DeflateGate Ball Sold For 44K, People Running Out Of Ways To Throw Away Money
One of the balls from the Patriots 45-7 thumping of the Colts in the AFC Championship game was sold at auction by Lelands.com for $43,740 on Saturday. The ball was handed to a fan in the stands during the first half of the now controversial game, during which it has been alleged that balls were purposefully and willfully deflated by the Patriots in order to gain an advantage over the the Colts.
Not only is it silly that someone would spend that much money on a ball that may or may not have been deflated by 1-2 PSI before a game that the Patriots were statistically favored to win by a mile, but that's actually a bargain compared to the $100,000 or more that it was projected to sell for. So even the sports memorabilia crowd has started to lose interest in DeflateGate, and those people will still spend millions for anything Babe Ruth ever touched or wore.
Of course Babe Ruth jerseys are on the extravagant end of sports auction items. But in general, sports memorabilia collectors don't have the soundest investment strategies when it comes to their acquisitions. More often than not they are passion purchases; their value lying mainly in being a vehicle for the wealthy to spend their disposable income on things that will sit in Plexiglass cases in a game room to serve as conversation starters or be displayed in some lame sports museum. Still, this particular piece of sports pop culture debate has the likelihood of being worth almost nothing in the very near future.
Between the questions over the verity and impartiality of the Wells Report to the aggressive appeals action by Tom Brady and the Patriots, this ball is looking less and less like it will have much of an official place in the annals of NFL history. Additionally, New England has walloped Indianapolis in every game that the two teams have met in the Andrew Luck era. In the four games played between the two AFC teams since the start of the 2012 season, the Patriots have averaged 47 points per game. In their playoff game against the Colts in the 2013 playoffs (almost exactly one year prior to the DeflateGate game) Tom Brady did not throw one touchdown pass, and they still routed Indy 43-22.
As time goes by and things are put into perspective it will be harder and harder to convince people that the inflation level of a ball had any impact on the Patriots kicking the ass of a team that they always ass-kick. When future generations of football fans look back at the DeflateGate controversy in the larger context of what each of the two teams had accomplished in the NFL until that point and then beyond that game, that football will be hard to sell as anything more than a relic of an outdated controversy.
So here's a tip...if you have an extra 44 grand lying around and you want to make friends with a purchase that will immediately depreciate, buy a boat.
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