It’s time for me to once again take a look around the World Wide Web and determine which person or people “won” the internet this week.
By nature, the teams that win the NFL’s conference championship games are going to receive a lot of publicity. In case you haven’t noticed, this whole “Super Bowl” thing typically receives a lot of hype, and the media often thoroughly covers the teams that will be playing in the game.
However, this year’s representative from the AFC is receiving even more attention than usual. Why is that? Because of some deflated balls.
Apparently, the New England Patriots were using under-inflated balls on offense during their game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Like most people, my first thought was, “Huh huh…he said balls.” And like most people, my second thought was, “Um, does that actually help a team?”
Apparently it does. Or not? It seems that most people aren’t sure. But the NFL requires teams to keep their balls inflated to a certain pressure, and the Patriots didn’t do that.
Was it an accident? Was it a nefarious decision made by Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in order to give their team an advantage? We may never know, but rest assured that the media won’t stop talking about it until we find out. (Or until a week or so after the Super Bowl when most people will stop caring.)
“Deflategate” has become the big news story this week. Which leads to an important question: Why do we always add the word “Gate” to the end of a word to indicate a scandal? Watergate was the name of a hotel, not a scandal about water!
Anyway, we now have a lot of news stories where people pretend that the word “balls” isn’t hilarious. (And naturally, countless more stories where people point out just how funny it is that people keep using the word “balls.”)
Whether you think that the Patriots are horrible cheaters or you feel that this is being way overblown (pun very intended), I’m sure you’ll enjoy this supercut of Tom Brady talking about balls: