On Feb. 1, the Patriots beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. It was a thrilling finish, an improbable interception at the goal line by New England’s Malcolm Butler. And that should have been the lasting image for the season: Butler cutting off Ricardo Lockette on a perfectly timed defensive play.
Instead, we were treated to seven months of bullsh*t, seven months of Deflategate nonsense that clouded an otherwise great season. Even if you hate the Patriots with every fiber of your being, even if you think they are the lowest of the low, an organization that bends the rules at every chance, the whole thing was garbage. It turned fans away from the most beautiful game, a violent sport some of us watch with great anticipation every week.
So, let’s get beyond the shenanigans of Roger Goodell, Tom Brady and the Patriots’ massive ego and enjoy some real, actual football.
Here now are the best GIFS and Vines from Week 1 of the NFL season.
Travis Kelce with the TD celebration of the week.