Darin Gantt, ProFootballTalk:
While John Elway might think the NFL got it right with the Patriots’ DeflateGate punishments, another Hall of Fame quarterback isn’t so sure.
Jets legend Joe Namath said last night he wasn’t sure the deflating of footballs was that big of a deal, and that the suggestion it compared to PED use wasn’t legitimate. “Performance-enhancing drugs, to me, is a far worse issue."
According to Joe, a softer football would benefit the passers and receivers. None of those shenanigans went on in his day. He felt mother nature did it on her own, like air leaking from an automobile tire. Namath made reference to the ideal gas law which brought back memories of Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny. New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick made the famous remark during his January 24, 2015 press conference, claiming not to be Mona Lisa Vito. The press conference was two days after Tom Brady had survived a 32 minute ordeal on the podium at Gillette Stadium.
The ideal gas law is the equation of state of a hypothetical ideal gas. It is a good approximation to the behavior of many gases under many conditions, although it has several limitations.
P is the pressure of the gas
V is the volume of the gas
n is the amount of substance of gas
R is the ideal, or universal, gas constant
T is the temperature of the gas
I think Joe Namath is hoping that number 12 on the New England Patriots stands up to the commissioner just as the New York Jets number 12 did in 1969. While Joe Namath's issue with NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle involved his personal life, Joe became irritated with the accusations. He angrily wondered where Rozelle got the audacity to dictate what he did away from the football field. Namath refuted the claims from Rozelle that he associated with gamblers, and declared that he was blameless.
Tom Brady may be in the same boat as Joe was with the commissioner. Tom can claim that this is a personal attack on his character from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and that he is being charged with a crime because he refused to turn over his phone in the Ted Wells investigation.
Dave Steidel, Tales from the American Football League:
In the spring of 1969 he was at it again! Nine years after then LA Rams GM Pete Rozelle fought, and lost, the AFL over the signing of LSU star Billy Cannon, the commissioner of the NFL looked to take down the AFL’s most publicized hero who had just knocked the NFL off of its pedestal in Super Bowl III.
Rozelle would eventually investigate Len Dawson days before Super Bowl IV, not to mention his bitter dislike and ongoing feud for his nemesis and former AFL commissioner/current Raiders owner Al Davis. Now his sights were set on Super Bowl III MVP Joe Namath.
Running with reports that Namath’s new business establishment was a local watering hole for known mobsters and mafia personalities, Rozelle summoned the Jets quarterback to a meeting and issued a demand for Joe to sell off his interest in his Bachelors III Manhattan bar.
With football’s most marketable player defying the edict of the commissioner, public sentiment swayed toward Namath, whom they viewed as a victim.
Joe Namath would sell his interests in the nightclub, Bachelor's III and return to the New York Jets. When it was Joe’s turn to speak, he again stated that “I’ve done nothing wrong."
Tom Brady has a tough act to follow.
The reason Joe Namath is weeping because those are tears of joy.
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