Yep, they cheated. Of course you to suspend your believe in basic science. And of course discount that 3 of the 4 Colts balls that were tested were similarly deflated. And discount the fact that deflated balls are a disadvantage. And discount the fact that with properly inflated balls in the second half they performed better. And discount the fact that other teams have been caught red-handed illegally tampering with balls and were let off with a warning, while there was only circumstantial evidence against the Patriots. And discount the fact that differently calibrated needles were used at different points in checking the inflation levels, and the Wells report discounted the game referee's recollection of what was used when in order to create a damning narrative. But yes, if you discount those things, then I guess the Patriots cheated...
What about video taping that weeks opponent? I guess the Pats video cameras just happened to pointed at the opposing team they just happen to be playing that week and the cameras were running? Not to mention that almost every team that plays them in Foxboro complains the team headset mysteriously go silent durring the game and almost always when the opposing team has the ball. But then the Pats don't cheat...ya right.
I'll give a perspective from a rabid Pats fan, and a level-headed, knowledgeable person. First, Belichick certainly cheated in the Spygate affair. He's admitted to it. Second, Brady almost certainly cheated in Deflategate. But scratch the surface . . .
Belichick was filming from the sidelines. It's said that it was common practice, but Belichick, as always, was known to push the envelope. Here's what's not widely known (cuz as they say, it doesn't sell newspapers) - it's not illegal to film the opposing team. It's not illegal to steal opposing team's signals. Not then. Not now. What is illegal is filming your opponent from your own sideline (you can do it from elsewhere in the stadium). Apparently, the NFL thinks that if you're filming from your own sideline, you're more likely to use the recording immediately, providing on field coaches with an immediate game day advantage. The NFL found that the Pats were illegally filming from their sideline but that the film was not used during the game. A clear violation, but it wasn't first degree murder. The whole incident then took on a life of its own when Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania took up a ridiculously populist move in the US Senate to investigate the matter. And we wonder why our government doesn't work.
Brady and Deflategate. In my opinion, and believe it or not, in the opinion of most Pats fans (66% in the last Boston Globe poll), Brady cheated and the Wells report got it right. Wells was outrageously sloppy in the study, but they somehow stumbled onto the right conclusion. Brady made it known how he wanted his footballs inflated and it got done. He almost certainly didn't know how it was done. He almost certainly didn't orchestrate some grand plan. But he got what he wanted. And when he didn't, he blasted the equipment personnel (who he claimed to not know despite a hundred texts to them on the phone he didn't destroy). Is there sufficient evidence to convict him in court? Nope. Doesn't need to be. This is a workplace incident and CBA or not, I've never needed to go to a grand jury to take disciplinary action in my place of work. As a Pats fan, I hate that Brady did this, especially because it's so ridiculously petty - the equivalent of driving 65 in a 55 mph zone. But driving 65 is breaking the rules and so is manipulating the inflation of your footballs. But what's even more ridiculous is that the NFL handled the affair so ineptly that Brady became the sympathetic party in the whole affair and the NFL became the incompetent, mean-spirited bad guy. Somehow, my pretty-boy, super-model-marrying, all-time all-time, G.O.A.T. of a quarterback came out on top of this one. Crazy.
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