Yankees News: Berra Chimes In On Deflate Gate
It’s been the story that has been sweeping the sports world and even the pop culture world for that matter. As the New England Patriots get set to play in their sixth Super Bowl in the Tom Brady era, another scandal is clouding their success. After SpyGate in 2007, “DeflateGate” is the new situation that has put a cloud over the Patriots’ success.
It even has translated over into the baseball world. Brendan Kuty of NJ.com wrote about a tweet that Lindsay Berra, Yogi Berra’s granddaughter, sent out that expressed her father’s thoughts on the situation and what he would tell owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady:
In case you have been living under a rock, a report came out this week from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that the NFL discovered that 11 of the 12 footballs that the Patriots had during their 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship game were under inflated. According to the NFL rules, the footballs have to be up to 12.5-to-13.5 PSI’s or pounds per square inch.
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The Patriots are seen as the Yankees of the NFL. You either love them or you hate them. While Spygate drew its critics, this story has drawn mass appeal because of the nature of the football crime and the team involved. New England is seen by some in the league and in the NFL as an organization that has a pattern of bad behavior, so to speak.
Earlier this week, one of the Yankees’ minor league affiliates, the Staten Island Yankees, had their own fun with this story. They showed us that while there are many ways to doctor a baseball, but one thing is for certain. You can’t deflate it!
Imagine if a similar story had come out before the World Series in past seasons. This Deflategate story and the lack of a resolution have the potential to cloud what looks to be a great matchup for Super Bowl 49 on paper when the Pats play the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday night in Glendale, Arizona
While Berra’s thoughts sound like the classic phrase “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying,” there is one thing that critics of the New England Patriots will always tell you. They haven’t won since SpyGate (last championship was in 2004). Another Super Bowl loss next Sunday would further confirm that thought.