Sports World has lost its mind. Again.
Why would the NFL suspend Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season because an investigator concluded that it was “more probable than not” that Brady had something to do with footballs being deflated for the AFC Championship game last January? No concrete evidence. Just “more probable than not.”
Why would the league fine the Patriots $1 million when the investigation did not implicate the owner Robert Kraft or the head coach Bill Belichick?
Why would Ted Wells, investigator and author of the 243-page report that damned the Patriots and their star QB, become upset because Brady’s agent Don Yee, Kraft and every Pats fan on the continent ripped him and his work?
Because Sports World has gone crazy, that’s why, and Deflategate is just the latest example. Want a few others? Try college basketball and football coaches making $3 million or $4 million a year. The college football season lasting five months and the college hockey season six. The NCAA allowing March Madness games to start at 11 p.m. ESPN creating football bowl games simply for programming. AAU programs decimating high school sports. Boxers earning $100 million to dance for 12 rounds and occasionally throw a punch and beautiful people spending $40,000 to sit ringside and watch. The Super Bowl an orgy of hype and excess.
But here is the best example of absurdity in Sports World: working stiffs donating money to help the Patriots pay the $1-million fine levied by the National Football League in the wake of Deflategate. That’s right. Ordinary citizens are crowdfunding to bail out the four-time Super Bowl champions. They are sacrificing to aid a franchise that Forbes Magazine in 2014 valued at $2.6 billion. That’s right. Billion!
And Wells being upset by the reaction of Kraft, Yee and Patriots Nation, and venting during a teleconference with reporters on Tuesday, made me laugh. I mean, he questioned Tom Brady’s character so what did he expect around here? A duck boat parade through downtown Boston?