The NFL does a wonderful job making sure their league is in the headlines all year round. Whether it's negative or positive, the NFL will have fans talking about their league more than the other leagues who are actually in season. Each year the NFL has some sort of scandal during the off-season that ends with the word “gate” that keeps the big media outlets talking, along with fans.
Me personally, I try not to feed into the non-sense and wait to share thoughts and opinion until the smoke clears and everything has settled. Now that the DeflateGate saga has come to an end with Tom Brady being hit with a 4 game suspension, I can speak on how bad this makes the league look.
Along with Brady's suspension, the Patriots were fined $1 million and will lose a 1st round and 4th round pick in the 2016 draft. Two equipment mangers were also suspended indefinitely for their part in this fiasco. The only thing I agree with is the fine and loss of picks, everything else just seems excessive and inconsistent.
Ray Rice only received two games for harming his significant other (before the public outcry and leaked video). Tom Brady is serving a harsher suspension than him for slightly deflated footballs. When this story first broke out back in January, I thought the Patriots should be punished because this is the second time they were caught breaking the rules, but even then I didn't think it helped them win a title. Brady is being suspended because he was the main culprit who, along with the equipment mangers, were deflating the balls according the 243 page Wells report, which I think is ridiculous.
Even though some would look at this as “protecting and defending” the shield, I just see non-sense. I don't care what anyone says, slightly deflated footballs does not make you a better quarterback or win games. Brady isn't the only QB in the league that tampers with the football and he won't be the last. People want to claim this as cheating but I would say it's more of a competitive edge, and a small one at that. The Colts complained to the league about “deflated” footballs but they didn't play good football. You shouldn't be worried about deflated footballs when you're dropping passes, missing open field tackles, and just playing horrible as a team. Deflated footballs doesn't control how you play your game, and the Colts that day didn't play their game.
Like I said from the beginning, I see this as nothing but another tactic to keep the NFL in the headlines. Of course it would make sense to suspend the most popular player in your sport, which will have people talking all the way until week 5 when Brady will play his first game. To me, it's no substance in this story, just made up claims and opinions. I don't need 243 pages just for you tell me that footballs were slightly deflated and the only thing that comes out of it is “Tom Brady was aware of the balls being deflated”.
While the NFL is worrying about deflated footballs, their league is heading for implosion. Trying to force news about the NFL on us for 365 days will only make me sick of it, especially when I'm not seeing football games. Why is the NFL the only league that goes through these scandals every off-season. Why is there an investigation for some sort of “Gate” every off-season. This is not the FBI, this is the NFL. It's funny how the goal is to “Protect the Shield” but the shield has look worse and worse in the past few years. I will continue to watch games because I love the sport of football but I think the NFL as a brand is horrible. It's destroying the game of football one “Gate” at a time.