There is a strong sense that we are returning to the scene of the crime this week when the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts lock horns in a contest that could be uglier than the AFC Championship game played only nine months ago.
With Andrew Luck returning to action and Tom Brady slinging the football around like it is a stone, any mention of the word “Deflategate” should automatically warrant a 15-yard penalty for ignorance.
And we all know how the media covering the game this week is going to exploit every opportunity to make this look like the revenge of Brady and his Patriots for dragging the team through the mud in the offseason.
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Oh the drama; the horror; the vengeance. If there was ever a real life hero vs. villain scenario in the NFL, this one matches it to a tee.
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News might have said it best when he wrote that: “The NFL never runs away from capitalizing on drama.
"So before Tom Brady gets his revenge on the Colts in Sunday night’s Deflategate Bowl by breaking every passing and scoring record, the league needs to commemorate the occasion.”
All in the name of ratings, of course. If the NFL and media outlets were circling this game on their calendars from the time the schedules were released, then this is the Raiders and Steelers of the 1970s in a strange way, except the Colts have no ammunition to stay afloat in the sea of Patriots red, white and blue.
Everything points to a debacle - a showoff from the quarterback position, where No.12 has made a joke of playing behind center this year. His only competition for MVP is that guy in Green Bay named Aaron Rodgers, who appears now to be God’s favorite quarterback.
The NFL, the odds makers and anyone who is a diehard fan of the sport is praying for the two to meet in Super Bowl 50, and if “Deflategate” conjured up some of the most obscure thoughts about fixing football games, the same must has been thought of already in such an early NFL season to make sure these two greats meet with all the marbles on the line.
Myers added: “Sunday night will be exactly nine months since the Patriots were accused by the Colts of monkeying around with the PSIs in the first half of their 45-7 victory over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game in Foxborough.
"It set the stage for the most overblown controversy in NFL history and led to Goodell slapping Brady with a four-game suspension that was overturned in court.
“Brady and Belichick have been on a Deflategate Revenge Tour and the highlight will be what they do to the Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium.”
Goodell will be in attendance, and may even toss the coin to start the game, with no word yet on whether he'll bring his trusty two-headed piece of silver to ensure a fast start for Bill Belichick’s boys.
But can a game hyped up like no other contest this year live up to its billing? Not a chance, but that’s ok. The NFL just wants to live in the moment and add a little more to the mess it has already created.
And that’s ok, too - the Patriots like it that way. All the more reason for Brady and the boys to carve the Colts up on national television, and if you think 50 points will be enough to relax the crowds and rowdiness that will ensue, you can forget that - Brady will take aim at the half century mark like its child’s play.
It’s just a gentle reminder that this is Brady’s world and every fan of the NFL is living in it.
We all should just sit back and watch it unfold.
It’s either going to make for great theatre or some of the worst hype the NFL has ever dished out for one game. Most would expect the former; all will hope for the later.
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