by Thomas "Loop" Proctor, Host of Thomas Loop Radio Show on AM 1440 WJJL
Loophole and within the rules. The New England Patriots Organization have been testing this theory since Head Coach Bill Belichick took the reins of Head Coach in 2000. Some call it a competitive edge. Others call it finding a way. Anything that will help the Patriots win on an off the football field is now defined as The Patriot Way.
With the deflated football fiasco at the forefront and the latest of New England Patriot folklore, fans from all over who don’t root for the Pats are taking an immediate stance with their barrage of comments; cheaters, suspend Brady for a year, suspend Belichick for a year. Others say the team shouldn’t even be able to play in the Super Bowl.
Do yourselves a favor and step outside of your emotion. Step outside of your allegiance for your chosen team, and read further. Having broken down and watched several times over, the press conferences of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady – there is an art from in place. It’s all scripted. It’s all intentional and above all, will get the Patriots to the Super Bowl without a scratch. It is better to ask for forgiveness, that it is to ask for permission, and in this win now league – the Patriots are content to deal with the consequences later.
Belichick works best with absorbing the information given to him and while up in front of the press, gives that information to the media. Then stops. If you think that he is going to put his team at risk – keep dreaming. It will never happen.
As the presser continues, Belichick volleys over to Tom Brady, who is set up for his ‘sliding time scale’- like 3:45, now its 4:15pm press conference. This is all by design. To keep everyone looking for answers off balance. All are calculated. All work as a team. Brady then finishes his “human” like approach with the media. Then, an error occurs. Tom Brady was up there about three minutes too late. The material had run out.
What do you do in that situation? Surely, the PR/Media Relations Director can’t advise Brady to up and leave. You have to continue on through the press conference, which is exactly what Tom Brady did.
Then comes Saturday, January 24th, 2015 – when Bill Belichick made his biggest mistake. Maybe not. Belichick conducts his “Mr. Wizard’s World” scientific experiment with the footballs and climate conditions and tells all of it to the media world. Thus, extending the investigation further.
All of it was by design. But, why? Here’s the answer. Next year doesn’t matter to The New England Patriots. It’s a “win now” league as mentioned earlier. The primary focus was to show “transparency” to those in media and to the NFL and above all – get to Super Bowl 49 entirely, as a team – without suspensions leading up to kickoff. Step outside of your emotion once in a while, fans.