Saturday 16 November 2019

Patriots to revel villain role after 'Deflategate' frenzy

New England quarterback Tom Brady addresses the media
New England quarterback Tom Brady addresses the media

Donny Mahoney

The time is nigh. We're days away from Super Bowl 49, the New England Patriots versus the Seattle Seahawks.

For all the wrong reasons, especially for a Patriots fan like myself, Super Bowl 49 is probably the most anticipated final since the 2008 edition, when the Patriots tried and failed to emulate the 1972 Miami Dolphins and complete a perfect season.

You see, ever since it was revealed the Patriots' footballs were below minimum air pressure in the AFC championship game, the American media and sporting public have been in hysterical moral convulsions.

The Patriots were caught illegally videotaping the signals of the New York Jets in their near-perfect season, and for those who suspect there's something fraudulent about the Patriots' run of success under coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, 'Deflategate' was manna from heaven.

What makes the whole episode even more bizarre is the NFL seemed to be operating with inside information about the practice of deflation but let the Patriots proceed in the AFC Championship game with the corrupted balls in order to catch them red handed, thus eroding the integrity of the game they claim to be protecting.

Lecture

The whole episode has been a surreal mixture of a bad John Grisham novel and a really bad fifth-year physics lecture.

Before 'Deflategate', the Patriots were a legitimate underdog with an incredible story. Belichick and Brady won their first Super Bowl in 2002. Thirteen years later, they attempt to win their fourth ring. It's an unimaginable NFL feat.

But in the last week, the Patriots have been thrust back into the role they perhaps thrive best in: the villain. All of America will be hoping to see justice done, but I fully expect the Patriots to cap this disastrous season for the NFL with a definitive and inevitably derided victory.

Irish Independent

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