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Brady pushed for rule to let visiting team provide own footballs

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has long wanted control over the footballs he throws, to the point where he was the driving force behind a rules change that allowed visiting teams to provide their own footballs, rather than having both teams use footballs provided by the home team.

In 2006, Brady and Peyton Manning successfully lobbied the league to let every team provide its own footballs to use on offense. Prior to that, it was always the home team that supplied the footballs, which meant that road team quarterbacks didn’t get to try the footballs out until pregame warmups.

Brady said at the time that he appreciated the opportunity to address the league’s Competition Committee and get a rule change that he felt would be advantageous to himself and other quarterbacks.

“The thing is, every quarterback likes it a little bit different,” Brady told the Sun-Sentinel at the time. “Some like them blown up a little bit more, some like them a little more thin, some like them a little more new, some like them really broken in.”

Brady’s comments come into new focus this week as the NFL investigates whether the Patriots deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game, in violation of NFL rules. After Patriots coach Bill Belichick said today that he knows nothing about how balls are prepared prior to games, increased attention has turned to whether Brady was behind deflating the footballs.

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  1. mrbigass says: Jan 22, 2015 11:38 AM

    And some like them outside the rules……

  2. superslugg says: Jan 22, 2015 11:41 AM

    This thing is going to end with nothing. There’s nothing to be found but some underinflated footballs. No evidence of tampering. No proof that anyone did their jobs correctly at any point in the process.

  3. ctiggs says: Jan 22, 2015 11:41 AM

    #NobodycanpossiblyhaveitbetterthanUS

  4. cuethehaters says: Jan 22, 2015 11:42 AM

    We’re on to Seattle.

  5. greglloydrules says: Jan 22, 2015 11:42 AM

    Hey NFL. The fix is simple. 8 game balls weighed by the refs put in a station next to the replay booth. And that’s just one option.

  6. 69finfan says: Jan 22, 2015 11:42 AM

    First question for TB at presser today; So Tom, how do you like your balls?

  7. bostontdparty says: Jan 22, 2015 11:42 AM

    It would be nice if Peyton chimed in on this

  8. mattwalshvideo says: Jan 22, 2015 11:42 AM

    No worries, Giselle will pay for the slap on the wrist fine Goodell will hand down.

    Goodell has already burned the deflated footballs.

  9. coltzfan166 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:42 AM

    Colts fan here. I couldn’t care less about this whole deflation thing. Even if Brady himself deflated the footballs, I still would think this whole thing isn’t a big deal. Either way, my team still would’ve got destroyed.

  10. auburnfan2013 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:42 AM

    Fines need levied, draft picks need lost, and belichick and or brady need suspended. Their history of cheating over the last decade has been deeply troubling, and I think it has affected the game far more than bounty-gate ever did

  11. crappygovernment says: Jan 22, 2015 11:42 AM

    Tebow wouldn’t cheat or accept help from Ernie Adams, like Lance Brady there!

  12. yanksbills says: Jan 22, 2015 11:43 AM

    The point of all of this is that proper inflation of footballs is a rule. If they want to do away with the rule next year, fine. But as long as it’s a rule this year and that rule was clearly broken, someone needs to be held responsible. Period.

    I also hate the Pats.

    – Bills fan

  13. weepingjebus says: Jan 22, 2015 11:44 AM

    Huh, it’s almost like every pro QB does this. Makes sense, since numerous other pro QBs have recently said so. When does the Packers overinflation investigation start, anyway? The Patriots lost that game.

  14. underground says: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM

    Every pundit with knowledge on the subject insists Brady must have known. No one does anything to the balls without the QB knowing. Don’t say, “oh, well, everyone does it.” No, the balls were illegally and intentionally deflated after the initial inspection. Rodgers mentioned that a lot of the balls he submits don’t get approves and he just shrugs. Tom bypassed the inspection. That’s cheating.

  15. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM

    Yet no one cares Manning also pushed for this…

  16. thundersnacker says: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM

    Thanks for setting that straight. Manning and Brady. It’s a qb thing. NFL wants offense? Cater to the qb’s.

  17. ironmd778 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM

    Makes total sense. This whole pathetic drama this week was an unnecessary embarrassment.

  18. cavaant says: Jan 22, 2015 11:47 AM

    I just don’t like the fact that these great QBs think they deserve the ball to be the way they like it. It isn’t THEIR ball- they have to throw it and hand it off and the defense has a right to get their hands on it.

    Why should the passing game be further rigged to help these guys put up big numbers? Teams that don’t have a great QB or just don’t throw a lot get no advantage while teams that do are provided with a seemingly significant boost.

  19. 509seahawks says: Jan 22, 2015 11:47 AM

    Tom Brady wears Uggs. That right there tells you what type of a guy he is.

  20. sourdoughsam says: Jan 22, 2015 11:47 AM

    From what I remember, every QB in the league pushed for that rule change. This whole ‘deflategate’ thing is just a witch hunt. Two things that need to be considered:

    1.) There are cameras everywhere. If the Pats deflated the balls during the course of the game, then there should be some type of video evidence available. If the league doesn’t have evidence of who actually deflated the footballs, then how can they reach any legitimate conclusion?

    2.) The refs allowed the balls to be used in play, so if the Pats are at fault, then so are the referees.

  21. NFL = WWE says: Jan 22, 2015 11:47 AM

    cheaters never prosper kids…

    …unless they are part of the nfl

  22. number12isnumber1 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:47 AM

    Wow, reaching much? He did so for when HE was a visiting team, nothing to see here, move on.

  23. theotherjules says: Jan 22, 2015 11:47 AM

    Funny how Manning’s name got left out of the headline.

  24. cobrala2 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:47 AM

    The lack of quotes on Peyton’s contribution to the competition committee is deafening. It is so obvious there is a witch hunt going on here.

  25. neilpountney says: Jan 22, 2015 11:48 AM

    Right, and I am sure only he and Manning have benefited from this rule change!

  26. thetooloftools says: Jan 22, 2015 11:48 AM

    The league will have to take control of all game balls from the beginning of the game to the end.

  27. chuckshontaspads says: Jan 22, 2015 11:48 AM

    Pagano who has lied about his involvement in this from the get go, Irsay a pinnacle in the community who travels with drugs and cash and sore loser Harbaugh, should all be looked at along with NFL officials.

  28. whyrunbackwardsyoullvomit says: Jan 22, 2015 11:50 AM

    I like mine legal

  29. rudegger69 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:50 AM

    fire, meet gas

  30. hakunamangata says: Jan 22, 2015 11:51 AM

    You hear that? It’s the winds of change.

    Bye bye NE. Have fun with the Astrix to everything you’ve done to this point.

    Crazy to think hiring an ex con to plow right before a FG attempt be the most honorable thing your franchise has done, cause at least he was provided a job.

  31. rickrenteria says: Jan 22, 2015 11:51 AM

    The refs are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the footballs put into play.

  32. bostonian13 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:51 AM

    Everyone is gonna ignore that Peyton was mentioned in this….

  33. barneyrumble says: Jan 22, 2015 11:51 AM

    The betting odds are 12-5 that Brady cries and all is forgiven!

  34. magnumpimustache says: Jan 22, 2015 11:53 AM

    I am so happy this happened.

    Patriots will run up the score all next season.

    And will crush the Seahawks.

  35. johnodocks says: Jan 22, 2015 11:53 AM

    Well, someone did something — we know that. A set of balls don’t magically become underinflated to the level they did. And we know it was done to unlevel the playing field in the Patriots’ favor, and we know that those in control of the footballs were Patriots employees. So if no individual wants to take responsibility, a team punishment is in order at the very least (loss of draft picks, whatever).

  36. gronkasaurus says: Jan 22, 2015 11:53 AM

    I have to admit that him describing how important the slightest differences in football-feel is in these past quotes, does not look good today. Though is it really his responsibility to complain that they’re feeling good? Not sure what the rules are if you’re just a player and notice something (what responsibility you have to do something about it), but I probably wouldn’t saying anything if I were him either.

    The biggest problem is that patriots track record in these kinds of things, at minimum, it doesn’t look good. It’s like how certain players are always “around” trouble. Are they guilty of anything, maybe not, but why are we asking if the patriots did something wrong every few years?

  37. beach305 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:54 AM

    So he’s been doing this since 2006…great

    Time to kick Brady & Bill out of the league for good.

  38. infowarriorz says: Jan 22, 2015 11:54 AM

    Patriots = Yankees.
    Hate Perfection, love the underdog. it is thee American way.

  39. realityonetwo says: Jan 22, 2015 11:54 AM

    Cheater.

  40. duncanthecat says: Jan 22, 2015 11:56 AM

    Commish better take some form of impactful disciplinary action prior to the SB or the NFL will soon be viewed like the WWF Wresting Federation.

  41. ampats says: Jan 22, 2015 11:57 AM

    It is very smart for the Patriots to move up Brady’s press conference to put this speculation to a close. I doubt anything comes of it to the Patriots and instead the NFL tightens up its rule about game balls. But as always anyone who hates/jealous(of their continued success) will continue to claim blatant cheating and banishment for life.

    As a Patriots fan, looking forward to a great SB and for other fans, enjoy the Pro Bowl and get ready for the draft.

  42. bert1913 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:57 AM

    Brady didn’t need help beating the Colts, he wants to pad his playoff legacy.
    BTW this does help running backs hold onto the ball

  43. crindal3000 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:57 AM

    huge waste of time

  44. fissels says: Jan 22, 2015 11:58 AM

    You really can’t blame him for being a little fussy about the footballs he throws. He’s not talking here about breaking the rule just changing it.

  45. whatnojets says: Jan 22, 2015 11:58 AM

    Funny……he never won a super bowl game after they changed the rules

  46. hairpie2 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:59 AM

    Its hysterical that this is an issue to football “fans”

  47. westof1club says: Jan 22, 2015 11:59 AM

    From the tuck rule, no real Spygate punishment, inability to tackle QBs below the knees in the pocket, pro offense PI & defensive holding calls, and now this, the league has shown it will not go against the wishes of the Golden Boy & his cage cleaner Belichick. The game continues to suffer…

  48. seahawkz4life says: Jan 22, 2015 11:59 AM

    In other words…Bill dont put me on blast like that again

  49. timmyp716 says: Jan 22, 2015 11:59 AM

    Hmmm….its interesting that neither player has won a superbowl since being allowed to control what football they use

  50. bawston1 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:00 PM

    Odell Beckham Jr. makes a 3-finger catch (from 43 yards out) and you all want to believe that the ball was of 2.5-13.5 pounds per square inch of air pressure. BS. Have someone throw you a football from just 5 yards out and see if you can catch it with 3 fingers. You can’t unless that ball was under-inflated.

  51. crindal3000 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:00 PM

    russel wilson and the seahawks should be penalized for using the power of prayer to lead them to victory.

    evoking the all mighty to win a football game is way worse than deflating a couple of balls.

  52. hobiecat1 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:02 PM

    All of the BS used to kill time…Why the Super Bowl should be played a week after the Championship games.

  53. bedoubleu16 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:02 PM

    If people really gave a crap about this and the so called integrity of the game they would just stop watching. Stop pretending this ridiculous deflategate is bothering you people because I’m willing to bet you’re still going to watch the patriots in the Super Bowl. Nothing will change because they will have viewers and ratings which means revenue and profits, the machine keeps churning

  54. crush22 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:03 PM

    That’s so the visiting team wouldn’t notice how under inflated his were.

  55. herrcules13 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:04 PM

    It’s Throw Brady Under the Bus Thursday. #TBUBT

  56. wimpyburgers says: Jan 22, 2015 12:04 PM

    Did Brady pay the official to alter the pressure to make it easier tp throw in the rai

  57. pyr2gold says: Jan 22, 2015 12:04 PM

    #embracethehate !

  58. reesesteel23 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:04 PM

    Manning isn’t the one under investigation genius

  59. bradwins says: Jan 22, 2015 12:04 PM

    This is the best controversy ever (and by “best,” we mean most ridiculous and hilarious). Now that Bill is off the hook, I can finally enjoy it.

    If they really get after Brady about this (which they won’t), every former, current and future QB will come to his defense. Because they all do this. It is not only not a big deal, it might actually be the smallest deal to ever have this much attention devoted to it.

  60. supaballin says: Jan 22, 2015 12:04 PM

    I like mine best when completely depleted.

  61. thrillomania says: Jan 22, 2015 12:05 PM

    the tuck rule guy?

  62. mark4steelers says: Jan 22, 2015 12:06 PM

    If there is a rule, it needs to be followed…PERIOD!! I don’t understand why they would even need to touch the balls prior to the games. Who cares if they “like” it one way or the other. Make them all play will knew regulation balls provided only by the Refs during the process of the game. Anything else is just dumb.

  63. wstover says: Jan 22, 2015 12:07 PM

    Maybe they need to search Brady’s home for needles and other paraphernalia.

  64. staffordsyear says: Jan 22, 2015 12:08 PM

    Games over, time to move on.

  65. chargerdillon says: Jan 22, 2015 12:11 PM

    Some people like the rules, some people like the rules broken

    Some people take pay cuts, some people take max contracts

    Some get punished when they cheat, and some are just called Patriots

  66. listenup823 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:11 PM

    If you’re not cheating then you’re not trying very hard…
    -BB

  67. linji45thgen says: Jan 22, 2015 12:12 PM

    Sounds to me like what really happened is that the ballboys prepared the balls the way Brady likes them-underinflated-and that they went to refs and passed inspection. It’s made out to be like some sort of scientific process with pressure guages and scales, but it looks like the reality is that the refs just give them a squeeze and that’s the end of it. So, if anyone is at ‘fault’ here, it would be the refs. And it’s looking like this is common practice as well.

  68. beastmode5150 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:14 PM

    Hawks fan here, this is STUPID. Going after NE for this is STUPID. Going after Marshawn is STUPID. I hope NE fans can agree with me there.

  69. Deb says: Jan 22, 2015 12:14 PM

    Since QBs hands are not all the same size, it could easily be argued that the current rules favor those with larger hands. That means it’s not an even playing field. The intelligent thing would be to let each team’s QB control the inflation level of the balls used by their offense. But no. Goodell would rather create a huge scandal that diminishes the entire league.

    How did this guy get to be commissioner, and when are the owners going to wise up and remove him?

  70. bencoates57 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:15 PM

    I guarantee you this has been going on since the dawn of the NFL. It takes a special kind of resentment to blow this up into an issue.

  71. pats3rings says: Jan 22, 2015 12:16 PM

    Nothing is going to happen. This will all blow over and I know that will infuriate some of you but it’s just the way it is.

    If you accept it now it will be easier to deal with when it happens.

  72. cbass59 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:16 PM

    Brady likes deflated balls

  73. Andre's Johnson says: Jan 22, 2015 12:17 PM

    I think the Odell Beckham element is more of a gloves issue than a ball issue, I think. And he’s really good.

  74. socalcpa7 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:19 PM

    Isn’t there supposed to game played in a few weeks? hahaha I love it. More people care about the cheating patriots than the super bowl.

  75. cuethehaters says: Jan 22, 2015 12:20 PM

    The ball should be checked for pressure before every play in every game.

  76. doe22us says: Jan 22, 2015 12:20 PM

    Of course everyone wants it a little different, but the Pats are an easy target and make for useless news two weeks leading up to the superbowl. I guess the NFL needed something to talk about, God knows the patethic pro-bowl wont have cut it.

  77. socalcpa7 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:22 PM

    When an owner calls his head coach a real skmuck, well that says it all for your organization.

  78. joker65 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:22 PM

    Pats inflated the balls to 12.5, bottom of the legal limit, gave them to refs who said they were good. After a few hours in the cold, they lost some air pressure and were re-tested and found below the limit.

    Book it. That’s how it will end.

  79. administrator says: Jan 22, 2015 12:23 PM

    Just blame Manning. Everything is his fault. He’s the devil.

  80. steelcitywhitty says: Jan 22, 2015 12:25 PM

    the only problem linji is with the NFL prepared to inspect at halftime, you can bet you bottom dollar that the refs did their pre-game inspection and followed every rule.

  81. kepdogg23 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:25 PM

    Well I don’t see an issue with breaking rules, as long as it is in a blowout victory.

  82. patriotinvasion says: Jan 22, 2015 12:27 PM

    This might end up being bad for the Seahawks. An angry Pats team is usually a freight train you want to steer clear of.

    And I respect the heck out of the Seahawks and how they play, but this may not be great for them.

  83. fritz96 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:27 PM

    The problem isn’t asking the league to change the rule, it’s breaking the rule after the change.

    “From what I remember, every QB in the league pushed for that rule change. This whole ‘deflategate’ thing is just a witch hunt.”

  84. jjk26 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:27 PM

    Why not include Manning as well in the headline? Just want to provoke a reaction?

  85. roadbiscuit says: Jan 22, 2015 12:28 PM

    So completely, unbelievable shocking that QBs would like to have their footballs just so. I mean, really, whoever would have guessed this?

  86. bigbits2 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:28 PM

    All of the interceptions Brady has thrown over the years, and with all of the thousands of times during games the officials didn’t notice anything unusual with feel of the ball…and only just now we hear about this with the Colts?

  87. babyjunkie says: Jan 22, 2015 12:31 PM

    Peyton Manning’s head is overinflated.

  88. drinkblatz says: Jan 22, 2015 12:32 PM

    Pats didn’t need help vs Colts but they may have benefited if they used under inflated balls vs the Ravens. Temps were supposedly in mid teens for that game.
    It easily could have been Colts hosting Ravens for AFC Championship.
    Colts had chance vs Ravens at home as they beat them there earlier this year.

  89. afwhigs says: Jan 22, 2015 12:33 PM

    Yeah, well, so what? If anyone thinks Brady will admit to anything, or that someone will uncover some actual evidence of intentional tampering, they’re deluded.

    Personally, I agree that the circumstantial evidence certainly points to tampering, but 1) way too many people are making way too big of a deal out of this, and 2) there’s ZERO chance that there’s any smoking gun to connect Brady to any of this.

    We can sift through every comment he’s ever made for “clues” to…nothing whatsoever. It doesn’t work that way.

    Much like spygate, this is a lot of hot air about nothing, and a whole lot of Pats haters will use it as ammunition against Brady and Belichick. And then they can go on believing that their team is comprised of angels.

  90. sdakota says: Jan 22, 2015 12:34 PM

    just because of the fact the pats were responsible for those balls and they were tampered with after inspection means they are accountable for any one from brady to the ballboy. they as a whole shall bear the punishment, as in the bounty gate punishment. the precedent has already been established

  91. blisi57 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:34 PM

    Auburn fan you seem to be very intelligent you bloody troll

  92. cuban109 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:34 PM

    To the parrots that keep chirping “rodgers uses over inflated balls” and “28-0 run after halftime in colts vs pats” 1) the benefit of deflated balls is they are easier to grip/throw. And they have less bounce of the hands/chest of a receiver. It also benefits the RB having a better grip reducing chance of fumble or strip. Rodgers prefers a ball that is more difficult for his teamates but good for him. 2) the point of this conspiracy is not the one game, its the question of how long they have been doing this to benefit all the aspects of the game. Months? Years? The decade? Seems questionable that a 6th round pick all of a sudden became a great QB with a coach that was a failure in his early tenure. Funny how they get together and magic happens. Also funny how they plug in any mediocre RB and somehow they have minimal turnovers over the years. Get over yourselves. They are a tainted legacy.

  93. blisi57 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:36 PM

    Yank bills fan you’re trolling but I can understand we destroyed you for the last 12 years I can understand ha ha Ha

  94. keetz4 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:36 PM

    In other words, Tom Brady is a bit of a weasel.

  95. justintuckrule says: Jan 22, 2015 12:38 PM

    I feel bad for Pats fans. The Pats’ run since Brady/Belichick has been the longest, most successful run in NFL history. Instead of being able to revel in this success unfettered, they’re left with this feeling of “was it all real”. It’s a shame because none of this crap (Spygate, deflate-gate, etc.) made any difference to the outcomes of games. It’s just the overall dark cloud.

    As a Yankee fan who enjoyed a similar run of success (especially in the late 90s), it would be like if we found out that the Yankees knew the opposing pitchers’ pitches and used different balls for pitching and hitting without the other side knowing. It probably wouldn’t have made a difference because they were unbeatable back then but it would have ruined their aura.

    The whole thing just sucks.

  96. holdthemayo123 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:39 PM

    The way I see it.. If the refs weigh the balls and then someone afterwards deflated them, that is shady and someone needs to take responsibility (in punishment fits the crime fashion, not some of the nonsense being thrown about).
    If they don’t weigh the balls, then they are asking for this – this isn’t pop warner, you can’t rely on the honor system.

  97. ymca2014 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:39 PM

    Seems like each QB likes the ball a certain way. But you have to draw the line somewhere. What if Brady liked to deflate the balls down to 0.5 PSI and throw it like a Frisbee to that little Edelman like a dog in the park!?!

  98. lucky5936 says: Jan 22, 2015 12:51 PM

    I remember when football was just about playing the game and fans simply wanted their team to win. It sickens me to see so many issues being blown out of proportion. Yes, the took an advantage. It is stupid that no referees checked the balls right before game time. It is also weird that two of the games notorious rule-bending coaches are in the Superbowl. Yet, the thing that disappoints me most is the media blowing this up and the fans who come on here and post like they have never broken the rules in their lives. Double standards are alive and well. Most Americans have cheated or broken the rules/laws at some point in their lives to gain an advantage.

  99. bestbadteamaround says: Jan 22, 2015 12:52 PM

    The bottom line is that it’s insane, in a league obsessed with parity, to have anyone other than the league itself furnish the balls for every situation of every game.

  100. YourTeamSucks says: Jan 22, 2015 12:52 PM

    People are crying that Manning was pushing for it too… Well, unlike Tom, there is no evidence to suggest that the balls he used were illegal. When you can produce an illegal ball used in a game by Peyton, come back with your gripe. Right now, we have 11 of them used by Brady

  101. comeonnowguys says: Jan 22, 2015 12:57 PM

    It’s not about who pushed for the rules. I don’t care if 32 QBs stood on Goodell’s lawn holding a boombox playing Peter Gabriel to get this rule passed.

    It’s also not about doing what everyone else does.

    This is about doing what everyone else does, allowed by the rules, submitting game balls to the officials who test them for rule compliance, and then doing more things that are against the rules after the balls had been approved.

    The fact that they were caught doing it against a team they were going to beat anyway is irrelevant. (Annoying, though.)

    If another team doing this after the refs have checked the balls, and they get caught, I would hope most of these “losers” and “haters” would feel just as strongly that they should be punished. I know I would.

    What about that is so hard to accept?

  102. Deb says: Jan 22, 2015 1:00 PM

    The ball should be checked for pressure before every play in every game.

    —————————————-
    Oh boy! Six-hour games. Won’t that be fun?

  103. brooksyspecial says: Jan 22, 2015 1:01 PM

    The public knows nothing about what happened. Until a report with findings comes out EVERYONE is speculating. We don’t even know the psi for the halftime check. Someone reported 2 psi and it’s been taken as fact. If the Pats submitted the balls under inflated and they passed check then all of the haters should shut it. We know nothing at this point.

  104. dumbaseinstien says: Jan 22, 2015 1:01 PM

    To all you NE fans trying to claim a “witch hunt”, you are right! This is a witch hunt, for the person or persons involved in CHEATING!

    NE fans appear to miss the point of this article. To break it down for the cognitively challenged: Manning & other QB’s weren’t caught cheating. Brady & Belichick were! It’s not wrong for a player or group of players to request a change of the rules that is then approved by the competition committee. It’s wrong for players or a team to then use that change to help facilitate cheating! Brady’s past words in relation to this subject make it impossible for him to deny involvement! Belichick could, but then he is admitting that he isn’t the coach he has always claimed…you know…the Large & In Charge guy that has complete & total control of his locker room & knows EVERYTHING that is going on in HIS club house. He can’t exactly have it both ways, he knew & we all know it! PROVEN Habitual Cheaters. There’s no running from it, there’s no denying it, there’s only the choice as to whether you will continue to support a team with those individuals on it. And those that choose to support them are just as bad as they are!!!

  105. jtbsteeler says: Jan 22, 2015 1:02 PM

    Pats fans, I know this hurts. But one more SB loss and you forget about this legacy. To me you fatted up on a weak division for years. The Steelers, Ravens and Bengals all push each other to become strong teams. When is the last time a team in the AFC East pushed the Patriots?

    Below average division.

  106. faninvirginia says: Jan 22, 2015 1:02 PM

    cheater

  107. higheriqthanyou says: Jan 22, 2015 1:03 PM

    This simply proves the Pats tampering (i.e. CHEATING) has been pervasive for many, many years.

    Wonder what other cheats they’re pulling that have not been discovered yet?

  108. soldierone says: Jan 22, 2015 1:03 PM

    If you are not cheating, you are not trying.

    Act like the Colts never attempted to cheat? Not even when Manning was there? Right. Games over, shut up. Talk about other sports for two weeks.

  109. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jan 22, 2015 1:04 PM

    you cheating, bro?

  110. johnd757 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:06 PM

    Not a Patriots or colts fan. We deserve for what we pay for. Be it tickets or the cable. Every product is returnable or replaceable if we just don’t like it for whatever reason. I would suggest the game needs to be replayed again because it’s not just one blown call or one play. It’s throughout the game and I don’t like the quality for what I pay.

  111. letsgobuffalo4 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:06 PM

    Pats fans say this is a dumb rule and “all” qbs mess with the football. I think its safe to say the “tuck rule” was one of the dumbest of all time- but when it helped the pats it was held up to a T, and pats fans loved it. But this rule that “everyone” hates shouldnt be held to a T?

  112. macneil4025 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:06 PM

    Brady is a cheater, time to put a **** next to all his super bowl wins!

  113. bluejay89 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:06 PM

    Time to stop coddling QBs. Kickers don’t get to pick what color the goalposts are. There should be one set of balls used for the game, period. If QBs don’t like how balls feel out of the box, then let an NFL committee decide on a standard, but then everyone has to conform to that standard.

  114. theravens1 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:06 PM

    Tick, Tick Tick – BOOM!

  115. grandpoopah says: Jan 22, 2015 1:10 PM

    If the league didn’t want anyone tampering with the footballs, then they never should have allowed the teams to administer them. Why put the fox in charge of the henhouse and then complain when your chickens are all dead?

  116. askod1 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:12 PM

    Easiest fix to this is for the league to supply the balls and the QB’s just deal with it. It’s not like in high school they were handed balls catered to them. Each QB throws the same ball.

    However, right now, the rules clearly stipulate and regulate the balls specs. Whether it was a determining factor in the end score is irrelevant. Rules are in place for a reason and should be dealt with accordingly. Brady claims to be so very familiar with the rule book so he should know this.

    The point is the league was aware of this prior to the game, so one would think that the officials were told to make sure that before the game to check these balls. They were also instructed to check them again at halftime. It should have been addressed then when they were found to be out of regulation.

    The league was willing to prohibit Marshawn Lynch from playing in a game for violating the uniform policy. I think that altering equipment beyond legality should warrant a pretty hefty penalty.

  117. bradwins says: Jan 22, 2015 1:12 PM

    edelmanfanclub says:Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM

    Yet no one cares Manning also pushed for this…

    ————-

    It doesn’t make any sense for anyone to care about any of this. Pushing for a rule that benefits your position is nothing to be ashamed of. There is no reasonable argument that this is a bad thing or reflects badly on Brady. QBs want to be able to play with the type of football they like, so as the spokesmen for the position Brady and Manning got the rule they all wanted. That isn’t cheating on any level. That 8 years later it comes out that Brady’s footballs came in under weight is neither a big surprise nor a big deal. This was only a story because the media thought they could pin it on Belichick. Now that they realized they can’t it will fade pretty fast.

  118. infectorman says: Jan 22, 2015 1:15 PM

    So since Peyton WAS involved it must have been OK for Irsay and Dungy to play fast & loose with ball rules back then because they WON that AFC Title game ….a wink and a nod amongst 2

    And no complaints then because Indy won that Title game.

    but now that INDY lost in an embarrassing show of football ineptitude, the Colts are now gonna cry foul?

    Good Lord what a crock this is

  119. 8oneanddones says: Jan 22, 2015 1:17 PM

    And who was the chair of the competition committee then? Peyton Manning’s GM.

  120. bleedsoe9mm says: Jan 22, 2015 1:21 PM

    having home team employees on the visiting team bench is a massive loophole for potential cheating

  121. nhpats says: Jan 22, 2015 1:21 PM

    The Colts did the Pats and their fans a huge favor. With all these attacks the Pats are going to leave pieces of broken Seahawks all over the field….and the Haters heads are going to absolutely explode. I can’t wait.

  122. gopats51 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:24 PM

    Hawks fan here, this is STUPID. Going after NE for this is STUPID. Going after Marshawn is STUPID. I hope NE fans can agree with me there.

    100%

  123. shotgunwilly2012 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:30 PM

    Remember when Romo went to Seattle for a playoff game when the big tuna was coaching the cryboy’s. Dallas just needed the last minute field goal to win…and Romo mishandled the snap and then got blown-up at the goal line. Next thing you know…Seattle was accused of keeping the balls in a fridge… LOL frozen balls, deflated balls, big balls, small balls….. sounds like an AC/DC song to me…

    #SMH
    # Hawks hoist another Lombardi

    GO HAWKS!!!

  124. openyoureyes12 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:35 PM

    justintuckrule says: Jan 22, 2015 12:38 PM

    I feel bad for Pats fans. The Pats’ run since Brady/Belichick has been the longest, most successful run in NFL history. Instead of being able to revel in this success unfettered, they’re left with this feeling of “was it all real”. It’s a shame because none of this crap (Spygate, deflate-gate, etc.) made any difference to the outcomes of games. It’s just the overall dark cloud.

    —–

    This is false.
    The Cowboys of the 60s-70s-80s had 20 consecutive winning seasons, unmatched across any sport. The Patriots are on their 15th or 16th straight I believe, so they’re getting close, but not there yet. Also, the Cowboys went to 5 SBs in that span, winning 2 of them. That is probably the greatest NFL legacy if you want to talk on that level.
    Oh, and those Cowboys weren’t tainted with the likes of Spygate, or “deflategate.” Oh, and they didn’t play in one of the least competitive divisions in the league (NYJ, MIA, BUF, really?), it’s no wonder the Pats win their division every year…

  125. letsgobuffalo4 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:35 PM

    gopats51 says:
    Jan 22, 2015 1:24 PM

    The pat’s needed the “letter of the law” with the tuck rule (one that EVERYONE can agree was horrible- but it was the rule), but now when the letter of the law hurts them its ok to look the other way on a bad rule? Rules are rules, marshawn (altho its dumb to worry about color of shoes) owned up to the rules and didnt break it. You cheat, you get DQ’s. In golf, if u sign a scorecard that HURTS yourself, you still get DQ’d.

  126. RomoIsGod says: Jan 22, 2015 1:37 PM

    I love how all of these ex Patriots players and classless Patriots fans are claiming this doesn’t give a team an advantage. OK, then why the heck would you do it?

    #SUSPENDBRADY
    #SUSPENDBB
    #CHEATERS
    #TEAMASTERISK

  127. jkautz11 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:39 PM

    Suspend Brady for the SuperBowl

  128. pats3rings says: Jan 22, 2015 1:45 PM

    The funny thing about this is people keep talking about integrity.

    Well where is the integrity in Harbaugh telling Pagano, instead of the league, about footballs possibly being under inflated?

    Then rather than telling the league the Colts waited until right before the game to inform the officials knowing how this would play out.

    Then someone from the colts leaked the info to sports writer in Indy after the Colts lost the game.

    This is integrity? Seems like petty sour grapes to me.

    Not that this takes away any blame from the Patriots but again I just don’t see any integrity involved in what Harbaugh and Pagano did here. They purposely set out to embarrass the Patriots.

  129. paultilifall says: Jan 22, 2015 1:48 PM

    “The thing is, every quarterback likes it a little bit different,” Brady told the Sun-Sentinel at the time. “Some like them blown up a little bit more, some like them a little more thin, some like them a little more new, some like them really broken in.”

    – Dr. Brady Suess

  130. weepingjebus says: Jan 22, 2015 1:49 PM

    “As both teams dealt with the freezing temperatures, Fox cameras showed sideline attendants using heaters to warm up game balls, which is against league rules. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Monday morning on NFL Network that officials warned both the Vikings and Panthers not to heat up the balls during Sunday’s game, and would remind teams this week not to heat game balls.”

    But no investigation. How odd!

  131. itsfootballfolks says: Jan 22, 2015 1:50 PM

    As a Patriots Fan, I love this whole fabricated controversy

    Embraaacccce the haaaate fellow Pats fans.

    Tom Brady GOAT.

  132. oliveyang says: Jan 22, 2015 1:50 PM

    If the NFL really thought this was a competitive advantage issue, then why would a half of a conference championship be allowed to be played? Because they didn’t. Why? Probably because they know it’s not a big deal and every quarterback likes their footballs a little different. I’m sure after however many years Brady’s played in the NFL they know he prefers them slightly underinflated, regardless of temperature or other game conditions.

  133. hairpie2 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:51 PM

    Its hysterical that a team that lost games on purpose to get the #1 pick in the draft, was caught cheating by pumping in fake crowd noise into the stadium, changed rules league wide to benefit their own team and turned off all cold water and cranked up the heat in the visitors locker room during a playoff game knowing the opposition had many players with the flu, along with whatever side deals they had with refs… is concerned about the INTEGRITY OF THE GAME!!

  134. jasonculhane says: Jan 22, 2015 1:53 PM

    It don’t stop there. But like always NFL is stupid about their investigations they don’t how to follow through with anything. A 12 year old could hide his cheat sheet on these guys, and if they found it underneath the desk, they’d forget about the one actually used under the shoe. Dumb dumb dumb. Patriots just make the NFL look stupid, it’s hilarious.

    How about not only checking the balls, but all the equipment, the bathrooms, the opposing locker rooms, former employees I mean seriously this team has an incredible home record, almost unbelievable compared to the other teams. “Brady’s great in cold weather” hmmm wonder why… This is just the glaring thing we know. Nothing surprises me. These guys could all have rigged radio helmets, kicker could have a steel plate in his shoe, defenses are using super glue on their gloves. Lmao, to these guys if it’s their interpretation is loose. They could have a spy on the other side of the field pretending to be security, paid to tell them certain run,pass, or kick in certain situations. All these “little things” add Up

  135. jeffesky says: Jan 22, 2015 1:55 PM

    On one hand Bill said he never put any thought into the FB air pressure and knew nothing about the process.

    A few minutes later he says they need to raise the air pressure a little because they have them set at 12.5PSI and that’s the minimum?

  136. tedmurph says: Jan 22, 2015 1:56 PM

    Brady addressed the team today. Belichick kinda pointed the finger at him. I think he takes the fall and admits it in his presser today.

  137. seansull83 says: Jan 22, 2015 2:03 PM

    Um everyone crying foul needs to lighten up. Y’all want to clamour on about rules and such, but look at your team and tell me they are squeaky clean. You can’t because they aren’t. You want Brady suspended then I want Wilson out too. After getting leveled illegally in his game, he didn’t go through proper concussion protocol. He went to the bench and was back the next series. Which means either he avoided it or the Team Doc lied. There is no way you leg goes limp for a couple seconds and you don’t have symptoms.

    Think on that for a sec, but you won’t because it would mean admitting someone other than Brady skirted the rules.

  138. billsfan1 says: Jan 22, 2015 2:04 PM

    Lol sorry bro…the GOAT is Montana… You know, the guy who didn’t lose a Super Bowl

  139. mark4steelers says: Jan 22, 2015 2:04 PM

    I’m going to copyright “Cheatatriots”…oh wait, the Patriots already did!

  140. daytontriangles says: Jan 22, 2015 2:06 PM

    A recent NY Times article outlined how it takes the Giant’s equipment staff over a month to properly prepare the game balls to Eli’s exacting specifications.

    That’s a month of legal tampering with a game ball. This is not seen as a competitive advantage.

    But slightly less air pressure, so slight that no Referee has ever noticed, is illegal.

    Dumb, manufactured controversy. Not a single line of print would have been devoted to it had it not been the Patriots.

  141. ymca2014 says: Jan 22, 2015 2:06 PM

    Given the amount of money involved with the NFL, I know a lot of people are starting to wonder if this violates the RICO statute. I would have to say no.

    Not at this time.

  142. tindeaux says: Jan 22, 2015 2:15 PM

    damage control time, tom!

  143. mark4steelers says: Jan 22, 2015 2:26 PM

    The “Golden Boy” just became the “Golden Shower Boy”…

  144. letsgobuffalo4 says: Jan 22, 2015 2:26 PM

    daytontriangles says:
    Jan 22, 2015 2:06 PM

    Are there rules about wearing in a ball or using a new one? no. Did Eli’s ball pass inspection prior to game and remain in that same condition during the game? yes. Brady altered the ball AFTER inspection- Eli’s passed inspection and remained that way. BIG difference.

  145. march131993 says: Jan 22, 2015 2:34 PM

    The weather conditions affecting the footballs is a bunch of crap. And yes I know the physics of heat/cold/air temp, etc. But if that was the case, footballs from each team would have been affected. Not just 11 of the 12 from the Pats.

  146. jbird1381 says: Jan 22, 2015 2:43 PM

    Did anybody weigh the Colts footballs?

  147. meshnuts says: Jan 22, 2015 2:44 PM

    bawston1 says:
    Jan 22, 2015 12:00 PM

    Odell Beckham Jr. makes a 3-finger catch (from 43 yards out) and you all want to believe that the ball was of 2.5-13.5 pounds per square inch of air pressure. BS. Have someone throw you a football from just 5 yards out and see if you can catch it with 3 fingers. You can’t unless that ball was under-inflated.
    ———————————————————-
    Negative, they’ve shown him catching one handed passes in college and in NYG practices. Ridiculous yes but not an excuse for Patriots BS.

  148. whyrunbackwardsyoullvomit says: Jan 22, 2015 2:47 PM

    march131993 says: Jan 22, 2015 2:34 PM

    The weather conditions affecting the footballs is a bunch of crap. And yes I know the physics of heat/cold/air temp, etc. But if that was the case, footballs from each team would have been affected. Not just 11 of the 12 from the Pats.
    _____________

    I agree with you. Plus I think the league would have already put this issue to rest if it were strictly weather related.

  149. bostontdparty says: Jan 22, 2015 2:47 PM

    where is peyton?

  150. nhpats says: Jan 22, 2015 2:55 PM

    meshnuts says:
    Jan 22, 2015 2:44 PM
    bawston1 says:
    Jan 22, 2015 12:00 PM

    Odell Beckham Jr. makes a 3-finger catch (from 43 yards out) and you all want to believe that the ball was of 2.5-13.5 pounds per square inch of air pressure. BS. Have someone throw you a football from just 5 yards out and see if you can catch it with 3 fingers. You can’t unless that ball was under-inflated.
    ———————————————————-
    Negative, they’ve shown him catching one handed passes in college and in NYG practices. Ridiculous yes but not an excuse for Patriots BS.

    ———————————————-
    All you prove is that Beckham was cheating in college too! He should be kicked out of the league forever.

  151. kev86 says: Jan 22, 2015 3:05 PM

    ELI 2 BRADY 0

    Be grateful the Giants are not in the SB this year and leave us out of your excuse(s) for cheating.

  152. footballgenius101 says: Jan 22, 2015 3:10 PM

    In other news…

    The Patriots have requested to bring their own yardage chains and goal posts to the Super Bowl so they can adjust them to a measurement they are more comfortable with.

  153. 1nationraidernation says: Jan 22, 2015 3:14 PM

    Brady is so desperate to win another that he will do anything in order to do so…..even take a pay cut to be one of the lowest paid QB’s in the nfl, do the pats can cheat on the cap……

  154. skawh says: Jan 22, 2015 3:57 PM

    Brady, and the entire NE franchise and its supporters can attempt to wiggle out of this all they want, but cheating is cheating.

    Period.

  155. 1nyj says: Jan 22, 2015 4:15 PM

    Premeditated Cheating!

  156. mrba4775 says: Jan 22, 2015 4:33 PM

    I wondering how Tony Romo had such awesome stats. If the NFL decides to micro the game footballs, from being altered, you will see all these fantasy football stats, go out the window. You’ll start to quarterbacks that “elite “, become below average quarterbacks, simply because they can no longer tamper with the footballs, rather home / away.

  157. jbird1381 says: Jan 22, 2015 4:45 PM

    And here’s something to think about for everyone screaming “competitive advantage”: say Tom Brady plays his best with a football at 11.5 psi. And it’s been well documented that every quarterback has a different preference. So if say, Andrew Luck plays his best with a football at 13 psi… Then he gets the ” competitive advantage ” thanks to the rule. In other words, it’s a stupid rule that definitely needs revising. You want parity in the NFL? Let every quarterback use the ball they’re most comfortable with.

  158. ronaldmexico7 says: Jan 23, 2015 8:35 AM

    I wondering how Tony Romo had such awesome stats. If the NFL decides to micro the game footballs, from being altered, you will see all these fantasy football stats, go out the window. You’ll start to quarterbacks that “elite “, become below average quarterbacks, simply because they can no longer tamper with the footballs, rather home / away.
    —————
    Ballgate=Romo’s Fault

  159. RegisHawk says: Jan 23, 2015 10:34 AM

    Well, duh. Of course he wants to bring his own deflated balls to away games.

  160. kevo95 says: Jan 23, 2015 12:38 PM

    Shut your mouth cheater liar

  161. swagger52 says: Jan 23, 2015 9:50 PM

    Too funny…All the liberals in NE vote for a good liar in November, and cheer for a bad liar the rest of the year.

  162. cornersss says: Jan 24, 2015 10:25 AM

    The crazy part is go look at how little the patriots fumble after this rule change.

    AFter 2006 and the rule change allowing visiting teams to bring their own footballs the patriots shatter records for not fumbling per amount of plays run

  163. cornersss says: Jan 24, 2015 10:27 AM

    “This thing is going to end with nothing. There’s nothing to be found but some underinflated footballs. No evidence of tampering.”

    Your confused. The balls were fine before the game started;.At half time the pressure was much lower on just the patritos footballs.

    At the end of the game all the footballs did not lose pressure like the first half,even the colts and patriot footballs.

    Weather did not suck the air out of just the patriot footballs in the first half and not the colts. Thats not possible.

  164. punktrizz says: Sep 4, 2015 10:18 AM

    Revisiting some articles I read way back when DeflateGate first started. This thing about Brady rallying to get the ‘bring your own balls’ rule put into effect screams volumes.

    It proves how seriously important his game balls are to him and how badly he wanted control over them. It also proves there’s no way in hell anyone would have been tampering with those balls and he didn’t notice.

    Another interesting tidbit is, Jim ‘The Deflator’ McNally started working for the Patriots the same year the ‘bring your own balls’ went into effect, 2007.

    We know they were deflating balls together for at least the entire 2014 season because McNally sent texts before the 2014 season started and referred to himself as ‘The Deflator.’ Tells me the ball deflation was undoubtedly going on in 2013.

    Who knows how many years it went on.

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