Yesterday the initial hearing was held in the law suit between the National Football League and the Player’s Association which centers around the punishment for footballs being under-inflated in a football game. At one point, the judge was reported to have said, “This ‘Deflategate’. I’m not sure where the ‘gate’ comes from.”
No doubt the judge was being facetious as the word “gate” is commonly used to denote scandals in politics, sports and other arenas. Its use started with the granddaddy of them all, the Watergate scandal of the early 1970’s. Since then it has been used scores of time, the latest being the continuing National Football League scandal dubbed “Deflategate”.
Today my Throwback Thursday post is in the form of a quiz, where the names of some “Gate” scandals can be matched with the description of the scandal.
- 2015 – Sports – The New England Patriots allegedly deflated footballs to be used in a game below the league regulations for required air pressure for game balls.
- 2014 – American Politics – The administration of New Jersey governor Christie is accused of causing a road construction traffic jam in retaliation to the mayor of Fort Lee who did not endorse Christie in his re-election bid.
- 2012 – Sports – The New Orleans Saints was found to have a bounty system where players were paid for bad hits and injuries to opposing players.
- 2011 – American Politics – A New York congressman was found to text indecent photographs of himself.
- 2010 – Journalism – A collection of classified State Department cables are published by WikiLeaks.
- 2009 – Sports – A professional golfer admits to a series of extramarital affairs.
- 2008 – American Politics – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin allegedly fired the state’s public safety director for failing to comply with the governor’s demand to fire her ex-brother-in-law.
- 2007 – Sports – The New England Patriots were punished after illegally filming signals from the sideline of an opposing team.
- 2006 – Journalism – Two published photos from the Lebanon – Iran conflict were digitally altered.
- 2004 – Entertainment – A wardrobe malfunction during the half time show at the Super Bowl resulted in Janet Jackson’s breast being briefly revealed to the television audience.
- 2004 – Journalism – Forged memos were used to discredit George W. Bush’s military record which led to the resignation of the CBS Evening News anchor.
- 2003 – American Politics – The name of a CIA spy is made public after her husband criticized the Bush administration in a published editorial.
- 2001 – American Politics – President Clinton pardoned 140 persons and commuted 36 sentences on one day before he left office.
- 1998 – American Politics – The U.S. President is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an intern.
- 1993 – American Politics – The revelation that presidential nominees for attorney generally had illegally employed immigrants which led the individuals to withdraw their names from consideration.
- 1980 – American Politics – In the presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan gained access to Jimmy Carter’s briefing papers to be used in their only debate.
- 1972 – 1974 – American Politics – a burglary of the Democratic National Party headquarters started a series of revelations leading to the ultimate resignation of President Nixon.
And the names attached to the scandals:
- A. Bountygate
- B. Bridgegate
- C. Cablegate
- D. Debategate
- E. Deflategate
- F. Lewinskygate
- G. Nannygate
- H. Nipplegate
- I. Pardongate
- J. Plamegate
- K. Rathergate
- L. Reutersgate
- M. Spygate
- N. Tigergate
- O. Troopergate
- P. Watergate
- Q. Weinergate
Answers: 1 – E. Deflategate; 2 – B. Bridgegate; 3 – A. Bountygate; 4 – Q. Weinergate; 5 – C. Cablegate; 6 – N. Tigergate; 7 – O. Troopergate; 8 – M. Spygate; 9 – L. Reutergate; 10 – H. Nipplegate; 11 – K. Rathergate; 12 – J. Plamegate; 13 – I. Pardongate; 14 – F. Lewinskygate; 15 – G. Nannygate; 16 – D. Debategate; 17 – P. Watergate