It just wouldn’t be a Super Bowl weekend for the Patriots without somebody leaking a potential bombshell story. It’s like the press has this special kit stored away that they break out at times like this labeled “EMERGENCY DISTRACTION SUPPLY: OPEN IN CASE OF NEW ENGLAND IN SUPER BOWL.”
So it wasn’t enough for Woody Johnson to tell the world he wants Darrelle Revis back in the middle of the season. Now we’ve got Rex Ryan openly lusting after Revis on the morning of Super Bowl. Look, it’s no secret Revis is the girl Ryan never got over. That he’s Ryan’s One That Got Away. His Great White Buffalo. And the fact Shrex is utterly incapable of giving up on thinking about him and moving on with his life of 4-12 seasons is obvious.
But in what universe is it OK for teams to be leaking this stuff? Any day on the calendar, but especially when said Object of Desire is prepping for the biggest game of his life? We’ve got the NFL being run by this drone – The CommissionerBot 2000 – who’s programmed to prattle on and on about some inconsequential nonsense like the PSI of the ball in a 38 point blowout, while doing nothing about the fact that the best franchise in his league plays in a division that’s become Tampering Central. The AFC Cheats.
Why is somebody from the league office not on the phone right now asking Adam Schefter where he’s getting this from? Why isn’t the same Brute Squad that is breaking down footage of Timmy the Towel Boy’s potty break in Ryan’s office right now demanding to know if he said this? What bigger priority do they have right now than one of the five most important players in the most important game of the century is being messed around with on game day morning?
I mean, why do I even need to point out that Darrelle Revis is NOT a free agent? You can say he’s got a bad cap hit for next year. You can assume his contract is onerous and the Patriots will want to redo it. But why? Who’s to say they won’t do anything? That they’ll just be content to keep him and that he’ll happily spend next season playing in New England sleeping on a giant pile of gold? That is 100% up to the Patriots, not to the Jets or Bills. And they have no more right to openly covet thy neighbor’s cornerback right now than they do to tell Schefter they want Richard Sherman or Kam Chancellor.
But nothing will be done about this. You know it, I know it, the NFL and Rex Ryan know it. Because nothing is considered wrong when it’s done against the Patriots, pure and simple. The league is supposed to be really serious about enforcing the rule against tampering. But the way more important rule is the anti-Patriots double standard.