Here’s the big problem with the underinflated ball matter. The NFL is happy to have it hanging around believing that it will increase the viewership of the Super Bowl which results in increased revenues down the line for it. In a week when the NFL news usually falls into the doldrums this matter has kept the talk of the Super Bowl match-up very much alive and the smiles on the NFL owners getting ever more wide.
The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell having had bad happenings this year that reflect badly on his leadership thinks he is cleverly handling this situation. He knows that during his dark days he could count on the support of Bob Kraft an influential NFL owner and recognizes it is pay back time. He put out the standard press release about protecting the integrity of the NFL which also told us that we should not expect a quick answer. That suggests there is an ulterior motive in conducting the investigation because this is really a very simple matter.
Goodell told us he’s hired outside lawyers from a big New York law firm, which anyone who can regularly put his right shoe on his right foot knows is another way of saying don’t expect anything to come of this quickly. Lawyers bill by the hour and by the number of lawyers they can add to the hourly billings so just assembling the legal team should take a fortnight. It’s in the lawyers interest to delay and drag out the matter. If you think that things have changed in the law profession since the days of Jarndyce v Jarndyce then check your shoes.
Not only that, he’s hired some type of expert forensic people who will be examining the video and other visual evidence of the events that occurred. Lawyers, experts, all the king’s men,and who knows what else will mean another 95 page report like the one that cleared Goodell from any wrongdoing in the matter of the player Rice who coldcocked his lovely fiancé with a short left jab. By the way the law firm doing the investigation on the Rice matter does a lot of NFL business so the outcome was hardly surprising.
Goodell has kicked this can of worms down the road. The consequences of doing it which he seems not to get is that it will leave a sour taste in the mouth of almost every viewer when the Patriots win the Super Bowl. Having Brady and Belichick lifting up the Super Bowl trophy will be a tawdry spectacle. There will be little need for a specter like King Hamlet to suddenly appear to remind us that they accomplished this goal by cheating. All except Patriot diehards will see it as being tainted. Forever there will be an asterisk after the win. The integrity of the NFL forever damaged.
That is unless the situation is brought to a head prior to the playing of the game. And it should be. You don’t need lawyers or other experts to figure it out. Either the referees are lying or the ball boys are lying. They are the only ones who matter. If the refs checked each ball with a pressure gauge then whoever received them from the refs, and I assume it is the ball boys even though they may be girls, tinkered with them by letting the air out. Find out who did it and then ask why.
By the way isn’t this something Bob Kraft the man who is so concerned about the integrity of the game should have figured out when the issue first reared its ugly head. Doesn’t he understand the significance of this to his team’s reputation? If I were the owner of a business in this difficulty I wouldn’t be waiting for someone else to act, I’d have figured it out lickety split and acted boldly.
At a minimum we should know if the refs are in the clear and what the ball boys have said about it at this point. We don’t need any of the FBI “under investigation” bull because there’s not going to be a criminal trial that follows. Someone deserves blame and censure because what happened did not happen inadvertently.
The NFL must come out now with the information. Other than that we are being scammed. We’re left to believe the NFL thinks the American people can easily be conned by its pontificating and hired lawyers. There is no way the solution to the puzzle is not known right now. Let us know so when the Patriots win we can know the win was on the level.