Updated: May 19, 2015



OAKLAND, CA– Perception is in the eye of the beholder. Captain America-Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl on a very strange play. The Seattle Seahawks had the ball first and ten on the Patriot one yard line with 58 seconds left in the game with two time outs. The Seahawks threw the ball for an interception with the best running back on the field, Marshawn Lynch.


Question was this a gift to Brady and the Pats? Did it move them into the elite football status such as the Pittsburgh Steelers-Terry Bradshaw, Dallas Cowboy-Troy Aikman, San Francisco 49ers- Joe Montana and now Green Bay Packers-Aaron Rogers? Mr. Brady will never be in that company because of the two tainted Super Bowls. TOM BRADY SHOULD BE SUSPENDED FOR THE COMPLETE YEAR…


Last week Tom Brady- Captain America appealed his four game suspension- for alleged deflating footballs, which does not surprise anyone. The National Football League and the “Sheriff”, Roger Goodell will probably lower this suspension from four games to two games, making many football fans ill. Making them sick that they (fans) have to put up with such behavior.. This act strikes at the integrity and credibility of the National Football League. This act strikes at the morality of the League.


Now think if Brady were Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, or Colin Kaepernick. The penalties or suspensions would have been swift and inflexible, by Commissioner Roger Goodell. The American public would want Tom Brady’s head.


The New England Patriots are repeat offenders and Roger Goodell and the NFL should treat them as such. The New England Patriots should not have been in this year’s American Conference Championship game.




The integrity of the game is now at risk.




It is sending the message that it is o.k. to cheat, just don’t get caught!!.


The weight of the league’s law book should have been thrown at the New England organization for their discrepancies. The NFL suspended the New Orleans Saint Organization years earlier for Bounty-Gate, then again the NFL suspended New England in 2007 for their role in Spy-Gate…


This time the New England Patriots got caught but they are one of America’s teams, RED, WHITE, and BLUE, with the golden boy quarterback. Mr. Goodell had no choice.


It is an unwritten law that club house mangers do not do anything, move anything, or touch anything without the permission of either the players or head coach. So question, did Mr. Brady request that game footballs be deflated, and if so, when? The past three years the New England Patriots have a gaudy winning home record and a lousy road record HMMMMMMM!!


Underinflating a football may make it easier to grip, throw, and catch, and may inhibit fumbling, especially in cold rainy conditions. A ball inflated in a warm room and taken to a cold field could lose pressure, according to Gay-Lussac’s law. However, the magnitude of the pressure change observed in the game balls was inconsistent with that predicted analytically, suggesting that human intervention was involved.


The troubling fact is that the Patriots would have beaten the Indianapolis Colts no-matter what kind of football they were using that night.


The American Football Conference changed the course of history with the injury of then quarterback, Drew Bledsoe in 2001. He was hit and sacked by New York Jets Mo Lewis. Bledsoe suffered a sheared blood vessel in his chest. Tom Brady stepped in and took that team to the AFC Championship game against the DARTH VADER of the league, the Oakland Raiders. Tom Brady became the new star, the new Golden Boy of the league. The clean cut Northern California quarterback took control of American’s North-Eastern team.


The League did everything possible to give Brady and the Patriots the AFC Title. The League enforced the rarely used tuck rule when Tom Brady fumbled the ball. The Tuck Rule was enforced only 5 times.


Oakland initially recovered the ball, but, citing the “tuck rule,” which states that any forward throwing motion by a quarterback begins a pass even if the quarterback loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body, referee Walt Coleman overturned the call on instant replay, ruling it an incomplete pass rather than a fumble.


The league also cleaned the field in a time out with the Patriots having the ball. A snow blower cleared a path for the kicker before the tying field goal. After this game no team can clean the field while the game is in progress. This became known as the New England Rule. The Field can be cleared during halftime only.


The Raiders were denied a repeat trip to the Super Bowl as the New England Patriots beat Oakland in overtime. Brady won three more Super Bowls in 15 years. The Oakland Raiders never recovered from this loss having three 8-8 season in those same 15 years.


Remember Spy-Gate? Spygate refers to an incident during the National Football League‘s (NFL) 2007 season when the New England Patriots were disciplined by the league for videotaping New York Jets‘ defensive coaches’ signals during a September 9, 2007 game. Videotaping opposing coaches is not illegal in the NFL but there are designated areas allowed by the league to do such taping. The Patriots were videotaping the Jets’ coaches from their own sideline which is not allowed. The act was deemed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to be in violation of league rules, causing him to say when penalizing the Patriots that this episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid long-standing rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field. After an investigation, the NFL fined Patriots head coach Bill Belichick $500,000 (the maximum allowed by the league and the largest fine ever imposed on a coach in the league’s 87-year history) for his role in the incident, fined the Patriots $250,000, and docked the team their original first-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft which would have been the 31st pick of the draft. The fine garnered significant media attention for being the “maximum amount” an individual could be fined.


Rewarding cheating will backfire on the NFL because many fans will not watch the game. These fans will state that the league cannot or will not control its product. Remember Major League Baseball learned that hard lesson by not enforcing their drug polices in the late 1980’s. Pittsburgh Pirate and San Francisco Giant Barry Lamar Bonds put an end to that with his home run parade.


The fact that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots went on to the Super Bowl and won condones the act of cheating. Football fans are not happy. This hurts the product which is rumored to be trying to expand internationally.


The National Football League like Major League Baseball has to come to grips with the recent events when you reward cheating, cheating will continue.


The New England Patriots will try something else in the years to come…


My football days are over until the National Football League clean their house.


Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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