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LB Darius Fleming: Sports Ethics Hero

Darius Fleming

Maybe the mere mention of the New England Patriots turns your stomach, or perhaps you wear New England Patriots pajamas to sleep (even in the summer) and live and die with every Tom Brady snap. Either way, it’s OK by us. This story is about a Patriots player, but the real story is about the choices that each one of us can make in life. We’d be fools to not mention that the body of any athlete is his or her tool, and the higher one goes, high school to […]

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Should the NFL be in the Judge Judy Business?

Angry Judy

 Yesterday, picking through the sports news, I came across yet the latest update in the Deflategate saga. It is one of those gifts, like really spicy Indian food, that keeps on giving. The Associated Press article by Larry Neumeister (October 26, 2015) entitled: “NFL: Judge’s ruling for Tom Brady was ‘unfathomable’,” caused, I must admit, a twinge somewhere in the nether regions of my gut. To quote from the piece: “NFL lawyers told a federal appeals court in Manhattan on Monday that it was ‘unfathomable’ that a judge could decide […]

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Steve Sarkisian – not alone on Many Levels

Steve Sarkisian

There is little more to add to Steve Sarkisian’s situation than the obvious; the former USC coach (he was fired today) is an alcoholic, plain and simple, and he has hit what is obviously the lowest point of his life. Anyone who views his predicament with arrogance or smugness is a jerk. If you can’t appreciate the long and uphill battle he faces you have no heart. I have had family members who have succumbed to alcoholism. I don’t know the man, but I feel lousy rotten for him. However, […]

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Where is Roger? Maybe Sitting Next to You.

The first game of the NFL season was (ironically) the New England Patriots versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England won 28 to 21. It was not that close and by the end of the 3rd Quarter, the outcome was not much in doubt. Like them or hate them, the Patriots are good. Unless you have been in isolation with a lost tribe in the Amazon, you undoubtedly know about “Deflate-gate,” and that at the end of it, the outcome was more deflated than the footballs. Also by the end of […]

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Time to de-flate the rowboat


This blog will begin with an old, old story, told to me when I was a kid – which was a long time ago. Two guys of very little means, were also avid fishermen. One fine day, while passing a department store window, they happened to see a really sweet row boat. It was beautiful and just the thing to let them row out to where the big fish hid. They put together a plan. They would dress in greasy overalls and work boots, walk into the store like they […]

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What’s NFL Love Got to do with it?

While we hate to say, “I told you so,” the Deflate-gate drama is pretty much unfolding as we kind of predicted. Before we go any further, we need to stress that the latest wrinkle in the saga is strictly between Robert Kraft and the league. Tom Brady has not yet emerged on the scene to plead his case, though we will have a quick and easy theory on that as well. The very latest is that Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, has met with NFL commissioner […]

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Sports Ethics: Deflate-gate, Deflated

Tom Brady Deflate-gate

Could we be the last people to comment on “the report” and the probable deflation of the New England Patriots game balls? Hopefully, yes. In case anyone believes we know something that you don’t; we don’t. As a public service (and our guess is as good as yours), here is how we see this whole thing unfolding: The NFL will come around to saying something about Brady; we figure it will cost Brady between 2 and 4 games. A lot of New England fans will rant and rave. That’s what […]

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Deflate-gate, Other Ethical Follies


Let us talk a little bit under-inflated footballs. It’s a silly discussion, I know, but all of a sudden the Super Bowl could be tainted because of it. The other day I wrote a blog saying that the accusations that the Patriots had intentionally deflated footballs was pretty much a joke. Who would risk it? I mused. It was obvious the Patriots were dominant from the beginning and that the Colts had no chance. I was sure that an under-inflation must have been a mistake; perhaps a faulty football or simple error. […]

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Football-gate? Would you risk it? Neither would we.


Who would ever think we would be talking about PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) following an AFC Championship game? Even the term “PSI” scares me, because of my intense memories of high school and college physics. After the Indianapolis Colts loss to the Patriots, by a score of 45-7, a radio station in Indianapolis (WTHR) reported that the Patriots are about to be investigated by the NFL for using an under-inflated football. I might mention that IF this “report” were true, and IF a culprit was found, it could have […]

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Why means why: Josh McNary Exempt


Arguably, Josh McNary, the Indianapolis Colts linebacker, was about to face the biggest game of his career. Whether by miracle, divine intervention or (what I like to believe) by good, hard-nosed football, the Colts defeated the Denver Broncos to make it to the AFC championship game. It is not going to be easy to get by the New England Patriots to contend for the Super Bowl, but with an intact team, a team driven to one purpose and a team without distraction, they had a shot. Josh McNary was just […]

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