The biggest problem with the so-called scandal concerning allegations that the New England Patriots blew too little air into the footballs with which they played last Sunday is that the mainstream news media have blown too much air into the matter.


Did this issue really deserve to be the lead story on all three major-network newscasts the other night? Was there nothing of far greater importance happening anywhere in the world? Come on.


Wait! I know what you’re thinking: Deflategate is a big story because everyone is talking about it.


My reply: Everyone is talking about it because it’s a big story in the media. And it shouldn’t be. It’s really no big deal.


Ask yourself: Is there evidence that the outcome of even one NFL game has ever been determined by the extent to which a football was inflated? I don’t know of any such evidence.


So what if 11 of the 12 footballs examined after last Sunday’s game were shown to be underinflated in violation of NFL rules? So the hell what?


The NFL has all kinds of rules to which little, if any, attention is paid. A pound or two more or less inflation in a football is simply not scandalous — especially when it clearly didn’t influence the outcome of a game in which one team scored 38 points more than the other team.


If every regulation in the NFL rulebook was rigidly enforced, whole squads of lawyers would be required to settle all the arguments in each and every game. Is the rule against offensive players holding defensive players strictly enforced on all occasions? Of course not. The holding usually has to be egregious to warrant a penalty. Ah, but what’s egregious?


To me, the only way to view this whole deflategate thing is with a cynical eye. I’m not so sure that the matter wasn’t dreamed up by some NFL publicist to generate more interest in the upcoming Super Bowl. And the mainstream media, whores that they are, are happy to play along.


 

The biggest problem with the so-called scandal concerning allegations that the New England Patriots blew too little air into the footballs with which they played last Sunday is that the mainstream news media have blown too much air into the matter.

Did this issue really deserve to be the lead story on all three major-network newscasts the other night? Was there nothing of far greater importance happening anywhere in the world? Come on.

Wait! I know what you’re thinking: Deflategate is a big story because everyone is talking about it.

My reply: Everyone is talking about it because it’s a big story in the media. And it shouldn’t be. It’s really no big deal.

Ask yourself: Is there evidence that the outcome of even one NFL game has ever been determined by the extent to which a football was inflated? I don’t know of any such evidence.

So what if 11 of the 12 footballs examined after last Sunday’s game were shown to be underinflated in violation of NFL rules? So the hell what?

The NFL has all kinds of rules to which little, if any, attention is paid. A pound or two more or less inflation in a football is simply not scandalous — especially when it clearly didn’t influence the outcome of a game in which one team scored 38 points more than the other team.

If every regulation in the NFL rulebook was rigidly enforced, whole squads of lawyers would be required to settle all the arguments in each and every game. Is the rule against offensive players holding defensive players strictly enforced on all occasions? Of course not. The holding usually has to be egregious to warrant a penalty. Ah, but what’s egregious?

To me, the only way to view this whole deflategate thing is with a cynical eye. I’m not so sure that the matter wasn’t dreamed up by some NFL publicist to generate more interest in the upcoming Super Bowl. And the mainstream media, whores that they are, are happy to play along.