Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning from Radio Row in Phoenix, Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel went to the extreme of comparing the Patriots’ alleged transgression in regards to Deflategate to the White Sox
fixing the 1919 World Series
“In 1919 the Black Sox rigged the World Series to lose it. In 2015 is what is being accused is the Patriots rigged the AFC Championship Game to win it,” Doyel said, adding, “You’re saying we had a team rigging a World Series in 1919 to lose it and we think that’s the worst crime ever. Having a championship game rigged to win it, it’s in the same sentence.”
When questioned about how he could compare the magnitude of potentially adjusting air pressure inside footballs to fixing a World Series, Doyel didn’t back down.
“It’s rigging a game,” he said. “Either you’re playing on an even playing field and giving the other team a chance to win it or lose it fairly, or you’re rigging the game. It’s rigging the game. I don’t know what else to say, it’s rigging the game.
“The football is the most basic thing you play with. That’s the actual ball and it’s every single play.”
Doyel went on to explain how he thinks the recent controversy has put a permanent scar on not only the perception of the Patriots, but also Tom Brady.
“This could be the greatest quarterback, coach combo ever, and that’s how it will go down in your neck of the worlds. In the other 49 ½ states they cheat and so how good are they? That’s the legacy and I’m going to tell you that’s true. This is not me saying they cheated the Colts, but this is me saying legacy is perception.
“Here’s the thing with Brady, with me specifically ‘¦ He’s evolution. He’s bigger, taller, better looking, more talented, smarter, funnier. I think he’s fabulous and untouchable, until about a week ago. Now, you know what, he’s just like everybody else. I think the legacy is he’s a great, great, great quarterback, comma, just like everybody else.”
To listen to the entire interview, click here.