If virtue counts, Seahawks are in | City Lights

By Al Hooper | Jan 29, 2015

Burned out on Deflategate? Perplexed by the entire sleazy subject? Ready for some football? Okay, let’s go.

In the last 10 days the media have blistered the New England Patriots and Coach Bill Belichick for what they see as a sinister Patriots’ plot to deflate game-day footballs below NFL specifications.

For what purpose? To benefit quarterback Tom Brady, who likes a “soft” ball.

Many bystanders, including ardent Seattle fans girding for Sunday’s Superbowl against the Patriots, are puzzled by the intensity of the media assault.

Did the alleged chicanery affect the outcome of the game in question? Not hardly. The Patriots shelled the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, and could have won pitching tennis balls.

So what’s going on?

Here’s what’s going on.

Coach Belichick is no press favorite. His interview demeanor runs a gamut from sullen to hostile.

He either deflects questions or ignores them. He makes it clear that nothing the media says or thinks is of any importance to him or his grand designs.

The assembled media members mutter and mumble and move on. They have a job to do. Stories to write, radio and TV reports to turn in. And they can get it done with or without Belichick’s cooperation.

But there’s one thing that members of the sporting press know how to do better than anybody.

They know how to keep score.

And so when Coach Belichick is charged with cheating, as he has been several times over the years, the press pounces.

Don’t bother looking for a friendly face out there among the inquisitors, Coach. You won’t see any. You firebombed that bridge a long time ago.

But will this little melodrama have any bearing when the Patriots and Seahawks take the field in Glendale, Ariz. for Superbowl XLIX at 3:30 p.m. Sunday?

Not in any practical way. As always, the outcome will depend on the usual suspects.

Like Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin and Luke Willson and Earl Thomas and Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch and you and me.

… You and me? Sure, body English. Good old group energy. Just bring it, pal.

Win or lose, at least we know that we’re the Good Guys.


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