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Monday, July 6, 2015

"The devil made me do it."

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil..."
Isaiah 5:20 (NIV)

You don’t have to be an avid sports fan of pro football to have heard about the game where the footballs were not inflated to the proper pounds per square inch. The incident was amply covered by the news networks.

As usual, each team provided 12 footballs to be used in the game. The National Football League (NFL) has rules that govern the inflation of footballs.

Complaints were filed that the footballs provided by quarterback Tom Brady’s team were underinflated, assuming that as such they would be beneficial to Brady. The newscasters dubbed the incident Deflategate. Tom Brady was suspended from playing the game of pro football.

Sally Jenkins wrote an article last week for the Washington Post News Service with this headline: “Goodell [NFL commissioner] should pardon Brady, blame lax protocols for Deflategate case.” The article went on to say “He [Goodell] should lift the suspension on Tom Brady this week, and turn his disciplinary eye on the vague, sloppily enforced league rules that caused Deflategate in the first place.”

In my opinion—and that’s the only one I’m qualified to have—that is like if someone ran a red light, they could blame it on the traffic light. Like if someone stole something, their defense could blame their deed on the law against stealing. Like if someone killed another, they could place the blame on the law against murder.

In the 1970s, NBC aired The Flip Wilson Show, a variety TV show. Flip Wilson was a comedian whose most popular character, Geraldine Jones, always referred to her boyfriend, "Killer," whose line, "The devil made me do it" became a national catchphrase. No, the devil doesn’t make anyone do anything. He tempts us to do things, but the action when yielding to his temptation is one’s own decision.

Those NFL league rules did not deflate those footballs, as Ms. Sally Jenkins wrote. Someone had to deflate them. Someone is to blame. Someone caused Deflategate and it wasn't the rules.

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