Deflategate itself was clearly a hit job. Check the logs and timelines of annual rule changes, points of emphasis given to officials (sometimes between the championship weekend and SB weekend) and look at what team would be 'nominally' most negatively impacted by those changes. That seems clearly targeted, if not a hit job. Then there is simply 'what we don't know'. This is point where I proudly don my tin-foil hat and say "I'm with Joker!" GotoHell has manipulated and morphed the product for his own purposes for years now. The kind appraisal is akin to ' chicks dig the long ball ' baseball-steroids years. (I.e. NYJFL is just trying to hype offense to pump ratings.). [And patriots dominance is bad for ratings in other markets. ] But, I was convinced of manipulation of officials back in the scandalous Manning-Squeelers-Seahags playoff sequence where rapistburger overcame in AFCCG and then became golden child for SB. The manipulation and lying of rules, officials, draft picks, etc. has continued unabated since, but mostly at levels where guys like me can be written off by guys like you as nut Jobs. So believe what you want, I'm ok with that. But I think GotoHell will be demise of league at some point.