Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, in response to a question at his January 22, 2015 press conference on the deflated footballs controversy. The question was, “Did you cheat?”
The Barometer has learned, lo these many years of study, to watch the parsing. The belief that one did not cheat is not the same thing as, “I didn’t cheat.” Witness Lance Armstrong’s explanation of his denial (to Oprah) lo the many years he was using PEDs:
â€œI looked up the word â€˜cheatâ€™ in the dictionary and decided it didnâ€™t apply, given that it meant â€˜to gain an advantage on a rival or foe.â€™ I didnâ€™t view doping that way. I viewed it as a level playing field.â€
He was violating the rules, but he did not believe he was cheating.
Reporters walked away from the Brady conference with dismay that the NFL had not yet spoken to Mr. Brady. Ah, that will come. Investigators, whether dealing with investment banks and corporations or football teams, always start at the bottom and work their way up through the organization. By that time, they have a fairly clear picture. Ah, but those at the top will not know what the others have said. With inconsistencies come doubts, with doubts come questions, and with questions, that belief of those at the top does get challenged.
Who knows if we will ever know? The answer as to how the 11 footballs lost two pounds each, is there somewhere, but it may well rest with those at the bottom who, presently, are filled with fear. The Barometer is betting on a meteorological explanation that emerges just prior to the Super Bowl. Or, dietary, tough game — footballs always lose weight during a rugged confrontation.