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Mike Pesca: America's Obsession With Deflategate03:34
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FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24:  Paul Goodrow of Watertown, Massachusetts holds a sign in support of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the "Free Tom Brady" rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the "deflategate" scandal.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Paul Goodrow of Watertown, Massachusetts holds a sign in support of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the "Free Tom Brady" rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the "deflategate" scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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It seems as though Deflategate will never be put to rest. After a suspension, an appeal, another suspension and yet another appeal, the controversy shows no signs of ever ending. But maybe that's not what is most concerning about the ways in which deflated footballs, PSI levels and the Patriots quarterback have become a part of Americans' collective consciousness.

Mike Pesca points out that the real concern might lie in what Americans don't know about or aren't aware of, as they continue to follow Deflategate so closely.
"And what's so fascinating is that sports media just has to say anything about Deflategate, and millions and millions of people will know exactly where we are in the story, what the stakes are, and, if they're fair-minded folk (i.e. if they agree with me), they will have strong opinions about inflation gauges, Goodell's overstepping his authority, and maybe they can cite a clause or two of the ideal gas law.
"I think more people know about Deflategate than know about the basics of American life."
Mike Pesca hosts the daily podcast, The Gist, from Slate and is a panelist on the sports podcast HANG UP AND LISTEN; which posts every Monday. Listen to Pesca’s complete thoughts by clicking the play button below the headline at the top of the page.

This segment aired on May 28, 2016.

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