Indeed, one of the nice things about this year’s Super Bowl is that — for once — the team accused of being cheating cheaters is not the Seahawks.
Last year, the Wall Street Journal published an article alleging the team’s defense was so spectacular because the secondary cheated on every play (my response here).
This year, even I went out of my way to note that the Patriots are not the only Super Bowl team to suffer from deflated balls. Indeed, Patriots fans are beginning to fire back with precisely that point:
That article’s a little out of date, so I think it’s worth re-examining the allegation. Here’s a list of Seahawks suspensions for substance abuse since Pete Carroll became the team’s head coach in January 2010 (facts & figures courtesy of Wikipedia):
|2-Jul-10||4 games||LenDale White||RB||Seattle Seahawks|
|16-Jul-10||1 game||Leroy Hill||LB||Seattle Seahawks|
|6-Dec-11||4 games||John Moffitt||OG||Seattle Seahawks|
|23-May-12||4 games||Allen Barbre||OT||Seattle Seahawks|
|20-Nov-12||4 games||Winston Guy||SS||Seattle Seahawks|
|5-Dec-12||4 games||Brandon Browner||CB||Seattle Seahawks|
|17-May-13||4 games||Bruce Irvin||DE||Seattle Seahawks|
|24-Nov-13||4 games||Walter Thurmond||CB||Seattle Seahawks|
|18-Dec-13||Indefinite (Later changed to 4 games)||Brandon Browner||CB||Seattle Seahawks|
And just to review, where are those players now? Hill: free agent. Moffitt: retired. Barbre: Eagles. Guy: Colts. Browner: Patriots. Irvin: Seahawks. Thurmond: Giants. Browner: Patriots.
In other words, more of those Seahawks suspensions are currently sitting on New England’s roster than on Seattle’s. (Not to mention that the Patriots earned two suspensions of their own during that same time frame, and one of those two players is still on their team.)