Ladies and gentlemen we are one week away from the Super Bowl and controversy has hit before the game could even start. The New England Patriots have been found guilty of using deflated balls in their AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. There are so many angles to this story it’s ridiculous. The Patriots are saying that they had no idea about the issues however the Baltimore Ravens tipped off the Colts that the Patriots did it to them in the previous game. This is not first time the Patriots have been in trouble. In fact they have more of a track record of being in trouble then any other team in the league. I know the NFL will not overturn the game but I believe this should have some serious punishments like a one million dollar fine to the organization and loss of all 2015 NFL Draft Picks. It sounds harsh doesn’t it? Well it should be because cheating is wrong and should not be tolerated in any sport. These morons who keep saying well it didn’t effect the game or there is nothing wrong with it either are Patriots fans or absolutely have no moral fiber in their bodies. It’s the principle that cheating is wrong and should not go unpunished. It’s very disappointing to see in sports when these athletes consider themselves to be role models. What kind of lesson is that? Cheat if you can but don’t get caught.
Speaking of disappointment, as a Detroit Tigers fan I am sad to see Max Scherzer sign with the Washington Nationals. I am more disappointed in the jabs he took at the Tigers during his press conference. He said being in Washington was his best chance to win and he wants to be on the winning team. Last I checked the Detroit Tigers were doing pretty good. They have been in the playoffs four out of the last five years with one World Series appearance. However Max does have a point about winning. because the rotation of the Nationals includes him, Gio Gonzales, Doug Fister, Jordan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg. I will say that on paper the Nationals look very impressive. Maybe Scherzer is the key ingredient to get them to where they need to be and that’s the World Series. Baseball season is right around the corner so I guess we will find out then if the Nationals have what it takes to win the big one.
Another season that is coming soon is NASCAR season. Earlier this week Jeff Gordon announced he will be retiring at the end of the 2015 season from full time competition. I remember back then when the cool thing was to hate Jeff Gordon and poke fun of his race colors. Jeff Gordon has earned my respect and admiration over the years. He will go down as one of the all time greats to ever get behind the wheel of a stock car. Jeff Gordon is not one of those athletes who can’t compete anymore. He is still very much competitive and it sounds like he wants his career to go out on a high note. I will be watching the 24 car very intently this NASCAR season to see how his career ends. It’s been a wonderful career for him so hopefully at Homestead-Miami he will hold the checkered flag one more time.
It’s been a fairly quiet week in sports with the exception of these three topics. Next week we will have the Super Bowl, and soon after NASCAR season starts and baseball season starts. We also have Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz next weekend. A lot of great things coming up in the world of sports but for now be safe, be strong and believe in yourself. Controversy Doesn’t Come Without Criticism!