Real Cheating

This afternoon, I was listening to some dude on CBSSports Radio rant about whether the deflated ball thing was really a big deal (it isn’t).

I thought about what constitutes a big deal. The biggest big deal is the Competition Committee. You know, where rules are made and where they decide what gets enforced. That’s where real cheating happens.

I got a kick out of seeing Dan Marino talking about how a deflated ball is such an advantage for a quarterback. Of course, while Aaron Rodgers says how he loves the ball overinflated. Anyway, Dan Marino had a way bigger advantage than an underinflated ball: A representative on the NFL’s Competition Committee. That guy, Don Shula campaigned for liberalization of offensive holding and the passing game back in the mid-to-late 70’s:

Young and former committee chairman Tex Schramm lauded Shula for his ability to remain objective in the pursuit of better rules. Shula joined the committee in 1976, a time when rules were significantly changed to help the passing game even though the Dolphins were a run-oriented team at the time

So what happened? In the early 80’s, the Dolphins converted to one of the most prolific passing offenses in the history of the game. That’s where the real taking-advantage-of-rules takes place, in the Competition Committee. Their bullying of officials is legendary. Shula’s offensive linemen had several Hall-of-Famers, but you should be able to make the Hall-of-Fame when officials are terrified of calling you for holding.

Shut your yap, Dan and go look at your records. It’s all you have. Tom Brady is a better quarterback than you ever were.


About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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