Same Old

Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, will be the only holdover from the last Super Bowl between the two teams going against each other this year; Patriots and Rams.  That game was played nearly twenty years ago.

The Patriots are also playing in their third consecutive championship game which is an incredible achievement in and of itself.
Without going too far into the woods with NFL salary cap details; base salaries, roster bonuses, dead money, and cap savings for the year, the average fan should wonder what sort of impact it has had on the game and why it seems that the same few teams find themselves in a position to potentially win it all every year.
The basic argument for the salary cap is that it levels the field for each of the thirty two teams allowing them to have a fair shot through limiting what can and cannot be spent on players. The argument against the cap can only be accurately described by a game, different in almost every way imaginable, like baseball.  In Major League Baseball teams are allowed to spend whatever they can to get whatever player they may need in order to make themselves competitive in an attempt to win a championship.  While this may seem unfair, with the exception of the Yankees, teams hardly ever repeat the way the Patriots have managed throughout the years.  If the NFL were to allow the same type of spending as that of baseball maybe the Browns wouldn’t have had to wait the better part of two decades to get a franchise quarterback.  They could have simply offered whatever they could afford to hopefully bring in the kind of talent that would make them competitive.
It can be noted that this year is the first time in a long time that the two best teams from either side aren’t going against each other.  And that’s fair.
However, what hasn’t been fair is the officiating.  While the NFL continues its’ brand dominance over the game of football so goes the rules and implementation of those rules brought to you, the fan, by the referees.
Coaches and players can say that the game shouldn’t come down to one single play but the reality is that it often does.  The perfect example of this is the game between the Saints and Rams in the NFC Championship which was won by the Rams on a last second field goal.
One play.
The difference in the game was a no-call by the referees of a blatant pass interference by a Rams defender.  It could have changed, and should have changed, the outcome.
This year fans will have to look forward to a team, the Patriots, who have played in the last three championships while another, the Rams, recently moved from St. Louis for a second time.
Whatever the outcome is it will be counted but the fact is that these are not the two very best that the NFL has to offer and maybe the salary cap is something that can be looked at down the road.
Stay tuned.

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