(Yes, the juvenile, Monty Python-esque double entendre is deliberate.) In a world obsessed with minutiae, we now have Deflationgate. Google the term and you will undoubtedly find scores of stories on how the New England Patriots football team allegedly deflated the balls used in their last game. It was a play off game and so more important than average.
Evidently, deflating the football makes them easier to handle during regulation play. Many in the media are outraged. Many are showing up in opinion columns to state their outrage and to pound their pulpits that cheating is BADBADBAD, uber, super bad. Especially when a team is on the way to the Super Bowl.
A few years ago it was very in to spout about a website called Ashley Madison dot com. It’s a site on which married people can look for other marrieds wishing to have affairs. I wonder how many of these sporting neopuritans tied themselves in knots to argue that a little sump’in’ sump’in’ on the side is actually GOOD for a marriage, and that cheating in that arena is understandable and maybe beneficial. I saw plenty of them on various talk shows trying to convince me. They never really did.
As for Deflationgate, if it’s against the rules, it’s wrong and whoever pulled this off should be punished. But, maybe deflating the ball will bring a new element to the game. Maybe it will be a wake-up call to the other team that they have to try harder. Maybe this is just the same old hypocrisy we as humans have practiced for centuries.