Saturday, September 12, 2015
MIKE TOMLIN AND THE CRYING GAME
The NFL season picked up right where it never left off: with everybody bitching about
the New England Patriots and their alleged cheating ways. Oh, yeah, tell me they got
busted for 'Spygate', so they are forever branded as cheaters. Whatever. Never mind that
Mike Ditka, John Madden, Jimmy Johnson, and Mike Shanahan have stated everybody
tapes signals Six Super Bowl rings combined gives them nooooooo credibility so why
should we believe them?
Because America wants to believe the Patriots could only win four Super Bowls by
Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff heard interference in the form
of the Patriots radio broadcast in their headsets. I guess it's rough not only seeing your
defense smoked by Tom Brady, but having to hear it must be like getting the water
boarding treatment in a detention camp.
As soon as Chris Collinsworth of NBC reported the headset problems, the football
nation said, "It's the Patriots cheating again!"
Yeah, that's what Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin thought and he was livid in his
post-game press conference saying those type of things always happen when teams
come to Foxboro. (Another thing happens, too: those teams lose.)
This coming from a coach who provided his own 'interference' two years ago against
the Baltimore Ravens. Jacoby Jones was returning a kick down the sideline when Tomlin,
with his back to Jones and watching the Jumbotron in the stadium, juked like he was
going to tackle Jones. It didn't help of course, Jones went the distance for the touchdown.
Hey, Mike, do you want to talk about the 'integrity' of the game?
Tomlin was fined $100,000 for his 'sideline interference'. It was a total bush move and
one that should've have resulted in a suspension in addition to the fine.
Many in the football world, may look at that as 'cheating', but they don't because
everyone is focused on the Patriots shenanigans as they continue to dominate the NFL.
'It HAS to be because they cheat', everyone says.
Ben Rothlisberger complained the Patriots broke an 'unwritten rule' by drawing his unit
off-sides by shifting the defensive line before the snap. Ben, it's either a rule or not
a rule in the NFL's officiating guide. What the Patriots did with the line was perfectly legal.
Your team was just not prepared to deal with it, just as the Ravens weren't ready
to deal with the unbalanced formations the Patriots employed in last year's
AFC Championship game.
They Ravens complained so much and the referees were so confused, the NFL outlawed
the formations in the off-season, but when they occurred, it was completely legal. In
fact, as we saw in the documentary, 'Do Your Job', the Tennessee Titans used the
same formation in a game last season. But I guess when you suck like the Titans,
nobody really cares. However, when it's the convicted cheaters (Patriots) it becomes
the biggest issue in all of sports.
The accusations against the Patriots have become laughable and is making for the
theatre of the absurd. Everytime somebody gets whupped by the Patriots, and it
will happen a lot this season, people are going to cry as they always do because there
has to be some reason why your team got destroyed. Head-sets, deflated ball, lights are
too bright, noise is too loud, drones flying over practice, boogie man in the locker
room, video cameras inside Belichick's hoodie--oh, I'm sure we're going to hear
a lot of them this year.
I'm sure we'll hear from ESPN's intrepid reporter Chris Mortenson, who according
to "unnamed sources", has learned the Patriots are responsible for the hairdo of Donald
It's quite laughable, really. And quite sad, too. There's no crying in baseball, but there
is enough to go around in the NFL for the season and that's just one game old.