(by Steve Serby, NY Post) -- You really, truly, honestly want to believe Tom Brady. But it’s hard, much harder than the way he likes his footballs.
Somebody is stonewalling, or lying.
Somebody please administer Bill Belichick and Tom Brady lie detector tests immediately.
All these years after Spygate.
Brady is still the handsome face of the NFL, so Belichick wasted little time at his morning press conference tossing the NFL’s deflated football at that face.
And Brady couldn’t get a grip.
Belichick swears he knows nothing about Deflategate.
“I have no explanation for what happened,” Belichick said.
“I didn’t alter the ball in any way,” Brady said.
Because of his role in Spygate, when Belichick offers his denials, you have a hard time not thinking of these immortal words: “I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.”
Brady always has gotten the benefit of the doubt. He is the sport’s Pretty Boy, almost always classy and accommodating, with a better half to die for. The words seem less sinister coming from the mouth of Brady.
But Brady lost me when he said he likes his balls a certain, specific way and yet somehow could not tell the difference in the deflated balls he threw in the first half from the properly inflated balls he threw in the second half.
“I have no knowledge of any wrongdoing,” Brady said.
Any pathetic See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil omertà doesn’t change the fact that someone doctored the balls.
That someone cheated.
That someone is lying.
“I think there’s a lot of people that have more information than me,” Brady said.
OK, so who and where are they?
“I have questions too, but there’s nobody that I know that can answer the questions that I have,” Brady said.
Brady made it sound as if he could be throwing a toaster oven and once the game starts, he wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
“Once I’m out on the field … I have no thought of the football at that point.
“I’m thinking about the defense. I’m thinking about the execution of the play and what I need to do. I’m not thinking about how the football feels.”
“I did not believe what Tom had to say,” former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell said. “Those balls were deflated. Somebody had to do it. I don’t believe there’s an equipment manager in the NFL that would, on his own initiative, deflate a ball without the starting QB’s approval. “That football is our livelihood. If you don’t feel good about throwing that ball? Your success on the football field can suffer from that.”
Brady’s pristine image suffers now instead.
The NFL, as of Thursday evening, had not yet questioned him.
Your move, Commissioner.
What’s the delay? Get to the bottom of this already and mete out the proper punishment for the crime of tampering with the integrity of the game — before the swarm of media locusts descends upon Glendale, Ariz. for Super Ball XLIX, not after Super Ball XLIX.
The clock is ticking, and it’s about to blow up your Super Bowl.