What is everyone's thoughts on this whole ball under-inflation controversy with the Patriots, (Re: "Inflate-Gate")?
Even if true, I'm certain it wouldn't have had an impact on the outcome of their game vs. the Colts, given the magnitude of the complete beat-down. Nevertheless, I believe this scandal really hurts the integrity of the game, especially given the past accusations of the Pats "spying" on other teams and the negative stigma associated with that.
I heard excerpts from Belichick's press conference on this topic, and it sounded to me like he basically threw Tom Brady under the bus! Then on top of that, John Madden, Troy Aikman, and a few others were saying that basically TB would've been the one responsible for verifying the condition of the ball, and any wrongdoing, if there was any, lies directly on his shoulders.
I first thought this was a ridiculous non-story, but it's starting to turn into a much bigger deal than it first appeared. The NFL seems pretty concerned about this. Could get interesting!
On a similar note, I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting sick of hearing the media adding the word "-gate" to every single scandal that comes up in every single aspect of life. That term lost its cleverness and originality a long time ago.