There are many fans out there who are outraged over Deflategate. While a lot of them are sitting quietly in anger, one fan is trying to do something about it.
Last week, a fan named Scott Latshaw started a petition on Change.org to have the 2015 AFC Championship Game replayed. However, he has no interest in seeing the New England Patriots get a chance to prove that they can win with properly inflated footballs.
The petition demands that the AFC Championship Game be replayed between the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens:
To maintain the legitimacy of this year's NFL Championship the Patriots should be immediately disqualified and the two teams they beat to advance should be allowed to continue with the playoff process. The AFC championship should be replayed to determine a rightful representative for the AFC in this year's Super Bowl. ...
Immediately disqualify Patriots and replay AFC Championship between the Colts and Ravens.
Apparently a lot of people thought Latshaw had a good idea. A day after the petition was started, more than 25,000 signatures were collected. That kind of support prompted Latshaw to post this message:
Thanks Everyone !!!! With over 25,000 signatures we are now the #1 Petition on Change. org. Do we really want a Super Bowl Champion with an asterisk??? If we had stopped Barry Bonds or Lance Armstrong at the onset, think how much better things would be. Let's do the right thing this time. Let's keep sports clean for future generations. If you haven't signed it yet please sign it now! and then SHARE IT !!!!!!!!!
Six days after the petition was started, more than 41,000 people had signed it. The goal is to reach 50,000 signatures.
There are plenty of fans who believe New England shouldn't be allowed to play in Super Bowl XLIX because of Deflategate. However, Patriots fans will be quick to point out that New England outscored Indianapolis 28-0 in the second half of the AFC Championship Game while, as WEEI noted, using properly inflated footballs.
Nothing will come from this petition, as Super Bowl XLIX is just five days away. However, this is one way for fans to show the NFL that they expect rules to be enforced.