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Ricardo Lockette
After the past year in the NFL, it's fitting that the Patriots are champions
After the past year in the NFL, it's fitting that the Patriots are champions

It seems to be fitting for the Super Bowl champion to be possibly still involved in a cheating scandal because this has been a year of turmoil for the NFL, whose image has been tarnished and integrity challenged. The Seattle Seahawks could have ended some of the peril surrounding this season, but they couldn't hold off the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter Sunday night in Super Bowl XLIX. So "Deflategate," the investigation involving the Patriots possibly deflating footballs in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, will only add more drama and suspense in the upcoming weeks. The crowning of the Patriots is par for a season in which the league...

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