Bill Belichick now finds himself involved in his second scandal since becoming the coach of the New England Patriots. We have all heard the term Spy-Gate (which I hate because Watergate was the name of the name of the office complex involved in Watergate, it was the Water scandal with a ‘gate’ thrown on the end) where Bill Belichick was caught filming men for his viewing pleasure, which also made his team less affected by all of the cute guys they were going to play, which gave his team a bigger advantage than the cheating itself.
The Patriots stomped the Indianapolis Colts, however, during the game the officials noticed that there was something wrong with the New England Patriots balls. Though I believe that this is Bill Belichick’s doing, I fault the entire team and organization for this issue. The Patriots players touch balls all day, everyday. This makes it unacceptable that they would be able to touch balls during the course of the game and not notice the difference between those balls and the normal balls they touch. The referees, who still touch balls (but still way less than the Patriots), noticed the difference in the balls and they were only touching balls during the spotting of the ball.
Tom Brady touches over 1,000 balls a day. You can’t tell me with a straight face that he didn’t notice that the balls he was touching during the game were different than the balls he touches all day, everyday, since he was in Michigan. The second the balls felt different to his gentle touch, he should have notified the referee, but instead he pretended they were the same balls that he always touches.
While Brady touches balls on every single play, let’s look at Legarrette Blount. Legarrette Blount had a monster game. Blount is more of a ball holder, as he holds balls high and tight so his opponents can’t jar the ball loose. You can’t tell me with a straight face that Legarrette Blount didn’t notice that the balls he held so close to his body felt different than the balls he holds close to his body every single day of his life.
What do these names have in common; Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, Shane Vareen? They all play for the Patriots and all touch balls hundreds upon hundreds of times a day. None of these men had the integrity to speak up, which makes them all cheaters, along with their coach.
We can all tune into the Super Bowl on February 1st when the Patriots play the Seahawks, and we can finally find out how the Patriots react to touching regulation balls.