, make up stories, assumptions, and accusations about Tom Brady’s balls than discuss that 51% of America’s children qualify for free and reduced lunch. Priorities.
Yes, Deflategate is so important that it overrules terrorist threats and religious intolerance in our country. The media would rather discuss PSI and air pressure than use their air time to start a pay it forward campaign. The media ruins people’s lives and attempts to blacken people’s name in order to make money. So noble.
Who’s at fault? Who gives two underinflated footballs? The media is in a frenzy over balls- and here’s the most important information that HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET: How much below standard are we talking here? Were they all about 9 PSI? Were they 11? Seems to me, this is the most crucial piece of evidence that is missing. So, all of the news reports are speculation. Yes. Speculation of an ambiguous attempt at undermining a good team’s credibility. Here we are, a little over a month later and still no word about what the hell went on.
There is a lot of blame to go around with this one, but most importantly, the real issue that should be splattered across the headlines: MEDIA IS RUINING OUR COUNTRY, or better yet: THE SLOW DEGRADATION OF AMERICAN CULTURE CAN BE BLAMED ON THE OVERSHARING OF UNIMPORTANT NOT TRUE INFORMATION AND THE UNDER-SHARING OF IMPORTANT TRUE INFORMATION.
Shame on the media for making a story out of a non-story. Shame on the media for making speculation and counting it as fact, considering there are many pieces of the story missing. Shame on the media for manipulating the public.
I digress, as usual. I told you I’d have a point and witty banter, so I guess I tricked you into reading, but I’ll give you my point: Until the media is punished for publishing non-true events as fact, we will continue to have the circus that we call the news. Just ask Tom’s balls.