|Tom Brady attending President Bush's State of the Union address in 2004|
In the aftermath of the release of the Ted Wells report, commissioned by the NFL on “ Deflate Gate”, the hatred and vitriol expressed by the national news and sports media has raised eyebrows, particularly in New England, as well as many questions.
Some of the questions that Rush Limbaugh pondered out loud during his nationally broadcast radio program the day following the report’s release, were profound, to say the least.
Was it a conspiratorial plot launched within the offices of the NFL in conjunction with the Patriots opponent in the NFL championship game? Was it a belated reaction to the Spy Gate scandal that many in the media as well as throughout the NFL felt had never been dealt with properly, believing Bill Belechick should have been suspended? Or was it insane theories that such compulsions to cheat were so ingrained in the Patriots organization that even the latest Superbowl victory involved intercepting radio signals that led to the game winning interception at the goal line.
Even though such speculations sound as absurd as believing the Bush administration was behind the attacks on 9/11, Rush explained they are actual ideas that can be heard from fans of other teams, players and coaches in the NFL, and members of the sports media.
One of the questions that Rush pointed out that has received little attention in the media thus far is political in nature.
The unequivocal chorus of accusations of “cheating” and irrational hostility following a report that didn’t use the word cheating a single time caused Limbaugh to speculate that “something else must be going on, including retribution for having the wrong political views, due in large part to Brady’s absence from the recent field trip to the Obama White House, where the President himself shocked the team by reciting “deflate gate jokes”, probably written by White House press secretary, Josh Earnest.
Earnest had already nailed Brady with a vicious and tasteless joke at a recent press briefing. It was that joke which may have been the real reason Brady didn’t accept the invite, and not his reported commitment to a family event. The fact is he was spotted at Gillette Stadium the day the team was in Washington, so nice try Tom.
On page 228 the report concludes: “In sum, the data did not provide a basis for us to determine with absolute certainty whether there was or was not tampering, as the analysis of such data ultimately is dependent upon assumptions and information”
Limbaugh further expounded by saying: “That’s like an asterisk saying: “We don’t know whether anything we’ve said here is true, because the data doesn’t provide a basis for us to determine with absolute certainty.”
So how does that lead to the conclusion that Brady cheated? Answer: It doesn’t. So as Rush logically states and I agree: “There must be something else going on here.
Rush also believes they could be irked by Brady’s get together with renowned Obama hater, Steve Whyn in Las Vegas, following his much publicized chartered flight to the Kentucky Derby with a group of his buds.
It certainly seems plausible to this proud Rush Limbaugh ditto head and New England Patriot’s fan as he sips his coffee from one of his prize possessions, a bright red coffee mug with the New England Patriots logo on it.
Go Pats. Go Rush. Go Tom Brady.
Please don’t roll over and let these Patriot haters in the NFL office and throughout the league destroy you. Fight back.
If the league comes down harshly. Appeal and appeal and appeal. Insist that the 66 interviews that were not included in the report be made public and examined further. Use the scientific data on atmospherics obtained in the report commissioned by the Patriots when the NFL first revealed the results of their abominable sting operation that allowed the NFL championship game to be played when they were fully aware, not only that the Patriots game balls were underinflated but that three of the Indianapolis Colts balls were underinflated as well, an important piece of information that was relegated to a footnote in the report.
Have your representatives insist to Commissioner Goodall that all those in the league office, who had knowledge before hand of the accusations being made against the Patriots be investigated, and have them take as much time as it took to determine that Tom Brady’s general awareness of an effort to keep the balls down to the legal limit of 12.5 PSI when refs were routinely pumping them up to 16 PSI was only “probable”, not conclusive.
And if after he does that, the Commissioner still wants to suspend one of the greatest quarterbacks and surefire Hall of Fame candidate in NFL history so be it. But if he does I would like to be a fly on the wall when Roger Goodall explains to the President of NBC why the starting quarterback for the Superbowl champions on opening day in FoxBorough this year will be a kid named Jimmy Garoppolo, and not Tom Brady.