There is cheating and there is gamesmanship. It seems that a lot of non Patriot fans are pretty upset. Success does create resentment. I can certainly understand liberals hating the success of Brady and Belichik, but this is such an overblown story. Here are some other stories you probably aren't aware of.
How many Seattle Seahawks players have tested positive for PED's since 2011?
- Answer: 6
What were the Bronco's doing in the late 90's when they won back to back Super Bowl's?
- Answer: They were knowingly violating the salary cap. It cost them a $ 1 million fine and a 3rd rd draft pick, but we didn't have 24/7 NFL coverage back then...so people forget
What strategy did the Atlanta Falcons use when opponents had the ball (home games).
- Answer: They piped in extra noise
The Indianapolis Colts turned up the heat in their old stadium when playing at home.
- I actually heard Bill Polian admit to this on NFL Radio
Has anyone on this site ever been at the bottom of a pile up in football? I have. You get fingers twisted, spat on, scratched. I had a guy turn my ankle and I had to leave the game. That is what happens in football. You look for an advantage.
If letting air out of the ball was such an advantage, how did the Patriots score 28 points in the 2nd half...after the balls were adjusted? There is cheating that affects the outcome of a game (stealing signs), and there is gamesmanship that occurs every week to try and get an advantage.
The Pete Rose comparison is not even close. Pete Rose managed a baseball team. While managing that team, he placed bets on his own team. Translation: he had the ability to determine the outcome of the game, and personally benefit from it.
The NFL has done a wonderful job of making their sport a 24/7/365 day business. They have also done a horrible job of handing out appropriate punishment over the years. Wife beaters are OK, but a little air out of the ball is cause for absolute panic.
I don't even like the Patriots, but this is such an overblown story. It will ultimately go to an Independent Review board and the penalty will be adjusted down. That will drive people even more insane.