Tom Brady, who has lost more Superbowls than Fran Tarkenton, has been caught in a series of lies about his role in causing footballs to be deflated below regulation in a playoff game last season.
What’s interesting to me is how sports commentators are able to make the mental leap to link this scandal with Spygate, the other mega-bout of cheating committed by the Patriots in the team’s first three Superbowls, but then become mental midgets when it comes to pinning Spygate on Brady, which they don’t do.
As Dan Patrick and other suck-ups to the NFL would have you believe, Spygate tarnished Bill Bellichick, the coach, but somehow NOT Tom Brady.
Tom Brady was not helped by the Spygate tapes?
Tom Brady was not helped by the speaker in his helmet announcing the defensive schemes of opposing teams before each snap of the ball?
Here is Bob Costas on whether Brady’s legacy will be tarnished (the Today Show, link):
It tarnishes it a little bit. He’s still a first-ballot Hall of Famer, (and) would’ve done pretty much what he did with inflated or deflated footballs. This is not Barry Bonds using steroids.
Actually, Bob, Brady was already tarnished by Spygate beyond recognition, and Brady should not be considered a “first ballot Hall of Famer” any more than Charles Van Doren should be remembered as a “genius” who won big money on the quiz show “21” in the 1950s.
Brady, like Van Doren, knew enough ahead of time — knowledge procured through cheating — to react in smart and effective ways, and that makes him a cheater. (See Has Tom Brady Seen Quiz Show?)
Tom Brady’s rings are worthless because in the era since the Spygate tapes were discovered (and then destroyed by Roger Goodell in order to cover up the shocking level of cheating committed by the Patriots), he has lost two Superbowls and won one, though I have the following to say about the 2015 recent win:
How else were the Patriots cheating last season, and in the Superbowl?
This is a fair question because the Patriots have shown that they are willing to go to great extremes to cheat-to-win, first with Spygate, and now with Deflategate.
It is reasonable to assume they’ve deployed other tricks on their road to the winner’s circle.