efore I begin, keep in mind that the decision to punish the Patriots or not will be on Goodell shoulders and his alone. When talking about the allegations to my friends they seem to think that it’s a council of all the NFL teams to decide the Patriots fate. Nope! Goodell is the only judge. The Patriots are accused of violating an NFL rule requiring that game balls be inflated to between 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch. It is to be believed that decreasing the PSI makes the ball easier to catch.
I’m by no means consider myself a “hardcore” Patriots fan. But I do feel like the reason this is blowing up so fast is to get some kind of “punishment” for the Patriots before their Superbowl game with the Seahawks. With the Patriots going through spygate years ago, their image may not seem honorable. Once a liar, always a liar, right? Goodell HAS to look into any accusations that affect the competitive aspects of the game. The NFL has came out and said that 11 out of 12 balls were deflated after the game. This just put blood in the water for everybody that wants to see some kind of judgment before the Superbowl. It’s not going to happen though. Goodell is required to provide a hearing” to the accused team. This means the Patriots should receive a formal hearing process to contest the accusations before Goodell issues a punishment. Personally, I don’t think Goodell have enough time to get all the information he needs to make a decision. Some reports have the NFL making a statement regarding the issue of “deflate gate.” It may not be definitive statement that most people are looking for though. Again, If the Patriots law team is any good they would likely ask the NFL for more time, so they may present a proper legal defense.
In my opinion, Goodell will not make a decision that will affect the outcome of this game. Why? Is all about the money. The Superbowl is the NFL’s biggest show. It’s really the one time that people from other nations tune in to watch “American football.” Goodell badly wants to increase the NFL spear of influence, so I believe he wants the best players on the field come kickoff time.