Tempest in a Teapot: Deflate Gate and Super Bowl XLIX


People, who love football and especially their teams, are very passionate when their team loses because of bad calls, poor playing or other factors. Every fan wants their team in the Super Bowl because over the season they have invested a lot of time, money and calories in supporting their team.

When one’s team does not make it to the playoff, there’s always a sigh of disappointment and the hope that next year things will be in their favor. When one’s team is in the playoffs, they want the game to be without controversy, and the winning team to have no shades of grey hanging over it or under it.

The Deflate-gate controversy seems to be the new passion of the media. The Colts fans are upset which is reasonable if the Patriots had a slight advantage by deflating their footballs.

Jon Stewart on the Daily Show placed the whole controversy in a humorous perspective. NFL: “Worrying about the wrong S#@T since 1920.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/30/jon-stewart-deflategate-nfl-priorities-video_n_6579620.html

Sportsmanship or sportspersonship is defined as

The conduct and attitude of participants in sports, especially when considered commendable as in fair play, courtesy, and grace in losing.” http://www.thefreedictionary.com/sportsmanship

“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority are the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” Vincent Thomas Lombardi, http://www.vincelombardi.com/quotes.html

Enjoy the hoo-hah of the pregame buildup. The commercials are always geared toward this event from the All-Natural to the Terminator with a sprinkling of a horse and a dog story woven in for the human interest side.

Katy Perry’s half-time show should be entertaining. However, what is not entertaining are the insistent commentaries by the announcers and experts on every play of the game. Thank HD for the mute button.

NBC is hoping that you stick around after the postgame to watch part one of The Blacklist, one of the best shows on network television. The Blacklist is moving from its 10 pm Monday slot to Thursday at 9 pm where the second part will air (against ABC’s Scandal). http://www.nbc.com/the-blacklist?cid=SEM%7Cblcklst%7Cmdssn2015%7Cggl%7Cna%7Cna&hcoref=SEM&WT_srch=ggl&sky=the%20blacklist&k_clickid=51124fa5-8099-4ab2-aa36-c7b42ea40d50

The game itself will be one watched with eager anticipation, especially by Colts fans to see if the football gods will bring defeat to the Patriots for the deflating the holy of holies—“the pigskin” which is actually made out of cowhide. So it is Kosher.

Enjoy the game and festivities—make sure there’s plenty of dip and tortilla chips and pizza. For an alternate menu—” veggies and hummus, roasted chickpeas, chipotle chicken lettuce wraps (instead of those arrogant wings), cannellini beans and chorizo, and clementines”

Bon appétit.

G. D. Williams © 2015

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Footballs, like tires, will deflate when temperatures drop. (Getty Images)
Footballs, like tires, will deflate when temperatures drop. (Getty Images)


Sally Jenkins: Deflate-gate, despite history of Patriots and NFL, is a scandal that’s losing air

The amateur sleuths run around sticking needles into spheres and tossing off PSI notations — what is the palpable difference between 12.5 and 11.5 PSI anyway, about four exhalations of a veteran toker’s breath or a squirt from a Cheez Whiz canister? But they also are forced to admit there is a potentially obvious explanation: Tires lose air, so why can’t footballs?


Matthew Kory: Deflate-gate is the Dumbest Sports Controversy Ever

The Patriots should be severely punished for deflating game footballs during last Sunday’s AFC championship game, not because what they did broke the rules, but because their actions have forced sports fans to listen to this moronic story for the last week. At least within my memory there has not been a stupider story in the national sports media than deflate-gate, ball-ghazi, or whatever other idiot moniker they’ve come up with in the last 24 hours. I’m not sure what is more shocking, that anyone cares about this, that everyone cares about this, or that everyone cares about this more than the Super Bowl which, you might not have heard, will be played this coming Sunday. Who knew the NFL could have forgone all their preparations for the biggest football game of the year and captured the national attention by just deflating a few footballs?