The crisis called “deflategate” and the media diversion around it has helped conceal another scandal in the US National Football League (NFL). On January 18, Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers in the semi final in the west to advance to the NFL’s self-styled “world championship.” It was played the same day as the controversial New England Patriots-Indianapolis Colts game that gave rise to the “deflategate” controversy. The game, dominated by Green Bay, ended in a tie, due to a remarkable comeback by Seattle. That meant overtime. The game was decided in part by the flip of a coin.