A few weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the verge of securing a spot in the 2015 NFL playoffs. One of the scenarios for Pittsburgh to advance to the postseason was a New England Patriots victory over the New York Jets. However, when the Patriots won the coin flip to start overtime, instead of electing to receive they chose to kick to a Jets team that had been getting the best of the Patriots during regulation; and with the Steelers losing to the Baltimore Ravens just prior to the OT period beginning, all the Patriots had to do was to beat the lowly Dolphins the next week and all the Jets had to do was beat a struggling Buffalo Bills team and the Patriots would be the number one seed in the AFC playoffs and the Jets would claim the number six seed. However, on many occasions the Patriots tiptoed out of the back door of “Karmas Brothel” without paying for “services rendered.” But on this occasion, Ms. Karma demanded payment upfront.
Had the Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick demanded that the Patriots defeat the Jets the unlikely victory of the Dolphins over the Patriots would have been a moot point as far as New England claiming the number one seed in the AFC insuring that they would play every game at oxygen enriched Gillette Stadium as opposed to being forced to travel to and compete at the Sports Authority Field and Mile High and the thin air in Denver.
The arrogance of the Patriots shined through like the house of the rising sun.
See they thought that the Patriot offense could outperform any other offense in the AFC with the exception of the high octane, wide receiver laden Pittsburgh Steelers so New England took a very blatant transparent and ill-advised dive against the New York Jets.
The grave that they dug for the Steelers had a Patriots headstone waiting to be put in place. As long as the Steelers were forced to be couch potatoes that was all Belichick was concerned with. All the other explanations did not make since.
I was waiting for Belichick to give us some sort of scientific, atmospheric theory that the ball would carry better for the Patriots kicker and there might possibly be some sort of magnetic force due to pass over the earth just when the Jets were about to possess the ball. Belichick tried to fix the competition before the postseason ever began, but Karma or baby Karma decided that she was not going to be faithful. She had her eyes on the new guy next door.
This past Sunday, the Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 20-18 to claim the AFC Championship and earn the trip to Super Bowl 50.
During the pregame warmups at at “Mile High, Patriots “Godfather” Robert Kraft gave his “lieutenant,” QB Tom Brady a kiss on the cheek; sorta like a La Cosa Nostra crime boss giving one of his henchmen good luck before they embarked on an assassin’s assignment. It was definitely a “Mario Puzo, this thing is ours” moment.
As I watched this ceremonial exchange of skullduggery take place it was apparent to me that whether it was deflategate, spygate or any other illegal activity practiced by the master cheaters of the sports world this exchange of “the vows of loyalty and power” may just part of a normal day in “Patriot land.”
There is an old Swahili proverb that goes something like this, chochote kumwaga katika kikombe hicho ndicho una kunywa; whatever you pour into the cup that is what you have to drink. Well boys’ and girls’ it is time for Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to go “bottoms up.”
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