While so many are talking about the State of the Union address, which for the first time in my adult memory, I skipped, all I can think about is the cheating Patriots. Now, I have hated Bill Belichick since he was last caught cheating against his former team, the New York Jets. He was caught stealing the Jets coaches signals. Disgraceful. The NFL gave him their severest penalty at the time, other than suspension. He paid around $400,000 in fines and lost a draft pick. BFD!! He never showed remorse. He got away with it. His reputation tainted but remembered mostly only by people in New York. This go round, he has cheated far more egregiously. Okay, yes, I am jumping the gun. It hasn't been proven who knew what, who did what, or who ordered what, but, seriously, once a cheater, always a cheater.
For those of you not caring about football, the New England Patriots have been charged with using deflated footballs in their 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts for the NFC championship. It has been proven that 11 out of 12 footballs were 2 pounds lighter than they are supposed to be. Less air makes it easier to throw and catch. Easier gripping in the cold, driving rain the game was played in Sunday night. It's a total disgrace. It's a tarnish that will not go away, regardless of the final investigative report. Other players are coming out of the woodwork with other instances that, in hindsight, the Pats footballs may have been deflated. This stain will not go away. Even the great and illustrious former coach of the Miami Dolphins, Don Shula, called Bill Belichick, Bellicheat and that was a few weeks ago. Who knows what we don't know or what wasn't discovered?
It is unbelievable that if these allegations are deemed true, that there was a nefarious act done, the New England Patriots don't have to forfeit the win. They still get to go to the Super Bowl. The Colts get cheated out of a chance at another Super Bowl and so do their fans!! When the facts are collected and assessed, if Belichick knew anything in advance or looked the other way, he should be suspended for a whole season! Maybe that would make him reassess his priorities and his cheatin' ways.
So while you're sitting there on Sunday, February 1, 2015, eating your nachos, pigs in a blanket, burgers, etc. trying to have fun with family and friends, think about how the Pats got to the game. Think about the Colts fans and players. Think about the message that we are sending to our children. It's a total disgrace. Fans always get screwed by our professional sports teams. This is just another example.
I just couldn't take watching the State of the Union Address. I couldn't stand the thought of seeing all the Republicans not clapping and the Democrats giving standing ovations. It's gross and meaningless. I think the SOTU should be on radio or alone in the oval office. The partisanship year in and year out makes it so irritating. Watching the Speaker of the House from the opposing party look so dour the entire speech is painful. These past years it's been, John Boehner, but it could just as easily have been Nancy Pelosi. It's predictable and pointless, so the SOTU may be important, but it gets lost in the B.S. So DC elected politicians, get to work. Do something that helps the 99%. You all have dipped into the cookie jar too many times. There's not enough for the rest of us. Maybe I'm becoming a socialist....
Sidelines: Couldn't be happier to see JK Simmons getting all the kudos he so richly deserves. If you haven't seen Whiplash, go! Trying to catch up on the movies I've missed. Not easy. The Bachelor has caused such a controversy with their censored black square blocking one woman's butt. It's weird. ABC isn't saying anything. Whether in a swim suit or shorts, the black box is blocking something. It's so odd and making the not knowing more uncomfortable. Saw The Judge last night. Did you see it? It's the movie that Robert Duvall is nominated for starring Robert Downey Jr., Vera Fermiga, Billy Bob Thorton, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, and more. It's really a great cast and some great acting, but the screenplay....It's Wednesday cold, grey, and snow on the way. A Yankee Clipper is coming.
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