Michael Rosenberg, SI.comDid the Patriots really illegally deflate footballs in the AFC Championship Game, as the NFL is investigating? Well, put it this way: There have been a lot of unbelievable NFL stories this season.

This is not one of them.

This? This is totally believable. Around the NFL, people wait for stories like this to come out of New England. They wonder when Bill Belichick‘€™s team will get nailed again. This is not as simple as saying, “Hey, they got caught for SpyGate!” It runs deeper than that.

The Patriots are suspected of cutting so many corners, their home field should be an oval. It starts in the parking lot, extends to the locker room, goes right to the field of play, and makes opponents look all over Gillette Stadium, wondering what Belichick will pull next. …

And if any coach would try it, it’€™s Belichick. He has earned his reputation for doing anything to gain an advantage. There are well-founded whispers in the NFL that the underlings who supply towels in the visiting locker room sometimes run back to the home locker room to share what they heard.

The Patriots supposedly stopped videotaping opponents’€™ defensive signals when they got caught in 2007, but opponents wonder if they are still stealing them. Smart opposing coaches put locks on every entryway to the locker room, so nobody from the Patriots can walk in, “accidentally” grab a play sheet or two and “inadvertently” bring it back to the New England coaches.

Even before the ball-deflating allegations, Belichick skirted the rules in the playoffs. Just last week, he declared certain players “ineligible” and gained a bunch of yards with that formation in a tight win over the Ravens. He confidently said afterward that it was all legal. The NFL concurred.

Well, look closer. This is a pretty good window into how Belichick operates. …

They switched their eligible receivers and gave Baltimore no time to adjust. The league officiating office might have sniffed this out with a few days’€™ notice, but Belichick counted on his ability to confuse and probably intimidate [referee Bill] Vinovich. …

Belichick prides himself on being a football historian, and a lot of this is only “legal” if you come from the old-time “if you ain’€™t cheating, you ain’€™t trying” school of ethics. That doesn’€™t make it right, or fair.

How ingrained is the culture? On one end of Gillette Stadium is a lighthouse, the stadium’€™s signature architectural feature. But if you sit behind the opposite end zone and look at the lighthouse, you will notice something else: An enormous television beyond the lighthouse, in the parking lot.

Officially, this allows people in the parking lot to watch TV. Is it a coincidence that you can see that TV from the Patriots’€™ sideline, but not from the opposing sideline, making it easier for the Patriots to watch replays and decide whether to throw the challenge flag?

Belichick can get away with a lot in the moment. The code of silence in New England is legendary, and almost comical — Sunday night, a few players were wary of talking to me about getting together and drinking kava, a drink that is symbolic in Polynesian cultures. The drink is non-alcoholic, and it has nothing to do with football, but players understand: In New England, you don’€™t say nothin’ about nothin’. …

Are the Patriots favored sons? When defensive players get flagged for a helmet-to-knee hit on Tom Brady, Brady has been known to remind them: ‘€œThey made that —-ing rule for me!’€ And it’€™s true: After safety Bernard Pollard injured Brady in 2006, the NFL did change its rules to protect its star quarterbacks.

These are your AFC champions: incredibly talented, expertly coached and very comfortable crossing lines that other franchises wouldn’€™t dare cross.

It’s over. This whole Patriots run of success is over.

The organization was built on a foundation of deceit and Bill Belichick has sat upon a throne of lies, but after 15 years of unprecedented excellence, they’ve finally been exposed. The Patriots under Belichick are the Nixon White House, and this Michael Rosenberg is both Woodward and Bernstein.

I don’t know how he knows, but he knows. Rosenberg has gotten to the bottom of the whole sordid mess:

He found the Patriots’ special unit of highly trained towel boy spies. He probably even knows how Belichick buys them from human traffickers and tells the kids they need to bring him intel on when the Jets plan to run the read option if they ever want to see their parents again.

He caught onto the way Belichick pulled the Jedi mind trick on poor, hapless ref Bill Vinovich to confuse him into allowing this obvious cheating tactic in the Ravens game. The subtle nuance of the way he said, “This is not the formation you’re looking for …” escaped millions watching on TV, but not Michael Rosenberg. And even though Vinovich gave Baltimore time to line up and literally told them not to cover Shane Vereen doesn’t mean he wasn’t intimidated. After all, the trick only works on the simple-minded.

He’s exposed the diabolical way Belichick and Mr. Kraft conspired with the architects of Gillette Stadium (opened in 2002) and CBS Scene (opened in 2007) to cleverly place a poorly angled video board an inconvenient 200+ yards away from the Patriots sideline to give them a distinct advantage over the coaches sitting in the booth in front of high definition replay monitors.

He cracked the code of silence on that whole kava cover up because obviously if Patriots players don’t want to get together with Michael Rosenberg over a nice symbolic, non-alcoholic, Polynesian drink, it has to be because they’re hiding something, and not just because he’s a dink.

But most tellingly, he somehow managed to get to the bottom of the whole “Tom Brady” rule conspiracy — he said the Patriots got the NFL to change the way quarterbacks are protected when Bernard Pollard went helmet-to-helmet on Brady back in 2006. Now granted, the league changed the rules after Carson Palmer got knocked out of the playoffs in the 2005 season, and Pollard hit Brady in the knee in 2008. But why bother checking facts? Never let the truth get in the way of a good hatchet piece.

So to Spygate and Deflategate, we can add towel boygate, ineligible receivergate, CBSSceneTVgate, Kavagate and Carson Palmer‘s rule is really Tom Brady rulegate. Bill Belichick‘s Patriots are a spying, ball-deflating band of cheating liars and lying cheats. And thanks to the dogged pursuit of the truth by the intrepid reporter Michael Rosenberg, they’ve been exposed at last.

Because when you’re a trolling click-baiting fraud like this guy, some stories are just too good to fact check.


Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Michael Rosenberg attempted to defend his column full of accusations against the Patriots and Bill Belichick.

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Sam Monson on Tom Brady's remarkable turnaround.

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The guys opened the show discussing the latest news surrounding deflate gate.

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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Stars, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Penguins at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: LSU at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas State at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Dayton at Davidson, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tennessee at South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at Air Force, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)


Seahawks tweet 1-20-15– The Seahawks were understandably emotional after Sunday’s overtime victory over the Packers, a game in which Seattle trailed by 16 points at the half and needed two late fourth-quarter scores, a successful onside kick and an overtime touchdown to advance to the Super Bowl.

However, the team acknowledged it took things too far afterward by referencing quotes from Martin Luther King on the day meant to honor the civil rights legend.

The team’s official Twitter account tweeted a photo of quarterback Russell Wilson on Monday with two King quotes: “We shall overcome,” and, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

The tweet was eventually deleted, and an apology followed: We apologize for judgment shown in a tweet sent earlier. We did not intend to compare football to the civil rights legacy of Dr. King.

Meanwhile, Wilson drew some criticism for his own tweet, in which he used the famous line from former NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano just months before he died of cancer: Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

Wilson did not address the critics who assailed him for comparing a football game to battling cancer, but he retweeted a note from the group Strong Against Cancer that read: @DangeRussWilson In football, and in life. Thank you for inspiring the #StrongAgainstCenter team every day, Russell.

— The Cavaliers have had their issues this season, but after they knocked off the Bulls, 108-94, on Monday, it was Chicago’s turn to lament a lack of cohesiveness.

Guard Derrick Rose did not hold back when discussing his team’s performance. The Central Division-leading Bulls have lost six of their last eight games.

“We’ve got to give a better effort,” Rose said. “It seems like we’re not competing and it’s [expletive] irritating.”

Rose said the team’s failure to communicate has become a major problem.

“Everybody has to be on the same page,” he said. “Until then we are going to continue to get our ass kicked.”

Added Rose: “It’s just the whole team. Not communicating when we’re on the floor with one another. Everybody’s quiet.”

Coach Tom Thibodeau agreed that some things will have to change in order for his team to get back on track.

“We’ve got to decide when enough is enough,” Thibodeau said. “We’ve got to get better. It’s really that simple. The way we’re playing is not acceptable, so we have to change it.”

— UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, brother of Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones, insisted he does not have a drug problem despite admitting using cocaine a month before his successful title defense against Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3.

In an interview with Fox Sports 1, his first since the news broke of his positive test, Jones said he has never been more than a recreational user.

“I had done it quite a few times in college, I had experiment with it, but that’s really it. It has never been an issue,” Jones said, adding: “My friends and family know that there’s no room in my life to be a cocaine addict.”

Jones said he knew the test would be positive and he worried he would be suspended. However, because cocaine is not considered a performance-enhancing drug, he was not notified before his fight. The Nevada State Athletic Commission eventually released the information in a move that has drawn questions.

“I don’t know what came over me to make such a poor choice, but I did and now I have to live with it,” Jones said. “The whole situation has been embarrassing. … Cocaine is such a dirty drug. … I’ve had to explain to so many people that I’m not a cocaine addict — I’m not even a frequent user. I just made a really dumb decision. I really got caught with my pants down in this whole situation, and there’s no excuse for it.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 20, 1996, in the NHL All-Star Game at what was then called the FleetCenter in Boston, which Bruin scored with 38 seconds remaining in regulation to give the East a 5-4 victory over the West?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I have no idea. … That’s the last of my worries. I don’t even respond to stuff like this.” Tom Brady, during his weekly Monday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan, addressing the suggestion that the Patriots tampered with the footballs during Sunday night’s game

STAT OF THE DAY: 3-0 – Doc Rivers‘ record against the Celtics as Clippers coach, as he guided Los Angeles to a 102-93 victory Monday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Former Bruin Dennis Wideman lifts the Flames past the Kings with an overtime tally that was not called a goal until a video review.

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard splits two Kings defenders and delivers an emphatic dunk (although he does take four steps in the process).

During the Chinese Basketball Association All-Star Game slam dunk competition, a competitor fails badly when trying to dunk over five individuals, much to the amusement of Stephon Marbury.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Slim Whitman was born on this day in 1924.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We get some calls talking about the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl, one caller in particular is very worked up about this game.

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Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Pamela Michelle, our textress are talking about the Patriots dominating win over the Colts and the long wait until the Super Bowl.

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Mikey and Mut are talking about the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl matchup and the accusations from the Colts of the Patriots deflating game balls.

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