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Debate over deflategate over-inflated



Much is being made of the proper inflation of footballs. This was brought about by the alleged cheating of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is accused of deflating footballs during a game last year to gain a competitive advantage. It seems we are spending a lot of time, and money, fighting over how much pressure should be in an NFL football. Which got me thinking, this could only happen in football. Take a look at the other pro sports, and it seems this would never be an issue. In basketball, all the players use the same ball for the entire game. And if it is not inflated properly, it doesn’t bounce. In baseball, dozens of balls are used in each game. If one gets thrown into the dirt, the umpire tosses the pitcher a new one. But somehow when the ball is hit, which presumably does more to scar a baseball than a throw in the dirt, but the ball is put back in play. In golf, each player supplies their own balls, and they can use whatever brand is paying them to play it. In hockey, it seems nothing can be done to alter the puck, which is used for the entire game. While in tennis, pro players are offered a handful of tennis balls to choose from, and they can use whatever one has the proper bounce to suit their game. It seems among the pro sports, Deflategate could only happen in football, and that is a good thing, because the whole controversy is becoming rather over-inflated.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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