I was all ready to root for the Steelers to clean the Patriots clocks Thursday evening, because even as an unabashed Brady apologist, I would like to see a little karmic retribution for them. Then I watch the pregame show and got reminded why I hate the Patriots haters in the first place. They gave the softball lob to Tony Dungy to talk about all the "new" spygate evidence and he sits there and starts pontificating. Now, Dungy likes to portray himself as this holy man of god above all reproach, even though his list of sins and failures is long and luxurious. He's such a "man of god" he allowed his sons to become junkies through his absentee fatherism and one of them killed themselves. His early-aught Colts teams were constantly out-hustled and out-muscled by the Patriots in ways that had nothing to do with stealing signs or game plans and all the Colts could ever do is whine about it and demand rules changes. Oh, and one of those rules was for golden boy Peyton Manning to be able to handle and control his footballs before the game, you know, the rule that led to the entire Ballghazi debacle. Not to mention those Colt teams pumped crowd noise into their moribund stadium all the time and only won their one Super Bowl because of that. But oh no, Tony Dungy is such a good man and Bill Belichick is such a scumbag.
other teams were charged with major rules violations in the off season
but because it was the Browns and the Falcons - two teams that have
never won anything ever - no one even cares. But because the Patriots
win, everyone jumps on them and calls them out for every perceived
infraction when every team and coach would look just as awful and
devious if they were put under the microscope the way the Pats are. Hell, after the game, the Steelers couldn't stop making fools of themselves, blaming New England for hacking their headphone communications and Big Ben - another paragon of virtue if there ever was one - decided that a simple defensive shift was cheating. Seriously, if it weren't for paranoia there would be no emotion for the Pats at all.
comes down to the fact that in a business where multiple billions of
dollars are at stake, there are no rules except the ones you can get
away with breaking. So once again, fuck everyone and their short-sighted homerism and misguided misunderstanding of how pro football
works (and has always worked). I hope the Pats rip through the league again 16-0. I hope Brady
throws for 6000 yards and 60 touchdowns and every week Giselle brings
her supermodel friends in for multiple post-game orgies. Of course, I'd then
like the Saints to beat them in the Super Bowl, but that goes without
saying. What it comes down to is, maybe everyone should look at their
own team and wonder what they are or aren't doing to win and leave the
damn Pats alone.