How "DeflateGate" impacts the Seahawks
What may be the stupidest, most irrelevant controversy the NFL has ever seen is the only thing that the media is choosing to talk about right now. #DeflateGate is in full force and the question of whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs to benefit their passing game is seemingly more important than the upcoming Super Bowl.
The Patriots absolutely dominated the AFC Championship game over the Colts, 45-7. Yet on a Thursday afternoon, Bill Belichik and Tom Brady have to address the media as to whether they had knowledge of the footballs being used in the game were under-inflated. Tight end Dwyane Allen of the Colts tweeted: "They could have played with soap for balls and beat us. Simply the better team. We have to continue to build!" Quarterbacks from different generations, including ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck, have come out and said that every quarterback has a different level of comfort with the football based on how inflated they are. Head referee Walt Anderson even checked the balls before the game started, and the Patriots replaced the under-inflated balls at half-time, meaning they outscored the Colts 28-0 with properly inflated balls.
So, why are they still talking about this? That's what the media is there for, right? To make mountains out of mole hills. What else would they talk about after a 45-7 game? Anyway, the point is that with all the attention the Patriots are getting in the two weeks prior to the big game, no one is even talking about the team the Patriots will be playing against on February 1st, the reigning world champion Seattle Seahawks.
While the Patriots have to deal with possible suspensions being implemented, the Seahawks biggest controversy is yet another fine for Marshawn Lynch which he could really care less about. The birds from Seattle must also be thinking they are a team of destiny after the unbelievable come back in the Seattle-Green Bay NFC championship showdown. Looking to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champion since the aforementioned Patriots in 2003 and 2004, the Seahawks have all the momentum before even touching the field. Of course, counting out a Bill Belichik coached team even with the distractions would be pre-mature, unless of course, he isn't standing on the sidelines, a circumstance I would find hard to believe.
What does #DeflateGate mean for both sides? It won't mean much come 6:30 EST on February 1st. Both teams will have one thing in mind: To win the big game, properly inflated balls or not.