“Deflategate” Controversy Surrounds Upcoming Super Bowl
The approaching Super Bowl is garnering much media attention for all the wrong reasons.
Two teams are meeting at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona to play in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1. The New England Patriots, who have recently been accused of deflating their footballs while playing the Colts for the AFC championship, are taking on the defending World Champions, the Seattle Seahawks.
“Deflategate,” a term the media created to identify the Patriots scandal, has been all the talk even though the Patriots beat the Colts by 38 points. This is not the first time the Patriots have been accused of cheating.
When asked about his involvement in “Deflategate” during a press conference, Tom Brady, the Patriots quarterback, said, “I didn’t alter the ball in any way,” and that “I have no knowledge of wrongdoing.”
Bill Belichick, the Patriots head coach, said, “I have no explanation.”
Because 11 out of the 12 balls that the team was designated to use were deflated by at least two pounds, the Patriots continue to be blamed for the illegal activity.
No evidence has been found against the team besides the weight of the balls.
With all of the flack the Patriots have been getting, I believe that the Seahawks have the clear advantage, regardless of the statistics of both teams.
The Patriots are going to be under a microscope with every move they make in preparation for the Super Bowl and during the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks, a team whose defense has allowed an average of just 15.2 points per game, is going against Brady’s high powered offense that averages 29.3 points a game. This being said, there is either going to be a lot of defense, or a lot of offense.
Russell Wilson, the quarterback for the Seahawks, has been a great mobile quarterback. He knows how to move outside the pocket which gives him a ton of time to look for an open receiver. With Wilson’s agility combined with one of the best defenses since the 2000 Ravens, a repeat of last year’s Super Bowl is inevitable.
Brady, who is known as one of the best quarterbacks to play the game, is making a record breaking sixth Super Bowl appearance. All the pressure is on him and Bill Belichick as they deal with “Deflategate” and the current World Champions.