This New England Patriots scandal is irrelevant:
It’s that shiny object that shows up to distract us from things that matter. And in the whole cosmic scheme of things, everything matters more than this does.
OK, so the Patriots deflated their balls and it’s illegal.
So why does the NFL let teams supply their own balls? If it’s such a big deal, shouldn’t the league be in charge of the balls?
OK, so the Patriots have cheated in the past.
So why did the NFL punishment for those incidents have all the impact of a mosquito biting a sperm whale? The Pats still make the playoffs and still end up in the Super Bowl.
OK, so the cheating in a playoff game allowed them to get into the most recent Super Bowl.
So if that’s the case, strip the Patriots of their Super Bowl title. If the NFL isn’t going to do that, shut up already! As far as the league is concerned, it pays to be a cheat (and a wife beater, and a.
And Deflategate is a stupid name. The -gate suffix is now a cliche. Call it something daring, like “Ballbusting.”
At least the New York tabloids know what to call it.