Robert Kraft owns the New England Patriots. His head coach is a veteran of many years in football, Bill Belichick. Mr. Kraft should be very proud of his selection of Mr. Belichick to head his organization.
After a week of interminable rabble-babble about whether or not the footballs used by the Patriots in their conference championship game against the Indianapolis Colts measured up to NFL standards, the embattled coach stood before an inquisitive gathering of reporters, giving them a professorial lecture of forty-four minutes on everything you always wanted to know about PSI (pounds-per-square inch) as it relates to the prolate spheroid we call a football.
An ESPN survey, post-press conference, showed that eighty-per-cent of viewers bought what he had to say. The other twenty-percent probably wouldn’t believe Belichick if he declared he was Croatian, which he is. I must admit I’d been skeptical all week about the role “Ol’ Hoodie” played in the drama. I recalled “Spy-gate” of a few years ago when his scouts were caught filming a Jets game in progress to determine the signals going from the sideline to the field. He acknowledged that was wrong and it wouldn’t happen again, but opined that every other NFL team was doing the same thing. He said the Pats took the $750,000 fine and loss of a draft pick in stride and moved on.
Secret filming of opponents is nothing new. I recall once in college during a practice, somebody yelled, “Look, up there! There’s a guy with a camera!” Two assistant coaches were dispatched forthwith to get the alleged purloiner peering over the edge of the roof of a four-story building a half- block away, his hand-held 8mm Kodak camera whirring away. Spotting that he’d been spotted, he disappeared from sight and when the coaches got to the crime scene, all they caught was a glimpse of a 1958 black sedan speeding away, showing a muddied license plate, no numbers visible, the only state-of-issue letters seen being “WA.” One of Minnesota’s Big Ten bordering rivals is IO…WA.
Do the math.
By the way, we have a Super Bowl coming up Sunday, pitting the Patriots against the Seahawks, the defending NFL champion. The Pats collapsed the Colts, 45-7, while Seattle grounded Green Bay, 28-22. Brady is going for Super Bowl win number four, a feat achieved only by Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw. His opponent, Russell Wilson, went through the hammers of hell last week, throwing four interceptions and getting blindsided on a block that would’ve put most guys on the bench before rallying his troops to win. Right now, the Seahawks are a slight favorite but the game is essentially a toss-up.
The Patriots spent an entire bye-week defending the PSI issue while the Seahawks had no such distraction. It might mean something, maybe not. I see the Patriots holding on in the fourth-quarter to win, 31-28.