Bill Belichick quotes science, My Cousin Vinny in bizarre presser

AP

The Patriots raised the bar on the normal Friday afternoon news dump, calling a 2:30 p.m. ET press conference on the Saturday before the Super Bowl.

And after making reporters wait 35 minutes, it was coach Bill Belichick taking the podium, to tell reporters, “I believe 100 percent we have followed every rule to the letter.”

Belichick detailed their process for preparing balls for game day, and he said their process of getting balls ready raised the air pressure by one pound per square inch. He then talked about putting his quarterbacks through a series of tests to see if they could tell the difference in balls at different air pressure.

He insisted the balls weren’t prepared in a heated room, or treated in any unique way.

There was a lot of scientific bluster from Belichick, none of which explained why 11 of his 12 balls weren’t in compliance but all 12 of the Colts’ were.

He even quoted the movie My Cousin Vinny, saying he was “no Mona Lisa Vito,” in terms of ball knowledge compared to Marisa Tomei’s character’s mechanical knowledge.

“I’m embarrassed to talk about the amount of time I’ve put into this, relative to the challenge in front of us,” Belichick said.

In many ways, we all are.

But it’s hard to tell after this press conference that we’re any closer to knowing what happened.

181 responses to “Bill Belichick quotes science, My Cousin Vinny in bizarre presser

  1. Not all balls are the same, ok I can agree. You just so happened to be unlucky enough to have 11 of your 12 balls defective. Got it.

  2. Belichick and the whole organization should be ashamed of that press conference. I know they aren’t, but they should be.

  3. Today is A Saturday before the Super Bowl, but I believe next Saturday would THE Saturday before the Super Bowl.

  4. “I am no Mona Lisa Vito”
    The Line of the Century.

    Bill Was PISSED
    He even acknowledged Spygate.

    He should have told GODell to screw!!

    What Head of a league or President of a company would do this at there biggest time of the year?

    Goodell is doing this for himself.

    There has been more stories on this than on Ray Rice, AP and Ray Lewis Combined.

    Goodell needs to be Fired for ruining what should be the NFL’s finest moment.

    Last Year’s Champions going against the team with the best record of this century…

  5. Nice click-bait headline. It wasn’t bizarre at all. He was emphatic. They’re done with this and have spent way too much time on this crap. Let the NFL figure it out. There’s a game to be played.

  6. Leave it alone … if the NFL does not enforce the rules why does the media attack Brady and Belichick.
    Go after the NFL not the Pats.

  7. I think the NFL is going to come out of this looking foolish and being none too happy with whichever team it was that wasted their time and resources with this farce!

  8. Didnt he clearly say that they prep the surface of the balls, then hand the balls off to the officials to inflate?

    It wasnt clear if their chain of custody ended there or not.

  9. He was fantastic. The evil genius. Happy my boy Eli beat this team twice in the SB. They are really good. Good luck Pats.

  10. In other words; we’re lawyering up and the NFL is going to have to prove it.

    This is what happens when the NFL lets the divas run wild. Put him on the shelf for a year so he can think about it.

  11. The first person to start raising questions about the UVA rape allegations in Rolling Stone was an editor named Richard Bradley. He applied this principle to the story: “One must be most critical, in the best sense of that word, about what one is already inclined to believe.”

    Everyone who jumped on this story, from Monday morning on, wholeheartedly wanted to believe the Patriots cheated, than Belicheck and Brady are “tarnished,” and so they refused to imagine anything other than their preferred outcome. It is a story that fit their preconceptions, so they were all-too-happy to take the bait.

    It is understandable, but it was wrong. If nothing else, I hope there will be an avalanche of apologies to Tom Brady.

  12. That press conference wasn’t bizarre at all. you were probably too dumb to understand it Darrin Grant.

  13. What all the media and knuckle-dragging haters need to realize is that NOTHING happened. The media needs the page clicks and notoriety so why not make an issue of something that isn’t. Pretty laughable. The Patriots won the second half of the AFCC 28 to NOTHING using the ball with the correct inflation. So what’s the deal with that? Morons.

  14. You only say it’s “bizarre” because you want to keep this story going for the pageviews. Just shut up. No one did anything wrong, and the league investigation will prove that.

    This wouldn’t be a story if it wasn’t the Patriots. It’s just jealousy on the part of pathetic fans of other teams that have never won a single Super Bowl, and bitter former players who the Patriots stomped on over the years.

    We feed off your hate. Everyone in New England is ready to run through a brick wall for this coach, this quarterback, and this team.

    Greatest football coach of all time.

    Greatest quarterback of all time.

    Greatest dynasty of all time.

    CUE THE DUCKBOATS.

  15. brady likes a 12.5psi ball , why has no one asked andrew lucky what psi he like . because if its 13.5 that shows why the colt balls were still legal and the patriot balls weren’t . but that would kill the story and the media certainly doesn’t want that !

  16. Bizarre? More like accurate and a shove to the face of outlets like this one that blog things for the sake of ‘hot takes’ and increased traffic (#Dungy). Accuracy is not part of your motivation. Tides are turning, folks. They’re is going to be so much hate built up here by gameday, the Pats are going to crush the seashawks.

  17. The biggest news out of that press conference is that the officials inflated the footballs. Ingenious, rub them up, hand them over to officials inflate to 12.5. Footballs settle, temp drops you have your 11 – 11.5. Checkmate Commissioner Elevator. You better be able to prove otherwise.

  18. Belichick just OWNED all of you! Forget the deflate nonsense….the zinger was when he was asked about spygate…

    “Those signals were in front of 80,000 people….80,000 people…we filmed em…like a lot of OTHER TEAMS were doing at the time…got punished and that was that.”

    BOOOOOOOMMMMM!!!!

    Pats by a million in Glendale!

  19. Doth protest too much Bill. This from a guy who usually mocks the press by saying absolutely nothing in his press conferences.

  20. The science is unassailable.

    Pv=nrt. High school stuff. Pressure goes down with temperature. Pats inflate and store balls inside. Colts balls were brought in from a bus and probably still cold. 72 degree internal temp registering 12.5psi becomes 11psi as the internal temp hits 45f. That’s a fact. Not a theory. Not an ‘idea’ that might be true. FACT. IDEAL GAS LAW science rules.

  21. Belichick explained that the Pats footballs were underinflated by the 2nd Q and the Colts weren’t because the way they prep the ball creates friction which artificially and temporarily increases the PSI of the ball (to 1.5). So when the refs set it to 12.5, it goes down when it gets back to equilibrium during the game.

    The Colts ball wouldn’t go down because they don’t prepare it the same way.

    Whether you believe Bill and the Pats are not, you can’t deny that this is a plausible hypothesis.

  22. I doubt anything either side says is going to change opinions, if you hate the Patriots you will never believe anything, if you love the Patriots this had to make you feel confident the team did nothing wrong. IF the balls were under inflated and not interfered with then maybe we should be looking at the officials for not doing their job.

  23. The colts balls passed muster because they over inflated their balls, waiting for the sting.

    Can’t wait for the Pagano/Harbaugh collusion charges to come out. Pats have been on the winning perch for a very long time, and it will continue to be that way, even when they’re put under a microscope. If the colts had won that game, wouldn’t even be an issue. Even the colt’s player who made the interception said he never said a word about the ball, texture, or how it felt to Pagano. There was no infraction, and everyone knows it. This would be laughed at if it happened to any other team. Give it to Goodell to figure out, he did such a marvelous job with the Rice investigation, and his investigation of himself. That was rich.

  24. I’m embarrassed to talk about the amount of time I’ve put into this . . . .BB
    ————————————————–

    The same can be said about politicians and sports writers constantly harping about things like changing the Redskins name, having an NFL team in London, and so many other stories that take up so much time away from the sport itself.

    Michael Sam’s sexual preferences, Johnny Manziel’s partying, just two name two.

  25. And what you all seem to conveniently forget is that BB immediately acknowledged that he made a mistake with the whole “Spygate” fiasco when that happened. So comparing him to Bonds, and Armstrong is completely wrong since he owned it when he made the mistake, he denied nothing.

    They are going out of their way to fight these current allegations and if they end up being fined or punished I would imagine a lawsuit may be in order on their part.

    I am convinced they 100% did not do what they have been accused of doing. The “evidence” everyone keeps siting has been conflicting and unconfirmed reports and a vague letter from the NFL which was very clearly void of specific #’s and information so they wouldn’t have to CYA when they end up finding nothing.

    A joke. This has been a complete and utter joke and the media outlets in the US who took reports as fact and called accused men “liars” before any findings have been confirmed should be embarrassed.

  26. Belichick is my spirit animal.

    As far as why the Colts balls weren’t deflated, the answer is in the nuance (was not specifically stated). The method the Patriots use to prep the balls caused the PSI raise 1 PSI. If they were tested at 12.5 and dropped 1 after the effect of prepping and another 1 for conditions, that would put them 2 below. If the Colts prepped differently and prepped to 13.5, a 1 PSI drop due to conditions wouldn’t put them below 12.5.

    Not sure if that will hold up, but that is their story. We’ll see if the NFL can refute it, but based on Bill’s demeanor, he doesn’t appear to think they can.

  27. Bill is the best!! Us vs the world. We hate you too, losers!!!

    85,000 people in the stands can see our teams signals…grow up!!

  28. Belichick Is a complete idiot! Hello Bill the Colts balls were the same! How can the weather effect the balls on one side of the field? What a complete joke, the Patriots are cheating scumbags from the top down!

  29. Bill Belichick, don’t cheat and you won’t have to spend time doing PR press conferences. Just ‘say no’ to cheating!

    I can’t stand what the entire NE organization stands for!

  30. Why can’t everyone handle 45-7? Even the Colts players can, but everyone else can’t? Especially the Ravens fans. That team is one tough out, but the fans are still crying about it. You lost, fair and square, the NFL even said so. I know you wanted more time to line up your defense after the eligible receivers were announced, but Ray’s fiance wanted a heads up in the elevator too that the sucker punch was coming! Are you the same fans that gave Ray a “standing O” when he showed up at training camp? Please, move on. You have a good team, but this was not your year. Put your purple camo pants in the bottom drawer and bring them out next year.

  31. If you missed it he came back in the press room after it was over. Picked up the mic, held it out and dropped it.

    Best press conference ever by the Hoodie.

  32. hmmm… Belicheat explaining; “I believe 100 percent we have followed every rule to the letter.”

    Well of course! He just forgot to add that he successfully exploited every loophole possible.

    Belicheat takes the fun out of sport.

    I love football.

    I hate cheaters. Belichick is a cheater. Brady is a cheater. It is the culture in Kraft’s empire.

    No honor, no integrity, no remorse
    The Patriot way…

  33. All Pats fans think this is nothing but a blown out of proportion media hype born of jealousy and hate. Everyone else knows there is no way those balls lost air except by intent. No way it was done without input from Brady. Either way, we have all heard too much about this. Please. Enough already.

  34. For some reason, I was reminded of OJ’s defense team trying to confuse people about the nature of DNA.

  35. jerrycola says:
    Jan 24, 2015 3:35 PM
    “He sure did know a lot about this subject only 2 days after saying he knew nothing.”

    Its not exactly brain surgery. Could easily learn everything by looking over the facts over two days. Sit down.

  36. On thursday, Belicheat didn’t know anything about the team’s football preparation nor the leagues’s approval process before the game. He had no explanation about anything. Now he assures everyone that everything was done correctly. This sad sack lying cheat is getting desperate.

  37. Rhemish do your research before you blab uneducated crap. Every team preps their balls different. And if luck likes his at 13.5 then a 1 psi difference would still have theirs be within the limit! All this crap that the media has reported the last 5 days is irresponsible and nat enquire like! It’s a load of BS and this makes me like the Pats even more! Embrace the hate losers!

  38. rhemish says:
    Jan 24, 2015 3:28 PM

    So NE footballs lost pressure and the colts balls didn’t in the same conditions. That’s the fact of SCIENCE Belicheat lie lie lie
    ——————————————————–

    We have no idea if the Indy balls lost pressure. We have no idea what pressure Indy asked the refs to set. We have no idea what Indy does to the balls before giving them to the refs, if anything.

    We do know that Belichick said that they work on the balls to get the texture right and to break them in. Bouncing a ball, squeezing it and rubbing it will cause the temperature of the ball to go up. The principle here is friction and friction causes heat. Heat increases pressure.

    Also, we don’t know how accurate the NFL’s pressure measurements are. They likely give the refs a gauge with no real testing or training. They are not scientists and likely never performed R&R Gauge testing (repeatability and reproducibility).

    Variations in gauges. Variations in the way each ref performs the pressure test. It would be very surprising if the refs could be very accurate.

  39. Colts are the cheaters. Knowing all footballs will lose pressure when taken to a colder location, they aired theirs up outside then had the refs check the pats footballs knowing they would be under and the colts would stay the same. Even the dumb nfl will figure this out.

  40. Here is the KEY point, sports fans: Belichick stated CLEARLY that the Patriots gave the balls to the referees before the game, AS REQUIRED,, and REQUESTED that the balls be inflated to 12.5 psi. Belichick FURTHER stated that NO member of the Patriots organization touched the subject footballs AGAIN until the game began. NEXT witness, please.

  41. This is what I have been waiting for! An angry, defiant Belichick telling everybody the straight story, and if they don’t like, too freakin’ bad. It’s time to stop wasting time and resources on this ridiculous issue and concentrate on how we’re going to kick some Seahawk butts in the Super Bowl. You still think we’re cheating after this press conference? Go ahead, we’re past that, we’ve got some football to play. Go Bill, Go Tom, Go Patriots!!!

  42. I see alot of fans are from the Patriots fanbase are checking up on this as quick as they can lol you can just tell by the dislikes and likes…

    Anybody with any type of common sense knows that they purposely did this but I’m over it… I’m guessing it was Brady telling the equipment guys how to get the balls ready for him but it’s really not that big of a deal… It’s just something to fill our NFL ‘First-week-without-football’ withdrawal..

    Ill tell you this, I will be putting some money on the Pats now… they are probably dying to get out there and actually play this game so they can stop hearing the word “balls”.

  43. In the year 2024 … the NFL releases the final report on the 2015 PSI football scandal.
    We destroyed the footballs and fined the New England Patriots … thank you.

  44. Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the HISTORY of the NFL and Tom Brady is the greatest QB in the history of the NFL. There are a whole lot of jealous morons that just hate these 2 people because they are THE BEST. They are so much better at what they do than all these morons will ever be at anything they do for the rest of their miserable lives.

  45. If the Patriots just want to move on, why not just do so? Tell everyone in the organization to answer any questions with: “The league is handling that and I have no further comment”. Pretty soon the press will stop asking. They might not stop writing but the way to get around that is to not read it.

    A press conference (on Saturday no less) announcing their own internal review results would tend to raise as many questions as answers it provides. And maybe put up the spidey senses of reporters wondering why the Pats would go to such an unusual step?

    The most puzzling thing about this is what in the heck they were thinking in the first place. I have a hard time believing the air pressure made the difference in a 45-7 game. So why screw around with it? It’s a self-inflicted wound on their preparations for the SB.

  46. Physics apparently did not affect the 12th ball
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    12th ball was likely the kicking ball which they are not allowed to prep or manipulate.

  47. Get it straight, Pats fans.

    Everything your team has accomplished, and everything it will accomplish, is or will be tainted.

    It’s all tainted, enjoy.

  48. Physics apparently did not affect the 12th ball
    -–—————————————————-
    12th ball was likely the kicking ball which they are not allowed to prep or manipulate.

    —————-
    The 12th ball wasn’t a kicking ball those balls are separate, the 12th ball was affected just not to the same extent as the other 11, 2 psi under the minimum, it was lke 1-1.5 psi under the minimum.

  49. For people who want to hang their hat on the “twelfth ball”…

    We have virtually no information about the exact psi of each of the twelve balls at half-time. We have an early report that suggested a 2 pound-per-square-inch pressure loss, but there have since been reports that suggest that there was a range of loss, that it was not uniform. (Adam Schefter said this in a radio interview). So the exact numbers, which is HUGELY relevant, are unknown.

    I think it is highly plausible that the “12th ball” is actually the ball intercepted by Indy, that it remained in their possession, and that it was not tested at halftime with the other 11. That’s why the word got out that “11 out of 12 under-inflated” and people just assumed the 12th was in range.

  50. If this is really as big a deal as they are making it out to be then why weren’t these balls more closely watched and monitored by an NFL staff member before and during such an important game?
    I blame the NFL for not taking more secure measures. They did know of the Pats history of cheating, didn’t they, or did they somehow forget about all that?

  51. oetoronto says:
    Jan 24, 2015 4:37 PM
    Get it straight, Pats fans.

    Everything your team has accomplished, and everything it will accomplish, is or will be tainted.

    It’s all tainted, enjoy.
    ____________________________
    Thanks, we will.

    Enjoy the Super Bowl!

  52. wizard239051 says:
    Jan 24, 2015 4:25 PM
    Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the HISTORY of the NFL and Tom Brady is the greatest QB in the history of the NFL. There are a whole lot of jealous morons that just hate these 2 people because they are THE BEST. They are so much better at what they do than all these morons will ever be at anything they do for the rest of their miserable lives.
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    Sure. Just go ahead and forget all about the name that is on the Pats Super Bowl trophies like that.
    Last time I checked it is Lombardi, as in Vince Lombardi’s name that is on there. Not Belichick as I’m sure you would prefer.
    And what about Bart Starr? Many NFL experts, polls and other facts and figures back it up that he was the GOAT in the NFL. Even over Montana and your boy Brady.
    The combination of Lombardi and Starr did not lose one SB. Not one. Brady and Belichick cannot make the same claim.

  53. I wonder if the NFL will respond, would like to specifically see the following answered:

    1) Did the Refs inflate the footballs before the game like Belichick said they asked them to?

    2) What was the actual PSI that the footballs were under (Sorry Mort, want the NFL to produce the actual number)

    3) Did they check and re-inflate the 1st half footballs on the sideline or did the take them to the locker room at halftime? If the did either, how come no TV camera filmed them doing that?

  54. Get it straight, Pats fans.

    Everything your team has accomplished, and everything it will accomplish, is or will be tainted.

    It’s all tainted, enjoy.

    _________________________________

    Oh, I will. I’m only sorry they didn’t cheat more in the last 10 years and won 3-4 more Super Bowls.

  55. Belichick went on to add that he knew nothing of “two utes” who may be ball boys for the team.

  56. jerrycola says:
    Jan 24, 2015 3:35 PM
    He sure did know a lot about this subject only 2 days after saying he knew nothing.

    ———————————————————

    If you read the whole article, you would have seen this quote:

    “I’m embarrassed to talk about the amount of time I’ve put into this, relative to the challenge in front of us,” Belichick said.

    Looks like he has spent some time over the past 2 days getting to “know a lot about this subject”.

  57. If the Patriots just want to move on, why not just do so? Tell everyone in the organization to answer any questions with: “The league is handling that and I have no further comment”. Pretty soon the press will stop asking. They might not stop writing but the way to get around that is to not read it.

    _____________________________

    Actually this has already happened, except is was the NFLPA that told the Players not to answer those questions and to direct reporters to the league. Matthew Slater (Pats union rep) said this in an earlier interview.

  58. Boy. What a lousy place America is turning into. Anyone who DISAGREES WITH THE MAJORITY and simply TELLS THE TRUTH is automatically labeled a “hater”. OK, I ADMIT THAT I AM A “HATER”. I HATE CHEATING AND THEN LYING TO COVER IT UP. Isn’t it just amazing that 11 OUT OF 12 of the Patriots’ footballs were under-inflated and exactly NONE (0) of the Colts’ footballs were under- inflated UNDER EXACTLY THE SAME CONDITIONS???? If you blind, naive and misguided fools choose to believe that this situation just happened all by itself without the intervention of intentional human agency, then you are in UTTER DENIAL AND ARE CLEARLY OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY. Furthermore, I have a certain bridge that I’d be happy to sell you.
    Maybe if the Patriots hadn’t repeatedly (and admittedly) cheated in the past they would get the benefit of the doubt. However, they have repeatedly cheated and/or given THE UNMISTAKABLE APPEARANCE of cheating. In this connection, Brady (and other quarterbacks and receivers) have ADMITTED that deflated footballs are MUCH EASIER TO GRIP, PASS, AND CATCH IN COLD, WET WEATHER. Obviously, the game at issue was played under extremely cold and wet conditions. No one with half of a brain is CONTENDING that the deflated footballs CONTROLLED the outcome of the game. The Patriots were clearly the superior team and would have won regardless of any inflation/deflation issue. However, the deflated footballs clearly AFFECTED the outcome of the game, giving the Patriots AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE. This controversy reveals a continuing disturbing DECADE LONG PATTERN OF RULES VIOLATIONS AND OTHER UNDERHANDED BEHAVIOR by the New England Patriots. Since they are good enough to win without cheating, why do they continue to cheat?

  59. The solution to all this would be to allow the refs to only use footballs that the team on the offensive sideline provide and allow them to inflate the ball to the QB and kickers preference no matter what it is.
    Boom. Problem solved.

  60. I think the one important thing to take from this press conference is that the Patriots and Bill Belichick took some time to run these tests and to have this press conference to proclaim their innocence and take time away from preparing for the Super Bowl. That tells me they know that this is something that if they are found guilty, they are going to get hit really, really hard, and I am guessing they figure MUCH harder than the Saints got hit for the bounties . Otherwise why go through all this and take time away from preparing for the Super Bowl ??

  61. Who said the colts balls and the patriots balls were inflated under the same conditions? Who said they were both inflated to the same amount? going to guess the eqThe colts bring their balls, pumped within the legal amount and the patriots bring theirs. The ref checks them and returns them to the team on the field before the game.

  62. Of course he knows the process better now. If you actually watched the video, one of the first things he says is that he has spent so much time the past few days looking into bladders, pressure, gauges, etc. and researching it all. An embarrassing amount of time, as he puts it. It’s why he actually has answers to give you to you people now, like you have been requesting ad nauseam.

  63. Clearly after almost a week, Belicheat and the patriots* feel they’ve “hidden the bodies” and everything covered up.

    Now they’re challenging the league and talking tough. Krafty knows he’s got Goodell in his pocket, so nothing will come of this beyond the usual wrist slap….

    Because the reward so far outweighs the risk, there is no way this team will abandon their culture of cheating.

  64. Who said the colts balls and the patriots balls were inflated under the same conditions? Who said they were both inflated to the same amount? going to guess the equipment brought to the game was used to being outside. Unless the colts rent a room for their footballs. The colts bring their balls, pumped within the legal amount and the patriots bring theirs. The ref checks them and returns them to the team on the field before the game.

    Why did a report come out saying the player thought the ball was deflated and that player says he did not?

    Why is there reports saying the colts complained about this on the previous encounter but it took all the way until halftime for the refs to check a ball? One would imagine if it was a serious allegation they would use one of the 30 5 minute commercial breaks in a half to do a quick check.

    Why are people condemning the Patriots before the NFL has finished their investigation? Whiners need to quit assuming they know all the facts before sprouting nonsense.

    Why are apples red and oranges orange? stop comparing the colts balls to the patriots balls.

  65. What did everyone expect him to tell….the truth? Belicheat and the Patriots have a history concerning this type of behavior. They are convicted cheaters so why would anyone on this earth believe anything he or anyone associated with the Patriot say?

  66. The reason that the Patriots balls were deflated and the Colts balls were not was most likely that the Colts had been planning on tattle tailing from before the game and knew they would be checked. I mean wouldn’t you do that?

    Further, we don’t even know that the Colts’ balls weren’t deflated, everything is getting attributed to an unnamed source. Wait for the NFL to rule in at least. This whole thing is a witch hunt.

  67. “Here is the KEY point, sports fans: Belichick stated CLEARLY that the Patriots gave the balls to the referees before the game, AS REQUIRED,, and REQUESTED that the balls be inflated to 12.5 psi. Belichick FURTHER stated that NO member of the Patriots organization touched the subject footballs AGAIN until the game began.”

    And just like Shady said “I never changed the air pressure in the balls”

    After the game started, someone working for the patriots* reduced the pressure to Shady’s preferences which are outside of the rules.

    They sound like children trying to weasel out of this – saying “truths” that simply skirt the lies.

  68. “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement….Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you deflating the balls or anyone in your organization, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.”

  69. I have heard via NFL ball boys that the officials never actually check balls with pressure gadges prior to games..they simply give them a quick feel. I think it’s pretty obvious the NFL didnt check and now they are dragging it out because they don’t want to admit negligence on their part.

    And to all you fools saying “how come the colts balls weren’t deflated?”…the WHOLE POINT is that the colts balls likely started at a higher psi (say 13.5 instead of 12.5) and as Belichick explained, the way the balls are rubbed down, handled, and the exact time at which they measured changes the PSI reading.

    I can’t believe we are even having this conversation in the ONLY major sport in which the balls are tossed to and handled by the referees on EVERY play. Unreal.

  70. What I also find interesting is that he says the refs inflate the footballs, not the team. How do we know for sure yet if the refs’ process of doing so is documented, taped, etc.? This seems more of an issue of looking into what the refs did rather than if the Patriots somehow tampered with the balls afterward by some rogue process.

  71. I think the Patriots should be required to play all of their games, for the foreseeable future, with the footballs at least 1 lb. over inflated.

  72. This just in… Belicheat is looking for the real culprit just like OJ is looking for the real killer.

  73. I thought BB ignored the media….. You can see it’s getting to him…. Smart Belicheat knows exactly where this is going….so wanted to close some possibilities about himself….. He knows Brady will be the one taking the hit here….. He set him up perfect yesterday but instead Brady decided to lie….. BB more or less saying I gave the kid an opportunity…. Remember….. This isn’t me

  74. If the Drive By Media would have spent 1/4 the amount of time vetting and investigating Obama that they have on this stupid story …

  75. All of you yelling “cheater” need to take your pouty face, go look in the mirror, and cry, “they under inflated footballs by 2 psi!” just to see how stupid you look.

  76. In a closed system, we can use the ideal gas law PV=nRT where pressure is in atmospheres and temp is in kelvin. V is volume which doesnt’ change enough to notice so I will consider that negligible. n is number of moles of air and as long as you don’t increase or decrease by adding or removing air, it will stay the same and R is a constant. So, you can find the pressure change by simply doing T1/P1=T2/P2 or (T1 * P2)/P1=T2

    So if you are in a 70F room, the math would look like this:
    294K * 0.71448254917515atm / 0.85057446330375atm = 246.96K

    So how cold would it have to be to drop the pressure 2 lbs per square inch if you start at 70F?

    -15.142F

  77. Did the NFL have the balls dissected ??

    Was there anything inside the balls that could have absorbed air pressure ?

    Synthesized crystalline materials, just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room.

    What if you put one drop in a syringe and inserted it into the football?

    Think about it

  78. I love it when people who dont know science use it in their defense. It makes it extremely easy to disprove what they are saying. This one is pretty easy. Bill, you claim the weather caused a decrease in pressure inside the ball (OK, lets believe this is true, but low atmospheric pressure would cause an increase in pressure in the ball, though low temperatures could cause the pressure to lower) explain to me why this only occurred in the 11/12 balls the Patriots provided? Not the Colts balls? An errant batch of leather at Wilson? Puhlease. If this is your claim, good luck.

  79. It is amazing that the league cares so much about what colour shoes someone has on or if he talks to reporters, only cares about the condition of the actual name sake device of the game when one of them gets picked off.

    Anyone that believes the pats went to the lengths of braking clear rules if it was not of significant advantage for them to do so is totally brain washed.

    THIS IS WHO THE PATRIOTS ARE

  80. After watching that entire press conference, I have to say that I believe what the man has said. As a dolphins fan, it is difficult to stick up for the Pats but the level of scrutiny and speculation on this is unfair. I get there will be heightened suspicion due to past issues but this is getting absurd. I believe there was a discrepancy that warranted an investigation to ensure the integrity of the game was not compromised. He was clearly agitated that he had to address this issue at all. It is a distraction before the SB. No team wants that. It is also clear to me that there is more to this situation than has been reported. He seemed annoyed that it is ongoing but he seemed angry about how it came to be. I would bet there is more to come on this and it won’t have anything to do with air pressure or the Patriots.

  81. Because the Pats equipment crew preps the footballs in a certain way before leaving them with the officiating crew to inflate to the minimum 12.5 psi. Unless the investigators and back yard scientists are prepping the balls in the same way, you really can’t comment. Or yeah, it’s just easier to call them liars and cheats.
    Carry on.

  82. Icebowler, since the point differential was +14 for the first half and +28 for the second, well take your over inflated balls every day of the week

  83. First of all, that was a very “Salon” or “Huffington Post” style headline PFT, get out of the gutter. There was nothing “bizarre” about it. If it is “bizarre” that this is a topic at all, I agree.

    Just so I am clear: He is saying the Patriots submit the balls at 12.5 PSI and when tested after exposed to the elements the balls can be lower than that.

    Ok. Plausible.

    Thus, the explanation for the Colts being within specifications could be because they may send the balls out at 13.5 PSI, which is likely Andrew’s preference.

    This is quickly becoming a confirmed non-issue. I believe the league should just provide the balls and take it out of the teams hands completely. That will address this foolishness going forward.

    I am suspicious that the officials really measure the air pressure with a gauge for any of the teams in the league. I am also suspicious that this is a witch hunt against the Patriots from two rivals. This whole thing simply smells weird.

    Also, he absolutely destroyed Spygate once and for all.

  84. Ha. Not even close to bizarre. And anyone who thinks/states, “well, they still cheated because someone deflated the balls after the refs had them,” is an obvious idiot and sheep – especially if they actually watched the press conference.

    To sum it up for anyone that is too blinded by their ridiculous agendas (which includes idiot commenters along with the poor, slanted, and clearly biased articles on PFT, ESPN, even CNN) – If you don’t think environmental conditions have an effect on ball pressure, go try it for yourself. If you think there’s a significant difference in 12.5 PSI and 10.5 PSI, then get 2 balls and do some tests.

    Like the film “Gone Girl,” this “scandal” is really nothing more than slanted news organizations pushing their agendas and convincing the public how something really is – when it clearly isn’t anything at all. I’m going to sit back and embrace the continued hate, and laugh while you sheep believe everything you hear/see on TV and the Internet.

  85. I did not get to hear the whole thing but I liked what I was hearing. It was emphatic, and it showed how intolerant they’ve become to this. Good news as far as I am concerned. It’s a shame they lost preparation time, but that was part of the motive on the part of John Harbaugh and Chuck Pagano/Jim Irsay. Screw ’em. We’re on to Seattle.

  86. Let me ask this has the NFL ever studies the weight of the balls after they started the game? Have they ever tested the effect of adverse weather conditions on the balls? Does an NFL official monitor the checking of the balls by the referee crew? These are common sense questions that should of been asked by these so called diligent reporters. Instead they are more interested in the juicy story of the Patriots possibly bending the rules. Full speed ahead and the hell with the facts seems to be their foolish course of action. Well how do you feel now that the brilliance of Bill Belichick has sent you to the wood shed.

  87. Sorry to pats fans but I found myself wanting to laugh at how strange the whole presser was. I also got kind of lost as professor Bill gave us a lecture on leather, atmospheric pressure, etc.

  88. The only thing inflated in New England is the size of the egos of the Head Coach and the Starting Quarterback. They are never over or under inflated. Does Coach Belichick have any credibility? Go figure?

  89. I can’t take any more of this. If the league has found fault in all of this just, just do what it needs to do. If not, then just say so so we can all move on. The New England Patriots are in the midst of a dynasty not seen since the late 50’s-’60’s Celtics. And with that comes an extraordinary amount scrutiny and jealousy. I for one have had it. Give them their due. They are the best, possibly the best the NFL has seen since the 1970’s Steelers. Do not discredit their accomplishments just because your teams can only dream of what they have accomplished.

    Please put the focus back on the game and give the players and their hard work the accolades they deserve. I know some of you won’t, but please just try.

  90. This probably wouldn’t be as big an issue to everyone if it wasn’t for the past/recent cheating scandals.

    Recording a SB opponents walkthrough. Filming signals. They have to understand the public and fans just don’t believe them.

    The irony of Bill trying to “gain control” in a Presser is pretty ironic given just how coy and manipulative he’s been for years in these.

    Bill and Tom… we don’t believe you.

  91. Its time we start asking why the Colts balls werent deflating in that weather. The collusion here stinks!! Ravens let the Colts know ahead of time so they had the chance to pump their balls up to the limit and maybe beyond knowing that the balls would get checked.

    This whole thing just stinks, you wouldnt see BB seem so mad about the accusations otherwise. During Spygate he came out and said he made a mistake, here it seems different.

    Witch hunt caused by Harbaugh and his band of Roided out freaks. Its funny to see him talk about integrity when his best player played twelve games this season on PEDs.

  92. The Pats never taped a walkthrough. People are so stupid about this “spying” right there in front of 80,000 people. And when and if you the Pats are exonerated after this game, none of the usual stupids will ever know or believe it. And once and for all, what’s so hard about understanding that prepping balls before inflation can skew the data as they can lose more psi quickly when brought outside? And if the Colts inflated to 13.5? From the outdoors? Basic science, but you simpletons won’t bother thinking about the differences.

  93. xli2006 says:
    Jan 24, 2015 9:14 PM
    This probably wouldn’t be as big an issue to everyone if it wasn’t for the past/recent cheating scandals.

    Recording a SB opponents walkthrough. Filming signals. They have to understand the public and fans just don’t believe them.

    The irony of Bill trying to “gain control” in a Presser is pretty ironic given just how coy and manipulative he’s been for years in these.

    Bill and Tom… we don’t believe you.

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    Thank you for proving my point about ignorant fans who do not think for themselves. It has been proven time and time again that the Pats DID NOT tape a teams walkthrough. It was an unsubstantiated story from an idiot report (John Tomase) for the Boston Herald. There was NO truth to it, and that has been proven.

    Oh, but Mark Brunell said it on ESPN the other day and you’ve read it online before, so it must be true. Dumb sheep, wake up. We’re better than you.

  94. The only thing missing is Al Sharpton jumping in front of the cameras demanding the death penalty for the Patriots.
    But I guess the media has done a pretty good job of stoking the flames and flinging accusations with no proof.

  95. That anyone changed their mind at this press conference is a joke. Oh, he investigate his own organization and found no wrong doing? Shocked face.

    I guess after a week of hiding, we get the Patriots “apologists” doing what they always do, accusing every other team of being jealous. Far too many of you commenting were wooed by his well calculated speech. It’s as if no one is allowed to scrutinize a team who is so obsessed with creatively skirting the line (4 man offensive line), that eventually you cross the line, and the penalty for recording practice was generally worth the risk.

    No one is asking, for all the things they have been caught doing, what are they doing that no one has caught?

    Also, the fact that they are a great team is not necessarily compromised by the cheating but it does suggest why? You’d expect a team like Oakland to finally say screw it we’ll do whatever it takes, but it is the fact that the Patriots are great and still break rules that is disappointing. So please, apologists:stop referencing the score, stop saying it didn’t matter, stop with the everyone else is jealous, and take a hard look at YOUR team, and ask yourself why.

  96. Belichick is brilliant. He had the press eating out of his hands.

    To all of the haters: It’s wonderful watching your collective heads explode.

  97. KPweaver, it’s not like we were hiding anywhere. We also aren’t apologists. Most of us were saying that we should wait until the investigation is over with before we jump too far one way or the other.

    It’s actually folks like you that are the ones who look like idiots by jumping all over the Pats before the full story is out. You want to crucify them and hate them. I’m not saying its out of jealousy, but it’s way over the top. You hide behind the integrity of the game crap, yet you’re a fan of a team who was on PEDs or a fan of an organization that pushes the envelope in some way.

    The fact is that its easy to hate the Patriots just like its easy to hate the Yankees. They win all the time and people look to knock them down. Instead of crucifying them, to jump down Harbaugh’s throat for having a defense that continually pushes the envelope with PEDs. Their best player was suspended for 4 games for juicing and no one talks about integrity then? Get real… The fact that everyone is up in arms over this is truly pathetic.

    I am all for protecting the integrity of the game, but let’s put a scope on every team see how clean they come up. What’s the old saying? May ye without sin cast the first stone…

  98. And once again the media and the haters are overlooking the key point in BBs press conference, which explains why the Pats balls deflated more than the Colts. ESPN has a summary and completely missed it.

    They basically simulated their process. He said they discovered that their buffing process raised the PSI by 1 pt. KEY POINT

    Then they ask the refs to put the PSI at 12.5. So they simulated that by taking air out to go from 13.5 to 12.5. But the remaining air is still expanded due to the buffing.

    When you take it outside, it falls by 1.5 psi, presumably 1 due to the buffing reversal and another .5 due to the lower temp outside. If the Colts did not buff their balls in a similar fashion, their psi would decline by 1 pt less, perhaps from 13.0 to 12.5 (the same weather impact as the Pats), while the Pats balls went from 12.5 to 11.0.

  99. BB is a little embarrassed about the time he has spent on this? No kidding … after this episode, we should all be at least a little embarrassed to be a member of the human race. lol

  100. Bizarre? Shut up PFT… Tired of these lame articles. Biggest Patriot hater here, and I believe BB. This is the stupidest most made up by the media story ive ever seen and is a complete joke to football. The Patriots are just better than everyone else, get over it. Its called being smarter and harder working. Tough, anyone complaining is jealous and has nothing better to do with their lives than care about the PSI of a football that makes no difference in out game planning, out blocking, out tackling and out running the other team.

  101. The Patriots are going to smoke Seattle because of all the darn frustration of having to respond to this nonsense.

    Then the media will say they won the Super bowl because Tom used fourteen psi footballs that flew through the air easier.

    Get some payback Patriots.

    Rub all the haters noses in another Super Bowl win.

  102. No, it wasn’t bizarre. It was a valid, empirically proven explanation as to why the Patriots’ footballs were below the allowable PSI range.

    Did you listen to the whole presentation by Belichick as well as the Q and A that came after? Did you think critically about what you heard and try to draw conclusions from it? Or did you just run to your computer to serve up another steaming plate of ridicule for Bill Belichick, to make yourself feel better?

    Because your attention span is apparently not long enough to accommodate the entire video, let me summarize:

    Belichick and his staff were able to recreate, on multiple footballs, a temporary, unexpected increase of about 1 PSI in internal air pressure through the normal football preparation process. This preparation took place indoors, in a locker room, as it always does for the Patriots, and when the footballs were brought outside, the football’s internal pressure normalized and the temporary increase was lost, along with an additional decrease, which was presumably related to barometric pressure and other weather conditions on a given day.

    From what Belichick said, on the day of the Indy game, the Patriots prepped the footballs in their locker room, gave them to the officials in the officials’ locker room, and asked the officials to ensure that the balls met the 12.5 PSI standard. The balls were then brought outside to the Gillette Stadium field, where the kickoff temperature was 50 degrees, but was rapidly falling, as was the barometric pressure at the time. Additionally, it was raining, sometimes heavily.

    If Belichick’s tests are correct, the balls then lost 1 PSI of pressure from the preparation process, and at least .5 PSI due to the weather. If Belichick conducted his tests on Friday the 24th, that was a bright, sunny day with high barometric pressure, and it would be easy to believe that the poor conditions on the day of the Indy game would cause the footballs to lose another .5 PSI each, thus accounting for the 2 PSI that each ball was short.

    And yes, I know that the Colts’ balls did not lose any pressure. Again, do some research. When they asked Luck about his footballs, he said, “I get them as they are, I guess.” Sounds to me like he HAS no football preparation process. No football preparation process means no artificial increase in PSI. Now, we would still expect a change in Indy’s footballs due to the weather, but we have no idea where Indy’s balls were stored, where they came from, or what, if anything, was done to them before they were submitted to the officials. For all we know, they were stored outside before they were tested and had already adjusted to the outside pressure, and thus did not normalize when brought back outdoors. Further experimentation needs to be done to recreate the condition of Indy’s footballs to answer those questions, but the bottom line is that the Patriots have found a perfectly valid explanation for why their balls were underinflated–and they didn’t need a conspiracy theory to do it.

    See, this is the difference between intelligent people like Bill Belichick and you. He tackled this problem with a novel, logical approach and solved it. You rushed to judgment and jumped to an incorrect conclusion without proof, in a feverish attempt to feed America’s appetite for a bogeyman.

    Yeah, I guess BB’s explanation is just a theory, but then again, so is yours. And right now, he’s got proof and you don’t. Unless you’ve got some video to show us?

    If this thing goes the way it seems like it’s going, and your case continues to fall apart, you and about a billion other people are gonna owe one bigass apology to Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Pretty sure you won’t get sued, though.

    But that’s just a theory.

  103. I am a Pats fan but an objective one (e.g. I do feel Brady’s play has declined over the years and also have a lot of respect for the Ravens)…Below are some things that some of you may be missing:

    1. Brady performed significantly better after halftime when the PSI was apparently fixed by the officials:
    Here are his q by q and half by half stats (please correct if wrong) – completions / attempts / % completed, yards, TDs, INTs
    Q1: 6/9/67%, 61, 1, 0
    Q2: 5/12/42%, 34, 0, 1
    Half 1: 11/21/52%, 95, 1, 1

    Q3: 9/9/100%, 94, 2, 0
    Q4: 3/5/60%, 22, 0,0 (he was pulled because game was a blowout)
    Half 2: 12/14/86%, 116, 2, 0

    So in effect, you could argue that whatever it was that caused PSI to drop actually hurt the Patriots.

    2. The other arguments ppl make is that why were the Patriots balls lower PSI than Colts. There are three possible explanations, the third of which has received no coverage:
    a) Everyone has talked about perhaps Colts having a higher PSI at start (e.g. 13.5) thus even after deflation being in the right range
    b) The preparation Pats did caused the balls to deflate more compared to the preparation by Colts,
    c) No one has talked about it but weren’t the Colts aware of this issue from the start and were thus anticipating the issue to come up. It would be foolish of them to question the Pats ball pressure while not making sure their own balls were perfect?

    This is my first post on Spygate but I do want to make a couple of statements:
    1) When people say, Pats have won no superbowls since spygate, that is kind of a ridiculous benchmark that Pats fans shouldnt worry about. They have reached two superbowls (even though losing them was tough) and have had a perfect regular season since spygate. Us Pats fans have gotten so used to the success that even an AFC championship game doesnt do much for us anymore but this team has arguably had more success since spygate than before it. Look at the consistency, championship game experiences, etc. Could actually be a top 3 team since spygate.

    2) As for the “spygate” superbowls, they sure played pathetically if they indeed had the signals figured out of the opposition teams e.g.
    a) Won SB XXXVI barely with a field goal as time expired…cutting it too close really if they knew exactly what the opposition was doing

    b) Won SB XXXVIII barely with a field goals, with only a few seconds left. Sure does not reflect any huge mastery of the opponent

    c) Also won SB XXXIX by 3 points, was easier than the first two but by no means a domination..

    Bottom line: We were lucky to go 3 for 3 in the first three superbowls and the Giants were lucky (Tyree catch, Manningham catch) to win their two….but in the end, I would gladly take 3 out of 5…

    Look forward to an exciting SB and a Pats win against a tough Seahawks roster

  104. patsfan24 says:
    Jan 24, 2015 9:34 PM

    xli2006 says:
    Jan 24, 2015 9:14 PM
    This probably wouldn’t be as big an issue to everyone if it wasn’t for the past/recent cheating scandals.

    Recording a SB opponents walkthrough. Filming signals. They have to understand the public and fans just don’t believe them.

    The irony of Bill trying to “gain control” in a Presser is pretty ironic given just how coy and manipulative he’s been for years in these.

    Bill and Tom… we don’t believe you.

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    Thank you for proving my point about ignorant fans who do not think for themselves. It has been proven time and time again that the Pats DID NOT tape a teams walkthrough. It was an unsubstantiated story from an idiot report (John Tomase) for the Boston Herald. There was NO truth to it, and that has been proven.

    Oh, but Mark Brunell said it on ESPN the other day and you’ve read it online before, so it must be true. Dumb sheep, wake up. We’re better than you.
    ———————————————————

    This past Monday on WEEI, Bob Kravitz – the very guy who broke this deflate-gate story – actually repeated this proven lie about taping practices, and when Gerry Callahan corrected him that it never happened and was an admitted lie by the Boston Herald, Kravitz replied “Whatever”

    Now that’s an attitude we’re supposed to TRUST????

  105. and the best the thing to come out of all of this? no skipping or tiger woods fist pump, or putting on the championship belt or hearing new york bozo….hey aaron, are you r-e-l-a-x-e-d yet?

  106. Can someone please ask the league when was the last time they checked the football PSI at halftime. It apparently is not part of normal procedures. I bet the footballs during the Dallas – Green Bay game were deflated by halftime in 20 degree weather.

  107. Um. So he’s admitted to tampering with the balls. Putting air IN the ball is tampering and against the rules.

    That’s a silly explanation and only begs more questions. Perhaps he doesn’t know the rule. Once their equipment manager gets the ball, no one is supposed to do anything to them – certainly not change the pressure up or down.

    Also I guess the equipment manager doesn’t know how to add air to a ball.

  108. Since no one else is willing to step forward and admit they were the one(s) who brought this to the NFL before the AFC Championship game, I will come forward…it was me…I did it…As a Patriots fan, I was concerned that the team’s focus was not what it should be during the last two Super Bowl games against the Giants, so I concocted this scheme to give the Pats an “Us Against the World” chip on their collective shoulder, something that they could rally around, something to fuel their intensity and desire to show the world how good they are.

    “Cheating? We don’t need no stinking cheating!”

  109. You got to love it when truth is used to hide deception.

    Belicheat does it again.

    Essentially, he said we inflate the balls to 11.5 PSI then rub them up to get 12.5 PSI to register on the ref’s gauge and pass the test. When the air in the balls returns to equilibrium they are back to 11.5 for my man Tommy. Since the external air temperature on game day caused the PSI to drop even more, approximately by 1 PSI, viola there is your 2 PSI change.

    Here is my question Bill, why do you only inflate the balls to 11.5 PSI to begin with? Surely, you know the rules?

    This is a deliberate practice of description on the part of the Patriots. They know the “rubbing” process will fool the refs into thinking the air pressure meets standard at inspection time. By the time the game is ready to start the air pressure will be back to Tom’s preferred 11.5 PSI. Remember the balls are inspected 2hrs and 15 min prior to start. This is enough time for the internal air temperature of the footballs to cool down from the “rubbing” processs. Thanks for solving and identifying the infraction for us Bill.

    #Patriots=Cheaters

  110. bangithard says:
    Jan 24, 2015 6:02 PM
    And Don Shula keeps looking smarter and smarter… albeit his steak houses suck!

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    No, it’s Don Shula that sucks.

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