Even the Superbowl is now a controversy. While none of my favorites made it, I, like most, watch for the competition and commercials. This year, I don't even care about that. Even though these players and teams rake in millions, it is just a game! I thinks a lot of the commentators are missing the point about the deflated ball issue. The point is not whether one team won due to an advantage they manufactured, the point is the cheating itself! This win at all costs mentality sets a poor example for the rest of us, especially the younger fans who look up to these players and long to be like them. What are they learning to be? Cheaters? Thugs who stomp on the guy they just tackled? ( that was not the Patriots but another team) Big, tough men who use their size against their significant others? Football is a sport, not life or death. Let's hope that some of the events of the last couple of years help those in charge take a long look at the culture they are fostering and choose to return the love of the sport back to it. These incidents are not fair to those players who play hard, but with integrity. They far out-number those who are poor examples, but we seldom hear about them. ~Michael S. Pauley
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Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.