Part of Bill Belichick's job as head coach is to know which players he can trust at a particular moment in a given game.
Malcolm Butler didn't play in the first half of Super Bowl XLIX, but he was ready when the Patriots needed him.
“Integrity of the game” is the noble defense the NFL gives for its Ahab-like pursuit of the New England Patriots.
Meanwhile, the dignity of the game keeps circling the drain.
Jerry Rice has gone to the “everybody else was doing it” excuse.
When given the time to ruminate over a scandal, people can get creative. And it sounds as if the latest conspiracy theory is an example of that creativity.