Recently our dog got out because someone left the side gate at the house open. We, of course, hired an independent counsel to do a full investigation to make sure we found out exactly who did it so proper blame could be assigned and we could all feel better about ourselves, even if we did nothing to make sure it didn't happen again. And, since it seems we had to, we added "gate" to the end of the name to make sure everyone understood the seriousness of the situation.
Obviously this is a little satirical, although not the part about the dog getting out, but can we stop making everything the equivalent of Watergate, especially adding "gate" to everything? And how did that become the standard, or the name, by which everything was set? Why don't we name things after abscam, or even better the Tea Pot Dome Scandal?
I understand that "deflategate" sounds better than "deflatescam" or "deflatedome" but it's a little tiresome. It's time for the news media to begin to be a little more creative or at least more intelligent about things. I also can't help but think that a lot of this has more to do with who did it then what was done, especially since most of the media have disdain for Bill Belichick because he has, seemingly, such disdain for them.