New England Patriots: Five Thoughts On Deflate-Gate Madness

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Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; A football rests on the tee in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

1. 103 Days To Come Up With Nothing

Look, after going through the conclusions of the report, and reading others’ accounts who read the entire thing, it is likely Jim McNally and John Jastremski deflated the footballs in the AFC Championship game, and Tom Brady probably knew about it.

However the key words there, were “likely” and “probably.”

That report had zero evidence backing up their general accusations against the Patriots, and that just goes along with how the NFL has handled every investigation they’ve ever done. If you want to say Brady and the Patriots are cheaters, then find some damn evidence. You spend over 100 days investigating, and you can’t find a single thing. That either implies they didn’t do it, or you’re just a crappy investigator. Saying, “it was more than probable that Tom Brady was at least generally aware” doesn’t sound conclusive at all, and it makes the NFL look even worse.

Like I said, the Pats probably are guilty, but since there is no evidence, you can’t hand out punishments like they are candy bars.

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