Sportsmanlike conduct

Deron Snyder thinks the Patriots have been America’s most hated team this century — to some. The thing is, what he describes of football hate is also relevant to the current debate about rape on campus, the Black Lives Matter rioting, and politically driven prosecution.

The piling on since “Deflategate” has been unseemly, unsightly and plain ol’ ugly, enough to make this Patriots anti-fan raise his voice in support.

I didn’t think critics could be more petty after expressing their outrage over the air pressure in some footballs.

Considering that many of the sources hail from teams that lost to the Patriots, you have to wonder what percentage of their gripes are sour grapes. There’s a whole lot of “I have a feeling” and “I just know,” but not much that can be verified.

There’s no defense against a nagging sense or widely-held assumption that you did something wrong.

That’s why the ordeal of dredging up unsubstantiated accusation from decades ago is an exercise in futility … unless the objective is providing ammo to shoot down Belichick and Brady.

In that case, mission accomplished, though the haters are firing blanks.

While the NFL is a business dripping in money, it is also a sport. The conduct of the players. coaches, and league officials as highlighted by Snyder are well outside the realm of sportsmanlike conduct. Firing blanks? talk to Scooter Libby about that …

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