It's a witch hunt. It's always been a witch hunt against the Patriots ever since Spygate. People are always looking for ways to discredit Brady as the all-time greatest, always looking to pad Peyton Manning's resume somehow, because that's what the league wants. What a joke. What a mother****ing joke.
Question: why is it that the Patriots are caught cheating, and the first thought to cross your mind is "GODDAMMIT PEYTON MANNING"? Like, how massively, preposterously, unabatedly insecure can you (and by "you", I mean, you and a large vocal portion of the Patriots' fan base) actually be
Long before Manning ever came to the Broncos, it was my sincere opinion that he was the superior quarterback of the two, and a big part of that is the fact that Patriots fans will go to unreasonable lengths to discredit him and bring him into conversations in which he doesn't belong (i.e. this one). If Brady were really as unabashedly superior as you say, you shouldn't need to feel obligated to compare the two. It's frigging ridiculous, and I don't understand how an entire fanbase is so in sync on this. I visit many football forums, and I've never seen more than maybe one active Brady/Patriots thread (unless they're the opponent that week or something) on Colts/Broncos forums; meanwhile, Patriots forums will usually have multiple Manning threads just on the first page. It's crazy, and to me, it bespeaks the truth you all know~
You guys are missing the point entirely. As fans, you are blinded by the fact that Belichick and Brady are scared. They don't have enough confidence to win on pure talent. They don't believe they can win without the extra help. They broke a rule and deserve punishment. Quit looking at it from a fan's perspective and look at it as it really is: the Patriots are scared.
I don't think the Patriots are scared because, after all, they've been doing this kind of stuff since Bill Belichick got there. Actually, I suppose it was technically before
he got there, since he of course walked out of the Jets' head coach job and into the Patriots' -- although I'm sure that was for reasons that had nothing to do with tampering on Kraft's end, right? Of course, Sticky Johnson says he'd love to have one of his former players, a top player in the league, back on his team, and Patriots -- HOLY **** STOP EVERYTHING THAT GUY IS TAMPERING
. Besides, Spygate was an overblown, one-time incident that didn't help the Patriots with any kind of competitive advantage. The fact that assistants who'd left before it happened knew it was going on (Eric Mangini), and assistants who left after it happened tried to do the same thing (Josh McDaniels) -- that's purely coincidental.
Of course, as with Ndamukong Suh, the NFL will likely look at this transgression in a vacuum, despite the history going back 15+ years. Which is sad and stupid, because even though Belichick/Brady have been and are the best of the best, they bend or break the rules OVER and OVER and OVER again. Why?
Well, at least it gives me a reason to look forward to Angry Brady. You know he wants to prove the pundits wrong, just like he did against Cincinnati.
And I know I'm reaching here, but what if Belichick told his assistants to deflate the balls by 0.2 pounds (point two) and they heard it as 2? Again, I know I'm reaching, but I gotta believe in the best of my team.
I think Sid87 basically hit on this, but seriously, dude, in the event your ridiculous and imaginary scenario were true, you should be asking, "WHY would Belichick tell anybody to deflate their team's balls by 0.2 pounds?"
I can think of one reason why this statement is ironic coming from a Seattle fan, and it's three letters long.