Gregg Doyel, IndyStar — Sooner or later the NFL will release its investigation into Deflategate, at which point the league will tell us who lost this stupid saga. Though we don’t need the Wells Report to know who lost:
There will be no winners in this thing, because in the world we live in, there is no way for anybody to win. Everybody has lost, no matter what the Wells Report says. At this point, we’re just waiting to find out how badly someone, or everyone, lost. And it could be bad. …
But even if the NFL concludes that the Patriots didn’t deflate the footballs themselves — that it was done atmospherically or otherwise (more on that in a minute) — it won’t matter. Because the country has decided, and we’ve decided the Patriots are guilty. …
The Colts lost
That seemed pretty clear this week during the NFL scouting combine when Colts coach Chuck Pagano had to answer a question about a report … the Colts got their hands on one of the Patriots’ footballs when linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted Tom Brady in the second quarter. Jackson brought the ball to the Colts sideline, where someone deflated it and turned it into the NFL, blaming the deflation on the Patriots. Kid you not, that’s the report, or theory, or outright lie, being spread in New England. …
As it relates to me, who went as hard after the Patriots as anyone in this or any other market, did I lose? Depends on your perspective. Some Colts fans told me I was embarrassing our city, making us look like whiners and poor losers. …
If I assumed the Patriots cheated, well, Bill Belichick‘s behavior during the Spygate scandal gave me license to make that assumption. And if the Wells Report concludes that cold temperatures deflated those footballs, well, my assumption will stand. Because that’s ludicrous.
Whatever else I think about Gregg Doyel’s writing or his being a house man for the Colts organization, I have have to give him this: He has a genius for hypocrisy. Seriously, he has not only raised talking out of both sides of his mouth to an art form, he’s perfected it.
I’m going to put aside the part about how he and his fellow anti-Patriots bomb-tosser Bob Kravitz have been attacked by Patriots fans over this. Because welcome to the club. It’s called the Internet. It reflects society. There are idiots and anti-Semites and goons among the populace, and if you can’t take them calling you names the web is not the place for you.
Instead I’ll just take Doyel’s main points here, which seem to be that everybody lost in this Deflategate claptrap and that no matter what happened he thinks the Colts did nothing wrong and the Patriots did.
As to the former, nice try. But you won’t find a soul in New England or on the Patriots roster who feels like they lost. We as a region have done pioneering research in the field of not giving a bleep what anyone west of the New York border thinks about anything. The world can try to put an asterisk on this Super Bowl if it makes people feel better, but I’ve seen that Lombardi trophy and it looks exactly like the other 48 the league has given out. Trying this “There are no winners here” is like the Empire saying the Rebel Alliance didn’t win just because it blew up the second Death Star.
But Doyel’s real genius is in the way he draws his moral line. It goes to one side of the theory that the Colts were behind the deflated footballs, then loops way over to the other side to curve around the notion the Patriots did it. The idea Indy could have doctored the balls is an “outright lie.” But when the Pats are accused? Well he has “license to make that assumption.” And if the Wells report concluded scientifically that the balls could have deflated naturally, that’s just “ludicrous.”
So to review: When the Patriots get accused, Greg Doyel says they are guilty, the coach should be fired and the Colts should go to the Super Bowl. But when the exact same thing is said about his beloved Colts, Patriots fans are all trolls, scumbags and liars. And even though the Patriots won the Super Bowl and Indy got trounced in the playoffs by New England for the second year in a row, nobody really won. And if the Wells report exonerates the Patriots and pins Delfategate on the Colts, they’re still losers because people like Gregg Doyel will believe what they want to believe.
Glad we straightened that out.