By Daryl Wren,
Look, Tom Brady cheated!
I’m sick and tired of all of the pundits trying to generalize, parse words or use semantics when describing what is obvious to any non-nut! The NFL found MORE than enough evidence against Tom Brady to determine that he played a HUGE part in having the balls used in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts deflated. PERIOD!
Ok, most athletes and or coaches (hell, teams and organizations) do whatever they can to gain a competitive edge against their opponent…
Examples: A particular MLB team leads the league in stolen bases so let’s have our grounds crew ‘water down’ our infield so as to limit their traction on our field making it harder for them to steal against us or this NFL team has some of the worst fans on earth so let’s ‘pipe in’ crowd noise to make it harder for the opposing team to hear plays being called because we can’t generate that noise organically ourselves or one (or more) of the players on a particular NHL team has their sticks ‘curved’ beyond the league limit because it allows them to control the puck better or an NBA coach asks one of his players to ‘intentionally’ knock a cup of soda out of his hands onto the court to gain an additional timeout…I could go on and on but you get my point.
And you know what? As a former high school, college and semi-pro baseball and football player I didn’t then nor do I now have a huge problem with it. It’s called trying to gain a competitive edge any way you can. It’s been going on since the beginning of all sports and will never stop.
He, like most QB’s in the NFL likes his football’s a certain way which I understand but in at least this case (and I’m sure other cases) the football’s didn’t meet regulation inflation (hey, that rhymes). Anyway, is it the ‘worst’ thing you can do in the NFL? Of course not!
When I played baseball in high school I was a ‘student’ of the game (thank mom’s for that) and I learned how to steal the other teams ‘signs’…this ability I was able to acquire was then and is still now in all levels of baseball considered cheating. My attitude was/is if you’re dumb enough to ‘tip off’ your signs I’m dumb enough to steal em’. I saw it as no more than ‘gaining a competitive edge’.
Those who label cheating as cheating no matter the severity will never ‘get it’ and will ask that the perpetrator be punished to the ‘full extent of the law’ and those who feel like me and know it’s simply ‘part of the game’ will never look at it as ‘truly’ cheating.
All that being said…do you REALLY want to know why the NFL punished Tom Brady with a four game suspension (pending appeal)?
Mainly because he got caught (the preponderance of evidence was overwhelming) but here’s the REAL reason for the severity of the punishment…Tom Brady and that ‘smug-ass’ and ‘arrogant’ attitude of his and the way he went about trying to be ‘above it all’ as if to say…”do you know who I am?”!
I learned a lot from my parents and one thing I distinctly remember my dad saying to me was…”know when the jig is up”!
You’ve been busted, you’ve been caught, give it up. Admit what you did and ‘move on’! Not Tom Brady…he decided to basically ‘double-down’ and come very close to Ryan Braun-ville by trying to implicate two team employees (and why would the Patriots suspend both these guys before the league could get to them if ‘nothing’ happened?) and have them take the fall. That I don’t respect and neither did the league and this is one time where I’m with the league. He deliberately went out of his way to ‘stall’ the investigation as best as he could and then refused to cooperate in any meaningful way even after knowing…”the jig was up”!
And of course, after last year’s Ray Rice debacle (by the way, you will NEVER see him in the league again) the NFL wants to make sure that punishments are doled out properly and also, don’t forget ‘Spy-Gate’…the Patriots have a ‘history’ of (getting caught) cheating therefore, you get (what some deem as harsh) the four game suspension.
Do I hate the Patriots? You damn right I do…do I feel sorry for them? Not in this life! But (as I’ve stated in these pages before) I also hate the Yankees, Packers, Notre Dame, Duke, etc…etc…however, I can hate a team and STILL respect what they’ve accomplished and how they go about winning in which case I still respect how the Patriots simply win!
But the Patriots to me ‘major in the minor’…in other words, they cheat when they really don’t have to. They win primarily because they have more talent than anyone else and a better coach than most…that’s the only competitive edge they need. They don’t win because they cheat. ‘Spy-Gate’ and ‘Deflate-Gate’ really had nothing to do with them winning Super Bowl’s. So you might ask…why did they cheat? Same reasons Barry Bonds, Roger Clemons and Alex Rodriguez cheated…paranoid, arrogant, greedy and stupid to use a few adjectives!
None of them needed to…they all would have been Hall of Famer’s (Brady will get in for the NFL) anyway because they were extraordinary and superior talents…just not always in the ‘up stairs department’ if you know what I mean! They all got caught and are now paying a price for it (Bonds, Clemons and Rodriguez the ultimate price…no Hall of Fame…probably ever).
I’m about to tell my age now but they remind me of Richard Nixon back in 1972 ‘bugging’ the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel (for those of you too young to know or too old to remember…the term ‘Gate’ e.g. ‘Spy-Gate’, ‘Deflate-Gate’, ‘Bounty-Gate’, etc…when speaking on any major scandal derives from the Water’gate’ break-in in 1972) when Nixon wound up winning 49 of 50 states in that year’s election anyway! What the hell do you care what’s in the Democratic Headquarters? Of course, we all know what happened after that…Nixon was ‘forced’ to resign…not because he was the ONLY President to ever cheat in office but because he was one of the few to get ‘caught’ cheating while in office! Nixon got greedy, paranoid, arrogant and…well, you get the picture!
The only thing worse that cheating when you don’t have to is getting CAUGHT cheating when you don’t have to. Think back to your school days, if you truly practiced and studied for a test and knew you knew the answers why would you cheat? That makes no sense right? In essence, that’s what Brady (and the other aforementioned players and Nixon did…cheat on a test they already knew the answers to). More often than not, we get caught doing wrong when we get greedy and the cheating is unnecessary (ever wonder why ‘greed’ is one of the seven sins?).
So the next time you hear someone say while defending Brady or the Patriots, “well they all cheat” just tell em’…”yeah, but they don’t all get caught”!
Reprinted with permission from thestartinglineup.net