Controversy has erupted in the wake of the Patriots' romping win over the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's AFC Championship game.  The NFL has confirmed that New England is under league investigation for illegally deflating footballs so as to gain a competitive advantage.

More on this will certainly come to light in the next few hours, days, and weeks.  In the meantime, the question to debate is whether or not "Deflate-Gate" is a big deal.

To me, the answer is yes - but not because of the game.  Deflated footballs had absolutely nothing to do with the Patriots' win.  They were far and away the better team on Sunday, and would have won playing with a soccer ball.

But, if New England is guilty, it would be another example of the franchise's flagrant disregard for league rules (See: Gate, Spy).

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