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Deflate-triots “Pumped Up” Interpretation`s

The sports world is more than a week into the Patriots Deflate Gate controversy.

The topic has brought mixed opinions, some harsh and some light from all over the sports media, the NFL officials, current players and former legends such as Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw (In which they were unhappy with the scandal)

What can we argue? Did they cheat? Was it intentional? Yes it looks bad coming from the Patriots and if it came from any other team then it probably would be looked at as an anomaly. There is a black and white interpretation here.


Interpretation #1

Rule 2 The Ball, Section 1


“The Ball must be a “Wilson,” hand selected, bearing the signature of the Commissioner of the League, Roger Goodell. The ball shall be made up of an inflated (12 1/2 to 13 1/2 pounds) urethane bladder enclosed in a pebble grained, leather case (natural tan color) without corrugations of any kind. It shall have the form of a prolate spheroid and the size and weight shall be: long axis, 11 to 11 1/4 inches; long circumference, 28 to 28 1/2 inches; short circumference, 21 to 21 1/4 inches; weight, 14 to 15 ounces. 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.”

So instantly according to the NFL rule book in writing the balls were not in regulation. If you notice that the balls air is not in regulation it can also change the circumference measures of the ball. So is the balls PSI are not in regulation, it is also a possibility that the dimensions were not in regulation as well…UH OH!!!


Interpretation #2

External Modification vs. Internal Modification

QB Tom Brady does mention that a lot of QB`s; including him like the balls to feel a certain way. “I like them to have 12.5 pounds of pressure per square inch.  They should be worked in so they are not too shiny, too slippery, too waxy, or tacky. And there are many QB`s that change the ball to what they like” Said Brady during his press conference. Every mod that Brady mentions is an external mod for grip and slip, which is a QB culture and has is very common. The problem is that with any sport there is a Uniform Regulation Ball, if there is internal modification to a ball for and advantage it is called cheating. Example: Are baseball players allowed to rub pine tar for grip and hold on their bats? Yes.  Are Baseball players allowed to modify the inside of their bats with corks for more pop? NO! That’s cheating.

Brady mention that he likes the balls at 12.5 PSI, which is regulation. “I didn’t notice any difference in the balls. I did my drop backs read the defense and threw it” So what the Pats` QB is telling the entire world is that he cannot tell the difference in his own personal preference of footballs after handling thousands of them?

If Brady did notice it and was not aware of the intentional deflation then he did not have the integrity or leadership to step up and mention it during either the game, not in the aftermath.


Interpretation #3

“Say it isn’t so…TOM!”

At the end of his press conference Brady made one of the most tasteless comments that anybody could make these days by say “Things are going to be fine—this isn’t ISIS,”  Brady making this statement should raise red flags. It is human nature to compare your situation with a “so-called” worse, when you are guilty. Such as if you cheat on a test one time and get caught, you would say “well so & so does it every day” Trying to compare a worse situation only shows guilty by trying to sway the issue. It is in minor comparison to a fallacy known as ad-hominem.

Either way believe what you want but these are the facts. These are the interpretations. If the NFL is going to do anything that hurts then it needs to happen now. Otherwise after the Super Bowl it is not going to matter, sure it could cost fines and draft picks if the league feels froggy, but for now Roger Goodell has a nice and cozy nest hiding under that great big desk of his.

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