This is a human activity where intense violence + astute strategy = success.
When there's as fumble, and everyone jumps on the guy with the ball, what do you think goes on under that pile of fired-up men? No one's serving tea and crumpets.
Let me ask you this: Why does each team bring its own footballs to the contest in the first place? Doesn't that imply that each team has, shall we say, preferences as to how the balls are protected and prepared?
If the condition of the ball were so crucial to the outcome of the game, why aren't the game balls secured and provided by the refs?
This "scandal" is ridiculous. Means little. Will not "tarnish" the game, the Super Bowl, or Patriot Coach Belichick's reputation — which is carefully cultivated for its misanthropy.
|Brandsinger displays grip on his preferred not-fully-inflated ball|
Plus, I'll admit to another factor: I prefer playing with a football that's not fully pumped up.