Doesn’t anyone want to talk football? – Bill Parcells.
Apparently not this week, Bill. Most people would seemingly rather speculate on a topic in which not one single confirmable fact has been released.
They’d rather use unconfirmed and unsubstantiated reports as a means to declare the reign of the greatest head coach and quarterback combination of all time a total sham.
They’d rather rush to judgment, declaring the parties GUILTY without having any idea what really happened.
They’d rather mock the efforts of actual explanation instead of trying to understand the possibilities.
When they get any pushback, they hide behind the “covering the story” explanation.
Have you ever seen a more condescending Tweet than that? “Covering it?” I had to respond.
I’m blown away by the idea that these people think that what is going on right now is simply the media “covering” a story.
Consider. In a column published last Thursday, which was entitled Arrogance demands consequences, Jackie MacMullan used the following phrases to describe Bill Belichick.
- “incredibly audacious, stupid and paranoid”
- “forever forfeited the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his own integrity”
- [NFL] “should lay the hammer down.”
- “he should be suspended for the Super Bowl.”
- “about the integrity of the sport and the arrogance of a football coach who, if guilty, will have once again shown that he thinks he is bigger than the game”
- “the win will be declared a tainted one by many. The noise will continue, and the chants of “Beli-cheat” will endure.”
- “not just his legacy that will be stained”
Keep in mind, at this point, the only thing that had surfaced was rumors, a report from Chris Mortensen which had still not been confirmed by anyone, and is in fact being countered in some circles.
As many times as MacMullan stated “if” in the column, it was also clear that not for a second did she doubt that Belichick was guilty.
On the national level you get articles like from Mike Freeman – Is the NFL Going to Let Brady and Belichick Play It for a Fool? written the same day as the MacMullan column.
Here are some clips from that:
- No one believes any of this except Patriots fans. No one. It’s a joke. It’s worse. It smells like a cover-up.
- This was a chance for Brady to come clean. Instead, he pulled a Lance Armstrong.
- Not a single, objective soul believes them.
- The Patriots just aren’t believable, and for that reason they deserve the same type of suspension the New Orleans Saints received post-Bountygate. Because if you believe the Patriots, the footballs deflated themselves or some poor ball boy or equipment person did this on their own. Both things are total science fiction.
- What the Patriots did was sleazy. No, it doesn’t compare to football players abusing women or other malfeasance, but it does compare to one of the league’s most infamous cases, Bountygate. For that reason, the NFL needs to suspend Belichick for a season, the way Sean Payton was, and Brady for half a season.
- Those spy cameras didn’t turn on themselves, and the footballs didn’t deflate themselves.
- The punishment needs to be harsh and swift because there’s a lot at stake here. There is plenty of evidence for the NFL to act now. Those suspensions should begin immediately. Yes, for the Super Bowl.
Is there any going back from a piece like that?
No. This whole thing has been disgusting from the get-go. We still don’t have any facts that have been confirmed, but the scientific analysis of what could’ve happened, as well as the whisper mill have turned the situation much more into the Patriots favor over the last couple days.
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There’s more, here and there, while we still can’t say what actually happened, what we can say is that once again, the media completely embarrassed themselves in trying to rush to judgment.