The Deflategate Story Has Become a Monolith

Tom Brady compares slog of NFL season to military deployment

Tom Brady took over the football world last month with the arrival of the Deflategate mess and ensuing New England Patriots‘ season-winning Super Bowl XLIX victory over Seattle.

The Deflategate controversy, which dominated the football world from the moment Bill Belichick unveiled the findings of his own investigation (as an alternative to what was actually done by Tom Brady), and which is still taking up all the airtime and headlines, has brought the sports world to an all-new level of awareness.

Now that Tom Brady is no longer a member of the Patriots, the story has entered into what has become a very common phenomenon: a period of prolonged and intense media interest.

Of course, the news media is not a monolith, nor does the sports world have one consistent voice.

And, although it is true that the media did once have and maintain one consistent voice in football, that voice is no longer in the football world.

But, even with two separate and distinct media organizations at play, and multiple perspectives and opinions on the matter of Deflategate, Brady’s words – and the words of his father – have dominated the sports narrative.

“One of the greatest feelings you can ever have is to perform the greatest job in the world. And to win a championship for your country.”

“This is the most important thing I have done in my life,” Brady said in the Patriots’ victory parade the night after Super Bowl victory. “My dad told me this is the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life.

“He was a great man, he’s an incredible mentor to me, he coached me to the highest possible expectations and that goes all the way back to my high school days at Waltham.”

After the first round of Deflategate media reports came out, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mortensen of ESPN both said Brady’s words were not a direct quote, citing, “a report from one of football’s most prestigious publications.”

But who really cares?

It was Patriots vs. Seahawks, two teams that

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