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Brady said in 2011 he likes deflated footballs

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The NFL has not yet concluded that the Patriots deliberately deflated footballs on Sunday against the Colts.  But if they did, it meshes with the preferences of their quarterback.

Via CBS Connecticut, Tom Brady told WEEI in Boston more than three years ago that he likes deflated footballs.

“[W]hen Gronk scores – it was like his eighth touchdown of the year – he spikes the ball and he deflates the ball,” Brady said in November 2011.  “I love that, because I like the deflated ball.  But I feel bad for that football, because he puts everything he can into those spikes.”

On that same radio station, Brady scoffed on Monday about the investigation regarding deflated footballs, calling the suggestion that the Patriots deliberately let air out of the balls “ridiculous.”

Coincidentally, tight end Rob Gronkowski posted on Twitter after the controversy emerged a photo of him spiking the ball with the caption, “Warning:  Gronking may cause deflation.”

The message from Gronk:  “Oops.”

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180 Responses to “Brady said in 2011 he likes deflated footballs”
  1. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Jan 20, 2015 5:08 PM

    Small hands = likes deflated balls. Go spread the rumor!

    #bradystinyhands

  2. mockthesebirds says: Jan 20, 2015 5:09 PM

    Are we really going to continue with this for the next 2 weeks? I think I’ll take a break from FB until “the big game”.

  3. MosesZD says: Jan 20, 2015 5:09 PM

    Yes, let’s make a Federal case out of a fracking joke… This site, sometimes, just boggles the mind…

  4. weepingjebus says: Jan 20, 2015 5:09 PM

    Eh, they’re clearly joking around. Here’s a challenge for the Internet sleuths: find a picture of Brady throwing a deflated football in an NFL game. I’ll wait.

  5. intelligent cement says: Jan 20, 2015 5:09 PM

    I said in 2009 that I like nachos.

  6. rhemish says: Jan 20, 2015 5:09 PM

    Yes his wife said he has small hands ???

  7. joetoronto says: Jan 20, 2015 5:09 PM

    Take away the New England Patriots* 1st round draft choice.

  8. i10east says: Jan 20, 2015 5:10 PM

    Smoking gun

  9. blizzard01 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:10 PM

    The Patriots team/coach/owner lost the “benefit of the doubt” with spygate. Actions have consequences.

  10. mattwalshvideo says: Jan 20, 2015 5:11 PM

    He likes to know the defensive signals before the ball is hiked too. #spygate

  11. rhemish says: Jan 20, 2015 5:11 PM

    Can the patriots choke three in a row they are favored in the SB again the last two NE lost they were favored also??

  12. joker65 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:11 PM

    Grind the axe Florio! Grind it!

  13. grogansheroes says: Jan 20, 2015 5:12 PM

    And Aaron Rogers like them over inflated. Stop the witch hunt. It’s not like they stand on the field for a kick return, or set up a wall to knock over a gunner.
    I don’t hear anyone saying those teams cheated. It’s the problem with sports today. Too much media. Imagine if Lombardi’s Packers, or Madden’s Raiders were playing today.

  14. zoxitic says: Jan 20, 2015 5:12 PM

    Me Gronk. Me deflate ball. Make Meester Tom happy.

  15. theurnhelm says: Jan 20, 2015 5:13 PM

    …and this season Aaron Rodgers says he likes to over-inflate his footballs. Why does anyone care? Why is this a story?

  16. rhemish says: Jan 20, 2015 5:13 PM

    With E Tomas and R Sherman both Hurt Ne should be favored by 7-9 points

  17. rtookey says: Jan 20, 2015 5:13 PM

    and in 2014 rodgers said he likes over inflated…

  18. tkm678 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:14 PM

    Man, I feel like giving up on society after seeing all the insane articles and comments this stupid ball air pressure thing has brought.

    Is this what the media world is going to be like moving forward?

  19. rtookey says: Jan 20, 2015 5:15 PM

    He “likes the deflated ball” because it means gronk scored… great article…

  20. jjackwagon says: Jan 20, 2015 5:16 PM

    Tom prefers to deflate the balls himself.

  21. marthisdil says: Jan 20, 2015 5:17 PM

    youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Jan 20, 2015 5:08 PM

    Small hands = likes deflated balls. Go spread the rumor!

    #bradystinyhands

    ============

    Yeah – they can barely hold up all the superbowl rings he has…

  22. pawesl says: Jan 20, 2015 5:17 PM

    You bring this up, Something Brady said 3 years ago. Yet you still have not said anything about Rodgers admitting this season, EVEN TODAY, that he intentionally over inflates his balls.

  23. casualmalexlfan says: Jan 20, 2015 5:19 PM

    Terrell Owens admitted in 2006 that He Loved Him some Him.

  24. skawh says: Jan 20, 2015 5:20 PM

    Where there’s less air, there’s fire!

  25. mrbigass says: Jan 20, 2015 5:20 PM

    Here’s betting Goodell will burn the footballs after ruling the Pats are….GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!!!!!

  26. tebowislife says: Jan 20, 2015 5:20 PM

    Deflating the footballs is only an issue if the Patriots do it. But Belichick has created this legacy for himself. Great coach, poor loser, cheater.

  27. crindal3000 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:20 PM

    i was rooting for the colts but i don’t give a rats if the football was inflated, deflated, perforated, flat, unless the ball had a curse on it the Pats were going ot beat the colts.

  28. uglydingo says: Jan 20, 2015 5:21 PM

    Tom Brady is the greatest QB of all time (and it will be confirmed in about 12 days). Please show him some respect.
    Any suggestion that the ball boy tampered with the New England footballs in the AFC Championship game is absurd. Efforts are underway to besmirch and undermine the great Patriot team win.
    People just need to focus on the games and not head off on a tangent.

  29. cinvis says: Jan 20, 2015 5:22 PM

    Everyone gets that when NE puts air in the footballs it is in a warm room. They put the minimum legal pressure in them. Then when the ball is outside in freezing temperatures the pressure in the ball will drop by 2 – 3 psi. This is simple physics. Nothing to see here.

  30. bradwins says: Jan 20, 2015 5:22 PM

    Anyone taking this even remotely seriously needs to get a grown up hobby. Stupidest controversy in the history of sports.

  31. mannyaraujo2009manny says: Jan 20, 2015 5:23 PM

    well that settles it gronk, squashed the air out of it, makes sense,

  32. apkyletexas says: Jan 20, 2015 5:23 PM

    Guilty as charged. Indy gets to go to a Super Bowl I guess. No wonder the NFL is trying to wrap up the investigation so fast – give Indy a chance to practice and game plan.

  33. kingokra says: Jan 20, 2015 5:24 PM

    I hope Giselle isn’t taking that to heart.

  34. unlimitedcriticism says: Jan 20, 2015 5:25 PM

    And this is why guys like Marshawn Lynch hate talking to reporters.

  35. farmmbig says: Jan 20, 2015 5:25 PM

    Say whatever you want— The referees still need to keep monitoring the situation and get rid of balls that are not meeting the specification of the game.

    If it’s found that New England used deflated game balls, then the referees need to get put front-and-center in why they weren’t enforcing the rules.

    Bottom Line: Nothing will be found in this situation.. This is just a talker to build-up the drama and give the media something else to chew on for two weeks…. The NFL won’t throw their referees under the bus over this incident.

  36. audge86 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:25 PM

    He also said that gronk spikes, aka normal game wear and tear, deflate the ball a bit

    Very different from intentionally letting out air

  37. stonedwhitetrash says: Jan 20, 2015 5:26 PM

    For some unknown reason the NFL is determined to give Brady that fourth Superbowl ring

  38. ampats says: Jan 20, 2015 5:26 PM

    And PFT loves deflated fans who will comment nonsense, conspiracy theories on every Patriots post.

    We Are Onto Seattle !!

  39. higheriqthanyou says: Jan 20, 2015 5:26 PM

    Smoke meet fire.

  40. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 20, 2015 5:28 PM

    Spoken like a guilty man.

    This cheater is 3-2 in the super bowl for a reason.

  41. shaggytoodle says: Jan 20, 2015 5:28 PM

    This is the kind of Legacy the “Great” Patriots will be remembered for. One of the greatest coaches in the history of the NFL, will always have question marks regarding how he did things.

    Lets not forgot that its possible there could be other shortcuts that he may have taken. It would be a shame but he did bring it upon himself with the way he ran the team.

  42. weepingjebus says: Jan 20, 2015 5:28 PM

    Remember when the Ravens beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh, and then NBC made Florio give an immediate post-game update on league news? His 1000-yard stare is a memory I’ll always cherish.

  43. realdealsteel says: Jan 20, 2015 5:29 PM

    Brady cut his own throat; Just like Cosby said in an interview with Larry King in 1991 that he’s used Spanish fly.

  44. aljack88 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:29 PM

    “[W]hen Gronk scores – it was like his eighth touchdown of the year – he spikes the ball and he deflates the ball,” Brady said in November 2011. “I love that, because I like the deflated ball. But I feel bad for that football, because he puts everything he can into those spikes.”

    ——————————————————-

    So the “smoking gun”, as one stated, is Brady’s reference to Gronk’s spiking the ball so hard it deflates the ball?

    BTW – nice link to that WEEI reference.

    Mike – you’re going to have to start using emoticons to show your sarcasm as you surely can’t be serious.

  45. wtfchiefs says: Jan 20, 2015 5:32 PM

    Wouldn’t that mean Brady would’ve thrown a fully inflated ball to Gronkowski for a touchdown, only to have it then deflated by the spike?

    Science.

  46. clipper522 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:32 PM

    Well Gronk scored several drives AFTER Brady threw the INT that spurred the deflated football.

    You can throw that excuse out the window…

  47. restorativejusticeprogram says: Jan 20, 2015 5:32 PM

    Is it easier to run with a deflated ball because that is what the Pats were doing all over the Colts.

  48. theravens1 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:34 PM

    The Colts game should be forfeit! Everyone knows they cheated. They will of course deny, deny, deny!! The proof is the football!!

    Do the right thing, not fine, but change the game to a forfeit, and put the right team in the Super Bowl, and do not lose the credibility everyone knows the NFL should maintain for the integrity of the game!!

    Do the right thing!!

  49. kate773 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:37 PM

    So saying he likes deflated balls means something? He didn’t say he purposely under-inflates them like Rodgers said he over inflates. No remarks on that I see.

    The thing is, these days and with this team, the accusation is enough. Even if the NFL finds nothing the trolls will never let it go because they’ve decided the Pats are guilty no matter what. “Kraft clearly paid off Goodell”, they’ll say. It’s useless to even argue.

  50. dac458 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:37 PM

    Damn Florio you really don’t like the Pats. Is it because Belichick never gives younor any other media member material.

    I know the Super Bowl is still 12 days away and there’s nothing else to talk about, but damn you guys jumped on this story like a fat kid on a cup cake.

    This is why we need the super bowl to be the week after the title game once again. These ridiculous stories start getting all the attention all because the Colts couldn’t stand losing 45-7 and let’s be honest they were lucky to even get that 7.

  51. titans4evr says: Jan 20, 2015 5:38 PM

    The most deflated thing on Sunday were packers fans.

  52. belicheat617 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:39 PM

    Cheating

  53. professorpigskin46 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:40 PM

    With the number of touchdowns the Pats scored I’m surprised there was any air left at all in the ball.

  54. dboldave says: Jan 20, 2015 5:41 PM

    You must have been a great attorney! Clearly the Patriots are guilty!!!

  55. tattooit says: Jan 20, 2015 5:41 PM

    Most QBs prefer the ball with less air. I’d guess just about every QB in the league would say that with the exception of Rodgers (which is why CBS commented on it during that game. It’s odd).

  56. superbowl48champs says: Jan 20, 2015 5:42 PM

    I like how this article’s title was carefully written…

  57. mannyiac says: Jan 20, 2015 5:42 PM

    In the words of the great Bill Belichick”Ignore the noise”.

  58. commonsensedude says: Jan 20, 2015 5:43 PM

    Somebody has GOT to put on a Super Bowl commercial that deals with the topic of deflation. Michelin got the jump yesterday with their tweeted photo of the Michelin man pumping up a football. Maybe one of the male enhancement companies will ride the wave and put up a “don’t let the air go out … during your big game” spot.

    Would be hillarious to everyone in the country who is not a humorless, defensive Pats fan.

  59. skawh says: Jan 20, 2015 5:43 PM

    “bradwins says:
    Jan 20, 2015 5:22 PM
    Anyone taking this even remotely seriously needs to get a grown up hobby. Stupidest controversy in the history of sports.”

    $$$$$$

    Yeah, that’s what they said about “SPYGATE” before all the facts were known. No one likes a cheater, except cheaters!

  60. ftblfan9 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:44 PM

    Don’t the officials handle the football on every play?

    This will be the non-story that it already should be in 2-3 days, which is unfortunate for the Patriots because Belichick can’t believe his good fortune in having such a stupid issue as a motivating tool.

  61. apkyletexas says: Jan 20, 2015 5:45 PM

    We are about to witness history – the NFL taking a postseason win away from a team before the next game. Get your popcorn ready!

  62. codythoa35 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:47 PM

    I’m sure the vikings are paying close attention to this story as they have been doing this for Bridgewater.

  63. billsfan1 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:48 PM

    Scumbag organization.. Fits well with a scumbag city

  64. ironyisadeadscene says: Jan 20, 2015 5:49 PM

    I can’t wait for the next PFT article. “Ben Coates once said a loss took the air out of his team”…hmmmmmm

    click click click

  65. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 20, 2015 5:49 PM

    Plot Thickens.

  66. silvercrush33 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:49 PM

    Here’s what I don’t understand. Even if they were attempting to play with deflated balls, the refs are handling those balls on every play. You’re gonna tell me they’re not going to notice that over the course of an entire game, but one equipment guy for Indy gets his hands on one game ball and the jig is up? Come on.

    Just play some ball so we can stop talking about balls.

  67. vaiking says: Jan 20, 2015 5:50 PM

    If the balls were inflated in a warm environment and checked in a warm environment and found to be on the low side of the spectrum, but still within the tolerance the NFL allows, as soon as the balls settle at a lower temperature, they will be and test at a lower pressure. It’s called science.

  68. jdvallee says: Jan 20, 2015 5:50 PM

    I love the bile spewed here… This is the place where sanity goes to die. SMH

  69. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 20, 2015 5:50 PM

    Dear Patriots.

    Is there something you want to tell us?

  70. belicheat617 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:51 PM

    Cheater!!

  71. barryblogs says: Jan 20, 2015 5:53 PM

    This is exactly the type of thing the Colts were hoping for when they complained to the league.

    Just like they complained when we kicked their butts in 2004 Championship because we roughed up their receivers.

    Manning or Luck doesn’t matter, Patriots almost always beat them and they almost always whine to the league.

    Pathetic.

  72. thundersnacker says: Jan 20, 2015 5:54 PM

    Yeah, that’s what they said about “SPYGATE” before all the facts were known. No one likes a cheater, except cheaters!………..
    Yes, tell me your “facts”. Show us how little you know.

  73. drpompanoduke says: Jan 20, 2015 5:55 PM

    If shoe fits, wear it. Caught, convicted & admitted they cheated. Now they whine because nobody believes them.

  74. smasonsmith says: Jan 20, 2015 5:55 PM

    Actions have consequences.
    ===
    What action has occurred here? Footballs got cold?

  75. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Jan 20, 2015 5:57 PM

    Seriously how is this^ not being mentioned nor covered? so not right!

  76. bleedsoe9mm says: Jan 20, 2015 5:57 PM

    no chance he meant he liked deflated balls because it means gronk just scored a td

  77. willycents says: Jan 20, 2015 5:57 PM

    The entire problem with the current investigation is PERCEPTION. It really doesn’t matter what the truth is or the effect on the colts-Pats game. What matters is the perception of the fans. No matter what the NFL finds, if there were in fact multiple deflated balls, the NFL has to hammer someone. NFL in a no win position on this one.

  78. raymondtx says: Jan 20, 2015 5:57 PM

    LMAO. There you go. Case closed. from the horses mouth…I mean Brady, not elway.

  79. scw1993 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:58 PM

    unlimitedcriticism says: Jan 20, 2015 5:25 PM

    And this is why guys like Marshawn Lynch hate talking to reporters.
    ————————————————
    This is very true. Extraordinary how the haters jump on this non-story. When the dust settles, I hate to say it, but they will then start foolishness about the Seahawks. It’s bound to happen. They need storylines for two weeks.

  80. hazelmn says: Jan 20, 2015 5:58 PM

    It was 45-7. Deflated balls did not decide this game.

  81. packerfanwi1028 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:59 PM

    call the ball inflation police

  82. thundersnacker says: Jan 20, 2015 6:00 PM

    Early in the third quarter, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms had the following discussion on the broadcast:

    Rodgers
    Nantz: We talked to [Aaron] Rodgers about ‘How do you like your footballs?’ Because, you know, you can rub them up before the game. [Phil], you really kind of created that for everybody else in the league.

    Simms: I don’t know if I did, because the quarterbacks got tired of them complaining. But he said something [that] was unique: ‘I like to push the limit to how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take air out of it.’ Because he thinks it’s easier for him to grip. He likes them tight. Of course, he’s got very big hands and you can tell that by watching him play.

    Nantz: You’ve never heard of a guy really desiring a football to be fat and overinflated before, have you?

    Simms: Everybody wants it smaller and soft, so they can dig their fingers into. He’s such a feel thrower. You can tell. The one touchdown he threw down the field to the tight end is such feel; then he flicks it. That shows you he just has great control of it, with his fingers and hand.

    Nantz: He said, ‘God gave me big hands and a strong grip.’

    Simms: You know, the officials do check those footballs and sometimes maybe even get lucky and put an extra half pound of air in there to help Aaron Rodgers out.

  83. patsfaninmo says: Jan 20, 2015 6:00 PM

    I have a great idea! How about a rematch, and all you trolls cans provide the footballs, and I promise you the score will be more towards 60-7. What a weak attempt at discrediting a great team and coaches. Nice try, nobodies fooled here.

  84. golfsox78 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:01 PM

    @billsfan1 You honestly think Buffalo is nice compared to any city or town in Massachusetts? It’s Buffalo, biggest arm pit stain in America. Lol billsmafia. Hahahaha I can’t even take that post seriously.

  85. gysot says: Jan 20, 2015 6:01 PM

    The single most disgusting organization in organized sports.

  86. kenmasters34 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:02 PM

    This season: Aaron Rodgers admitted that he over inflated footballs. The Vikings have been caught on TV heating up footballs in the win against the panthers.

    If the league punishes the Patriots, they should punish the Packers and Vikings. Make the Packers trade Rodgers for Cutler.

  87. davidjf1969 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:02 PM

    Can we move on? Really – Aaron Rogers apparently is on record as saying he likes over inflated balls but that’s not a storyline with Florio because everyone has to fine fault with Pats or Brady….NHL has rules around blade curve on sticks – if player is caught with excessive curve its a two minute penalty, pine tar on bats in baseball – not sure but isn’t the bat is removed from game or batter ruled automatic out? I think the bigger issue here is the excessive buracracy of the NFL and all of its complicated rules instead of just playing the game and celebrating the sport-here we are now shining light on a stupid small rule and waiting on a week long inquiry to get an answer when we should be talking about the players and great games behind us and the big game in two weeks. In the words of Jackie Chiles its “totally inappropriate. It’s lewd, vesivius, salacious, outrageous…”

  88. shlort says: Jan 20, 2015 6:03 PM

    I knew that this “DEFLATE-AGATE” story would bring many laughs to me and others.

  89. alltee says: Jan 20, 2015 6:05 PM

    So brady says he likes deflated balls which happen naturally from a spiked ball and u jump to the conclusion that the pats did it deliberately and should be fined. Rogers says he purposely over Inflates balls against the rules and hopes to get them by the refs and there is no story there or call for fines.

    If you can’t beat-em accuse them of cheating ( I think that’s how the saying goes)

    They hate us cause they ain’t is

  90. kissbillsrings says: Jan 20, 2015 6:05 PM

    I love Pizza… Even more if it has pepperoni on it

  91. alltee says: Jan 20, 2015 6:05 PM

    So brady says he likes deflated balls which happen naturally from a spiked ball and u jump to the conclusion that the pats did it deliberately and should be fined. Rogers says he purposely over Inflates balls against the rules and hopes to get them by the refs and there is no story there or call for fines.

    If you can’t beat-em accuse them of cheating ( I think that’s how the saying goes)

    They hate us cause they ain’t us

  92. brizalmighty says: Jan 20, 2015 6:05 PM

    its common knowledge that most qbs like the ball deflated rodgers is the one that said he likes them over. colts deflated the ball on their sideline the refs found NOTHING wrong with the balls until the colts got their hands on it. pagano straight from his mouth said “they are checking the ball” start of the 2nd half on camera. this was PLANNED by the colts.

  93. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:07 PM

    This Superbowl is about Deflated balls & Aderall, and who says cheaters never win.

  94. jagsandliquor says: Jan 20, 2015 6:09 PM

    In 2008 I coined the phrase pardon my French

  95. killitandeatit says: Jan 20, 2015 6:10 PM

    If New England is busted over this ,what else might they be up to ? The idea,that this team would actually tamper with the very instrument of the game….THE FOOTBALL !!!!!THE ROCK!!!! How about : pure hydrogen in the footballs for N.E. kickers ,punters ? Special “tuned’ footballs for those long kicks . These could be put together in some secret lab somewhere by those crafty Swiss watch maker artisans and tested in wind tunnels . The visiting team receives the lop sided weighted kick balls,good luck trying to kick those straight …”wide right” anyone ? Sometimes ,little things lead to big things…we shall see.

  96. suicidalionsfan says: Jan 20, 2015 6:10 PM

    dac458 ~ “…like a fat kid on a cupcake ” Haaa Haaaa haa

    “GOLD, Jerry, GOLD !”

  97. kissbillsrings says: Jan 20, 2015 6:11 PM

    It’s all GRONKS fault….
    Next year the rule will be no spiking the ball or a 15 yard penalty will be enforced Or all spiked balls must be replaced… Too funny!!!
    GRONK SMASH FOOTBALL!!!
    LOL

  98. thedingo8 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:14 PM

    the nfl is turning itself into a joke….just when did they received the tape of the footballs in the elevator?

  99. dontbugmeonsundays says: Jan 20, 2015 6:15 PM

    I’m going for Seattle.

  100. thedingo8 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:15 PM

    maybe if the colts defense had stopped the pats there wouldnt have been so many balls being spiked

  101. thedingo8 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:18 PM

    apparently the colts and refs knew about “this” in the 2nd quarter… so the 28-0 second half score isnt an issue…

  102. bigbensbathroomseed says: Jan 20, 2015 6:21 PM

    Tom Brady loves the K2 football, gives him great grip for his 5 yard pick plays.

  103. rhemish says: Jan 20, 2015 6:22 PM

    With R Sherman and E Thomas hurt badly Tom a Brady could go down as the. Biggest choker in SB history if he doesn’t win this gamr that would mean 6 SB and favored in 5 of them and lose three straight .How can Seatt win this game their two best players are seriously hurt in a physical game .Seperated shoulder playing safety Torn tricep playing press CB Don’t choke a Tommy Boy spread should be at least ten .

  104. nolasoxfan2012 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:22 PM

    I am so embarrassed that this is the biggest story in the country right now. It’s literally crazy that so many people seem to care so much about such an absolutely inconsequential and meaningless thing in a one-sided blowout of a game. It’s actually pathetic. And, what’s worse, there’s absolutely no leadership from anyone in the press or league saying this is stupid. Oh, well.

  105. fanfrommontreal says: Jan 20, 2015 6:23 PM

    Will you comment about Rodgers Mr. Florio? That would be interesting and could put things in context, no?

  106. a072455 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:24 PM

    Theravens1 – do the right thing,…….. If that is true, then the game. Should be the Colts against the Lions…… Oh wait…. The cry boys got cheated….. So it should be them?? Lol….lol…..lol

  107. lanman11 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:24 PM

    I don’t actually get the idea of under inflating the ball helping with grip. According to the physics, a cold under inflated ball will be less elastic than a warm over inflated ball, and I would think the elasticity would help with grip. A little push back to the fingers would be good.

  108. truths4all says: Jan 20, 2015 6:26 PM

    The refs handle the balls on every down and can tell just by touching if the ball is underinflated. And when they found the one that seemed underinflated, they had that one excluded, so WHAT’s the big deal?

    If the refs were in on it, you know the NFL is going to do nothing about it.

    BTW, TMZ has video of Goodell running around with a ball needle to underinflate footballs.

  109. rhemish says: Jan 20, 2015 6:27 PM

    The only undefeated team to loooose the SB. Is NE Fact

  110. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 20, 2015 6:30 PM

    The Patsies will lose Super Bowl XLIX.
    The Football Gods still aren’t through punishing them yet for Spygate***.

  111. rhemish says: Jan 20, 2015 6:30 PM

    Like the great HOF coach D Shula says BeliCHEAT .

  112. proudchowdahead13 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:30 PM

    The officials handle the football between plays. How come they didn’t notice the football didn’t feel right.

  113. smasonsmith says: Jan 20, 2015 6:33 PM

    Lanman11:
    The skin will be less elastic because it is cold, but that is true no matter the ball’s inflation status.

    An under-inflated ball takes less force to deform inwards while gripping it than an over- or properly-inflated ball. There is less air pressure inside the ball to oppose the squeeze. Given the same amount of force to squeeze the ball, the ball’s skin will deform more.

  114. justintuckrule says: Jan 20, 2015 6:33 PM

    cinvis says:
    Jan 20, 2015 5:22 PM
    Everyone gets that when NE puts air in the footballs it is in a warm room. They put the minimum legal pressure in them. Then when the ball is outside in freezing temperatures the pressure in the ball will drop by 2 – 3 psi. This is simple physics. Nothing to see here.
    ———-
    Except it was 50+ degrees at game time. I got a D in physics but isn’t 32 the freezing point that would reduce pressure?

  115. lanman11 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:35 PM

    Someone needs to check the PSI in Manning’s head because that thing looks WAY over inflated.

  116. richjames151 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:37 PM

    I’m surprised some Hack Reporter hasn’t come up with a tall tale that Brady said something about a deflated football when he around 12 years of age playing football at the YMCA or Boys Club or somewhere but I’m sure the Media isn’t through with this crap yet…..

  117. lanman11 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:40 PM

    smasonsmith says:
    Jan 20, 2015 6:33 PM
    Lanman11:
    The skin will be less elastic because it is cold, but that is true no matter the ball’s inflation status.

    An under-inflated ball takes less force to deform inwards while gripping it than an over- or properly-inflated ball. There is less air pressure inside the ball to oppose the squeeze. Given the same amount of force to squeeze the ball, the ball’s skin will deform more.

    *******************************

    My thought was if you could squeeze it deeper, it would not roll off the fingers well and would not spiral well. Also, I would think it would not fly as well because some of the kinetic energy transferred into the ball from the throwing hand would be lost due to the energy absorbed by the collapsing skin (because of the lower pressure). Just a thought I had. I’m not running any experiments though lol.

  118. monkeesfan says: Jan 20, 2015 6:42 PM

    Deflated footballs are not usable in game conditions. Also, the LEAGUE controls the footballs before and during the game, NOT the teams.

    This story was fabricated by the Colts.

  119. lanman11 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:43 PM

    rhemish says:
    Jan 20, 2015 6:30 PM
    Like the great HOF coach D Shula says BeliCHEAT .
    ************************************************

    In the discussion about which HOF coaches walked or crossed the line of competitive fairness, Shula is at or near the top of the list (The Clock Play, the removal of rain tarps days before a game against a speed team, abusing his position on the rules committee and bullying refs). What he said about Belichick was totally unprofessional or the sign that he is losing his faculties.

  120. crush22 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:50 PM

    aljack88 says:
    Jan 20, 2015 5:29 PM

    Mike – you’re going to have to start using emoticons to show your sarcasm as you surely can’t be serious.
    ________________
    He is serious……………….
    ………..and don’t call him Shirley.

  121. smasonsmith says: Jan 20, 2015 6:51 PM

    Except it was 50+ degrees at game time. I got a D in physics but isn’t 32 the freezing point that would reduce pressure?
    ===

    No. The equation is PV=nRT.
    P is pressure.
    V is volume.
    n is moles* of gas (amount of gas molecules).
    R is the gas constant.
    T is temperature.

    If you increase temperature while holding the amount of gas and volume constant, the pressure will increase. If you decrease the temperature under those conditions the pressure will decrease. Gas pressure comes from molecules of gas striking surfaces. Temperature is roughly a measure of how fast the gas molecules are moving. Faster molecules means more energetic and more frequent collisions with the surface, thus more force (pounds) is exerted per unit of area (square inch).

    In this case, the balls went from 70+ F to 50ish F in an isomolar and roughly isovolumtric (same volume, same amount of gas) transition. That would cause a loss of about 1.2 PSI of absolute pressure for an ideal gas.

    *6.022 *10^23 of anything is a mole of that thing.

  122. camwoahcam says: Jan 20, 2015 6:51 PM

    Maybe they should not try so damn hard to act like it’s nothing.

    The way the Patriots are acting is the only reason I think there might be something to it.

  123. surfinbird1 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:53 PM

    How about more coverage on Rogers and Inflate gate.

  124. themiamidolphins says: Jan 20, 2015 6:55 PM

    I can’t wait for the Patriots to crush the Seahawks.

  125. smasonsmith says: Jan 20, 2015 6:59 PM

    The way the Patriots are acting is the only reason I think there might be something to it.
    ==
    How are they acting? By not saying anything about it except for Brady calling it ridiculous?

  126. justintuckrule says: Jan 20, 2015 7:01 PM

    ^^ Flashbacks to 9th grade science lab.

  127. lanflfan says: Jan 20, 2015 7:01 PM

    Yes, here is the proof. Now we know they are guilty. Forfeit the win, send the Colts to the Super Bowl and hang Brady and Belichick for treason.

    (Note: yes, this is sarcasm).

  128. rocoop says: Jan 20, 2015 7:02 PM

    Look up “Integrity” in the dictionary..You definitely won’t see a New England Patriot logo..

  129. lanflfan says: Jan 20, 2015 7:03 PM

    And convict Gronk of multiple counts of Murder (of dozens of poor, helpless footballs). Send him to Siberia.

    (Note: yes, also sarcasm.)

  130. steelcurtainn says: Jan 20, 2015 7:07 PM

    Hmmmm what a coincidence that the balls end up being deflated in the afc championship. They knew the balls were deflated and figured they’d get away with it. Well they just got caught again. Tom Lady and Belicheat equal scum of the national football league. What an embarrassment again to their owner. Hopefully, Karma comes back to bite them.

  131. devildog911 says: Jan 20, 2015 7:08 PM

    Aaron Hernandez got rid of the evidence…

  132. superslugg says: Jan 20, 2015 7:09 PM

    Well if suh gets to be taken at his word for stepping on people then so should the patriots in matters not related to spygate

  133. devildog911 says: Jan 20, 2015 7:10 PM

    Before going to the Toilet Bowl, I let out some air…

  134. dst62306 says: Jan 20, 2015 7:16 PM

    @rocoop, get a clue the patriots are no worse than any other team, here some things to chew on.
    Last years super bowl winner, Seattle 11 members tested positive for ped’s last year alone.
    49er’s of the 80’s and 90’s got punished and the owner had to give up control the team to his sister for completely ignoring the salary cap.
    Cowboy’s of the 90’s out doing illegal drugs, getting arrested and a whole laundry list of things.
    Steelers of the 70’s where all popping roids like they where tic tac’s.
    nothing new here just more media.

  135. smasonsmith says: Jan 20, 2015 7:17 PM

    Flashbacks to 9th grade science lab.
    ===

    Sorry!

  136. cubsisles72 says: Jan 20, 2015 7:40 PM

    He also once said he liked Bridget Moynihan, but now he prefers gripping Gisele.

  137. 8oneanddones says: Jan 20, 2015 7:46 PM

    The interception that started all of this was the best catch made by a Colt in the entire game.

  138. johnnycantread says: Jan 20, 2015 7:56 PM

    Brady said, “I like deflated balls.”
    Cut and dry admission of guilt before the fact.
    Verdict: Guilty.

  139. scw1993 says: Jan 20, 2015 7:57 PM

    rocoop says: Jan 20, 2015 7:02 PM

    Look up “Integrity” in the dictionary..You definitely won’t see a New England Patriot logo..
    —————————————————

    One thing is for sure…you won’t see a raider logo on anything that says “successful” on it.

    A lot of very angry, frustrated raiders fans around here. Too bad you lost back then, huh.

  140. i10east says: Jan 20, 2015 7:57 PM

    Just move them to LA already…

  141. dropkickbanana says: Jan 20, 2015 8:00 PM

    So it’s really all come down to the haters, whiners, losing team apologists, and now they have an excuse. One ball was found under. Could be hundreds of reasons. Could have even been a (holy crap) defective or game damaged ball. It was found and removed. Brady could have handed Blount a cinder block and he still would have carried it for 3 touch
    downs. Maybe people just like over examining the Patriots umm “Footballs”.

  142. gtmcd82 says: Jan 20, 2015 8:08 PM

    This message board is a cess pool

    haters will hate pure jealousy

  143. kevo95 says: Jan 20, 2015 8:10 PM

    Patriots should be banned from all picks they a bunch of cheaters the truth will prevail hopefully Rodger the so called commissioner gets some balls and does something about this disrespectful team yes talking about u Patriots

  144. hawkforlife says: Jan 20, 2015 8:13 PM

    zoxitic says:

    Me Gronk. Me deflate ball. Make Meester Tom happy.

    Nice dude.😀

  145. portnoychunk says: Jan 20, 2015 8:14 PM

    No. The equation is PV=nRT.
    P is pressure.
    V is volume.
    n is moles* of gas (amount of gas molecules).
    R is the gas constant.
    T is temperature.

    If you increase temperature while holding the amount of gas and volume constant, the pressure will increase. If you decrease the temperature under those conditions the pressure will decrease. Gas pressure comes from molecules of gas striking surfaces. Temperature is roughly a measure of how fast the gas molecules are moving. Faster molecules means more energetic and more frequent collisions with the surface, thus more force (pounds) is exerted per unit of area (square inch).

    In this case, the balls went from 70+ F to 50ish F in an isomolar and roughly isovolumtric (same volume, same amount of gas) transition. That would cause a loss of about 1.2 PSI of absolute pressure for an ideal gas.

    *6.022 *10^23 of anything is a mole of that thing

    _________________________________

    Totally.

  146. hawkforlife says: Jan 20, 2015 8:20 PM

    @ smasonsmith

    You can’t post here, entirely too smart. We only allow haters, accusers and basement dwellers.

  147. hawkforlife says: Jan 20, 2015 8:25 PM

    Brings to mind what I always wonder, why does the noodle arm kicker stand there every game and squeeze the football before a kick off when there’s a 260 pound D end or line backer 10 feet away with bazooka arms?

    Wouldn’t you hand the ball to him to squeeze if it makes a difference?

  148. jalbs says: Jan 20, 2015 8:28 PM

    This article was posted at 5:07pm and it stills sits second from the top of the home page. The Aaron Rodgers article was posted at 5:47pm and it is second from the bottom of the home page. It’ll probably be off the home page within 20-30 minutes while this one will still be at the top weeks from now. Nope, no agenda.

  149. vikinganswer says: Jan 20, 2015 8:31 PM

    AGAIN I say SNORE! !!!!!

  150. tjirish34 says: Jan 20, 2015 8:37 PM

    Patriots laughing, joking about this issue. Clearly from 2011 comments that was a joke about Gronk spiking ball. But people see headline think something else. I am in Indy was rooting for Colts but not huge Colt fan and I respect what Patriots have done over the years. At some point I don’t think this is amusing. Those players put the time and work in to get to SuperBowl. It’s not easy. They blew the Colts out and ran all over them. Yet this inflated ball story continues to circulate. I realize the spygate story. But I just find it disrespectful to players who work their butts off get to this point.

    At your job. A guy works his tail of to get to a high position. Maybe puts in more time or just better at the job. Guy gets promoted or a woman. Then people behind back say they brown nosed or slept way to top. I just don’t think it’s funny attack people for success. Like the colts. Colts need get better to beat Pats instead of reporting crap about under inflated footballs.

  151. mpzz says: Jan 20, 2015 8:38 PM

    The fact is, stealing the defensive signs is a tremendous advantage to the offense; that’s why Belechick did it. And deflating the ball to improve grip in the rain is a tremendous advantage to the quarterback and his receivers; that’s why Belechick did it.

  152. bert1913 says: Jan 20, 2015 8:41 PM

    everybody know’s that Robert Kraft and Goddell are really good friends. so do you really think that the nfl (goddell) is going to punish the patriots?

  153. castleanthrax says: Jan 20, 2015 8:47 PM

    @justintuckrule

    50+ degrees at game time?
    Were you even up.here?
    It was 34-35 and the rain was freezing on contact. Do some of you make crap up or is hyperbole a new thing to.do?

  154. tauntonsyndicate says: Jan 20, 2015 9:07 PM

    By my calculations, the Patriots are 48-15 since Tom Brady inadvertently “let the cat out of the bag” on this one including playing in some 9 playoff games. And in all that time only one ball (that we know of) has been removed from play and led to all this hoopla. And then we hear it is not uncommon for balls to be removed from play during a game for this very reason.

    Shame on Chuck Pagano for making this an issue and shame on the NFL for allowing this to tarnish this Patriots victory.

  155. bullcharger says: Jan 20, 2015 9:07 PM

    kevo95 says:
    Jan 20, 2015 8:10 PM

    Patriots should be banned from all picks they a bunch of cheaters the truth will prevail hopefully Rodger the so called commissioner gets some balls and does something about this disrespectful team yes talking about u Patriots

    ———————–

    Good thing no one listens to you, because that is a terrible idea.

  156. descendency says: Jan 20, 2015 9:18 PM

    I hope the league takes away all of NEs picks so the Patriots can beat your teams without them too. Belichick is heading to his 6th super bowl with a no show 1st rounder and a back qb in the second. What is your coach doing with his stud class?

  157. sportsfan247 says: Jan 20, 2015 9:32 PM

    If there was deliberate tampering with the balls then whoever was responsible should be fired from the organization. Would be good for the Pats image. Pats fans seem quite sensitive to the accusations ( would rather talk about Rodgers for some reason….)but your organization has some recent history of trying to gain a ” competitive edge” . I’m a Giants fan and I would be embarrassed if they did something like this (not saying the Pats did). I’m just saying… They’ve brought this on themselves. Your coach however successful he is ( and he is) comes off as a d*ck in most if not all of his interviews. You can’t expect the benefit of the doubt from anyone who isn’t a Pats fan. Does suck this is the top story leading up to the Super Bowl . As a fan of the sport I hope they didn’t do it (even though it had no influence on the result). If they did ,they deserve the hammer and the public shaming.

  158. josh8134 says: Jan 20, 2015 9:38 PM

    physics?it was 51 and raining…what game was u watching?

  159. brazzz01 says: Jan 20, 2015 9:44 PM

    If I understand Aaron Rodgers comments correctly then I think this is a VERY interesting twist to this story and one that is not getting reported nearly enough.

    Basically it sounds to me that ALL the top QBs in the league are getting the footballs any way they want, in Rodgers case overinflated and in Brady’s case under… and the refs don’t even bother enforcing the limits by letter of the rule. Why? Maybe they have better things to do.

    OR… more likely – they are told NOT to for certain QBs. Because the NFL loves their passing game and giving these QBs a football they don’t prefer might mean defenses have a chance against these guys…

    And we can’t have that now can we.

    #hmmmmm
    #staytuned

  160. bullcharger says: Jan 20, 2015 9:46 PM

    blizzard01 says:
    Jan 20, 2015 5:10 PM
    The Patriots team/coach/owner lost the “benefit of the doubt” with spygate. Actions have consequences.

    ———

    Belichick paid a huge fine out of his pocket. How many of your actions have those consequences. He never lied once about spygate. Sure it was cheating, but he didn’t think so, he was doing it in plain sight. He paid big considering. I think he’s aware of consequences.

  161. bullcharger says: Jan 20, 2015 9:53 PM

    theravens1 says:
    Jan 20, 2015 5:34 PM
    The Colts game should be forfeit! Everyone knows they cheated. They will of course deny, deny, deny!! The proof is the football!!

    Do the right thing, not fine, but change the game to a forfeit, and put the right team in the Super Bowl, and do not lose the credibility everyone knows the NFL should maintain for the integrity of the game!!

    Do the right thing!!

    ——–

    If you didn’t do something, why would you agree that you did. Notice they never denied the accusations they were fined for I’m spygate. They admitted it fully as they were not hiding it in the first place.

  162. TomsulasMustache says: Jan 20, 2015 9:54 PM

    Pretty obvious that this is something New England did intentionally for a minor advantage. they are always looking to do this kinda stuff, thats what gives them that little edge. Says a lot about the character of Belichik-Brady though. Win at all costs, even if it bends/breaks the rules

  163. bigdaddy44 says: Jan 20, 2015 10:16 PM

    Perfect set up to frame Pats. Equipment manager lets air out of the interception ball, tells Pagano, who tells G.M. who contacts league during halftime and the league informs the refs. Funny that Pagano denied any involvement on Monday, now we all know he was lying. At least two refs handle ball on every play, not once was it noticed. Pats receive Colts first round draft pick.

  164. tony2308 says: Jan 20, 2015 10:17 PM

    Nice logic there, he likes the ball getting destroyed on touchdown celebrations so he must like deflated balls for game use.

    This is tabloid level journalism.

  165. hairpie2 says: Jan 20, 2015 10:27 PM

    The Rodgers admission was removed from the front page at ~9:30…. we’ll see how long the Brady fabrication stays up there.

  166. drummer1279 says: Jan 20, 2015 10:30 PM

    I hate to say it, but I think this is just going to be motivation for the Patriots to play all out, and win the SB. I have to give them credit, as much as I don’t care for their Coach, QB and team overall, they seem to pull off a lot of wins. They’ve shown they can play and and use solid game plans as well.

    I will add of course being caught cheating, having the Zebra’s and Goodell in your pocket doesn’t hurt for those close games eithor. It seems like they get a lot of big-time calls (or no-calls) when needed. Could they have won as many without said advantages, (probably not), could they still be among the elite teams, the last decade (likely so). Will they always have the stigma over their accomplishments, and doubts from fan bases other than the Patriots? (Absolutely) And that’s just the way it goes when you are caught cheating, and the Boss is good friends with the cheaters.

  167. hairpie2 says: Jan 20, 2015 10:49 PM

    mpzz says:
    Jan 20, 2015 8:38 PM
    The fact is, stealing the defensive signs is a tremendous advantage to the offense; that’s why Belechick did it. And deflating the ball to improve grip in the rain is a tremendous advantage to the quarterback and his receivers; that’s why Belechick did.


    Actually neither of these are fact or correct…

    the “stealing of signals” is impossible because you never know what the indicator is or who is actually giving the active call. So that is just false.
    The “benefit” of taping plays was to time them and see if there was a pattern that would allow you to get an illegal substitution call on a particular formation.

    the slightly deflated ball is too stupid to even comment on.

  168. mrbigass says: Jan 20, 2015 11:11 PM

    Just in from ESPN…

    The New England Patriots had 11 of their 12 allotted game footballs under-inflated by 2 pounds of air (PSI) as required by NFL regulations, according to league sources either involved or familiar with the investigation of Sunday’s AFC championship game when the Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 to advance to their sixth Super Bowl.

    “We are not commenting at this time,” said Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications.

    Troy Vincent, the league’s senior executive vice president of football operations, said earlier Tuesday that the NFL expected to wrap up its investigation in “two or three days.”

    Yet to be determined is what, if any, penalties may be imposed upon Patriots. One source described the league as “disappointed … angry … distraught,” after spending considerable time on the findings earlier Tuesday.

  169. rhemish says: Jan 20, 2015 11:18 PM

    Breaking News 11 of 12 footballs under inflated by 2 or more pounds …their is your fire NE CHEATERS. The most classless organization in pro sports top to bottom .time and time again now take their first round pick away for the next three years ….everybody else has to follow the rules except NE

  170. salutethis says: Jan 20, 2015 11:27 PM

    Honestly this is the most interesting thing about this super bowl… Pretty sure there is a puppy owl or a playmate bowl I will pay more attention to than the 2 most fair weather fanned franchises duke it out. #worstsbever

  171. igotgamenj says: Jan 21, 2015 12:02 AM

    TO ALL PATS FANS YOUR TEAM CHEATS !!!!!

  172. kicksave1980 says: Jan 21, 2015 12:38 AM

    I don’t like the Patriots, and I was cheering for the Colts in that game. But really, if it was a noticeable problem, Andrew Luck or one of the Colts should have mentioned it to an official during the game and demanded that it be tested/corrected. To say it afterwards just sounds like sour grapes, and with the final score, the footballs could have been inflated to the PSI of the Goodyear Blimp and it wouldn’t have mattered. Teams have been using little ‘home field advantages’ since the beginning of sports.

  173. joenash72 says: Jan 21, 2015 1:27 AM

    11 of 12 balls were under inflated.

    Makes it a conspiracy.

    #Deflatriots*

  174. concretejimmy52 says: Jan 21, 2015 1:40 AM

    All of this hoopla is to cover up the fact that they drafted a murderer and it gets swept under the rug. So what if the ball were underinflated. Colts would have lost anyway. Even though it’s still cheating. I’ve seen worse from this coach. I told you Kraft pays the refs. Best friends with Goodell. I’ve seen them tamper with the clock in a close game. I’ve seen belicheat tell his players to duck after making the catch so Kraft’s refs will throw a flag for 15 yards on every play. While Goodell speaks of player safety and steals money. Patriots are the most classless team in sports.

  175. msfit says: Jan 21, 2015 2:14 AM

    For what it’s worth:

    Not sure if the same holds true for footballs, but
    according to Goodyear Tire:

    “This time of year serves as a reminder that a drop in tire inflation pressures corresponds with the falling thermometer readings. Goodyear experts explain that air pressure in a tire typically goes down 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change.”

    But if the Pats did this intentionally, I’ll be sick about it.

  176. pityforhaters says: Jan 21, 2015 2:40 AM

    So Brady’s sarçasm is being taken literally here?

    It’s obvious Patriot haters are going to hate regardless.

    I think this controversy will probably fire up the team more than anything else.

  177. frankfortschooldropout says: Jan 21, 2015 8:18 AM

    Most of you have never even played football, let alone thrown, caught, or kicked a football in bad weather. I can tell you that punting a fully inflated ball when it’s below 20 degrees is like kicking a cinderblock. It doesn’t seem to give at all.
    That being said, it boggles the mind why, if ball inflation is such a big deal, that the NFL doesn’t fully supply the balls with a ball coordinator and everything else. The reason, probably, is that both teams play with the same balls and it’s freaking fair no matter what.

  178. lovethelions says: Jan 21, 2015 12:17 PM

    This is as easy as 1….2…..3…..

    1. Condoleezza Rice replaces Roger Goodell as NFL Commissioner.

    2. NFL Officials become full-time, get paid as full time and become responsible for their decisions….and the footballs.

    3. The Patriots suspend Belichick, McDaniels, and especially BRADY for a year…or they can retire.

    Go LIONS!

  179. mudmandenny says: Jan 22, 2015 10:37 AM

    I think that you and I both know counselor , that is a real stretch. You have a future at Fox News.

  180. nbcouch2015ouch2015 says: Jan 23, 2015 12:09 PM

    Maybe it was posted here, but there is no mention of Bradys hand size anywhere on the internet.
    Wilson is 10.25′, but even in the 2000 combine Bradys hand size is omitted. His wife says he has small hands?? Thus needs deflated ball to grip.

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