Questions remain about Colts footballs at halftime

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For some, the Wells report is the gift that keeps on giving. For others, it’s the curse that keeps on cursing.

For me, it’s a fascinating document with 243 pages of nooks and crannies triggering plenty of healthy speculation and suspicion about the stuff that didn’t make it to the final document.

Today’s lesson, kids, starts at page 66 of the report. That’s the portion of the narrative that focuses on the events that unfolded at halftime of the AFC title game.

Clete Blakeman and Dyrol Prioleau tested the air pressure in each of the 11 footballs used by the Patriots. Richard Farley recorded the measurements generated by Blakeman and Prioleau. Then, Blakeman and Prioleau tested four of the Colts balls.

Why only four? The Wells report explains that the rest of the 12 Colts footballs weren’t tested due to time constraints.

“Halftime for the game was scheduled to last thirteen minutes and time was running short before the scheduled start of the second half,” Wells writes at pages 68-69.

But the report then explains that the officials “also inflated and readjusted each of the Patriots game balls tested,” with Alberto Riveron instructing that they be set to 13 PSI.

The sequence of the events is potentially critical. But the report makes the sequence unclear. Did they test the Patriots footballs, test only four of the Colts footballs before realizing that time was running short, and then re-inflate the 11 Patriots footballs? Or did they test the Patriots footballs, re-inflate them, and then test four of the Colts footballs before heading back to the field? If those facts are known, they’re not addressed anywhere in the report.

If the Colts footballs were tested before the Patriots footballs were re-inflated, a conclusion that “time was running short” when testing the Colts footballs would have, at a minimum, resulted in a hasty re-inflation of the Patriots footballs. Nothing the the report suggests that there was any hurry to get the footballs re-inflated. If the Patriots footballs were re-inflated before the testing of the Colts footballs commenced, the Colts footballs had extra time in a warmer environment than the field of play, which would have increased their internal air pressure — making the relative decreases measured in the New England and Indianapolis footballs (a factor that is critically important to Exponent’s conclusions) even more pronounced.

Some believe that the testing of the Colts footballs ended not because time was running short, but because the air pressure readings from one of the two gauges showed that three of the four Colts balls tested under 12.5 PSI. As the theory/hypothesis goes, one or more people supervising the process at that point didn’t want to know the results for all 12 Colts footballs, once it appeared that 75 percent of those tested had moved from at or above 13 PSI before the game to less than 12.5 PSI at halftime.

To understand the potential reaction of those involved in testing the footballs at halftime, it’s important to consider that, as former NFL official and supervisor of officials Jim Daopoulos said on Tuesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, game officials previously didn’t understand that air pressure drops when footballs are exposed to the elements. So when the readings for the 11 Patriots footballs were coming in below 12.5, the automatic assumption would have been tampering. Then, when the readings for the Colts footballs began coming in consistently below 12.5 on one of the two gauges, the reaction may have been confusion — and, if anyone in the room had a specific agenda against the Patriots, frustration.

“This isn’t about the Colts footballs,” someone possibly may have declared when realizing that the measurements from the Colts footballs was muddying the narrative that the Patriots had been caught cheating.

Either way, the effort to convert a traditionally unscientific practice of monitoring football air pressure prior to an NFL game into a white-coat, rubber-glove exercise in laboratory specificity becomes further undermined by the failure of the folks who had access to the Colts footballs at halftime to measure the air pressure in all of them. This failure becomes even more glaring because of Exponent’s ultimate reliance on the average decrease in air pressure for the Colts footballs in comparison to the average decrease in air pressure for the Patriots footballs in finding that tampering must have happened.

70 responses to “Questions remain about Colts footballs at halftime

  1. Also when considering the ideal gas law, if they measured the Patriots balls first, then inflated them before doing anything with the Colts balls. As time progressed the Colts balls would begin to adjust to the dry warmer air also altering the PSI

  2. There are plenty of holes in the Wells report and a lot of things left out that support the overall determination of the report. What is frustrating is the inept actions of the ref and the NFL as they KNEW something might have been going on.

    Pats fan here…and it’s over. It doesn’t matter how many other holes get poked in the report or whatever. It appears that the Pats were not nearly as cooperative as they should have been if all things were on the up and up. That has made this whole situation worse than it needed to be.

    The Pats are going to be labelled cheaters because of two small acts of gamesmanship that amounted to absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. It’s not going to go away.

  3. Did they re inflate the colts balls?

    If 3 out of 4 were below 12.5 they didn’t find it important to gauge the rest of the balls?

    What a joke this story is turned out to be.

  4. So the Colts were not held to the same standard as the Patriots. What a surprise.

    Seems to me if a old equipment guy can take air out of 12 balls in a bathroom in less than 90 seconds, the refs should be able to take a couple minutes to make sure the balls are within god’s prescribed psi to ensure that the integrity of the game is not compromised… since we all know that if a ball is not withing 12.5-13.5 psi, you should be nailed to a cross.

  5. So if we are trying to keep it very simple, the Patriots we presume, playing with deflated balls in the first half, score 14 points and then scored another 31 points, more than double, as many points scored in the 1st half with the recently inflated footballs. So the Patriots and that cheating, pretty boy, record setting, married to super model Giselle B., Q.B. Tom Brady scored double plus the points scored he scored in the first half with balls inflated by the refs to 13 P.S.I. during the break. Hang the bastard to the goal posts, who does he think he’s fooling?

  6. Throw as much dust in the air as you like. Maybe space aliens are trying to take over the NFL. Whatever. Bottom line … The Pats have cheated for years … and Brady knew all about.

  7. Brady’s legal team is going to have a field day tearing this report apart. I hope Wells isn’t counting on any future business with the NFL.

  8. And Dez Bryant is still waiting for his apology and retraction
    from this site regarding the slanderous treatment of a NON EXISTANT walmart video that you got 4 days of publicity over.

  9. Man, am I ever loving this! It must piss you haters off so much to know that there’s no firm evidence of tampering or cheating, exonerating Brady and the Patriots. Two conclusions we can draw from all this:

    1. Brady WILL be under center for all 16 of the Pats’ games this season, and he’ll be out for blood.

    2. Haters gotta hate! You hate us ’cause you ain’t us!

  10. The repercussions of this FRAME job against the Patriots by the NFL will remove Goodell from office as well as the Defamation lawsuit that is now in the process.

  11. This should have ended with a fine and the league should have moved on, but now because of the penalty it’s going to linger around. Great job, Roger.

  12. DeflateGate would be more of a ‘Gate’ if the league had proven that the balls were in fact deflated. But they haven’t. That’s what is so peculiar about this entire deal. The Ted Wells report commissioned by the league is perfectly clear on this point: No one is sure which of two gauges were used to check the pressurization of the balls. The gauges gave significantly different readings; one read much higher than the other and showed the balls were legally inflated. The referee in charge of checking the footballs, Walt Anderson, is pretty sure he used this gauge. Yet the NFL disregarded this critical point — and the testimony of their own official.

    I’ve read the full report 4 times and still can’t figure out how this can be an unbiased report!

  13. To all those lacking the education dept upstairs – Any unbiased Judge will throw out the unprecedented and illegal punishment handed down by a corrupt NFL.

    Well$ will be severely reprimanded and possibly disbarred for his rejection of the facts, inparticularly rejecting Scientific Law on air pressure.

    FRAME -GATE 2 The Witch Hunt continues

  14. At this point you either realize this was a contrived vendetta against the Patriots by people not man enough to settle it on the field, or you never will. I’ve actually seen comments by people claiming that Brady’s refusal to admit guilt and retention of legal counsel is proof of his guilt. Please skip jury duty.

  15. Here’s what you keep seeming to miss…

    All 11 of the Patriots’ balls were found to be under on BOTH gauges.

    One of the gauges was screwed up and registering below normal, but the proper one showed ALL the Colts’ footballs in proper range.

    That’s why they measure them twice with two different gauges. You know, in case one of them isn’t accurate.

    So, let’s put this into percentages: 22 checks for the Patriots’ balls (11 balls, measured twice), 0% of the checks showed proper inflation. — in other words, 100% of the checks on these balls showed that the Patriots had deflated them.

    8 checks for the Colts’ balls (4 balls, measured twice), 62.5 % of the checks showed ALL the balls were properly inflated. The “3 out of 4” is a reading from a faulty gauge that was routinely reading .4 PSI lower than the other.

  16. Why did they set them to 13 pounds? It was clear that Brady preferred 12.5 pounds – and that is legal.

    There are so many flaws in this botched sting operation that I can’t believe that any suspensions, fines or draft choice loss were imposed.

  17. At first I believed someone in the league was trying to catch the Patriots doing something. After the last few posts by Florio, I am more convinced that they just had no idea what they were doing. No way you can convict the Patriots on those halftime readings. There is no documented starting point to reference. Walt Anderson’s recollection doesn’t cut it.

  18. Another good article Mr Florio. Sadly I doubt rabid Pat-haters want to read or understand it all, but keep it up. I’ve also read elsewhere that Exponent didn’t take into account the effect of the Pats’ ballbag, which would have meant their balls had even less warm-up time than figured. Nor did they discount the one Pats ball the Colts had for 20mins and could have incidentally deflated a little by testing it themselves (even if not, the ball’s provenance/history can’t be assured because they didn’t immediately hand it over).

  19. So 90 seconds was enough time to remove 1 psi from each ball in the estimation of Wells but no questions are raised when 13 minutes wasn’t enough time to test both sets of balls?

    It is a shameful set of circumstances if you are going to go after one team without fully knowing how the other teams balls were similarly effected by environmental conditions.

  20. Thank you, the entire investigation has been one sided with no regard for facts contradicting the initial agenda. The Wells report seems to ignore (perhaps unintentionally) several key aspects, including the Colts balls, Brady’s testimony, among other things.

    The whole thing doesn’t pass the smell test from either side.

  21. Wells’ should probably feel ashamed of his report….when Brady takes the NFL to Court, they’re going to rip it apart and he probably won’t miss a game.

  22. None of this matters. Wait for the appeal process to play out. You’ve already shot a million holes in the report and Brady still got a ridiculously inflated penalty.

  23. And a Hall of Fame player with no track record of cheating or bad sportsmanship, who never speaks badly about referees or competitors its tagged a “cheater”? The NFL is a disgrace.

  24. The haters will never accept these facts as they have been presented here. No matter what the proof the Patriots and TB cheated. No amount of the truth will sway any of the less than intelligent anti-patriots to understand that the Patriots were going to be found guilty irregardless of the evidence.

  25. As a Patriots fan and teacher, I have to say that all this football data needs to be thrown out from this investigation. We don’t know the pre-game measurements, we don’t know the measurements at game time after the balls were lost, we don’t know all of the ball measurements at halftime, we don’t know what the post game measurements were, we don’t know which gauges were used at any point and we have people trying to disprove science. The only question that needs to be answered is what was actually happening to the footballs and whether or not they were tampered in any way. Just throw away the football data and focus on getting the truth from all parties involved. Let’s get this over with.

  26. This is why Goodell will never let the Brady appeal be heard by an independent party.
    He would lose very badly.

  27. The reason they stop after 4 is the Turkeys realize if they go any further after 3of 4 Colts balls fail was they realize it would jeopardize the integrity of FRAMEGATE. This is the same reason A lawyer would also noticed….. Oh wait, Ted, the Super-Lawyer didn’t see this as significant on Framegate! What a joke of an investigation. His actions mirror that of a Defense Attorney who discover evidence his client is really quilts but he has zero obligation to tell the DA.

  28. My ONLY question is why are Patriot fans defending Brady, but allowing Hernandez to hang out to dry? After-all, there is more circumstantial evidence for Tom than Aaron floating around…

    Common sense has left the Northeast entirely.

  29. Roger Goodell’s NFL — the Keystone Cops, Barney Fife, and Gilligan all rolled up into one. That’s who’s running the most important sports league in the world. Unbelievable! Remember, the fish rots from the top.

  30. Why did Riveron have the Patriots balls inflated to 13.0 psi? It was well known that Brady likes them at 12.5 psi…what was his rationale for giving the Patriots footballs that were not to the preference of the their quarterback?

    The real investigation should be on Mike Kensil, and possibly Troy Vincent.

    Kensil was an executive in the Jets organization when Belichick accepted the Head Coach position with the Jets and then resigned 1 day later. Kensil leaves the Jets for the NFL league office, then suddenly location of cameras during filming is an issue (even though the Jets did the very same thing the Patriots were crucified for), the balls used by the Patriots in the October 2014 game against the Jets were OVERINFLATED to almost 16 psi, Jets only get $100,000 fine for obvious tampering with Revis, Kensil leads investigation into deflated balls…After halftime he tells Patriots equipment manager, “…we weighed the balls – you are in big f-ing trouble…”.

    If Goodell wants to restore any credibility and show the importance of the integrity of the shield, he will terminate Kensil.

  31. Even more interesting is the fact that the report by Exponent used the Colts balls as a “control” for their experiments. The only problem is that a) they didn’t know the precise inflation level of the Colts balls to start with, b) they only measured 4 of 12 balls at halftime, and c) the balls were clearly not subject to the same conditions because the Colts balls sat for at least 5 to 7 more minutes in the warm locker room before being measured.

  32. Let’s clear the air on the footballs tested at half time LoL

    Find on page 68 & 69 of the Wells report

    Two Refs both took their own psi readings from the balls…

    Of the 4 balls tested by the Colts there was at least one Ref getting a reading of 12.5 or higher. Never once did they both test the psi and found both readings below 12.5…in fact all balls tested 12.15 – 12.95

    Now the Pats on the other hand…didn’t have one reading of psi that was above 12.5…their balls ranged from 10.5 – 12.3

    and that 12.3 is the ONLY ball they had over 12 psi….

  33. Why are we harping about how this investigation began? Let’s stop talking about if the Pats balls were actually deflated and if the Colts balls were similar to the Pats ball, etc. Whether there was an agenda against the Pats or not, the bottom line is that the investigation happened. It’s done with

    And what came out of the investigation is that the Pats locker room attendant and equipment manager had sent text messages regarding purposefully deflating footballs to the liking of Tom Brady after the referee inspected the footballs prior to the game starting. Isn’t that enough? It’s not within the rules, once the footballs have been inspected, they should not be touched. Tom Brady deserves a punishment that sends a message – which means some kind of suspension. The excessive fine to the organization and draft picks docked may have been a bit much.

  34. The fact that they (officials, head office ……..) don’t know more about football pressures and the effects of the environment translates to me that it is a non issue or they are all incompetent from this fans perspective.

    The NFL did not establish a cooperative environment to make this non-issue disappear, instead they hijacked the weeks leading up to the SB by letting this carry on. Considering the timing of the requests for information from the Patriots, the Patriots were probably more aware than not there was already much misinformation in the press (party from the NFL itself) and realized the NFL was not interested to clean up their own house but to focus this on the Patriots.

    Show me one person in any similar circumstance that is aware they are being targeted that would completely open up their life to outside interpretation without the proper context. Count me out.

    I already believe they had access to more than what was needed to determine this was a non issue and if they wanted change, to own that they have not done a good job of creating and monitoring their own standards. If the NFL had created a cooperative environment I believe they would have had access to even more information that ultimately would not have added value to their conclusion.

  35. Browns fan here.

    This point of only 4 Colts balls being tested makes it impossible for me to buy anyone’s insistance that this wasn’t a “gotcha” against the Patriots.

    Time limits be damned, if you’re trying to do something, do it right – especially if it’s going to result in allegations of cheating against an NFL team. THis isn’t Pop Warner. Clearly, if you’re testing one team’s balls you need to test all of the other teams’, as well.

    I will also add that it is impossible…IMPOSSIBLE…to prove any deliberate tampering on the part of NE without knowing what the balls were set at prior to the game.

    Asking the ref to remember is nonsense. That’s no kind of evidence. Especially when one “best recollection” is taken as gospel but another is disregarded because it doesn’t fit the report’s chosen narrative and conclusion.

  36. The other problem they have is that, even if the less favorable readings are used, the theory of the crime must be that the Pat’s removed POINT THREE PSI from each ball.
    Seriously?

    The science of this shows either no deflation happened. OR that the Pats reduced the balls to the vicinity of 12.5. The latter would still be a violation of the rules, but let’s be clear, it would NOT be a competitive advantage, in that the balls would still be legal. That’s what’s really absurd about this, the effort to impugn the achievements of the team on the field.

  37. This investigation lacks credibility on the most critical issue…how much air was in the balls before, suring, and after the game. Bad data from two different guages, no records of anything before the game, and no regard for thoroughness throughout. If it was a sting operation, it was horribly executed. the whole thing needs to be throw out. And I am not a Pats or Colts fan. This is a farce, and would be throw out of court if it wasn’t a kangaroo court.

  38. Mike, you’re hitting it out of the park with every one of your analysis. Why isn’t everyone focused on the critical issues you raise? I guess the mob is out for them. If Brady’s’ defense team uses your finding those damn patriots will be exonerated. You’re like Copernicus with the concentric sun or Kepler with elliptical orbits or Einstein and relativity. You’re like Kevin Bacon in Animal House: “Remain calm all is well”

  39. I wonder if Ted Wells, the commissioner and all the “investigators” would be willing to give up their cell phones so everyone can see all the details involved in this farce of a so called independent investigation/ witch hunt. One can only hope that the Patriots and Brady can ask for the phones of these people, what an interesting story that would give us all.

  40. Did you write this Florio? It sounds like it was from some pats apologist like Peter King. Leaving out main components like the standards already set according to the report.

    I can almost see how this stuff might come from degenerate fans regurgitating it on here from shady sources. But not from so called journalist.

    Standard: 1 of 2 gauges used must read findings in the legal range.

    Pats balls were closer to 11. Colts closer to 13 at halftime.
    Pats balls were said to start at 12.5. While colts balls starting at 13.

    Apologist like King and now yourself Florio will point to the gas law on the pats ball at half time and glossing over those of the colts. Which is breaking a scientific law.

    Also using that same law to point toward the same colt readings while dismissing the later pats balls measured. It is easy to see that these later pats balls are not being effecting with lower readings. One of the lowest pat ball reading is repeated on the same gauge from near the start to near the end. Just look at the chart you are using for this article it is easy to see.

  41. > fanofpft

    You didn’t read the report. At half time, three of the four Colts balls measured were under 12.5 psi, and only one slightly above it. Not closer to 13… closer to 12. They were also measured after the Patriots balls had all been measured and filled, and had warmed up some.

    Also, of the two gauges used, 1 of them showed the Pats balls to be average around 11.5 at half time… exactly what was predicted based on the field conditions. Wells tossed that reading out, even though it’s the gauge the ref said he used to make pre-game measurements. Why would he do that? Right… doesn’t fit the narrative because it shows there was no actual cheating.

    As for the readings after the game, those have to be ignored totally. There’s no way within physics for the balls to INCREASE in psi after being outdoors for the remainder of the game, unless they took them into a much warmer room then they had filled them in at half time and let them warm up for a while.

  42. > cepheus42

    Let me see if I got this right. You are discounting one gauge for the colts balls at halftime. Then turn around and base you findings on that same gauges readings to support your findings.

  43. 13 minutes should’ve been plenty of time to check and re inflate the balls for both teams if this is legitimate. Supposedly McNally deflated all the balls in 57 seconds. Couldn’t one person test one person write and opera on re inflate how tough is that. I know that know one wants to admit blame here but it seems like this was the worst sting ever. The NFL front office is a den of snakes with a lot of hate for the greastest sports franchise in history.

  44. I read in the report it was 2/12 minutes that was the time in the bathroom yet that figure is getting cut all the time. What are we to believe that he washed his hands? Is that it? OK add that to this guys truth told along with it is the refs fault.

  45. for everyone that calls the Patriots cheaters—–I am wondering what you think about the players in the NFL on all teams that fake injurys just to stop the clock

  46. coltscamp says:
    May 14, 2015 8:43 AM
    Here’s what you keep seeming to miss…

    All 11 of the Patriots’ balls were found to be under on BOTH gauges.

    One of the gauges was screwed up and registering below normal, but the proper one showed ALL the Colts’ footballs in proper range.

    That’s why they measure them twice with two different gauges. You know, in case one of them isn’t accurate.

    So, let’s put this into percentages: 22 checks for the Patriots’ balls (11 balls, measured twice), 0% of the checks showed proper inflation. — in other words, 100% of the checks on these balls showed that the Patriots had deflated them.

    8 checks for the Colts’ balls (4 balls, measured twice), 62.5 % of the checks showed ALL the balls were properly inflated. The “3 out of 4″ is a reading from a faulty gauge that was routinely reading .4 PSI lower than the other.

    —————————-

    Not true. No one knows which gauge was used at pregame inspection. So no one has a starting baseline. Walt Anderson said that he used the higher gauge to the best of his recollection. The Wells Report disregards testimony and assumes he used the lower gauge. If you believe the witness’ testimony that he used the higher gauge, then the numbers at halftime work out. So get your facts straight. Although, I know that’s difficult since the Wells Report couldn’t even do that.

    Also, the Wells report does not take into account Boyle’s Law, which deals with pressure related to volume. Ideal Gas Law only deals with temperature change. When a football gets wet, the leather expands increasing the football’s volume. As a result, this would decrease psi further. It was raining that night in Foxboro. Also, the Patriots balls were exposed to the elements longer than Indy’s based on Time of Possession in the first half. They were also the last footballs in use at the end of the half, so the were colder than Indy’s to begin with. And then on top of that, as the article explains, the Colts’ balls were allowed to warm up longer before tested, yet there were still 3 of 4 Coly balls under 12.5 AND THEY HAD LONGER TO WARM UP!

    Weather you believe McNally did something to the footballs in the bathroom, you cannot go by the science because the league screwed that up beyond belief and no result of psi should be considered. There was no baseline as a starting point, and simple science and logic were not applied to get these measurements.

  47. Think what you will, but the more you look at this, the more you get the impression the NFL was using the investigation to prove the point and get the Pats. Such as, they have arrived at a decision then adjust that investigation to prove the decision. Just the example shown here should have raised enough doubt in the entire process to have warranted stopping it. They were trying to ‘prove’ the Pats had balls below the legal limit yet couldn’t prove that their ‘chain of custody’ was intact, that the balls hadn’t been altered at all nor were the Colts balls all ‘legit’. Those are facts, and they raise so many questions that unless the NFL (not the Colts or the Ravens) caught Brady or Belichik at work on them ‘balls’ then it really has no case. Brady could have asked that the balls be set at the lower limit, maybe knowing they’d lose pressure over time, and even more in the cold. That’s not a violation. On the other hand, the Colts violated league rules by playing around and reading pressure during the game. Why the Colts could actually break the rules and the Pats, who were accused and not known if they had are then charged and nailed is enough evidence of foul play between the Colts, the Ravens and the NFL to drop all charges and fines. Brady can be real pain in the ass, and gets on my nerves and I’m a Pats fan. But, this whole thing was a witch hunt, conjured up by the Ravens and Colts to knock the Pats down. Sort of their version of using cheating and the rules to ‘payback’ the Pats for their legally nailing them in games.

  48. coltscamp says:

    >One of the gauges was screwed up and registering below >normal, but the proper one showed ALL the Colts’ footballs >in proper range.

    You’ve got it backwards. From page 157 of the Wells report:

    “we found the Logo Gauge to read at least 0.35 psig high in our experiments, while the Non-Logo Gauge reads closer to a calibrated gauge”

  49. Bcgreg,

    The Ideal Gas Law PV=nRT; where P is pressure, V is volume and T is temperature so you are incorrect when saying the ideal gas law does not deal with pressure related to volume.

    Second point, the air is pumped into a rubber bladder inside the football. The argument about the stretching of the leather changing the volume football is moot because rubber bladder is what is containing the air and the volume of the bladder does not change.

    Thirdly, the chemist who stated the ideal gas law explains pressure variation failed to take into account the rate of heat transfer in his argument (i.e. the temperature of the air inside the ball). It may very well be possible that the air inside the football had enough time to drop to outside air temperature, however by omitting this in his findings only proves he is willing to use the science that fits his argument.

  50. Here’s another for you:

    The INTERCEPTED BALL WAS LEGAL! Go to page 70 where it lists the measurements of the intercepted ball. This ball falls into the same PSI range of the 3 balls that Wells said could be explained by Ideal Gas Law.

  51. After reading all of these different posts and comments I have came to the conclusion,(1) either you like the Pats or you dislike the Pats. (2) there are some out there that is just looking for some excuse (no matter how small, real or unreal, proven or unproven, false or true) to blame the Pats for something, (3)those people will never change their minds, because they’ re always looking for the bad things and never the good things. (4) then there is the group that does not care one way or the other because they just like football and like watching a good game of football. (5) just like the old saying “everybody has an opinion, what’s yours”? Wishing everybody a nice and wonderful week end.

  52. I don’t have a dog in this fight. (I’m a Packer fan.)

    These are my thoughts:

    1) The term “Hater” is overused, juvenile, and lazy. A person can be a troll, an idiot, have a different opinion, not be a fan of, or just be a rival.

    2) I was not there so I have no idea what actually happened. Do I think that the Patriots will consider anything to try and gain an advantage? That sure seems possible to me considering their competitive nature and track record. (Not the first team to be accused or found guilty.) I remember reading that Lombardi used to have his players wear different uniform numbers in closed practices because he was sure that Halas had spies watching. Accusations of Raiders putting helium in the balls that Ray Guy punted……

    3) Bottom line is this: Colts did not lose a close game or even lose on a bad call. THEY WERE CRUSHED BY ALMOST 40 F’ING POINTS! THAT IS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. GRRRRRR!!!!!!

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