I Advise You That Cheating Is Not Patriotic

BlutoDear Modern Philosopher,

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

I know you’re a Jets fan, but I hope you are still able to enjoy the day.  There’s still a big game to watch, plenty of cool commercials, and it’s a great excuse to whip up some delicious football snacks.

I’m a Colts fan, so I was hoping to have a personal stake in the game, but my hopes were dashed last week by the Patriots.

Of course, I’ve spent the last two weeks obsessing over this whole “Debategate” mess, like any rabid fan of the Colts should.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand that my team got its butt whipped and the amount of air pressure in the ball most likely had nothing to do with that.

It’s just the principle of the whole thing.

Like you, I went to Catholic School and The Nuns taught me that cheaters never prosper.  Yet, here are the Patriots playing in the Super Bowl after it appears they cheated.  And it’s not the first time they’ve been caught doing something underhanded.

So what’s the deal?  Is it okay to cheat now?  Since the cheating was done by the Patriots, does that make cheating patriotic?

I’m definitely rooting for the Seahawks and honest play today.  I see the Seahawks as the good guys today and the Patriots as the bad guys.  The good guys always win, right?  The cheaters can’t go home with the Lomabardi Trophy, can they?

A Fan of Honest Play

TRophyDear Fan of Honesty,

As a Jets fan living in New England, I definitely have some anti-Patriots bias.  I will try, however, to answer your letter about those dirty little cheaters with an open mind.

I don’t believe that the amount of air pressure in the footballs used in the AFC Championship Game had any real affect on the outcome of the game.

The Pats were clearly the superior team (no offense intended) and the Colts just really looked like they were overwhelmed.

What bothers me, though, is that a team that good might have cut corners and bent the rules and expected to get away with it.  That’s just nonsense.  It’s basically a big foam middle finger thrust in the face of the game.

I advise you that cheating is not patriotic.

It might be something done by the Patriots, but it is definitely not patriotic.

Kids, hell even adults, look up to these players.  We don’t want people thinking that cheating is acceptable, and that if no one can prove you cheated, then it didn’t happen.

Hopefully, the Patriots can fight the urge to cheat today and just play a fair game when they are on such a huge stage.  Everyone will be watching, and I’m sure they’ll be looking for anything out of the ordinary.

Let’s keep it fair.  Go Seahawks!

Austin

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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8 Responses to I Advise You That Cheating Is Not Patriotic

  1. markbialczak says:

    There are media talk show hosts (hello, Colin Cowherd of ESPN radio) that say it’s normal in today’s society to push the rules until you get caught, and break the rules if the punishment is worth serving to achieve the overall goal. That’s some huge and dangerous moral rationalization there. I like your answer much more, Austin. Go Seahawks.

  2. I had to go check who won. I was getting excited at the prospect of fair play being the ultimate winner then, at the end of the brief article, found myself cursing one Tom Brady and the clock. I spend a good part of my day telling kids to collaborate and another telling them to work on their own and not to cheat as it doesn’t help them or me understand where their difficulties may lie. From kids you kind of expect it but adults leading the way with such poor example is a real shame. The one that still gets talked about here is Maradonna’s ‘hand of god’ on the soccer ball. Cheaters are rarely forgiven. People have long memories and just wait for karma to dole out justice.
    Might tune in to next year’s ball game (although they seem to spend a lot of time standing about while ads are shown) and see if Lady Liberty can use her hand……wherever she may be sited by then! 🙂

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