Indianapolis-based columnist and breaker of the Deflategate story Bob Kravitz stopped by the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday to talk about the scandal and the Super Bowl. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
From what information he’s seen recently regarding Deflategate, Kravitz said it looks as if the Patriots might get out of this situation relatively unscathed, but he isn’t sure if it’s a result of their innocence or the league’s incompetence.
“I don’t know if that’s going to be the result of them either being completely exonerated and clean in this, which is a possibility, or if that’s the result of the NFL being completely incompetent, and the reason I say that is the Ray Rice fiasco. They showed during the Ray Rice fiasco that they can screw up a one-car funeral procession, you know what I mean?” he said.
“So it’s one of those two things but it’s going to be, and I said this from the beginning, it’s going to be tough to find that smoking gun,” Kravitz added. “I have a feeling that nothing is going to come of this, but I could be wrong. The burden of proof for the National Football League is quite a bit lower than it is, say, in a court of law.”
Kravitz said that Deflategate shouldn’t loom over the Patriots as a form of their legacy being compromised in the same way Spygate affected perceptions of the team.
“I don’t think this messes up their legacy,” he said. “I think Spygate is always going to be there and the fact that — and I don’t believe that there’s causation here — but the fact that they haven’t won a Super Bowl since Spygate hangs over them just a little bit, at least in the view of people outside of New England. I think if this ends up being nothing, I think it gets recalled in a “30-for-30″ 10, 20 years from now as a lot of hot air.”
In terms of the game itself, Kravitz told D&C that in his experience, “When you have a dominant defense vs. a very good to dominant offense, the dominant defense wins.” Kravitz mentioned that the Seahawks defense has been very strong as of late and, because of that, he said Seattle is going to win what will be a very close and “strangely low-scoring game.”