Cheat on a test in school? You fail, no questions asked.
Cheat on your taxes, the IRS will find you. It won’t be pretty.
Cheat on a World Cup bid and, well, you probably get awarded that World Cup, but that’s neither here nor there.
The New England Patriots cheated in the AFC championship. As such, the team should be disqualified from the Super Bowl.
Deflating 11 of 12 balls in Sunday’s game, as has been reported by ESPN, is a major violation and something that had a great affect on the game. Given the number of deflated balls, it’s almost impossible this was accident, meaning that someone in the New England organization willfully tampered with the rules to give his team an advantage. That’s cheating.
The penalty should be simple: Ban ‘em.
Of course, it’s not realistic to disqualify New England from the Super Bowl. What’s the NFL going to do, bring back the Colts to replace them? Hold a loser-bracket between Denver and Indianapolis? That’s not feasible. Just because the Pats should be DQ’d doesn’t mean they will or could.