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Source: Several abnormal balls were removed from Colts-Pats game

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As the NFL looks into the question of whether the Patriots removed air from footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game, one conclusion already has been reached.  Per a league source, several balls were removed from play for being underinflated.

The inflation (or lack thereof) of footballs is checked before each game, and the balls are periodically tested during each game.

According to the source, it’s “not unheard of” for a ball to be removed from play for an abnormality noticed during the game.

In this case, given that “several” were abnormal, the questions become:  (1) how did it happen?; and (2) was it deliberate?

The investigation is ongoing.

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  1. floratiotime says: Jan 19, 2015 9:28 AM

    And all of them were removed from the Green Bay Packers.

  2. NFL's Lack of Integrity says: Jan 19, 2015 9:28 AM

    In this case, given that “several” were abnormal, the questions become: (1) how did it happen?; and (2) was it deliberate?

    (1) Belicheat and his patsie cronies
    (2) Yes

  3. p31squared says: Jan 19, 2015 9:29 AM

    Cheaters never win. Well, yeah they do, but they’re still cheaters.

  4. qdog112 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:30 AM

    If it really makes no difference, why would the NFL have a rule that addresses the inflation of the balls in the first place?

  5. ravensaresuperior says: Jan 19, 2015 9:30 AM

    That’s the best picture of Belicheat that I’ve ever seen.

  6. larock31 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:30 AM

    The trolls will be out in full force today!!!

  7. RomoIsGod says: Jan 19, 2015 9:30 AM

    Time to remove the Patriots from the SB and replace them with the Colts if this is proven accurate. Anything less will be an unacceptable punishment.

  8. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 19, 2015 9:30 AM

    The way the rules are written it seems like it would be extremely hard for either team to tamper with the balls.

  9. bigbwoy000 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:30 AM

    Great picture!

  10. shackdelrio says: Jan 19, 2015 9:31 AM

    “Several abnormal balls were removed from Colts-Pats game”

    Headline of the year

  11. patriotsarespygaters says: Jan 19, 2015 9:31 AM

    wow another cheating scandal by the patriots can the game be replayed or are the pats disqualified

  12. robbd226 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:31 AM

    The Indianapolis Colts left Foxboro with abnormal balls. The question is how did it happen and was it deliberate?

  13. vesh31 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:32 AM

    I just find it funny it’s always the same team we are talking about when it comes to these allegations. But Goodell will deny anything.

  14. thetruth says: Jan 19, 2015 9:32 AM

    Just another asterisk for the most tainted franchise in modern sports.

  15. whatnojets says: Jan 19, 2015 9:36 AM

    Either the Patriots are disqualified or re-play the game again.

  16. apkyletexas says: Jan 19, 2015 9:36 AM

    Didn’t Don Shula just call him Belicheat a few days ago?

  17. weepingjebus says: Jan 19, 2015 9:37 AM

    So it’s not uncommon for it to happen, and it happened. Must be an elaborate conspiracy theory by the Patriots to squeak out a 45-7 win after the Colts decided to pass directly at Revis, and field punts with their faces.

  18. infectorman says: Jan 19, 2015 9:38 AM

    Colts played the Indianapolis High School JV team. FLAT OUT PUTRID
    S T O M P E D.

    Now they gotta cry about footballs.
    W E A K

  19. whatnojets says: Jan 19, 2015 9:38 AM

    The referees always change balls after each play. When they do, they always exchange the balls with the offense, meaning the quarterback uses that teams allotted footballs.

  20. icabodslip says: Jan 19, 2015 9:39 AM

    This stuff is hilarious!

    I remember back in the 70’s, the Raiders put helium in the footballs against the Steelers to allow more hang time on punts.

  21. wiley16350 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:40 AM

    So the Balls were removed from the game. Which means they weren’t used in the game. Which means they didn’t have an effect on the game. Since the balls were removed from the game, it means the NFL does enforce this rule and that the Refs did what they were supposed to do and that the NFL takes the ball inflation seriously. If that is all true, how dumb would the Patriots have to be to even think they could get away with something like this. It doesn’t seem logical that the Patriots would try to get an advantage by circumventing a rule that apparently has multiple check points to make sure teams don’t break the rule.

  22. packergator says: Jan 19, 2015 9:41 AM

    Love the pic – we can call the ball “Abbie Normal.”

  23. tfarr45 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:41 AM

    Considering they’re history , these types of things happening are happening too much to just be ” coincidence “. Wow .

  24. keltictim says: Jan 19, 2015 9:42 AM

    Cold deflates balls. Shocker.

  25. losingisnotanoption says: Jan 19, 2015 9:43 AM

    Wouldn’t the low pressure system moving through the area at the time and causing the rain contribute to the lower pressure of the air in the footballs?

    Just seems like a simple atmospheric explanation to me.

    But why blame the environment when you could blame it on the Patriots.

    Haters gonna hate no matter.

  26. matterson20 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:43 AM

    Give it up, wop

  27. bucs4redskinsname says: Jan 19, 2015 9:44 AM

    I’m not a Patriots fan but I still find it amusing how jealous all the haters are of a great team and one of the best QB’s to ever play.

  28. alan226 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:44 AM

    More tainted than PED Pete in Seattle???

  29. dsigrey says: Jan 19, 2015 9:45 AM

    Just another thing for the trolls to grasp on to. Look the balls are inspected by the refs prior to the game, placed in a bag and handled by ball boys during the game. Do you really thing some teenage volunteer would be asked or even trusted to to deflate balls? Please.

    I’m sure that caused Luck to make bad decisions…

  30. briguy5 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:48 AM

    Why would the Patriots do something that would help Indy more than themselves?

  31. superpatsfan3 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:48 AM

    Back in the day the Raiders probably only would have won about two games a year, if technology and the modern media were around in the seventies and eighties (which means there would be absolutely no difference with the modern Oakland Raiders), because the Raiders cheated like mofos but that’s just the way things were back then. The Steelers won a playoff game on what’s called the Immaculate reception yet there is no good camera angle to show whether the ball touches the ground or not. The Raiders swear it hit the ground but the Steelers just laugh and say yeah we won the game. whole volumes of the rule book has been devoted to the things that the Raiders did in the seventies.

  32. joetoronto says: Jan 19, 2015 9:49 AM

    The Seahawks vs the Patriots, I guess cheaters do win after all.

    Cheater Bowl.

  33. wawa33 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:51 AM

    Fidel Goodell, just like with Spygate, has gathered all the footballs (evidence) in question and destroyed them.

  34. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:51 AM

    Huge Pats fan here and I don’t think this had anything to do with the beatdown last night – especially if the balls were replaced before being put into play, consistent with all the rules and checks by the NFL.

    That said…if my Pats were trying to be too cute and loose with the rules (again), I’m going to be real disappointed… Obviously the balls didn’t make it to the field, but stuff like this takes away from the credit that players earn and deserve. If BB did this, then to quote Mr. Kraft, he’s a real schmuck and extremely selfish.

    It wasn’t cold enough last night for balls to lose too much air. Either way…they were checked and only approved balls made it onto the field.

  35. alan226 says: Jan 19, 2015 9:55 AM

    It was raining so hard, the refs handled EVERY ball after every play.

    A non story.

  36. murraysons says: Jan 19, 2015 9:57 AM

    Ok so maybe only 38-7 with regular balls

  37. therea1pmac says: Jan 19, 2015 9:58 AM

    Wow – there are a lot of NE haters in the world.

    Comes with years of dominance.

    I have no problem with NE paying the price if they are wrong but if they are found innocent, then there needs to be some accountability for the smear.

    Reporters fined or individuals fined.

    Make them pay if they broke the rules BUT make the accuser pay if they did not.

  38. skinsgal4life says: Jan 19, 2015 9:58 AM

    OK, subtract two touchdowns from the Patriots final score to compensate. (I’m joking!) Wouldn’t deflated balls work in the Colts favor as well? Does the ball “know” Brady is holding it, not Luck? I never heard anything as silly as this in my life. The Patriots flat-out stomped the Colts, and I don’t think the balls had anything to do with that.

  39. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Jan 19, 2015 9:59 AM

    I’m still missing something. How would deflated balls give a running team an advantage over a passing team? The pats ran all over Indy last night. Not sure how a deflated ball gives either side an advantage let alone a running team.

  40. mjd21122015mjd2112 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:02 AM

    What constitutes “several”? How many footballs are prepared for each game? Just curious….

  41. ayoungandres says: Jan 19, 2015 10:05 AM

    If the Pats even could deflate some of the balks (unclear since they’re in the custody of the refs), how would the they even know they would get to use the deflated ones? This is so stupid.

  42. joetoronto says: Jan 19, 2015 10:06 AM

    New England Patriots*

  43. bedoubleu16 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:08 AM

    Lets pass judgement and come up with theories and conspiracies while they figure out what happened. Clearly something could possibly maybe be wrong here. Maybe.

  44. NFL's Lack of Integrity says: Jan 19, 2015 10:08 AM

    No One is saying the balls cost the Colt the game the question is what game did they also do this in and cost the other team the game.

    Once a cheater always a cheater.

    Belicheat is a good coach too bad he throws in integrity out the door with this crap. Belicheat has stained his image and should be suspended for one year starting today.

  45. ju8686 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:11 AM

    Wait, wait, wait … I’m sure there’s some grey area in the rule that will allow the NFL to protect one of it’s favored teams. Nothing to see here … be sure to watch all the super bowl hype on your way out.

  46. jasonculhane says: Jan 19, 2015 10:12 AM

    This is funny. Not because I think it’s not true, but because these are the little things that the patriots do to get an advantage over their opponents. Then it will come out “but everyone does it” or “but the interpretation of rules are this”.

    The truth is. These guys are far and away the best. It’s like the playing cards. These guys were using videos to just look at their opponents hands, NFL takes that away but their still counting cards, using weird communication devices, doing all these little things and you add that to above talent it’s gonna translate to 12-13 win seasons. Ther already a good team, they get good free agents, great tight end, any decent quarterback could win for them, then you add the coach that will cut every corner, interpret every rule as if it’s his first time, and will risk his reputation according to these weird interpretations you get a dominant team.

    Remember this team was dead in the water 2-2. Sound familiar? 2001

  47. upnorthvikesfan says: Jan 19, 2015 10:14 AM

    I hate the Pats, but this is really nothing more than trying to make a story out of nothing.

  48. finsguy says: Jan 19, 2015 10:15 AM

    Man the ignorance of some of these posts are astounding. Ok here is how it would work. If you read the rules, as long as the home team still has game balls available those are the ones that are used so the comment that visitors used visitor balls is incorrect. As to “it affects both teams the same way” posts, since the Pats determine which balls go in at which times (ref just calls for a ball) then they also control who gets the beneficial balls and who gets the others.

    That said, since it was 45-7 it is hard to imagine a couple pounds of pressure in a ball would make that much difference but then as we all know when a game slips away in the NFL it often explodes in this manner, particularly post season games.

  49. belicheat says: Jan 19, 2015 10:16 AM

    Only way I can win is by cheating.

  50. josh006 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:17 AM

    …And I lose ALL RESPECT for Mike Florio as a sportswriter. The end.

  51. tigerlilac says: Jan 19, 2015 10:17 AM

    The NFL is responsible for the inflation of the balls. If there were balls that were “abnormally deflated” that’s on the NFL. It is not on the manufacturer. It’s not on the Patriots. NFL officials control which ball is in the game on every play.

  52. maverick2560 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:18 AM

    The k ball is the kickers ball which as I understand is given to a team
    a short while before the game. The ball is then squeezed rubbed..hit ,
    ..sometimes with a bat….bounced…in order to ” break it in” and also
    to eliminate the slippery feel so the holder doesn’t let it slip through his hands.
    Rumor was that the ball Romo dropped as a holder was brand new
    and still not broken in .. hence its slippery nature. I believe the NFL
    relented to requests by kickers to allow them to break the kicking ball in a few years ago. I know in college each team keeps their own balls
    and has their ball persons ( modern term ) rotate the ball in. Qbs will
    handle the balls before a game and tell the ball person which one he prefers. The K-ball is marked as well.
    Not sure how it works in NFL but I think there are designated ball
    persons on each sideline who are given the balls by the refs at the start of the game after an inspection by the refs. So I think it is next to
    Impossible to fix all of the balls.

  53. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 19, 2015 10:29 AM

    Wake up people. They said the abnormal balls were removed from the game. Meaning they weren’t used. Pats didn’t cheat. I suspect the equipment guy failed at his job.

  54. honeybadger14 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:31 AM

    Belicheck probably just realizes that the rule book doesn’t state that the balls need to be filled with air and uses nitrogen instead. Keeps the moisture out.

    Science is not sorcery and the witchhunt against the hoodie needs to stop.

    I’m imagining Belicheck stepping onto a large scale with a carrot fastened as a nose and being weighed against a duck during media day.

    Burn him! burn him!

  55. FinFan68 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:32 AM

    Blaming the Patriots is absurd. Their game plan was obviously to run the ball and everybody knows the Colts had to pass because they haven’t been able to run all year. Deflating the balls would have benefitted the Colts much more than the Patriots. If the officials check the balls pre-game and maintain custody then I find it hard to blame the Patriots or even the Colts here. My car tires often lose a bit of pressure when a front comes through. Why is it difficult to believe a football couldn’t suffer the same effects? Trolls and haters are just looking for anything to blame the Patriots for and place another symbolic asterisk on their accomplishments. The Patriots were clearly the best team than played yesterday. Give the cheating conspiracies a rest. They are unwarranted here.

  56. papagambino says: Jan 19, 2015 10:33 AM

    OMG FootballGate! What will the evil genius think of next? Removing the visiting teams benches. Spiking their Gatorade? Is there no end to Hoodies madness.
    Wait! Just in. The Weather Chanel reports that the Patriots made rain in Foxboro.

  57. boblavoie says: Jan 19, 2015 10:34 AM

    I’ll tell you who all the “cry babies”, “cheaters” and who’s balls are really deflated: it’s the fans that don’t have a life, are basically losers themselves and who’s team is lucky enough to win a couple of games. Those who cry foul are usually a little foul themselves. You will never take away the dignity of others, only your own in your vain attempt. Fools do what fools are. Get a life.

  58. chuckshontaspads says: Jan 19, 2015 10:35 AM

    That’s right tampering charges filed against the Jets and Ex Jet employee Goodell comes up with deflated balls-what a surprise.

  59. patsdominate says: Jan 19, 2015 10:40 AM

    The so-called information came from the Colts but Matt Hasselbeck the backup QB for the Colts said he didn’t notice anything different about the footballs at all….Coach Pagano came from Baltimore home of the constant whiners when they lose….Pagano got outcoached period…..suck it up and move on….Under inflated footballs would only affect the kicking game….Both Teams had several kickoffs into the end zone in horrible weather…..Vinatieri missed from 51 yards in wind and heavy rain….must be the ball and considering the only fumble occurred off a facemask of Josh Cribbs….the ball could of been flat and the Colts still would of been destroyed….In the era of parity and salary cap the most successful franchise must be cheating, have paid off the refs, has Goodell has a buddy, has taped walk thru practices,Spygate and Blah Blah Blah……Haters and Trolls keep on hating

  60. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jan 19, 2015 10:40 AM

    Is anyone really surprised? This is the Patriots we’re talking about?

  61. texansdan says: Jan 19, 2015 10:44 AM

    Yes, the Patriots still would have beat the Colts. That doesn’t mean they weren’t trying to create a competitive advantage for themselves in case it was a closer game. Each team uses their own balls, so the Colts would not have handled the Patriot’s game balls, so everyone saying that Luck should have noticed, or that it would have created an equal advantage is just wrong. If there is a rule as detailed as this one, I would assume that it is for a good reason and that it’s monitored so closely as a result of prior attempts to do the same thing. The fact that the Pats still would have won is not the point–it’s that they allegedly broke a rule to create an advantage. Stay focused people. If it was your team on the losing side you’d probably be upset too.

  62. motzinjammin says: Jan 19, 2015 10:44 AM

    The only balls that were deflated were the colts – and I’m not talking about footballs…

  63. pedmeg says: Jan 19, 2015 10:45 AM

    Irony being most of us would go out of our way to have our balls tampered with.

    AFC Championship score with properly inflated balls: 38-10.

  64. raider316 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:45 AM

    If its proven the Pats cheated then take their draft from them this season. Might get their attention.

  65. gunnybunny31 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:46 AM

    Adios NFL. I’m done with you. This game has been corrupted and destroyed. Hardly even a “sport” anymore. After over 30 years of being a hardcore fan, I shut it off this season and it’s been refreshing. This game is a monumental waste of time.

  66. alan226 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:46 AM

    Why are we assuming it was the Pats? The team to gain the most would be the Colts pass happy attack…

  67. kissbillsrings says: Jan 19, 2015 10:47 AM

    The balls had to be removed from the Patriots as it’s obvious the colts team don’t have any!!!

  68. dirtyferret says: Jan 19, 2015 10:54 AM

    This story is beyond stupid.

    1. “The inflation (or lack thereof) of footballs is checked before each game, and the balls are periodically tested during each game.”

    2. the refs check each football before every snap, in fact they held the football in a towel before most snaps.

    3. weigh the stupid ball! If the ball is checked during the game then the refs already know the weight. If UPS, USPS, and fed ex carriers can way packages every minute of every hour how does it take several days to weigh a football? Ref thinks a ball feels light, take it out of play and have it weighed. End of story!

  69. honeybadger14 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:56 AM

    Didn’t Flacco ask for a ball change during the Superbowl when he realized he was using a 49er ball?

    Maybe these were leftover balls from last weeks game.

    Another 20 articles on ball process should help me sleep at night.

  70. paulieorkid says: Jan 19, 2015 10:57 AM

    As every guy knows, “cold and wet” = shrinkage.

  71. canedaddy says: Jan 19, 2015 10:59 AM

    The only reasonable solution is to remove the Patriots from the Super Bowl and replace them with the Ravens. The Colts clearly showed they aren’t worthy, and the Broncos lost to the Colts so they’re not worthy either.

  72. unbreakable02215 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:00 AM

    And this helped the Patriots defense hold that Colts offense to 7 points how exactly ?

    and this helped them run the ball how exactly ?

    You people are pathetic.

  73. pftfan says: Jan 19, 2015 11:00 AM

    BALL-GHAZI

  74. thundersnacker says: Jan 19, 2015 11:01 AM

    Witch hunt.

  75. leatherface2012 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:04 AM

    they took them from erin rodgers. he sure didnt have any yesterday

  76. emphraser says: Jan 19, 2015 11:06 AM

    Deflate-gate. Oh goody. And just in time for the extra week off.

  77. v2787 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:07 AM

    Belicheat strikes again. What a louse that man is.

  78. sidepull says: Jan 19, 2015 11:09 AM

    Witch hunt. Just cant stand the fact that the best team ever is clobbering your team right?

  79. josh8134 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:12 AM

    takes more than 4 or 5 hours for footballs to deflate due to the weather…jus saying

  80. m056432 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:12 AM

    Was it only Patriot footballs removed? Were any Colt balls removed? If only Patriot footballs were removed than you can’t blame the weather. One would assume if the temperature dropped, which it did, that the decrease in pressure would be equal for both the pats and colts. If no colts balls experienced this than something happened to those Patriot balls. More information is needed.

  81. josh8134 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:15 AM

    rules are rules…every team follows them…BB broke the rule..deal with it…enough said

  82. unbreakable02215 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:16 AM

    If you remember the story of Seabiscuit the race horse from the Great Despression, the more he won, the higher handicap weight he was forced to
    wear in his races….He was so good this is what they would do to him….this smacks of the same thing.

    They are just that good. we should all be admiring
    greatness instead of tearing it down

  83. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jan 19, 2015 11:16 AM

    Patriots and Steelers fans point and laugh the loudest when rumors swirl about other teams, and become the most indignant when others do the same to them. It’s so cute.

  84. metalman5150 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:20 AM

    So It sounds like we are accusing the patriots of intentionally deflating footballs?
    Seriously?!
    The patriots couldn’t have won with properly inflated football levels?
    The colts? I guess since we are talking about it, it must be true?

  85. bluenoser12 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:20 AM

    Dear trolls,

    If you were fortunate enough to drive a car with tire pressure sensors and you lived in a cold weather climate you would know that air pressure drops in cold temperatures.

    Nothing to see here.

  86. shlort says: Jan 19, 2015 11:22 AM

    The way I understand how footballs come to be in an NFL game, makes it impossible for there to be some sort of scandal. Each team has their own footballs. These balls are supplied by the NFL. Officials inspect each ball prior to the game to make sure it is the right size, shape and pressure. The balls are kept by the officials for the entire game? It’s not like Brady takes “His ball” to the sidelines with him. These footballs are kept in control of the officiating crew from first whistle to the last.

  87. rickrock6661982 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:23 AM

    I’m just stunned that an organization like New England would cheat.

  88. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: Jan 19, 2015 11:26 AM

    This whole story is detracting from the hilarious choke job by the Packers in Seattle. Not cool.

  89. 13championshipspacker says: Jan 19, 2015 11:27 AM

    Can you imagine the Packers cheating. nope. never. We may lost because of the officiating, but we would never cheat to win. We are far too classy for that.

  90. shlort says: Jan 19, 2015 11:32 AM

    Oh, and I know some of you think a pound of air is a weight measurement. Some of you will be talking like “Brady was throwing balls that were 2 pounds lighter than Luck’s”.

    A pound of air is an amount of pressure. Air doesn’t weigh anything. If anything, a ball low on pressure would be harder to throw than one properly inflated. The pressure difference would need to be significant though. Maybe a low pressure ball is easier to grip? I wouldn’t know if there is any advantage in having a ball inflated too much or too little.

  91. skinssweepgmen says: Jan 19, 2015 11:35 AM

    Great picture for the Deflategate story. Young Frankenstein should be required viewing – top 5 comedies of all time.

  92. powpow042 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:36 AM

    This is why there was a delay to start the second half. That makes if more disturbing actually.

  93. mixjuan says: Jan 19, 2015 11:37 AM

    “Per a league source, several balls were removed from play…”

    All were from Colts players because the Pats roshamboed them the whole game

  94. yetimonster says: Jan 19, 2015 11:37 AM

    Great pic — Abbey (Normal).

  95. patsfan1820 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:38 AM

    Kind of convenient this comes out around the same time the ex-Jets employee Roger Goodell’s team is under investigation for tampering. It couldn’t be the NFL trying to distract the Patriots for the big game could it?

  96. pats3rings says: Jan 19, 2015 11:39 AM

    This is such a non story. The deflated balls were removed by the officials and were never used during game play. It appears that there are several checks and balances in place to assure that the game balls being used meet the regulation standards. The checks and balances worked, the refs took the balls that weren’t inflated properly.

    Why again is this such a big deal?????

  97. kayakattack says: Jan 19, 2015 11:44 AM

    Ever notice that your tires lose air when it gets colder out? Same thing happens to rubber soccer balls, basketballs, footballs. This happens at games all the time, balls get deflated. I’m sure this isn’t the first time balls have been removed from a game.

  98. themikegun says: Jan 19, 2015 11:44 AM

    Excuse me Mr. Belichick, we need to weigh your balls.

  99. kayakattack says: Jan 19, 2015 11:46 AM

    Wait, the Colts, who pipe in crowd noise are complaining? The colts who tanked a season to get the #1 overall pick?

  100. wallabear says: Jan 19, 2015 11:47 AM

    If the league itself is the primary judiciary with regard to fines and penalties and to upholding all standards, then they too should be the governing authority on the usage of equipment, i.e., types of balls used, ball pressure yada-yada-yada. The notion that the Colts lost because of “abnormal” equipment, i.e., footballs used, is like saying the Seahacks won because their quarterback is elite: we both know that both statements are false lol

  101. georgeremus says: Jan 19, 2015 11:49 AM

    Cheaters…They cheat when they need to and like yesterday they cheat when they don’t need to….just shows when you are a cheater, you can’t stop.

  102. firerogergoodellnow says: Jan 19, 2015 11:50 AM

    So if the Pats win the Super Bowl that should come with an asterisk too.

  103. dsigrey says: Jan 19, 2015 11:51 AM

    Can we stop saying they will “weigh” the balls… the ball weighs the same full or empty. They will check pressure, as in pounds per square inch not actual pounds.

    Oh and if they did weigh them, wet balls do weigh more so that would also void any “weighing” of the ball.

  104. canedaddy says: Jan 19, 2015 11:53 AM

    It wasn’t that cold in New England yesterday. I think it was around 50 at kickoff.

  105. dirtyferret says: Jan 19, 2015 11:58 AM

    So are the footballs in an armored car on their way to a secret NFL lab in some underground facility where scientists can measure the PSI and weight of these balls?

    Because it’s obvious the refs can’t be trusted to measure the PSI and weight of the ball itself. Granted some kid working at sports authority for minimum wage can accomplish this monumental task but for the NFL you need to drag out such a story so as to make it even more compelling for national news.

  106. unbreakable02215 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:00 PM

    SpyGate Schmucks….ummmm you DO realize
    that once the game starts both teams use the
    same balls ?

  107. mmh2009 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:06 PM

    Man is NE a sleeeeeze ball organization.

  108. eyeandfootballofhorus says: Jan 19, 2015 12:10 PM

    let me offer an alternative storyline to the prevailing ‘wisdom’…

    someone from the dolts organization under-inflated the footballs because they had a game plan that was heavy on passing. through dolts-friendly media, the accusation was made public, throwing suspicion on the MIGHTY PATS(who after all, employed a run-heavy game plan), because of their history, and not the real culprits. given the two different game plans, who do you think under inflated balls would benefit?

    any true, informed fan of this sport knew that the patriots would crush the dolts, and didn’t need to cheat–but anyone who let the air out of the footballs who wasn’t affiliated with the patriots organization had to know the MIGHTY PATS would suffer the blame, whether true or not, and other media sensing the controversy, run with it.

    …this is how media manipulation works–whether it’s sports, politics, whatever.

    45-7…i can’t wait until the MIGHTY PATS crush the 12th man…oh, it’s gonna be sweet…

  109. TheWizard says: Jan 19, 2015 12:17 PM

    An official handles the ball prior to every snap.

    Now they have to check psi as well?

  110. malab377 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:19 PM

    So… let’s deflate a random ball, hoping that this ball will go on the field, unnoticed, for the next play. Then, let’s hope that McDaniels will call a pass play and Brady will see a pass matchup and will not change the play at the line.

    Now… let’s buy a lottery ticket.

  111. jasonculhane says: Jan 19, 2015 12:19 PM

    Lots of idiots on here. Morons.

    Of course it was just the Patriots balls taken away why would the NFL investigate them then? Why even ask that stupid question ? There are so many dumb people that don’t know how football games are presented to even be played its unreal. You think the NFL fed ex’s the footballs to games?? Or the officials fly them with them? Lol, I mean wow! Or could common sense tell you that each stadium of each team would provide the first down markers, chains, majority of all accessories. I mean seriously are we really asking these stupid questions on here??

    Of course the patriots provide these things during their home games. Were they gonna lose to the colts NO but still it’s just another thing.

    Here Ya go pats fans.
    Robert Kraft: “On a scale to 1-10 how would you rate spying other teams affected outcomes of games?”
    bill belichek: “a one”

    Robert Kraft: “then your a schmuck”

  112. kschultz184 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:26 PM

    Every time the Patriots play well and dominate some hater has to try to discredit them due to jealousy. Man up and take the loss like a man. All the haters can hate…we made it to the Superbowl and your crappy team has to watch us take home another ring!

  113. georgeremus says: Jan 19, 2015 1:07 PM

    SpyGate Schmucks….ummmm you DO realize
    that once the game starts both teams use the
    same balls ?

    That is not true…in the warm-ups the QB’s pick the balls among the NFL allotment that they feel good throwing. Once the game starts each team uses their own balls that their QB chose. The kickers use the “K” balls.
    The question is were the Patriot’s footballs tampered with after they were chosen.

  114. allday2point5k says: Jan 19, 2015 1:14 PM

    Wouldn’t you become deflated if Gronk spiked you?

  115. ocx714 says: Jan 19, 2015 1:19 PM

    Regardless of the balls being “deflated”, the Colts got beat down!! Nothing would have changed the outcome. Not a Patriots fan, but they were the superior team last night. Wasn’t even close.

  116. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jan 19, 2015 1:20 PM

    “If you were fortunate enough to drive a car with tire pressure sensors and you lived in a cold weather climate you would know that air pressure drops in cold temperatures.”

    Yeah, because they have this problem of deflated balls all the time in Green Bay, Chicago, Denver, Cleveland, Buffalo, New York, etc. Or does only Boston get cold enough for this to happen?

  117. joker65 says: Jan 19, 2015 1:58 PM

    “Allegedly”

  118. Rindell says: Jan 19, 2015 2:06 PM

    Funny to see all the Patriot fans trying to downplay them getting caught cheating again. If it was any other team they’d be apoplectic.

    And Kraft has the nerve to file charges against the Jets owner for an offhand comment??!?!

  119. smasonsmith says: Jan 19, 2015 2:21 PM

    It wasn’t that cold in New England yesterday. I think it was around 50 at kickoff.
    ===
    Which is about 20 degrees F colder than it was inside where the officials tested the balls. A 12.5 PSI gauge pressure ball is going to be about 11.5 gauge pressure when soak it with water, and expose it to 50 degree wind.

  120. smasonsmith says: Jan 19, 2015 2:24 PM

    Yeah, because they have this problem of deflated balls all the time in Green Bay, Chicago, Denver, Cleveland, Buffalo, New York, etc. Or does only Boston get cold enough for this to happen?
    ===

    They probably do, but no one cares because it’s not the playoffs and not Belichick. Physics doesn’t discriminate.

  121. tigerlilac says: Jan 19, 2015 2:31 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots, in planning every thing they do, filled the balls to the minimum at a high temperature for inspection by the refs knowing the balls would naturally deflate sum in the cold weather and over time when used in the game. That would be smart, not cheating; especially knowing the refs handle each ball that enters the game and would only throw out a ball that seemed soft to the touch. The Patriots not only prepare better than the next guy; they are in every other coach’s head (not to mention the fans and media). They also keep the refs on their toes.

  122. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jan 19, 2015 2:55 PM

    “Regardless of the balls being “deflated”, the Colts got beat down!! Nothing would have changed the outcome. Not a Patriots fan, but they were the superior team last night. Wasn’t even close.”

    So if a team wins by a big enough margin, then possible cheating doesn’t matter? Let’s see if you feel that way when shenanigans go against your team.

  123. rl79111 says: Jan 19, 2015 2:59 PM

    Anybody can feel if there is something out of the ordinary with a football, especially football players.

    This is the most ridiculous and pathetic accusation in the history of the NFL. The Patriots completely man handled the Colts and anyone with a brain can see that it.

  124. jshaine says: Jan 19, 2015 3:02 PM

    I finally figured it out –

    No, there was no systemic underinflation, BUT…

    Belichick is the one who leaked the issue, *wanting* the news and all the crap, because that will get his team worked up like nothing else would have after the way his team clobbered the Colts.

    He knew his team might be complacent, otherwise!

    Not deflated footballs – inflated motivation and anger!

  125. cavington says: Jan 19, 2015 3:15 PM

    Tuck rule, spygate, they should have an asterisk section in the NFL hall of fame for Brady. Or a plaque by his bust saying he was great but…..

  126. aljack88 says: Jan 19, 2015 4:04 PM

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots, in planning every thing they do, filled the balls to the minimum at a high temperature for inspection by the refs knowing the balls would naturally deflate sum in the cold weather and over time when used in the game.”
    ——————————————————

    Except it wasn’t cold out. The temp was in the upper 40’s. If it had been cold enough to do what you’re implying, there would have been over 1′ of snow falling during the game.

  127. aljack88 says: Jan 19, 2015 4:10 PM

    Which is about 20 degrees F colder than it was inside where the officials tested the balls. A 12.5 PSI gauge pressure ball is going to be about 11.5 gauge pressure when soak it with water, and expose it to 50 degree wind.

    ——————————————————

    Except “wind chill” only effects warm blooded living organisms. There’s no effect on inanimate objects, like a football.

  128. smasonsmith says: Jan 19, 2015 4:20 PM

    Except it wasn’t cold out. The temp was in the upper 40’s. If it had been cold enough to do what you’re implying, there would have been over 1′ of snow falling during the game.
    ==

    Ignore the absolute temperature and look at the change. If it was 75 degrees in the ref’s locker room and 48 outside then the delta will be -27 degrees F. That would take between .5 and 1 PSI out of the ball. (The range is due to gauge vs absolute pressure and differences in room/atmospheric pressure between the time it was measured and the time it was put in play.)

  129. smasonsmith says: Jan 19, 2015 4:25 PM

    Except “wind chill” only effects warm blooded living organisms. There’s no effect on inanimate objects, like a football.
    ===

    Myth. Solid surfaces (like your head or a football) radiate heat, creating a surrounding boundary layer of warm air. This warm air reduces the gradient between the surface and the environment thus reducing cooling. Moving air (like wind) strips the boundary layer and exposes the surface to the colder ambient environment, thus increasing cooling.

    Wind chill increases cooling on a biological or a inanimate object, but can’t decrease the temperature of an object below ambient.

  130. smasonsmith says: Jan 19, 2015 4:31 PM

    If wind chill didn’t affect inanimate objects, then blowing on a spoonful of hot soup wouldn’t work.

  131. smasonsmith says: Jan 19, 2015 4:55 PM

    Stripping away that boundary layer is also why convection ovens work faster than non-convection ovens. In this case, the oven’s hot wind strips the cool food-air boundary layer and thus you get hotter air on the food. You can test this in your own free time by putting a pot of water in your oven and baking it at 325 for 20 minutes or convection baking it for 20 minutes. I guarantee that the convection pot will be hotter.

    You can then test wind chill on inanimate objects by putting to pots of water outside on a cold still day and then pointing a fan at one of them. The one with the fan will cool off more quickly.

  132. thetooloftools says: Jan 19, 2015 5:17 PM

    if this is an NFL investigation, we’ll never know the truth.

  133. montrealraider says: Jan 19, 2015 7:33 PM

    The Colts center and Andrew Luck handle the ball every play. If something was really wrong they would have noticed it.

    They got their ass kicked, end of the story.

  134. aljack88 says: Jan 19, 2015 8:04 PM

    smasonsmith – thanks for the lesson.

  135. doggeatdogg says: Jan 19, 2015 9:29 PM

    Deflated balls affect kicking and the flow of the ball when thrown. Who knows why they did tot he balls given to the Colt’s offense. They were going to win anyways, why resort to this.

  136. steveg5567 says: Jan 19, 2015 10:29 PM

    From what is known about Spygate, Belichick probably cheated for years and years, Brady likely had knowledge and potential success from he cheating, and the NFL perpetrated a cover up by destroying the tapes obtained from the NE Organization and those gotten later from Matt Walsh who filmed the other teams signals. No one else had the opportunity to see these tapes and judge for themselves. Naturally when this stuff comes up folks are gonna be suspicious. Heck, the NFL is suspicious as they confirmed that they were doing an investigation! a
    And who would have more reason to be suspicious of NE but NFL since they have the most knowledge of what was on those tapes!! So no matter what, no matter how much NE wins, they will never live the cheating allegations down…never ever to their dying days….

  137. tony2308 says: Jan 20, 2015 3:15 AM

    Have some respect for the Colts players. This is someone’s manhood you’re talking about.

  138. theparadoxx82 says: Jan 20, 2015 10:37 AM

    At least the taint of Spygate has its succesor if they get that next ring.

    Personally I hope the hawks take it just to watch RW’s contract ruin that team.

  139. theparadoxx82 says: Jan 20, 2015 10:39 AM

    montrealraider says:
    Jan 19, 2015 7:33 PM
    The Colts center and Andrew Luck handle the ball every play. If something was really wrong they would have noticed it.

    They got their ass kicked, end of the story.

    ————————————-
    The colts use their own balls. The only reason this started was because of an interception. That’s the only way a Colts player would get their hands on a Patriots ball.

  140. eyvindtheeasterling says: Jan 20, 2015 3:51 PM

    Wind chill can effect an inanimate object if the object is wet.

  141. tfarr45 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:07 PM

    I can see it both ways. At the same time that people are saying that the game was a blowout and the balls didn’t affect the outcome , how long do we know ( if this is true ) that they have been doing this? What about other games where something like this could have affected the out come of a game? Kinda brought this on themselves with their history with other antics like this , so really , the team and their fans can’t get too mad about this.

  142. thesongoftime says: Jan 20, 2015 5:17 PM

    If losing a draft pick at the cost of setting yourself up for a Superbowl, I will take that.

  143. tbwrealestate says: Jan 20, 2015 6:08 PM

    “Per a league source, several balls were removed from play for being underinflated.”

    There is nothing in this story saying that it was only the balls being used by the Patriots that were deflated.

    Nothing to see here folks. Move on.

  144. sephgetalotofpus says: Jan 21, 2015 1:31 AM

    NOT A PATRIOT FAN but this is some bs! UndeR inflated balls are taken out and or used in games all the time! So it’s the balls fault the colts running backs couldn’t get a damn yard on the Pats! Or it’s the balls fault that Mr. Luck threw interceptions straight to the Patriots defenders! Or it’s the balls fault that the kicker from the colts kicked the ball completely off target?!! The Patriots were using the same exact balls! Why didn’t they acquire all these problems? I’ll tell you why! It’s because they’re the best team in the NFL! I’m a Broncos fan but I can at least be honest about this garbage! So I guess the last time the Patriots destroyed the Colts 20-42 they must have used under inflated balls then too? Bunch of sorry, poor sport, losers! Man the F up and take the loss like you were good enough to even make it to the AFC championships out of 16 teams! You don’t see all these other teams crying about getting stomped by the Patriots all season long! Now more than ever I’m backing up this great dynasty of a team that’s going to sh*t on the Seahawks in almost 2 weeks! As a matter of fact F all these other teams! I’m getting on that Patriot band wagon! They are the best team in football in the past 1.5 decades! Go mother F ing Pats! I’d like to see the quarterback from the Seahawks test the secondary of the Patriots lol! Or even see him try to run on their linebackers! It ain’t gonna happen! All you haters can kiss Brady’s rings and kneel before the king of the post season!

  145. suec421 says: Jan 23, 2015 4:53 PM

    Am I correct in saying that the balls were removed at half time???The Patriots played better in the 2nd half so??? How can it have affected the 2nd half of the game???

  146. cnwresearch says: Jan 23, 2015 9:33 PM

    “Abnormal.” By how much? Just under the legal bottom limit? Obviously not enough for the refs to feel while placing a ball. The entire issue seems overblown to me.

  147. bgrab1 says: Jan 24, 2015 11:38 AM

    Put Pete Rose in the Hall of fame now! His cheating was nothing compared to this group. In fact he bet on games and that was against the rules but his betting didn’t affect the outcome of the game.

  148. bgrab1 says: Jan 24, 2015 11:39 AM

    Hell give Lance Armstrong his Trophies back too.

  149. mred8091mreds4peace says: Feb 11, 2015 8:15 AM

    No one is getting the picture. If Kraft will treat the NFL like this, Then what the hell do you think he puts in his food? I bet if you don’t eat Kraft for one month you’ll feel a lot better!

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