The New England Patriots, as usual, are being mentioned as a Super Bowl contender.
And one of the key yet subtle elements that stacks the odds in the favor of the Patriots for the 2011 NFLseason could become a conspiratorial magnet for the mass of Patriot haters out there in football nation.
Previously, the Spygate scandal cost the Patriots a first round draft choice and a pile of money despite the fact that the team didn't violate the actual letter of the law as it was written.
That time, the data the Patriots collected was public information that anyone and everyone had access to. Regardless, the controversy provided fuel for each envious non-Patriots fan looking to burn down the greatness they so envied and wanted for their franchise.
This season, the potential scandal has no merits to tie back to New England. The competition committee of the NFL consists of the following people:
Rich McKay (Falcons)
Stephen Jones (Cowboys)
Marvin Lewis (Bungles)
John Mara (Giants)
Ozzie Newsome (Ravens)
Bill Polian (Colts)
Rick Smith (Texans)
I don't believe there is anyone on the sub-committee with ties to the Patriots.
The competition committee has shattered their precious parity goal. They have taken a handful of teams and given them an advantage towards winning the Lombardi Trophy this season. Here is why the Patriots are the likely Champions: