Friday, August 7, 2015

Deflategate by Joshua Liao


                If you have been in America over the past year and have turned on the TV to Sports Center, ESPN, or Yahoo news, the most overrated and over discussed about topic is the deflagategate. To give some background, during a conferences championship game last season, the Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 in a rain soaked, lopsided game. After the game was over, the Colts came out and reported that they had caught one of the Patriot's footballs and noticed that it was slightly deflated. In case you have never thrown a wet football, it is much easier to grip and throw slightly deflated wet ball than a fully inflated one. Officials later reported that all of the Patriot's football were slightly deflated, about 1 or 2 psi under the regulated mark.  From then on, countless news reports and articles have been written about this topic. At home, I thought that this incident would blow over and people would stop talking about if after the season. It's been 8 months and new reports are still coming out, especially after the Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for 4 games. I really don't see what the point is. It was a lopsided game. Sure throwing a deflated ball might have been easier, but the Colts lost by 5 scores. The game was clearly a mismatch and the ball had nothing to do with it. The Patriots scored about half of their points running the ball. People blame Brady for cheating, but its most likely that most quarterbacks in the NFL have done what he did. Former USC Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Matt Leinart said that "Every team tampers with footballs, just ask any quarterback in the league, this is ridiculous." This is coming from a guy who actually played in the NFL! You know when that the whole situation is blown so out of proportion when Bill Nye the Science Guy has appeared on Sports Center to discuss psi. The whole thing and all the court cases should just be dropped. People should really look forward to watching the game for its excitement and intensity, not whether deflated footballs helped a team to win a game.    

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