For the second straight week the hype heading into the Seahawks defense of their World Football Championship swirls around the Deflate-Gate controversy.
By now the entire football-speaking world is aware that the Seahawks’ opponent, the New England Patriots, won the right to play in the game, at least partially, by using illegal, under-inflated balls to defeat the Indianapolis Colts on January 18.
Within hours of the discovery of the under-inflation, expert sources, both current and former NFL players and staff, expressed a consensus that:
- 11 of the 12 balls the Patriots used (but not the Colts) were under-inflated,
- the use of the under-inflated footballs was intentional and against the rules (cheating),
- Patriots super-quarterback Tom Brady and Patriots staff were directly responsible, and
- the deflated balls gave the Patriots a distinct advantage in both throwing and catching the ball, particularly in the rain.
The NFL was quick to respond. Since the facts came out, the League has dominated the buzz:
NFL spokesman:”no comment at this time”
3 days ago: NFL releases statement “We… will fully investigate… without… delay.”
But also 2 days ago, Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine and a former vice president at ESPN, made her own headline:
Meanwhile, as it became crystal clear that no NFL Investigation would take any action against the Patriots for cheating to get to the Superbowl, the league has, nevertheless, levied heavy fines against Seahawks players Marshawn Lynch, Jerome Kearse and Chris Matthews for questionable issues completely unrelated to play.
NFL to learn from RNC’s “Final Solution”
What is still missing from the NFL’s struggles to appear respectable while turning a blind eye to actual cheating is the solution the RNC discovered in the 2012 Presidential Nomination process.
Across the Nation and in Washington State, State and local Republican officials engaged in widespread, systematic cheating to secure the Republican Presidential nomination for Massachusetts Liberal, Mitt Romney. In Washington State the evidence documenting it was incontrovertible. So how did the Republican National Committee (RNC) accomplish what the NFL is now struggling to do; to refuse to penalize the contender they really wanted to favor?
Believe it or not, the RNC announced that it no longer accepted authority to penalize Washington State’s illegally elected delegation (or any State’s Party officials) despite breaking RNC Rules; that only the State could penalize the State.
Wow. That’s like Magic!
If the NFL were to simply adopt that policy, the Patriots themselves would be in charge of the investigation and any subsequent penalties. Poof! All the problems disappear.