By Kevin Flanagan
BSD Senior Staff Writer
The silence from Foxboro – especially from out of the office of Patriots owner Robert Kraft – is deafening concerning the smugness in which the NFL has swept “Deflategate II” under the rug within hours after Jay Glazer reported that the New York Giants found that two balls that the Pittsburgh Steelers were using during their game on December 4th in Pittsburgh, were “deflated.” The Giants tested two balls that they had taken away from the Steelers via turnovers in the game and measured them – which is a violation of the league’s so-called protocol – and subsequently turned them over to the league, but didn’t file and official complaint; whatever that is.
Both Giants owner John Mara, and Steelers president Art Rooney agreed, that the low pressure in the balls that were tested was “much ado about nothing.” Isn’t that what should have been said almost two years ago after the Indianapolis Colts did the same thing in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots when they found that some of the balls Tom Brady was using were below the 12.5 PSI that is the low mark for what the NFL deems legal for play?
Of course not, because the rest of the league views Bob Kraft’s club as “known cheaters,” right? Give me a break.
Look, I always have been and always will be in the camp that says Tom Brady not only knew that the game balls he used at home were borderline low, he instructed his do-boy ball boys to make them that way. Hell, every starting quarterback in the league has their own preference when it comes to how their game balls are prepared right down to the pressure, just check out what Mara’s own quarterback has done to his before they ever see the field of play.
The way in which the czar of the NFL – commissioner, and all powerful OZ, Roger Goodell – handled the situation that occurred in Pittsburgh just goes to show that Deflategate was nothing but a witch hunt against the Patriots, plain and simple.
Which brings us to the curious quietness of the Pats owner. Where is the defiant Bob Kraft, who arrived at the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona with steam coming out of his ears, demanding that the league apologizes to his quarterback and head coach for the circus that surrounded his team leading up to what turned out to be his franchises fourth title from his dynamic duo?
Where is the guy who when he found out that after he had essentially knelt down in front of the Ginger Hammer and offered his throat – accepting the loss of a first-round draft pick and a million dollars – was enraged when his sacrifice did nothing to lessen the penalty for his franchise player, calling the decision “unfathomable” in July of 2015, and went on to say, “I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just,” about the league standing by it’s ruling?
Patriots fans want their owner to be pounding his shoe on the table and demanding that the league not only apologizes to the best quarterback to ever play the game, but to give back the draft pick that they stole because they wouldn’t recognize what they were forced to recognize as a result of Deflategate II; the ideal gas law.
They don’t want their owner to simply sit back and let bygones, be bygones. They don’t want a submissive and compliant member of the good ‘ole boys club, keeping quite so he doesn’t make things uncomfortable for the other 31 billionaires who needed to extract their pound of flesh from the Patriots for beating them into submission for the last 16 years.
The longer that Kraft keeps quiet, the worse it will be in the eyes of Pats fanatics who have taken “us against the world” to an otherworldly level. You chose not to fight once before Bob, how did that work out for you?