deflate-gate: it’s all about gamesmanship

January 31, 2015 at 5:59 pm 4 comments

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it’s an issue that just won’t go away. i’m referring to what is now known as deflate-gate. a day before super bowl, it hasn’t lost its appeal. it has been a hot topic in the media and captured the interest of football fans all over since the afc championship game two weeks ago.

deflate-gate came about as result of allegations that the patriots had tampered with the balls that they used in the first half of the afc game. according to the reports, 11 out of the 12 of them were under 12.5 psi. official rules state they should be in the 12.5-13.5 range.

it’s safe to say that had the patriots lost the game, it wouldn’t have mattered. it would have been moot. it would have been a non-story. but the fact that the patriots won had made it something to talk about. after all, they are the second most-hated team in football behind the dallas cowboys.

of course, it doesn’t help that the patriots had a history of bending the rules. in 2007, they were involved in the controversy dubbed as spygate. they were caught videotaping sideline defensive signals from the new york jets. the nfl deemed it illegal. as a result, coach bill belichick was fined $500,000 and the patriots organization $250,000. in addition, they lost their first-round pick in 2008.

judging from the reactions of the media and many armchair pundits, it appears that the patriots are still paying the price for spygate. even though the nfl is still investigating this latest scandal, they have already come to the conclusion that the patriots are guilty. i could only speculate as to what their prime motivations are.

there’s no doubt about it, deflate-gate has been a distraction and sucking the air out of the patriots. a lot of their time are spent defending themselves from the controversy instead of preparing for sunday’s game. for all intents and purposes, the seattle seahawks may have already won it hands down.

as for my take on deflate-gate, it’s been reported that tom brady likes his ball a little under-inflated. it helps him grip and throw the ball better. but did he order the balls in the afc championship game under-inflated below the rules? i’d say no. did coach belichick do it to reduce the risk of fumbling the ball? i’d say no. i think they are smarter than what critics and their haters are willing to give them credit for. we must also take into account that during the game, there were officials present to enforce good behavior.

if anything, the balls were inflated just to meet the bare minimum requirement at 12.5 and have the cold weather take over after that. did they push the envelope to the limit? probably. but could that be consider cheating? definitely not. folks, it’s called gamesmanship.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Teresa Oh  |  February 1, 2015 at 3:17 am

    This game is totally unfamiliar in this part of the world but it is interesting to read about how things can go in a game that is a big part of a country’s culture. Kind of scary though…

    • 2. plaridel  |  February 1, 2015 at 9:38 am


      it can’t be any different from the hoopla that soccer brings to the rest of the world. 🙂

  • 3. Suzanne Joshi  |  February 2, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I’m in India, so it’s not being discussed here. Cricket’s the important game here. I think probably the ones profiting the most from this are the comedians. They love this type of subject. 🙂 — Suzanne

    • 4. plaridel  |  February 2, 2015 at 7:42 pm


      any sport is good. it helps build character. and you’re right. the comedians are having a field day with deflated balls. 🙂


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