Owners won’t change PSI levels, will address handling of footballs

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The 243-page report generated by investigator/prosecutor Ted Wells places no blame on the NFL or any of its employees or officials for the existing procedures for handling footballs and/or ensuring that the footballs at all times remain within the supposedly mandatory range of 12.5 to 13.5 PSI. The absence of even the slightest criticism of the league’s protocols flies in the face of scientific evidence confirming that, if football are inflated by game officials to 12.5 PSI at the outset of a cold-weather game (or 13.5 PSI prior to kickoff of a hot-weather game), the footballs quickly will fall out of compliance with the mandatory language of Rule 2.

Still, the report said enough without placing blame to prompt the NFL to discuss issues relating to the pregame handling and chain of custody for game balls. Owners will address that issue on Wednesday, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Rule 2 requires footballs to at all times remain under the supervision of the referee. It’s clear from the AFC title game that this doesn’t happen. Which has created plenty of opportunities for teams to either add air to footballs or remove it.

Rapoport also points out that the PSI range won’t change. While it would be impossible for the NFL to allow teams to go under 12.5 after making a big deal about #DeflateGate, the league needs to implement procedures aimed at ensuring that footballs are at all times within the permissible range. Otherwise, the league needs to revise Rule 2 to expressly state that the PSI range applies only at kickoff, regardless of how hot or cold it gets from the start of the game through its conclusion, even if another Ice Bowl at Lambeau Field lingers into triple overtime and the football eventually resembles a week-old helium balloon.

103 responses to “Owners won’t change PSI levels, will address handling of footballs

  1. Spare us. Now that the League’s latest public shaming is over, they’ll go back to ignoring ball and equipment issues like they always have. 100 years of ignoring ball inflation, one set of tests to stick it to the Patriots right before a Super Bowl, and then right back to ignoring it for another century. I mean, it’s not like they had teams on tape during games screwing around with footballs during the exact same season or anything.

  2. I’m really hoping the coward league execs measure footballs in December and post the before and after results so we can call every team a CHEATER. It’s been like tuning into Idiocracy for the past few months every time I look at messageboard posts or ESPN articles, Mike Reiss excluding.

  3. So everytime there is found to be footballs that fall under the 12.5 psi (regardless of The Ideal Gas Law) there will be a 4 month $5 million dollar investigation resulting in QB’s being suspended for a quarter of the season?

    sound reasonable?

  4. In return for Bob ( Benedict Arnold) Kraft turning state’s evidence in order to appease Goodell and Wells ( The Moron Twins) , the NFL has agreed to induct Kensil, Vincent, Kravitz, Mortenson, Harbaugh, Pagano, and Wells into the Hall of Fame without the usual five year wait.

    These guys are true American heroes.
    .

  5. Big Bad Billy Bellycheat won 4 SuperBowls by a grand total of 12pts combined, cheating at every turn. But wait, those tough cookie Patsy fans would have us believe it didn’t affect anything. Um, what??? Your franchise is a disgrace and all trophies and wins should be vacated. The entire pathetic franchise should be contracted in lieu of an expansion team in LA.

  6. Hey pats fans, better start working on the creative reasons Pats fumbling returns to pre rule change levels (assuming the league actually does police balls)

  7. mannynh says:
    May 19, 2015 8:16 PM
    So everytime there is found to be footballs that fall under the 12.5 psi (regardless of The Ideal Gas Law) there will be a 4 month $5 million dollar investigation resulting in QB’s being suspended for a quarter of the season?

    ________________________________________
    No. But everytime that happens, preceded by ballboys leaving the official’s area early, going to the bathroom, claiming that he went to the urinal when there isn’t one, followed by a QB who claims he doesn’t know their names but who texts them, followed by a QB who doesn’t communicate with them for 6 months followed by a rash of text messages during the next few days after they have been caught, preceded by a man who calls himself the Deflator , followed by a QB who when asked if he is guithy says, “I don’t think so”–yes every time all those things happen then yes, there should be the same punishments.

  8. I think part of the equation of the Ideal Gas Law has to account for the amount of air that Patriots expend as they insist Tom Brady did nothing wrong.
    Nothing will get you nothing!

    Don’t tamper with the equipment; and when you get caught, definitely don’t use the Ideal Gas Law to prove you didn’t cheat.

  9. Any word of rule 2 will have units of pressure next year.
    This league is such a joke, they ignore the ideal gas law, think they ‘weighed’ the football, and say it needs to be inflated 12.5 to 13.5 pounds. It’s pounds per square inch fools
    Keep on hating and distract your fans from your failure to put a winning product on the field.

  10. How about this? Team equipment managers don’t get to touch game balls. Period.

    NFL officials will deliver “fresh out of the box” factory footballs to each team at the start of the game, inflated by NFL refs to NFL specifications.

    Let’s see how the 31 other teams complaining about the Patriots like it when their QB’s are forced to use game balls their equipment managers haven’t spent a month scuffing up to their specifications.

  11. The Patriots are cheaters. Jut accept it and move on. Fool me once….

    How freaking hard is it to have the balls of a game held by the officials and examined and set to the proper PSI? For cripes sake HS refs do this every Friday night.

  12. The Wells report covered for the NFL and its officials at every turn. Let’s not forget the refs, during the Jets game, inflating the Pats footballs to 16 PSI. Those are illegal, and yet the league itself introduced them into the game (either through gross negligence or to play games with a team the officials disliked). Not a peep of an investigation. Not a whisper of concern.

    David Carr as admitted to taking a bit of air out of the balls right before kickoff. Jeff Blake said he did this “throughout his career” with five teams. Doesn’t the NFL want to investigate? To make sure the ball boys who did this are immediately fired lest the “integrity” of the NFL” (as if) be sullied. No? Didn’t think so.

  13. For all you fumble trolls…The patriots fumbled LESS(total fumbles) on the road every year since 2007….Someone explain that one…Look it up-EVERY YEAR since 2007

  14. where I work, gages must be ‘calibrated’, How can you trust a reading without being calibrated. AND… no gage scale can be more than 4 times what the reading is normally at. so if the reading is 12, gage can not be more than 0-50 for ‘better accurancy. THEN there is measurement uncertainty factor. seriously.. try reading ISO 17025 certification process for labs calibration (and testing)

  15. Oh, the debunked fumble argument again. How cute.
    Maybe go talk to the Giants’ Eli about why they are better than the Pats at holding on.
    Or maybe the Ravens since their receivers have a better record of not fumbling.

  16. The solution to this is as simple as can be: The footballs are under the control of the officials at all times when not in use on the field. Period.

    The officials inflate them and the QBs deal with it. Just like they deal with all the other things outside their control, like weather, field conditions, butthead fans, bad refs . . .

  17. All teams cheat. You can either accept it or remain oblivious.
    As a Seahawks fan I deal with Seadderall, Cheathawks, PEDhawks, etc. comments all the time. Are they wrong? Nope. I can rationalize that most of those players are gone now, or that most of them weren’t starters, or Sherman didn’t get suspended (on a technicality) it doesn’t change anything. The perception of other teams’ fans is the same. They don’t cheer for cheaters and I do. Same goes for Pats fans. The reality is we all do, we just don’t want to admit it to ourselves. According to yourteamcheats.com the Patriots and Seahawks are tied in the middle of the pack. Since they’re the most recent SB winners the focus is concentrated on them. In a way it’s just better if we don’t know any of that information so we can keep the delusion alive.
    Politics, business, sports, wall street, etc. The truth is we don’t want to know the truth. We can’t handle the truth. LOL
    If the lid was blown off and we had all of the information about the inner workings of the worlds’ institutions, the world economy would collapse! There would be no trust, same as the predicament the NFL now put itself in. Ignorance is indeed bliss. Too late for most of us.
    Yeah, I’ve become a jaded cynic.
    Thanks NFL.

  18. Mike, this was a classic institutional cover up. Wells was not going to find any NFL employee who was part of the investigation to be culpable in a targeting of Brady. That’s not just pr, its liability management. The case didn’t go from NFL Security to Wells to bring in someone truly independent, it was to create a layer removed from Goodell and to document he used proper “business judgment” by delegating it to an independent third party. Wells hired Exponent for much the same reason.

    All form over substance but liability management 101.

  19. @realitycheckbaby. Since you are limited in intellect and imagination, I will help you out. Belichick in recent years has taken to benching players when they fumble too often or in a critical situation. Just ask Stevan Ridley. Benching players who fumble reduces fumbling by taking fumbles off the field and deterring other players from fumbling. There’s an enhanced emphasis on ball security in recent years and so your theory suffers from a confound.

  20. realitycheckbaby says:
    May 19, 2015 8:27 PM
    Hey pats fans, better start working on the creative reasons Pats fumbling returns to pre rule change levels (assuming the league actually does police balls)

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

    In New England, if you fumble, you get benched. Belichick is extremely hard on that issue. I think their backs would rather fall down for a loss of yardage than risk a fumble. I think that mentality has a lot to do with their low, but not the lowest rate of fumbling. I believe that title belongs to the Ravens or Saints. I await the forthcoming $5 million dollar investigation.

  21. Don’t listen to the idiotic fumble rate drivel–this is the worst irresponsible, far-reaching “the Patriots can’t be this good” garbage of all. It’s loser-nation people like this that are the real reason why the Patriots get constantly vilified in the court of nitwit-opinion. It’s quite obvious if you’ve been paying attention: institutional excellence is REQUIRED and anything less is not tolerated here. Your teams should set the same high bar, but they’re simply not disciplined enough to do it. (Example: Carroll-coached teams)

    Translation: “I’m angry at losing to the Patriots, so–I know!– let’s foolishly attempt to draw a straight line between deflategate (as it turns out, not even a real thing) to quality ball control.”

    Of course, as always, not a shred of study design or science to support it. You must have been sick the day they taught that in school. But feel free to drag the greatest team of a generation through the mud once again, all because your feelings are hurt from seeing them win for so long. Get on back to your pouting, and grabbing at those straws…

  22. @largentforlife. In that sense the Seahawks and Patriots are kindred spirits. They draw a lot of bitterness and resentment. But the truth is if you’re looking for violations more consequential than PEDs or a pound of psi, you don’t have to look far. That bizarre admission by Rice puts their titles in the cross hairs of cynics (and it’s more probable than not Montana was generally aware given the residue it leaves on the ball) and the Giants and Broncos last two SB titles were won with franchise QBs the team acquired through a violation of our most time-honored draft tradit ions (which were designed to ensure parity and integrity).

  23. Agree 100% with daytontriangles, league supplies new balls for both teams that ONLY the officials have access to until the kickoff. These players are supposed to be the best in the world and yet the qb’s get to bring their own football’s?? You don’t see pitchers in MLB allowed to get baseballs from their dugout every time there’s a foul ball and even if they don’t like 1 they get another ball from the umpire……not 1 doctored by their equipment manager! C’mon get rid of this stupid rule so we don’t have to hear about this happening EVER again.

  24. dennisatunity says:
    May 19, 2015 8:27 PM

    mannynh says:
    May 19, 2015 8:16 PM
    So everytime there is found to be footballs that fall under the 12.5 psi (regardless of The Ideal Gas Law) there will be a 4 month $5 million dollar investigation resulting in QB’s being suspended for a quarter of the season?

    ________________________________________
    No. But everytime that happens, preceded by ballboys leaving the official’s area early, going to the bathroom, claiming that he went to the urinal when there isn’t one, followed by a QB who claims he doesn’t know their names but who texts them, followed by a QB who doesn’t communicate with them for 6 months followed by a rash of text messages during the next few days after they have been caught, preceded by a man who calls himself the Deflator , followed by a QB who when asked if he is guithy says, “I don’t think so”–yes every time all those things happen then yes, there should be the same punishments.
    ——————————————-

    Dennis nailed it! Make Florio read that 100 times.

  25. As a fan of football, Goodell and Belichick make it hard for people to cheer for due to their cheating for one another. Most just want to watch good clean football but these guys make it very easy to cheat games.

  26. You don’t spend 100 days and 5 million dollars of your client’s money to report — with the whole world waiting and watching — that your investigation is “inconclusive. ” He had to report positive results (i.e., guilty). We see this all the time in academic publishing. If you don’t publish one positive finding a year, you won’t qualify for tenure.

  27. I hope they start measuring balls at halftime now so they can realize that what happened with the Patriots balls is actually quite normal and predictable.

    Still can’t believe Patriots got punished because of 2 sets of sloppy, unscientific measurements one was 3.2% lower than predicted

    Obviously measurement error

  28. I genuinely hope that they start flashing the exact PSI of each football on every broadcast and scoreboard in the NFL down to the one hundredth. Also, I want them to number each football so we can keep track of each football and it’s respective PSI, so we can moniter any nefarious activity towards the balls.

    Before this whole thing, I didn’t think about the PSI of the balls ever, but since it is such a big deal to the integrity of the game, it should be broadcast as a stat. It should be broadcast like yards per play, completion percentage, and they should begin to track yards per pound per square inch.

    ………..sigh.

  29. Yeah….
    Kraft took the high road on the behest of the other 31 owners & the Miilions they each make…. But he really SCREWED his fan base HARD!! This entire PSI investigation was total crap that was made into a mountain by the LEAGUE he’s a member of so for him to put money over his fan base really lowers my personal opinion of him in that regard…. MONEY OVER FANS…. GOD the truth really does hurt… I’d been a fan of the Pats for 37 years from back when they were the punch line of the NFL due to how poor they were to being back to the punch line of the NFL as perpetual cheaters IF you ever really were a true fan of the Patriots, you obviously lost your way when you would allow greed to be all that really matters to you now…. I hope you choke on those millions for abandoning your fans…. Please move to England & let an owner that loves & cares about their fan base represent us…I’ve never felt more abandoned by any team I’ve loved & supported as YOU have made me feel ROBERT…take a bow & I’ve never been more disgusted with an owner than I am with you!!

  30. Whether you’re pumping in crowd noise, texting on the sidelines, faking injuries, dodging the salary cap, or rubbing Vaseline all over your lineman, rubbing stick’um on your hands, dipping a towel with stick’um and then hiding it like 5-year-old with a handful of cookies, taking PEDs, taking Adderall, or whether your owner is a drunk/drug addict — YOUR team cheats.

    The difference is, your team didn’t win four superbowls in fifteen years– so nobody cares.

    And that’s the only difference.

  31. If Kraft doesn’t care about us why waist the energy…
    I don’t even care at this point…
    I will not defend them to anyone that calls them cheaters again… Kraft has made that impossible for us…

  32. Rule 2? Kinda makes it sound important doesn’t it?

    I’d look up the rules but it seems pretty meaningless now with how God dell has (and the owners) have handled things.

  33. Owners can’t change. PSI levels as the would only further prove that the whole psi argument is bogus and it isn’t a big deal despite the lack of proof they have. Fidel goodell would never allow that change as it basically makes the whole deflategate joke even bigger.

    Let’s all keep up the charade that there is hard evidence against the pats and the punishment justified the potential c ine of .3 psi of a difference.

  34. Can’t wait to here the haters when Pats go 14-2 and end up in AFC championship game for 5th year in a row!
    What will they blame then? bumping receivers, taping, schemes, air pressure? and if the Stars align Tom Brady receiving the trophy from King Roger in front of God, Joe Montana and all world!!

  35. Three years ago Tagliabue had to intervene and overturn the mythical Bountygate scandal penalities

    He also issued a professional-yet-clear rebuke of Goodell for attempting to change a culture of the league by making an example out of one team at a time when many may be doing the same or similar things

    It looks like Roger failed to learn his lesson. I’m sure Tagliabue would issue the same findings in this case where Goodell’s “The Definitely Maybe Did Something Even Though the Balls Actually Weren’t Deflated After All-Gate” scandal doesn’t even hold as much water (or air) as Bounty-gate

  36. bencoates57 says:
    May 19, 2015 9:34 PM

    @largentforlife. In that sense the Seahawks and Patriots are kindred spirits. They draw a lot of bitterness and resentment. But the truth is if you’re looking for violations more consequential than PEDs or a pound of psi, you don’t have to look far. That bizarre admission by Rice puts their titles in the cross hairs of cynics (and it’s more probable than not Montana was generally aware given the residue it leaves on the ball) and the Giants and Broncos last two SB titles were won with franchise QBs the team acquired through a violation of our most time-honored draft tradit ions (which were designed to ensure parity and integrity).

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

    To be perfectly honest Ben, I consider PEDs far more consequential than PSI, Stick-um, or any number of “cheating” violations. Although cap violations are close. I also think the testing and punishment for PEDs is a bad joke, not even a good one. But all teams have had PED violations or violators (didn’t get caught while with their current team). Doesn’t make it right, and I don’t think the “good fight” should be abandoned, but I don’t think fans are prepared to take a stand against it that would force the leagues hand. The players’ union wouldn’t let the punishment be severe enough to truly clean up the sport. I’ve conceded that it won’t change itself, so it is now part of the game. The science of PEDs always outpaces the science of testing (can’t test for something until you find out it’s out there), but even when there’s a good test like there is for HGH, the league chooses to use a test that makes it hard to fail. The punishment is 4 games for a first offense, hardly a deterrent, so I just feel like it’s a “feel good” rule. The league knows it’s a problem, but don’t really want to know exactly how bad it is for fear of actually having to make painful choices that ultimately will cost far more money than just testing. Since we aren’t privy to what a player tests positive for, we get a PR statement from the player or their agent that it’s something that has less of a stigma than steroids.
    It’s ridiculous. I’ve come to the realization (finally) that role models and heroes are to be found elsewhere in this world. Sports is not where the best people are, they’re in hospitals, schools, labs, etc. In other words, they are all around us and in some cases were lucky enough to have them in our lives already. Kindred spirits indeed.

  37. bencoates57 says:
    May 19, 2015 9:27 PM

    @realitycheckbaby. Since you are limited in intellect and imagination, I will help you out. Belichick in recent years has taken to benching players when they fumble too often or in a critical situation. Just ask Stevan Ridley. Benching players who fumble reduces fumbling by taking fumbles off the field and deterring other players from fumbling. There’s an enhanced emphasis on ball security in recent years and so your theory suffers from a confound.

    You’re correct about one thing, you have to have a great imagination to “Kraft” the myriad of unbelievable excuses as to how the Pats cut their fumbling in half in one off season.

    Let’s ignore for a moment the lame idea that no coach cares about fumbling like Belichick, and just look at HIS track record as coach of the Pats.

    Between 2003-2006 the Pats averaged 1 fumble for every 44.3 plays. It wasn’t trending up during those years, and in fact in 2006 was 1 fumble for every 41.5 plays.

    Then the magic transformation. Apparently Belichick had never tried to reduce fumbles until this off season. Then it struck him that fewer fumbles “may be better” than more fumbles.

    Of course it’s also the same time the Pats got to control their own balls, but certainly didn’t start deflating them though Kraft admitted to doing so later.

    We’re all sure it’s a coincidence.

    Instead Belichick waived his magic wand and presto, fumbles in 2007 dropped to 1 for every 82.25 plays, and in fact averaged 1 fumble for every 74.5 plays ever since.

    Certainly the Pats, admitted and documented serial cheaters, including the offense of deflating the balls as admitted by your owner, never really deflated balls and cheated despite your owners’ admission.

    And the abrupt fumbling drop is more logically explained by Belichick’s sudden anti fumble awakening and magic ability to will them to an immediate 50% reduction than to the fact that deflated balls are harder to fumble.

    Does that about cover it?

  38. dennisatunity says:
    May 19, 2015 8:27 PM
    mannynh says:
    May 19, 2015 8:16 PM
    So everytime there is found to be footballs that fall under the 12.5 psi (regardless of The Ideal Gas Law) there will be a 4 month $5 million dollar investigation resulting in QB’s being suspended for a quarter of the season?

    ________________________________________
    No. But everytime that happens, preceded by ballboys leaving the official’s area early, going to the bathroom, claiming that he went to the urinal when there isn’t one, followed by a QB who claims he doesn’t know their names but who texts them, followed by a QB who doesn’t communicate with them for 6 months followed by a rash of text messages during the next few days after they have been caught, preceded by a man who calls himself the Deflator , followed by a QB who when asked if he is guithy says, “I don’t think so”–yes every time all those things happen then yes, there should be the same punishments.
    ________________________

    Absolutely love this response. Nice job clearing things up for the delusionally stupid.

  39. biggestsaintsfanever says:
    May 19, 2015 8:27 PM
    What will Pays fans blame it on when their fumble rate doubles?

    ——————————————-

    What will the crybabies blame it on when absolutely nothing changes? Weathergate? Bill and tom control mother nature somehow? NOTHING will change! Pats keep winning and you keep crying till TB and BB leave!!

  40. From the New England Patriot Employee Handbook:

    If you are accused of cheating:

    1. Act dumbfounded and throw out words like “ridiculous, “unfathomable”.
    2. Claim that you would never, ever cheat; ideally in a public forum (remember to grin and throw in some stupid jokes)
    3. Claim you misinterpreted the rules and that then act condescending at the notion that you really knew the rules.
    4. Be sure your fellow workers have coordinated their stories. This is important – the cameramen in “The Video Incident” were well coached to break the little recording light on their machines and to tell security that they were just filming the QBs footwork.
    5. Once you have accomplished 1-4, its important to point out all other instances where other teams might have cheated. Make sure they understand the phrase “Everyone does it.
    6. Lastly be sure to show anger that it is unjust that you are being questioned and that the league in “picking” on you. A whiny or nasally tone is ideal.

    Please remember, if you are a lowly paid employee, you will most likely be blamed for all that transpires. You will receive parting compensation for your troubles under the understanding that you will never tell the truth.

  41. The FUMBLE statistic has not only been thoroughly debunked — but if you honestly believe a 0.5psi difference suddenly turns a team into Ball Control Superheroes — you need to go back to kindergarten and stand in the corner.

  42. Why not just test the balls outside in the temperatures that they are going to be played in. Then you don’t need to worry nearly as much about the balls changing temperatures.

    Realistically, always testing the indoors does a great disservice to outdoor northern teams. The balls at the beginning of the season would either rise in PSI or stay the same but as the season progresses, they drop according to the temperature. For dome teams and southern teams with more stable climates, the ball is consistent all year. Testing balls outside insure all balls are the same PSI at kickoff and will stay that PSI longer.

  43. Oh good, as long as the billionaires are happy, who cares what the… the… the… what are they called? Oh yeah the fans! Yeah, who cares what THEY want

  44. As the saying goes, ‘When you are in a hole and your only tool is a shovel, keep digging.’

    The NFL could easily have buried this idiot issue by saying, ‘We’ve decided that QB’s can have the football at any pressure they would like’, accepting that that is what many QB’s have done anyways.

    In their somewhat finite wisdom, or probably butt hurtness, the powers that be, have let slip the dogs of capricious.

  45. While the owners are at it, can they re-affirm the rule which supposedly prohibits teams from purposefully throwing games in order to get the #1 pick like the Colts did?

    I mean, I know it’s not 0.3 PSI but allowing the Colts to be rewarded for fixing games does strike me as something a bit more serious

  46. daytontriangles says:
    May 19, 2015 8:32 PM
    How about this? Team equipment managers don’t get to touch game balls. Period.

    NFL officials will deliver “fresh out of the box” factory footballs to each team at the start of the game, inflated by NFL refs to NFL specifications.

    Let’s see how the 31 other teams complaining about the Patriots like it when their QB’s are forced to use game balls their equipment managers haven’t spent a month scuffing up to their specifications.
    +++++++++

    Considering all the rule changes that have benefitted offenses in general, and passing in particular, I would be all for this.

  47. This whole issue is not as complicated as everybody is making it. For cripes sake, in this particular instance (GAME) the ball boy was accused of sorting through a bag of balls and taking the air out of the 12 Patriot balls in 1 minute and 40 seconds in the bathroom room before walking out to the field with the bag full of the 24 balls. Could he have done that? I highly doubt it. I do not doubt that Brady has told him to make sure that the balls are at the bottom of the range and not rock hard like in the Jets game. But it doesnt matter how hard or soft they are if the referee adjusts them to the league range. I think that the whole process of handling and supervising the game balls has been too soft (joke). I would bet you that some refs just squeezed the balls and put them into the bag in some games. The whole thing is a diversion away from the mismanagement of the NFL officials ( as opposed to the team officals) and the fact that they were warned pregame about soft balls. Smoke and mirrors that is what the whole report appears to be.

  48. The Patriots. *4 time Super Bowl “winners.”

    Sorry Pathetic fans but your team has tainted their legacy. Bart Starr is better.
    Never cheated or knowing for losing the big ones.

  49. kissbillsrings says:
    May 19, 2015 10:26 PM

    If Kraft doesn’t care about us why waist the energy…
    I don’t even care at this point…
    I will not defend them to anyone that calls them cheaters again… Kraft has made that impossible for us…

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

    Strangely enough, I’ll never call you guys cheaters again. This entire quagmire (giggity) could have been avoided from the start. Regardless of what did or didn’t happen, or can or can’t be proved, this is the most overblown “scandal” I’ve ever had the misfortune of repeatedly exposing myself to. I’m disappointed (with myself) that P.T. Barnum was referring to me, and the NFL has taken full advantage. I can’t wait for the season to start, but if this is the way the game is headed, with offseason “news” being all about some manufactured controversy, I’m going to NFLAA to quit.

  50. Kraft bent his entire fan base over for MONEY….
    What a guy!!! A true billionaire at his best!!!

  51. The NFL should require the footballs to be filled with Nitrogen instead of regular air, because Nitrogen is much more stable under temperature variations. That’s why airplanes, race cars, and many passenger cars full their tires with Nitrogen.

  52. If the key is gripping the ball, why not leave off the “preservative” that is applied to the ball before it leaves the factory? It’s made of wax – which doesn’t help…

    Perhaps all balls destined for NFL play should in fact be shrink-wrapped, then opened and inflated for the game. You’ll have a tackier ball, and the inflation issue is rendered somewhat moot.

    Balls that are sold to the public or signed at shows could continue to be preserved and boxed traditionally.

    I’ve never heard this floated – I hope someone does…

    C.C. Haydel

  53. Spare us. Patriot fans don’t care anymore. If our owner won’t stand up for what he believes to be right, none of us will care either. So disappointed. Kraft, you used to be a fan. Now you are a sell out to your 31 other friends. I have no idea what you love about Goodell, but it seems to be the same “lovefest” that Dolan has for Isiah Thomas and that’s embarrassing.

  54. You mean the Pats will have to have the personal integrity to not cheat without having a chaperon standing over their shoulders every waking minute? That’s like asking an addict to guard a pile of drugs!

  55. It’s be nice if they used calibrated gauges, too. The Wells report pretty much entirely hinges on their selection of which gauge Anderson used.

    Which, btw, wasn’t the one Anderson initially said he used, but did admit there was the possibility that he used the short-needle gauge. Which is the maddening irony in this idiotic report because Anderson’s first answer carries the greater weight. Yet Wells goes with the lesser weight.

    The first gauge indicates most of the balls were up to snuff under the ideal gas law projected pressure. But if they used the short-needle gauge, they weren’t. BUT that includes 75% of the Colts footballs, too.

    Yet nobody says anything about the fact that 75% of the Colts balls, when tested with the short-needle gauge, were out-of-spec, too. Which gets it back to at least one of the two NFL gauges used by the NFL wasn’t accurate and nobody knows for sure.

  56. How about this? Who the heck cares what the pressure is? Let the teams inflate the footballs to their own preference. How could you then say any team has an advantage over another? What if the current range favors some teams over others? How is that letting each team compete at their peak? Not saying the Pats shouldn’t be slapped if they broke the rule. But this rule, like so many NFL rules (complete the process anyone?) is idiotic.

  57. largentthanlife says:
    May 19, 2015 8:54 PM

    All teams cheat. You can either accept it or remain oblivious.
    As a Seahawks fan I deal with Seadderall, Cheathawks, PEDhawks, etc. comments all the time. Are they wrong? Nope. I can rationalize that most of those players are gone now, or that most of them weren’t starters, or Sherman didn’t get suspended (on a technicality) it doesn’t change anything. The perception of other teams’ fans is the same. They don’t cheer for cheaters and I do. Same goes for Pats fans. The reality is we all do, we just don’t want to admit it to ourselves. According to yourteamcheats.com the Patriots and Seahawks are tied in the middle of the pack. Since they’re the most recent SB winners the focus is concentrated on them. In a way it’s just better if we don’t know any of that information so we can keep the delusion alive.
    Politics, business, sports, wall street, etc. The truth is we don’t want to know the truth. We can’t handle the truth. LOL
    If the lid was blown off and we had all of the information about the inner workings of the worlds’ institutions, the world economy would collapse! There would be no trust, same as the predicament the NFL now put itself in. Ignorance is indeed bliss. Too late for most of us.
    Yeah, I’ve become a jaded cynic.
    Thanks NFL.

    —————————————————-

    TRUTH! We may have beaten you in SB 49, but I can still respect you and agree with your post.

  58. realitycheckbaby says:
    May 19, 2015 10:53 PM

    bencoates57 says:
    May 19, 2015 9:27 PM

    @realitycheckbaby. Since you are limited in intellect and imagination, I will help you out. Belichick in recent years has taken to benching players when they fumble too often or in a critical situation. Just ask Stevan Ridley. Benching players who fumble reduces fumbling by taking fumbles off the field and deterring other players from fumbling. There’s an enhanced emphasis on ball security in recent years and so your theory suffers from a confound.

    You’re correct about one thing, you have to have a great imagination to “Kraft” the myriad of unbelievable excuses as to how the Pats cut their fumbling in half in one off season.

    Let’s ignore for a moment the lame idea that no coach cares about fumbling like Belichick, and just look at HIS track record as coach of the Pats.

    Between 2003-2006 the Pats averaged 1 fumble for every 44.3 plays. It wasn’t trending up during those years, and in fact in 2006 was 1 fumble for every 41.5 plays.

    Then the magic transformation. Apparently Belichick had never tried to reduce fumbles until this off season. Then it struck him that fewer fumbles “may be better” than more fumbles.

    Of course it’s also the same time the Pats got to control their own balls, but certainly didn’t start deflating them though Kraft admitted to doing so later.

    We’re all sure it’s a coincidence.

    Instead Belichick waived his magic wand and presto, fumbles in 2007 dropped to 1 for every 82.25 plays, and in fact averaged 1 fumble for every 74.5 plays ever since.

    Certainly the Pats, admitted and documented serial cheaters, including the offense of deflating the balls as admitted by your owner, never really deflated balls and cheated despite your owners’ admission.

    And the abrupt fumbling drop is more logically explained by Belichick’s sudden anti fumble awakening and magic ability to will them to an immediate 50% reduction than to the fact that deflated balls are harder to fumble.

    Does that about cover it?

    You keep posting the same thing and others have already proven you wrong, time for a new angle. How about explain all the seahawk ped violations over a 4 year period. Its more probable than not that pump em up pete knew his team was juiced out worse then a mister Olympic competition. Your team lost to the greatest franchise in salary cap era.

  59. Do you know what is funny with all of the fans that just hate the Patriots based on their own jealousy of one teams success? The constant attacks on every single thread this site puts up about the Patriots. It could be Tom Brady and Gisele having another baby but the crazy “in the basement” fans would want an asterisk next to that kid as “cheating”! Look, if you’re a football fan who can sit back and think logically at this whole fiasco then you can understand that all teams quarterbacks like their footballs a certain way. Where is the outrage for Aaron Rodgers? Brad Johnson? Peyton Manning? Stick um? Crowd noise levels? Illegal text messaging? Bountygate? PED’s? Beating Wives and kids? White Suit? Scuffing footballs/heat lamp? San Diego Chargers? Denver Broncos? NY Jets free agent tampering? (crickets) . Should I go on before you cry babies get the hint? You people are so quick to froth at the mouth when a Patriots article comes to fruition but never take a second to reflect back at your own teams issues. You never take a second to really think about a little air out of a football (arbitrary for Tom Brady) never played a factor in that AFC Championship game. Brady did better in the second half and won the Super bowl with regulated footballs against the top defensive team in football! But nooooo, they cheat. You really need your heads evaluated because anyone with a right mind would sit here and think that this whole fiasco is a farce compared to other fractions that happen and continue to happen around the league. Your jealousy is clearly noted. Thank you!

  60. What the Patriots did was so egregious and worthy of the harshest punishment in NFL history – that the league will now change the rules to allow every team – including the Patriots – to play with underinflated footballs at halftime.

    Biggest hit job ever by a bunch of weasels who can’t quite beat the Patriots on the field.

  61. dennisatunity says:
    May 19, 2015 8:27 PM
    mannynh says:
    May 19, 2015 8:16 PM
    So everytime there is found to be footballs that fall under the 12.5 psi (regardless of The Ideal Gas Law) there will be a 4 month $5 million dollar investigation resulting in QB’s being suspended for a quarter of the season?

    ________________________________________
    No. But everytime that happens, preceded by ballboys leaving the official’s area early, going to the bathroom, claiming that he went to the urinal when there isn’t one, followed by a QB who claims he doesn’t know their names but who texts them, followed by a QB who doesn’t communicate with them for 6 months followed by a rash of text messages during the next few days after they have been caught, preceded by a man who calls himself the Deflator , followed by a QB who when asked if he is guithy says, “I don’t think so”–yes every time all those things happen then yes, there should be the same punishments.
    ________________________

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO …. wait ur not supposed to talk about any of that … this is wrong … this is ALLLL wrong lol remember ignore all those facts and just bash the WELLS report and Goodell and call everyone “jealous haters” and say “ideal gas law” at least 10 times ……… WE DO NOT talk about all the other sketchy,suspicious,illegal,shady, stuf….. sheesh did you not go through the training ???? who trained you??? Bruschi???

  62. The simplest solution would be to just specify that the balls are inflated to 13.0 PSI before the game and at halftime, and expand the acceptable range to 12 – 14 PSI. That way any loss or gain of air pressure due to atmospheric conditions will not take the ball out of the rules.

  63. All of this 18th century science about gases just confuses the NFL. It is easier to just call the Patriots a bunch of sorcerers and move on.

  64. bluejay89: a 20 degree temperature drop gives about a 1 psi pressure drop. Your 12-14 range is fine as long as all football games are played at above 52 degrees and below 92 degrees.

    If you play a game in zero degree weather, the football that was 13 psi at 72 degrees will be below 10 psi at zero degrees. Try it. All you need is a football, a gauge, and a freezer. That’s the great thing about science, it’s true whether you believe it or not.

  65. Hey Pats fans, quit whining and begin apologizing.

    YOUR OWNER ADMITTED YOU CHEATED, AGAIN.

    The fumbling record proves it, something none of you can explain other than

    “we run less” 0.9 less per game

    “Belichick cares more” but didn’t care until the rule changed

    “we kneel, score, etc, more” but apparently didn’t until the rule change

    “the fumble numbers are wrong” do your own math from stats at NFL.com; the numbers are right

    Belichick, Brady, Kraft and the Patriots FOREVER TAINTED AS SERIAL CHEATERS.

    Your legacy = Lance Armstrong’s and Barry Bonds’

    Wallow in it.
    **************************************

  66. The NFL can be so odd. It’s strange that the teams were providing their own footballs to begin with–that seems like a total throwback to the leather helmet days when there was no league with any money–but it’s even stranger that the moment this came up they didn’t immediately decide the league would be providing all the balls. It’s so simple but they’ll drag this out for months working on the obvious solution.

  67. How about, at the very least, select an official ball gauge? Could you do that, please?

    ‘Bilco – The Official Ball Gauge of the NFL’

    See how easy that was? And you sold a new licensing deal.

  68. All of this talk about “Ideal Gas Law” and atmospheric effects is just a smoke screen. How do you explain using the word “deflator” to mean weight loss? Is that covered by the Ideal Gas Law or atmospheric conditions? How about bringing the big needle? Where does that fit in your scenario? How about the kicks and the signed equipment used to pay off the equipment handlers? That’s got to be ideal gas law for sure! A bunch of hot air. Explain that Pats’ fans! I’m waiting…

  69. “TRUTH! We may have beaten you in SB 49, but I can still respect you and agree with your post.”

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

    Yes, we lost. I thought it was an amazing SB that just didn’t end quite how I’d hoped. I’m pulling for a rematch in 50 so we can get our comeuppance. Either that or the Pittsburglars, we still owe them for “stealing” XL! 😉

  70. “Kraft took the high road”

    No.

    Billionaires don’t allow 20k word rebuttals released publically without their permission. So it might as well been Kraft himself that wrote that booze and hate filled comedy.

  71. I truly believe that the NFL is making way too much about air pressure in a football. We’ve already heard from current and former QBs that they like the football at different levels. So what’s the big deal? The air pressure doesn’t affect the outcome of a game. Let the QBs have the footballs inflated to their own desire, thereby no one has any advantage, if there even was one.

  72. The great thing about science is that it proves your example was little more than a poor attempt to mislead everyone else in order to further the fake story of the Pats’ innocence.

  73. seattlesue427 says: May 20, 2015 9:49 AM

    All of this talk about “Ideal Gas Law” and atmospheric effects is just a smoke screen. How do you explain using the word “deflator” to mean weight loss? Is that covered by the Ideal Gas Law or atmospheric conditions? How about bringing the big needle? Where does that fit in your scenario? How about the kicks and the signed equipment used to pay off the equipment handlers? That’s got to be ideal gas law for sure! A bunch of hot air. Explain that Pats’ fans! I’m waiting…
    ——————————-
    Ok, as soon as you explain what were the PSI of the footballs before the game? How one official found 3 of the 4 Colts balls under inflated? What page did they find that Brady ordered footballs below 12.5?

  74. Yes, seattlesue427, talking about the actual measured pressure in a football is just a smokescreen, when you are trying to determine what was the actual pressure in a football.

    I’m sure that if I hand you a football and you want to determine the pressure of it, you’d rather have my cell phone records than have an actual pressure gauge.

    makes sense

    How do you explain deflator as to a person who removes air from footballs in a sentence that says “You’d better deflate so that you can get a smaller jacket”?? You realize that this was an actual text, ignored by Wells…

  75. Okay, I’ll bite. I don’t think the game day measurements can be trusted. Too many variables. The actual game day information is wishy-washy at best. However, that game day incident is what initiated the investigation that uncovered text evidence of an ongoing scam initiated by Brady and executed by two locker room attendants. Deflator = weight loss? Reallly? That’s the best they could do? You’d have to be blind or extraordinarily gullible to fall for that load of bunk. I’ve answered your question. Now answer mine.

  76. realitycheckbaby says:
    May 19, 2015 10:53 PM
    bencoates57 says:
    May 19, 2015 9:27 PM

    @realitycheckbaby. Since you are limited in intellect and imagination, I will help you out. Belichick in recent years has taken to benching players when they fumble too often or in a critical situation. Just ask Stevan Ridley. Benching players who fumble reduces fumbling by taking fumbles off the field and deterring other players from fumbling. There’s an enhanced emphasis on ball security in recent years and so your theory suffers from a confound.

    You’re correct about one thing, you have to have a great imagination to “Kraft” the myriad of unbelievable excuses as to how the Pats cut their fumbling in half in one off season.

    Let’s ignore for a moment the lame idea that no coach cares about fumbling like Belichick, and just look at HIS track record as coach of the Pats.

    Between 2003-2006 the Pats averaged 1 fumble for every 44.3 plays. It wasn’t trending up during those years, and in fact in 2006 was 1 fumble for every 41.5 plays.

    Then the magic transformation. Apparently Belichick had never tried to reduce fumbles until this off season. Then it struck him that fewer fumbles “may be better” than more fumbles.

    Of course it’s also the same time the Pats got to control their own balls, but certainly didn’t start deflating them though Kraft admitted to doing so later.

    We’re all sure it’s a coincidence.

    Instead Belichick waived his magic wand and presto, fumbles in 2007 dropped to 1 for every 82.25 plays, and in fact averaged 1 fumble for every 74.5 plays ever since.

    Certainly the Pats, admitted and documented serial cheaters, including the offense of deflating the balls as admitted by your owner, never really deflated balls and cheated despite your owners’ admission.

    And the abrupt fumbling drop is more logically explained by Belichick’s sudden anti fumble awakening and magic ability to will them to an immediate 50% reduction than to the fact that deflated balls are harder to fumble.

    Does that about cover it?

    —————————

    So if 0.3psi of ball pressure could reduce fumbling as you claim, why do all team not inflate balls to the minimum? Who do some like Aaron Rogers actually like their balls over-inflated? Are these teams striving for additional fumbles?

    The bottom line is this has zero impact on anything. It is merely sour grapes from opposing fans who need to rationalize why the Pats continue to beat their team like a drum. Bottom line is this is a huge ado about nothing. And your team will continue to stink long after it is in our past.

  77. This wasn’t a big problem until they start allowing teams to bring and maintain there balls after brady/manning lobbied for change.

    The NFL makes it more complicated than it has to be. All the need to do is have a dozen balls total for game. The NFL supplies the balls and not the team. Balls are new and are maintained by the side judge. At halftime, balls are checked for PSI levels and adjusted accordingly.

  78. For now, the NFL needs to make the testing before, halftime and post game results all available information for each game. This became the most ridiculous story this off season that nobody even knew they would want to care about PSI in gameballs. You can’t get the public in an outrage, suspend a face of the league by calling him a cheater, dock the defending champs a million bucks and Draft picks and not think the fans aren’t going to want to know now that each game is being played with properly inflated football’s. This information has to be available for this upcoming season.

  79. Hey realitycheckbaby…

    Who is your team? I’m guessing one of the teams that is regularly beaten by the Pats?

    Maybe it’s one of the teams that has never been caught cheating…. oh wait, there aren’t any.

  80. once the officials test the balls for the correct PSI,
    put a rubber plug in the hole. Problem solved.

  81. Well at least with this “scandal” Patriots fans have proven themselves to be the most sanctimonious turd polishers, four tainted, astrisks ridden championships, money could buy. I called this days ago. What passes for Goodell’s calused portion of dangling romance is, has been, and always will be, in Kraft’s back pocket.

  82. Its all good. So we are busted for cheating. We cheated and have 4 trophies to show for it. Its too bad when teams like the Browns, Jets, and the Falcons cheat and have no trophies to show for it. Life is better with the trophies than without, so go back to “Cheating 101” and better luck next year… I mean, if you are going to cheat, make sure you win.. haha.

  83. So if 0.3psi of ball pressure could reduce fumbling as you claim, why do all team not inflate balls to the minimum?

    I’ll take a stab at it.

    First, Pats underinflated balls, not inflated them to the minimum.

    That’s per the admission of serial cheating by your owner.

    Second, other teams don’t do it because other teams don’t serial cheat.

    There’s a reason the Pats have been caught over and over.

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