Joel McHale was a panelist on last night’s Nightly Show when the conversation turned to hashtag deflategate. McHale came down hard for Tom Brady, so much so that he advanced a completely spurious and silly argument in Brady’s defense.
Now, admittedly, he might have realized how silly it was, because Joel only got about half the point out of his mouth before pulling up:
If you give the balls to another team, they’re going — just like — every — this is so dumb. It is so overdone, it’s ridiculous.
Figuring out what McHale wanted to say is going to take some serious sleuthing. I could parse the sentence slowly word by word, but here’s how I read the argument as a whole:
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