Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: NFL's Patience with Bill Belichick Must Be Running Thin ; Haskin: 'Deflategate' Lesson for QB Hopefuls

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: NFL's Patience with Bill Belichick Must Be Running Thin ; Haskin: 'Deflategate' Lesson for QB Hopefuls

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Musings past the mid-week:

- Watergate was the incident that spawned the suffix, -gate, for subsequent scandals.

- Richard Nixon could not overcome that ordeal and resigned his presidency.

- Bill Belichick is now involved in Deflategate. This, after Spygate.

- How many flaps will the NFL allow the New England Patriots' football coach?

- Is the integrity of the sport at risk? No, not when issues such as head trauma are also at play.

- Pounds of force administered to the helmet is a little more serious than pounds of pressure in a football.

- In fact, there would be no issue currently if this whole mess did not involve Belichick.

- Past transgressions, coupled with the Pats' success, makes rivals suspicious, and jealous.

- Why the Patriots would cheat, if indeed they did, over something so frivolous is crazy.

- New England was clearly the better team against the Indianapolis Colts.

- Of course, football coaches are always looking for an edge, often through clandestine methods.

- Some go as far as to conceal injuries.

- Best wishes, Jake Waters, on your recovery from shoulder surgery.

- Any controversy over underinflated footballs at the college level would be hard to detect.

- College teams use footballs from different manufacturers. The footballs have slightly different characteristics.

- In addition, the college ball contains stripes, a helpful aid for receivers, which the NFL ball lacks.

- Walt Anderson, the Big 12 supervisor of officials, was the referee for the AFC Championship game, in which 11 of the 12 balls the Pats used were underinflated.

- Anderson and his crew did not detect any discrepancies.

- Nor did they hear any air leaks. Or a broken needle rattling inside a football.

- Remember that heartbreaking sound -- pfffft -- as a kid when the only ball you had for a sandlot game was going flat? …

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