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Deflate-gate and 4 other big Super Bowl Controversies

Some fans want the New England Patriots to be banned from the big game. Others just want the constant media coverage over a few deflated footballs to end, but this football debacle is far from over. It's been called the "dumbest sports controversy ever" by Forbes, but even full-time intellectuals like Bill Nye the Science Guy are weighing in on the issue. 

Now, the NFL investigation is zeroing in on a locker room attendant that may have something to do with the missing air from the Patriot's footballs used during the AFC Championship game. Ultimately, one thing is certain - the Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, but that doesn't mean sports fans have to be happy about it. 

According to an Opinion Outpost poll, 60 percent of some 7,500 respondents believe the New England Patriots should be disqualified from Super Bowl XLIX because of the deflated ball controversy. 

Others are just hoping for a Seattle Seahawks victory. Another Opinion Outpost poll revealed 55 percent of roughly 2,900 respondents are banking on the Hawks.

Whether you've had your eyes glued to the screen for every one of Bill Belichick's press conferences or you're just waiting for this ball dispute to end, don't forget a few other Super Bowl controversies that have occurred in the past. There's a mile-long stretch of debacles leading all the way from some of the first big games.

Super Bowl IV - Len Dawson and the sports gambler
In the week leading up to Super Bowl IV, the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs was questioned about a sports gambling conflict, according to the Los Angeles Times. Len Dawson knew a gambler who was arrested before the big game with $400,000 dollars and Dawson's phone number on his person. 

Fortunately for the Chiefs, Dawson was cleared of any wrongdoing. He had no contact with the gambler in question leading up to the Super Bowl. Reportedly, he was so sure of his innocence that he fell asleep during interrogations.

Super Bowl XV - Bourbon Street and the Raiders legend
The eve of the big game is night most athletes might go to bed early or at least take care to treat their bodies well. That wasn't the case for the Oakland Raiders leading up to their game against the Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV. After promising he would keep his  teammates in check, defensive end John Matuszak took to Bourbon Street for a night of drunken debauchery that would live in infamy with the rest of his team.

Despite breaking curfew and likely nursing hangovers, the Raiders squashed the Eagles 27 to 10.

Super Bowl XXXV and XLVII - the Ray Lewis slayings
You may have heard about the double-homicide linked back to Ray Lewis in 2000, which became a heated controversy during the 2012 Super Bowl. However, that conflict may pale in comparison to the controversy it caused in 2001, just one year after the linebacker pleaded guilty to lesser charges and walked away with a $250,000 fine. Lewis went on to be voted the most valuable player of the game after a Baltimore victory.

Super Bowl XXXVI - Bill Belichick and spygate
​Many sports fans have been quick to point out that this isn't the first cheating controversy in the Patriot's track record. The Boston Herald alleged that the Patriot's video department was caught video taping the Rams walkthrough practice the day before the Super Bowl in 2006, according to the New York Post.

However, the LA Times noted that Belichick fought against this allegation and the Boston Herald ended up pulling the story.


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