Well that didn't go quite the way I expected it to. Then again, these are the same old Patriots. You know the ones who are still mad about Spygate? The ones who continue to get favorable calls with the officials no matter where (Or who) they play? The obvious "love affair" between the NFL and it's poster child of every month Tom Brady was on full display yesterday afternoon in the 59-24 debacle in NE. Yes I know the Colts didn't play their best game with Luck in particular. But in spite of that I'm here to address the elephant in the room. In all my years of watching football, I have never seen a sport change it's rules to benefit one player the way the NFL has for Tom Brady. I watched his offensive line get away with murder all game long yesterday. In fact, it was very reminiscent of the game the Pats had against the Seahawks. Seattle has one of the best D lines in the game. I believe without a doubt if that game was officiated the way it was supposed to be, Seattle would have blown out the Pats instead of the "squeak by" win they got. The Colts D linemen were "mugged" all game long the same way the Seahawks D linemen were. Why the favoritism? I wanted to throw my glass at the big screen TV inside the sports bar I was at but had to remind myself this is what happens when you play the "great Tom Brady." You don't play against just "him." You play against the NFL too. "His" NFL.
Luck didn't play his best game but in his defense he didn't have a lot of help from his teammates either. Vince Wilfork practically set up shop to roast marsh mellows in the Colts back field all day. Wayne, Hilton, Allen, and Brazill all dropped passes at critical moments in the game that either killed drives on 3rd down or put pressure on Luck to make a play which resulted in turnovers.
The NFL has become a pussy league because of this on going affection it has with Brady. Remember the no tuck rule? Remember the "can't hit a QB below the waste" rule implemented right after Brady was lost for the season a few years ago? All of the rule changes (as well as the ones that are "bent" for him) come to the forefront whenever the Pats play a primetime game more than any other team in the league. According to commissioner Goodell, all of these "new" rules are to "protect defenseless players." Oh Really? Then why hasn't there been one single rule implemented/inforced to protect defensive players who are blocked below the knees, or against defenders from the kind of blindside blocks you see on kickoff returns and big plays? Am I the only one who sees the irony? I had to take a walk after the game to cool down. I admit I have a visceral hatred for the Pats as well as Brady and take comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one who feels that way about them. The Pats are the most hated team in the NFL. Their one of the least picked teams in Madden yearly and that includes the years they "won" a SB.
The one thing I can take solace in after this game is the fact the Colts will have over 30 million in cap space next year that they can use to fill many of the holes they have on both sides of the ball. Luck will be astronomically better on year two than he is right now. But most of all the Brady/Belechek era is coming to an end. I believe karma is real as we saw in the injury to Gronkowski. There was no need for him to still be in the game in the 4th Qtr with the game out of reach. Then again Belechek is still upset about spygate and wants to blow everyone out of the building. The Pats won't win another SB under Brady or Belechek. In that I can sleep at night. "Karma" is real.