Since the headline is somewhat provocative I had best explain my feelings about the NFL - which I often refer to as an opiate for the masses. And, yes, I am aware that probably includes most folks who are reading this blog. But, that topic I will save later in the year as we get closer to the start of the NFL season and all the b.s. hoopla that surrounds it.
But, back to the topic. The NFL is a 'Micky Mouse' league for two reasons: 1) their officials are part time employees who, however, are expected to put in a full time work week due to their NFL responsibilities and 2) the league allows each team to not only control the footballs that are used in the game but also to have different balls used at the line of scrimmage and field goal tries. What the hell!? Can you ever imagine MLB allowing any of that nonsense ?
"Deflategate' is also so much nonsense. You mean to tell me that the officials in the Patriots-Colts game (where the controversy erupted) who handled each of the balls for BOTH teams that were used at the line of scrimmage - for every play! - could not tell the difference between the Patriots so-called under inflated balls vs. the ones the Colts used? Either the officials were on the 'take' or, the Colts game balls were also under inflated, or more likely, the inflation difference was miniscule.
The four-game ban for Patriots QB Tom Brady for not fully cooperating with the Ted Wells investigation wasn’t surprising. But after Wells absolved the organization -in particular the head coach - of any wrongdoing, the league still took first and fourth round draft picks from the Patriots and hit them with the biggest team fine in NFL history, $1 million. LMAO !!
Just where is the proof? As you have already read, this entire 'Micky Mouse' episode is most likely to end up in court. But, more importantly, for the league image, don't you think the very profitable multibillion dollar NFL should have full time referees and also have an NFL employee at every game guarding these "all-important-game-changing, mountain-moving footballs ? Then, once all these two long overdue improvements take place - hopefully in the very near future - we can go back to discussing how this 'gladiator sport of the 21st century' is an opiate for the masses.
.......... muses about ballgames and life in Las Vegas - particularly the long hours spent in the casino sports book surrounded by sexy cocktail waitresses, degenerate horse players, the Whale Man's entourage ....and the sheer terror of having Under 7 with 5 runs already on the board by the fourth inning".