NFL Deflategate: Controversy shouldn’t overshadow the Super Bowl | The MMQB with Peter King:
But don’t try turning this story about two pounds per square inch of
missing air into the Hornung-Karras gambling investigation, because it
ain’t that. This doesn’t rise to the level of threatening the integrity
of the game in any lasting way. Sorry, but I’m not buying into that
popular level of hyperventilation.
Some perspective, please?
When the Patriots’ football deflation scandal leads all three
broadcast networks’ news broadcasts, as it did on Thursday night, we
might officially be through the looking glass. If that’s the most
important story in the world, then it says more about our judgment and
our focus than it does the significance of the topic. And it also
proves, to no surprise, that controversy drives both the league and the
news cycle like never before. (And how lucky are we that deflate rhymes with gate, as if we ever needed the impetus of a rhyme to attach -gate to any tempest? Who can forget the Super Bowl’s Nipplegate?)