With heavy hitters like attorney Kenneth Feinberg and the Teamsters running to Tom Brady’s defense in the Deflategate appeal on the grounds the NFL is violating the rights of workers everywhere, it was only a matter of time before the Herald’s Ron Borges weighed in. Borges has always been good for championing the cause of the working man in contract disputes and making a hero out of any Patriots player who’s stood up to management with a holdout or whatever. So it’s only natural to assume he’s taken the same pro-labor stance as America’s foremost arbitrator and largest union.
But then you’d be underestimating old Copy & Paste’s desire to take the anti-Patriots stance in all matters, right or wrong. In this matter, all Ron sees is hypocrisy and lies on all sides. And by no means does he let a little thing like the laws of physics convince him otherwise. Here are a few of his highlights, with my responses.
Ron Borges: Where was Feinberg’s “concerns” and the AFL-CIO’s “outrage” when Ray Rice’s rights, including the one protecting him against double jeopardy, were trampled on [and] Adrian Peterson was being hit with a penalty that didn’t exist at the time in which he applied corporal punishment to his son in ways many felt outrageous but not yet in violation of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy because they didn’t have one? Crickets.
Jerry Thornton: Perhaps Feinberg had no “concerns” and the AFL-CIO lacked “outrage” because Rice bashed his fiance’s skull in and Peterson went all Daddy Dearest on a toddler. Both criminal acts that each “man” admitted to. You’ll have to pardon them for not going to bat for sadistic, family-abusing scumbags who copped to committing real world crimes.
RB: Where was Bob Kraft’s “concerns” and “outrage” when the commissioner was sticking it to the Saints, Cowboys, Redskins, Chiefs, Rice, Peterson and Lord knows whom else? No crickets then. Kraft was down with the commish.
JT: I’m guessing Mr. Kraft was saving his “concerns” and “outrage” for someone who is actually innocent, unlike those names you mentioned.
RB: There are many dirty secrets surrounding the Deflategate case and enough hypocrisy for 10 presidential races. … No one who touches this comes out looking good.
JT: I was just thinking that Tom Brady looks better than ever.
RB: That includes … a coterie of college airheads (which may be fitting in this case) citing the Ideal Gas Law as if it came down from the Mount as the only way air can escape from a football, God said. For the record folks, it ain’t.
JT: I’m pretty sure physics professors are taught that you can deflate a football by hand. That lesson comes right before they learn the immutable, certain and inevitable laws of nature that say without question balls at those levels of PSI at halftime were NOT underinflated at the start of the game. Next they learn the Earth orbits the sun.
RB: As far as the science goes, can one of those professors tell us what the temperature was in the officials’ room? No. End of lab experiment.
JT: I can’t speak for the scientists, but I believe they assumed the temperature of the room was room temperature.
RB: Where was Feinberg when Goodell was running the same system he now called in an amicus brief in Brady’s case a “bias or capricious system” when Rice and Peterson got rolled over by it? He didn’t notice until a quarterback had the ball? Same is true of the AFL-CIO … Not a word for “the working man” if his name was Rice or Peterson.
JT: Was it determined that Rice and Peterson were more probably than not at least generally aware of a scheme to violently assault their loved ones? Or were they more the “hands-on’ type of domestic abusers?
RB: Tom Brady gets his hair mussed by the same one-sided system his union agreed to accept time and time again in negotiations, and everyone has an opinion. Interesting isn’t it?
JT: Being suspended for a quarter of the season, his reputation in tatters, booed at a ceremony honoring all the Super Bowl MVPs in his hometown and the butt of a national joke equals mussed hair. Got it.
RB: Regardless of how this ends, if it ever does, the clearest thing to emerge from Deflategate is this: If your kid plays football and you want to insure he gets the closest thing to a fair deal, have him become a quarterback, not a running back.
JT: Unless your goal is to have your boy get away with an actual scandal no questions asked. For that, you need to have him born into the Manning family.
RB: [Deflategate has become a] ridiculous spectacle but also a way to get your name in the paper, or on a lawsuit that is the farthest thing from a federal case, but sadly has become one.
JT: On that we agree. But it’s the NFL, Roger Goodell and Patriots-bashing media people who made it this way.
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