Witt: time for football, not tiny controversies

Austin Witt, staff writer

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The most-watched game on television, the Super Bowl, will be played in just a few days yet the buzz has hardly ben about the actual game. The scandalous “Deflate-Gate”, which refers to the New England Patriots allegedly cheating in AFC Championship game, has been stealing the spotlight in the sports world.

The accusation suggests that 11 of the 12 footballs that the Patriots used in the first half were deflated to around 11.5 psi instead of the league-standard 12.5 psi. This slight deflation would have made the balls easier to throw and catch for the team but the margin of difference would be nearly unnoticeable.

Although organization leaders such as head Coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady have adamantly denied the accusations, the league has launched a full-scale investigation of the game, not to mention the intense scrutiny the media is giving.

It is just silly that such a miniscule violation of the league rules is getting so much attention. People need to keep in mind that the Patriots won that game 45-7. A team such as the Patriots who are widely recognized as one of the greatest dynasties of all time does not win football games because they give themselves slight advantages. They win football games, especially games with a 45-7 score, because they consistently build versatile, elite football teams.

I understand that the Patriots have cheated before. It is understandable that the league would into this issue to make sure that the Patriots weren’t breaking any rules; but giving this subject such dominant media coverage is blasphemous to sports fans.

Keep in mind that Brady threw completed just 11 of 21 passes and threw an interception in the first half with the supposedly deflated balls. When using the regular balls, he only missed two targets and connected for two touchdowns so basically the deflated balls were a disadvantage for him.

At this point, the fans only care about the Super Bowl. Obviously the better team won in the AFC Championship so this madness over 1 psi of a football should just be ignored for the most part. We (the fans) want to know about he mismatches with Seattle’s small defensive line and the New England’s legendarily consistent offensive line. We want to know whether the Patriots will rely on their elite quarterback to win the game or their potent balance of rushers.

Fans just want a good game. This dilemma has been blown way out of proportion.

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Witt: time for football, not tiny controversies