Long ago, when I was a member of the defense team, I learned that U.S. Navy showers have only three settings: (1) too hot, (2), too cold, and (3) off. I thought of this when I read of the NFL’s draconian punishment of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots over a non-event we have learned to call Ball-Gate.
It seems that when there’s a controversy involving the NFL or its teams or players, the league’s eventual reaction (almost always after lengthy dithering) has only two settings: (1) under-react, or (2) over-react. Suspending Brady for a quarter of the season and taking two drafts picks and a million bucks from the Patriots is a clear example of (2). (A couple of stable boys were also cast into outer darkness.)
Based on the various turmoils of the last year or so, alert observers are entitled to wonder if the enormously rich NFL, with rooms full of extravagantly paid officials, could put together a two-car funeral.