Have you been following Deflate-gate? Just in case you haven't, here's a brief synopsis: the New England Patriots were caught red-handed with 11 under-inflated footballs following their 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. It was a decisive win and it secured them a spot in the Super Bowl. Now some football fans are crying "foul!"
Here's the Thing: an under inflated football is easier to throw and easier to catch. Especially in cold weather. And here's another Thing: this isn't the first time those dastardly Patriots have been caught cheating. They were caught videotaping the New York Jets' defensive signals back in 2007 and they've been caught with microphones in their shoulder pads to capture on-field calls. Now many sports fans are left wondering just how many games the Patriots actually won.
"NASCAR rules have always applied in the NFL -- if you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'." says sports writer John McMullen. "And the Patriots? Well, they are always trying."
And maybe that's just the nature of the game. Everyone cheats. But if that is the case, the Patriots should try to get better at it. Because they're always getting caught.
So what do you think? Was it cheating or were the Patriots just tryin'?
Keep your eye on the ball(s). I'll see you next week,