Tom Brady. For me, like for the majority of people in the world, there are no two words that provoke greater outrage, wrath, disgust and rage. Some people think I’m even obsessed with Tom Brady. But that’s ridiculous.
True, I hate him. But why does that make me any more obsessed than anyone else? Gosh, I’m sorry, but what is it with these forgive-and-forget critics? What, are they over Hitler, too?
Anyway, to say I have been pleased to see Tom Brady has been undergoing a difficult summer would be understating the case significantly. For those not following events carefully, justice was finally handed down and Brady was found guilty in the Deflategate case and has been suspended for the first four games of the NFL season.
So, why, you’re asking, do I detest Brady. This story is the first installment in an ongoing series so I don’t want to go into a lot of details here but let me name a few:
1/ He’s rich and privileged and has picture-perfect looks and I just don’t like those sort of people as a general rule. Brady looks like he was born to have his picture on a box of cereal and, sources tell me, he eats his Wheaties with a silver spoon.
2/ Related to point 1, the refs have always gone easy on him, going back to the ridiculous Tuck Rule, which was created as an ex post facto justification for robbing the Raiders of victory in a critical playoff game in 2002, leading to Brady’s first undeserved Super Bowl. (His second, at minimum, came courtesy of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, another name that will live in infamy.)
3/ He supports Donald Trump. I have a lot of friends who support Donald Trump, actually, and I’m sort of soft on him too, purely because of my low-grade animosity to Hillary Clinton, but it’s utterly unforgivable in Brady’s case, for reasons too apparent to even go into here.
4/ He’s clearly a cheater, as proven in Deflategate and what rally annoys me is that he never took responsibility for it. Instead, the asshole contemplated taking his case to the Supreme Court. He desisted in the end but he continues to insist he’s innocent despite A-Rod size levels of evidence that he cheated. (Disclosure: I can’t put my finger on the reason why but I like A-Rod, which I suppose makes me something of a hypocrite. In my defense, A-Rod did ultimately confess and Brady never has.)
Anyway, I’m digressing but here’s the serious part of this story. The Patriots under their vile head coach, Bill Belichick, have been caught cheating regularly. Someone once said that Dick Nixon carried out Watergate even though he was going to crush George McGovern anyway. Imagine what he would have done if the 1972 election was going to be close?
And that’s what I believe is the salient point about the Deflategate game. The Patriots were crushing the Colts at halftime but they came out in the second half with deflated balls. There was no need to cheat but it’s clearly in the team’s DNA.
And so I wonder, how many other times have the Patriots cheated during the Belichick era, beyond Spygate and other previously exposed examples? My guess is quite a few times and I’m looking for fresh cases.
In terms of cheating being in the Patriot’s DNA, I’m specifically wondering if Belichick has been cheating for a long time. This is not definitive proof but take a look at this excerpt from his father’s obituary. OK, maybe this wasn’t technically cheating but it’s clear his father was always pressing up against the line, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
“The elder Belichick was an assistant coach for 10 years at Vanderbilt and North Carolina, then for 33 years at Navy. He seldom saw Navy play because he spent most football Saturdays scouting Navy’s next opponent. ‘’He was a genius,’ Joe Bellino, Navy’s Heisman Trophy winner in 1960, told The New York Times in August 2004. ‘’On Monday nights, he would give us his scouting reports, and even though we were playing powerhouses, I always felt we were prepared because he found a way for us to win’.”
If you’re interested, read the full obituary, there are other interesting items. Also, his father wrote a book about scouting that suggests he would do anything, and I mean anything, to win. I sort of have to wonder if the elder Belichick was a recon guy or intel officer with the Navy. Anyone know?
Lastly, for now, Bill Belichick was suspected of being a cheater back in the days when he was a defensive coordinator for the Giants. He’s not named in this 1990 Washington Times story but there’s no doubt who the Redskins were worried about:
“Paranoia was the order of the day at the Redskins’ and Giants’ camps this week. Security people scanned fences and trees in Herndon – even a helicopter that appeared to be hovering too long at one point was watched carefully…
“Sunday’s 4 p.m. game at RFK Stadium is nothing short of critical. The Redskins (3-1) need a victory to draw even with the Giants (4-0) in the NFC East and to help draw a line that leads to the playoffs, which they have missed the past two seasons…’I don’t have spies,’ Giants coach Bill Parcells said this week. ‘I wouldn’t do that; it’s not worth it. I’ve got the films. I know what they’re working on. They’ve only got four running plays’.”
Uh huh, sure.
[Disclosure: I am from St. Louis but a Seahawks fan. I liked the Redskins under RGIII and despise Mike Shanahan for potentially destroying his career by letting him play injured in a playoff game a few years back. And I still like the Redskins now and will definitely root for them in the playoffs, though if they face Seattle it will be a hard call though I’m slightly less fanatical about the Seahawks since Marshawn Lynch retired.]
Anyway, I’m not any more obsessed with Belichick than I am Brady, but I will do anything in my power to destroy them so if you have any pointers, dirt, or rumors that can be substantiated send them my way ASAP.