"Maybe those guys gotta study the rulebook and figure it out. We obviously knew what we were doing and we made some pretty important plays. It was a real good weapon for us."
Those are the words of Tom Brady after yet another New England playoff win, a 35-31 much-too-close-for-comfort victory over upset-minded Baltimore. The Patriots, according to Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh, used "deception" at the line of scrimmage to confuse the officials into not allowing his team to substitute.
Unless you are Rip van Winkle, you are well aware that the footballs in the game in New England were underinflated. There is talk that the weather is to blame. If you run the numbers, here's what the equation looks like.
As anyone who has been alive in America over the past week knows, the New England Patriots have been accused of deflating the footballs they used in the first half of their crushing triumph over the Indianapolis Colts.
In my estimation, it is appropriate, if not essential, that black athletes pass over the University of Michigan and take their talents to institutions that are committed to the worthy ideals of accountability and racial diversity and value black students as more than muscle and sinew.
I'm not watching the Super Bowl this year. Not just because of Deflategate, although that's probably what pushed me over the edge. Mainly, I've realized it's a complete and utter waste of time. I have better things to do.
Come Monday, the NHL will hand down a suspension to Rinaldo, who apparently opted for phone hearing instead of an in-person hearing. That means a suspension of at least five games is likely. So what? Nothing will change.
Are National Football League referees, in addition to their duties policing a chaotic game of borderline violence, also supposed to serve as grade school hall monitors?
Banks lived on Chicago's South Side. He often commuted to Cubs home games on the L train. He had no choice. Though he was the biggest name and biggest draw the Cubs had, he could not buy a home or rent an apartment in the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field.
Selig's legacy is as follows: When baseball needed a strong commissioner, he was the game's nowhere man. When he did act, it was in the best interests of owners -- and not in the best interests of the game and its fans.
It's a tradition like no other -- paying huge fees to see two of the NFL's best teams battle it out on mutual grass -- but this year's tickets are projected to exceed the $5,000 average, making 2015's game the most expensive Super Bowl in at least the last six seasons.
The New England Patriots' postgame celebration started to deflate shortly after the AFC Championship Game concluded. This sudden release of tension occurred due to questions related to the Patriots' adherence to the NFL's game rules and ethical standards.
While "deflategate" may add to the perception that Brady's achievements should be viewed with suspicion, the scandal's own "intangibles" have caused it to fall short of the smoking gun his detractors were hoping for.
It's sad to pass along the news that Ernie Banks passed away last night at the age of 83. I've written about "Mr. Cub" quite a lot on these pages, including when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, and it's incredibly hard to get across to people outside of Chicago what he meant to Cubs fans.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dropped any pretention of standing up for universal standards for equality in sports by endorsing bans on women attending soccer matches in stadia.
Football is not just a game of strategy, but it is counterstrategy, execution, recovery, calibration, recalibration and then again strategy and execution -- all in 24-second cycles. So what makes this possible? We pondered, why is football so different from other team sports like soccer, baseball or basketball.
Jes Meiris does what few women do -- she climbs some of the largest peaks in our country! She recently smashed a record for climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California.
After a home defeat against Southampton, Manchester United were eager to return to the field in search of three points against relegation-fearing Queen Parks Rangers.