Friday, January 23, 2015

Tom Brady Can't Get A High-Five PSA | What's Trending Original

One of the insightful fallouts from New England Patriot’s deflate gate is that Tom Brady is not popular in the NFL. This explains all those awkward sideline high-fives that leave Brady hanging.

Look, Tom Brady is not a bad guy. But there is trouble to be had when a super star athlete portrays himself as a super star person and they're not. Look how it blew up on Tiger Woods. Steve Garvey's teammates despised him for being a hypocrite. 

The more I think about Deflate-gate or Ballghazi, I am more and more sure, Mark Brunnel's overly emotional reaction aside, Tom Brady is lying. Period. 

There is so much that can go wrong in a football game, you obsess about what you can make right. That means going over your equipment over and over again. 

Anyone who has played football at a decent level, even in high school, is well aware there is a high level of O.C.D. involved in checking the equipment. 

The night before games I spent polishing my helmet and my cleats. The day of the game, I was in the locker room one hour before we were supposed to be there. This was after my dad and I drove to the same sporting goods store to buy a new pair of green-striped stretch socks.

The same thing happens in the military. Imagine them asking a member of Seal Team Six;

“Why didn’t you shoot bin Laden?”

And then the Seal says;

“Turns out, I didn’t have any bullets. Guess I forget to check my rifle before we took off.”

The quarterback checks the game balls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are only two things to adjust: A, the feel and texture of the leather and, B, the amount of air they are inflated. If they are too slick, they brush the balls so they’re rougher. If they are too hard and too inflated, they take air out.

Tom Brady claims he does not do that? He’s lying.

The biggest loser in this mess is the Patriot's legacy. This is a team that is playing for its fourth Super Bowl win, but it could easily be playing for its sixth. 

They don't need to cheat. But they keep getting caught cheating.