Report: NFL to test PSI at halftime of today’s game

AP

The NFL finally will know what happens inside a football during games played in extreme cold. Whether the rest of us find out is a different question.

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that the NFL will implement its random PSI testing protocol at Sunday’s Seahawks-Vikings game.

The procedure entails testing all team’s footballs at halftime, taking them out of service, and finishing the game with the backup balls, which then will be tested after the game ends.

Given the conditions and the application of the Ideal Gas Law, the footballs likely will be well below the mandated minimum of 12.5 PSI. The NFL admitted within the context of the Tom Brady case that it was not aware of the reality that, when footballs are taken into the cold, the air pressure shrinks like a frightened turtle.

The league has been randomly testing PSI throughout the year. It has not committed to whether any of the numbers will be publicly released. It’s safe to say that today’s numbers may never be voluntarily disclosed.

It’s also safe to say that 11 0f 12 footballs will be at least two pounds under 12.5 PSI. Possibly, 12 of 12.

101 responses to “Report: NFL to test PSI at halftime of today’s game

  1. Trust nothing that the NFL does. I’ll only trust the results from an independent lab not on the NFL payroll.

  2. They’ll probably say they complied just to stiff the pats. Only the NFL can repeatedly ignore science when it serves their interests.

  3. really…..25 below wind chill.

    -3 degrees

    the balls are freaking rocks and probably can’t lose pressure

    do it from 70 degrees indoors to 40 degrees in rain fools

  4. I’m sure they won’t find anything today. New England doesn’t play till next week.
    #taintedtitles

  5. By putting the replacement balls in play the NFL mitigates any need for speed. They can take as much time as they want, allow the balls to warm up as much as they want. These results will be exactly what they want them to be.

  6. This is the problem with today’s society. The people in charge of most things think they are ‘educated’ because they have some Arts degree. Arts degrees are like participation trophies. To get one all you have to do is show up. It does not make you smart.

  7. In 2015 NE again had the fewest turnovers in the league.

    Where are all the people we said the Patriots had the fewest turnover in the NFL because of under inflated ball?

  8. coloradical420 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 1:49 PM
    You only have to do that in NE- Home of the cheater.
    ==================================
    ….and how’s your team’s salary cap?…. the real numbers..
    Colorado – home of the cooked books

  9. The NFL will manipulate the results. They will bring the balls inside, let them warm up a bit, and then test them. It wouldn’t surprise me if they take their time with it and do it during the second half. It won’t in any way replicate what they did with the Pats’ balls, but the NFL will act like it’s the same. Then, they will release extraneous information, like that they kept the balls and they returned to normal PSI within a short while after the game (duh!). In other words, they will throw mud on it, especially if it confirms basic physics.

    It’s impossible to see the NFL league offices in any but the most cynical light.

  10. jmscooby says:
    Jan 10, 2016 1:41 PM
    As a Bears fan living in NE, I would then ask…
    Why are the Pats still giving up their 1st round pick???

    ——–

    they arent…. it was stolen.

  11. BTW- I wonder how long it will take for some so called sports journalist to ask Roger exactly what the Pats did to require them losing their first round pick.

    Now that they should have the evidence to prove that nothing happened that night, it will seem awfully petty, small, and malicious, to take away their first round pick for no reason.

    BTW- If you want to get an idea of HOW badly the NFL has slipped in the last year, think about this. Greg Hardy and Vonte Burfict are the new “faces” of the NFL, while Tom Brady is its villain. How sick is that.

  12. It’s amazing that some posters do not understand the science of physics. A physics law that was discovered in the 1700’s. Sure hope these same posters are not reproducing, don’t need any more ignorant people in the world. Seems like we have enough ignorant people based on the people who still don’t Believe pressure drops when it’s cold.

  13. What we know about DeflateGate:
    1) Goodell lied
    2) Vincent lied
    3) Pash lied
    4) Wells lied
    5) Exponent lied
    6) Grigson lied
    7) Ravens lied
    Only Tom Brady demanded to be questioned under oath.

  14. Don’t worry ! Chris Mortenson will report from his “trusted’ sources that 11 of the 12 balls had no change in their PSI measurements.

  15. How many times do you have to be caught cheating before your fan base realizes their team/coach/owner/qb is a cheater?

    Answer is at least more than two.

  16. Why does ESPN know this, but NBC who is broadcasting the game not?

    Why doesn’t NBC have a camera watching the testing?

    NBC, owned by Comcast can tell the NFL to go pound sand

  17. jchipwood says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:10 PM
    How many times do you have to be caught cheating before your fan base realizes their team/coach/owner/qb is a cheater?

    Answer is at least more than two.
    ———————–
    Those in Pittsburgh and Denver would sure know.

  18. Does this mean that the Vikings & Seahawks will also lose their first round draft picks?

    #integrity

  19. A pressure measurement is meaningless without the ball temperature as well.

    Teams can have the ball boys tuck them up under their shirt to keep them warm (see Steve Young on PTI last week).

    Assume that happens, then the pressure reading would be artificially high as compared to the prediction from air temperature alone. The NFL would assume that confirms Tom Brady ran a scheme to tilt the game.

  20. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:16 PM
    Second report: Pats fans will try to make this about themselves and their team even though the psi of balls in this game has absolutely nothing to do with them or their team.

    __________

    Dude, really? It has EVERYTHING to do with the Patriots (first round pick), Brady (his reputation), Kraft (his money) and their fans (vindication). Get your head out of…the sand.

  21. The PSI will be lower in this game to extreme cold. The cheats were deflated footballs in nowhere near the extreme temperature of this game, as well as in domes and sunny stadiums. Anyone who doesn’t believe this to be true are in denial and in need to medication.

  22. Chippy you seem confused. It’s the Dolphins who were caught cheating multiple times not the world champion patriots. Maybe you forgot when miami tampered to hire Shula & lost a first round pick. Or when Miami was named in a lawsuit by former players who were forced to take painkillers. Or when the 2006 team purchased tapes of NE & players boasted that was why they beat NE 21-0. Or when in 1983 Sula refused to cover the field to slow down the Jets. Or when Jimmy Johnson admitted he videotaped opponents signals, the same thing Bill did. It’s still allowed only from a different area of the field.

  23. The science deniers are out in force today.

    I expect when you get on a plane you’re praying the engine elves have enough magic pixie dust so the plane will make it all the way to the destination.

    And the article should have ben titled “NFL to test PSI levels at half time and conceal or alter the results”

  24. “the balls are freaking rocks and probably can’t lose pressure

    do it from 70 degrees indoors to 40 degrees in rain fools”

    Thanks for exposing your scientific ignorance.

    This is all about heat transfer: the less heat the leather vault (the football) has, the less heat the gas inside of it has. This is significant because heat is a dependent variable for air pressure; this is due to the molecular structure of mass – including gasses.

    As an object’s molecules start bouncing off each other more rapidly, increasing their speed, the object’s heat increases as well; this relationship can also be explained in the opposite.

    Think of water and it’s different forms. At its hottest, with its molecules moving as rapidly as possible, water becomes vapor; a gas. This is because it is difficult for the molecules to retain one cohesive form.

    As the water gets colder, it retains more of its form and even visibly adopts the form of whatever container is housing the liquid.

    Finally, at its freezing temperature, the molecules essentially are at a standstill; this is when it becomes solid ice.

    One last thing to help you understand this: when you put food in a microwave, the food is pelted by microwaves. When the molecules are contacted by the EMF of the waves, they begin to bounce off each other, thus heating up your food.

    Now, to address your initial proposition: the balls are DEFINITELY losing PSI. True, the LEATHER ITSELF toughens up as it gets colder, but due to the molecules of air inside the vault moving so slowly (i.e. not rapidly bouncing off the internal portions leather and “pushing” it outwards to give the ball its form), the ball will get flatter and flatter, preventing you from really noticing the increase of firmness for the LEATHER ITSELF.

  25. “How many times do you have to be caught cheating before your fan base realizes their team/coach/owner/qb is a cheater?”

    The Pats hav been caught exactly once with a camera out of position by 30′.

    Whereas the Dolphins have a long and storied history of cheating going back to Coach Shulacheat being fined and the Fins losing their first round pick because they were complicit in tampering to steal him away from Baltimore.

    There are numerous other examples of the Fins cheating on record as fact, but like all the other Pats haters, you deny the factual evidence and act like they never cheated.

  26. chipwood says:Jan 10, 2016 2:10 PM

    How many times do you have to be caught cheating before your fan base realizes their team/coach/owner/qb is a cheater?

    Answer is at least more than two.
    _______________________________________

    How many times can the Haters make false accusations without providing any proof? Give us some proof!

    False Accusations against the team that continually beats you = Crybaby Soup

    Proof = Credibility

    Here, I’ll show you…

    Patriot fans can prove that the Patriots won last year’s Super Bowl under the most heightened game day security of all time. See?

    Now you try to earn some credibility…Crickets!

    It all falls apart for the Haters when they are asked to provide proof of their crybaby accusations.

    Kiss The RingS!

  27. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:24 PM
    The PSI will be lower in this game to extreme cold. The cheats were deflated footballs in nowhere near the extreme temperature of this game, as well as in domes and sunny stadiums. Anyone who doesn’t believe this to be true are in denial and in need to medication.
    ================================
    The PSI will be in the 9s today. Nobody is claiming it was that low in Foxboro.

  28. Though it would be interesting to know the NFL’s results, can’t someone just bring some footballs to the game and run the test themselves? If it makes that much of a difference whether the ball is used in the game or not, then what about all the actual balls that didn’t make it into play by halftime vs ones that did? If the testing method makes a difference in such a way that the NFL would get different results than anyone else with a pressure gauge, then how would you expect teams to get the testing right? I really don’t understand why anyone with time and a hundred bucks can’t run this test themselves.

  29. “Minnesota is too stupid to cheat!”

    Actually they were caught red handed on national TV last year during a cold weather game heating the balls with the sideline heaters.

    The league felt this blatant violation of league “integrity” deserved only telling them not to do it again.

    NFL double standard
    Goodell’s National Integrity League
    Goodell is vile
    Goodell must go

  30. luckyforus says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:14 PM
    Listening to Cheatriot fans whine is like listening to habitual criminals blame the system.

    Liars figure and figures lie.
    ______________________________________

    Says the person whining about the Patriots from the Loser’s Circle…

  31. If the NFL provides the results, but declines to tell us how long they waited before testing in the warmer officials locker room, that’s all we need to know.
    Full disclosure of the process, including names of those reading the gauge, or don’t even bother…OK?

  32. Old accountant joke
    First applicant for entry level accounting job is asked “How much is 2 plus 2 ? “answer 4 -interviewer yells next/
    Second applicant is asked the same question and answers 4 and again interviewer yells next
    Third applicant is asked same question only this time the reply is—Sir ,what would you like it to be and them the interviewer yells I guess we found are new accountant.
    While the NFL/ Brady judgement is being appealed there is no way any data will be released that would favor the Pats

    No data, No fine
    return the picks
    Roger the dodger must go.

  33. I’m most interested in who had control of the footballs pre-game. Wouldn’t be surprising if the NFL over-inflated and then understates the beginning PSI. Got to have truthful PSI numbers before they were taken to the field.
    If everything was done proper, there is zero chance the NFL leaks the halftime and after game numbers.

  34. Wow a “random psi protocol,” eh?

    Add that to Brady’s legacy… which includes:
    -tuck rule
    -videotaping signals
    -tampering with headsets
    -not hitting qb low
    -stealing playbooks
    -resetting play clock by mimicking the ref
    -a change to tackle reporting eligible
    -getting a suspension overturned by a judge who vacations with your team’s ownership

    I’m sure I forgot something or things. GOAT, my arse!

  35. The only way Goodell releases the results – which independent scientists have already predicted could be as low as 9 psi – is if he falsifies the results to prove that the Laws of Physics do no apply to the NFL

  36. 315 judge an: just because you write it DOES NOT make it true !!
    All you need to know is Tom Brady is the 4 time super bowl champ! No other QB has brought his team to 6 Super Bowls & won 4 in the past 15 years! He is the greatest ever!

  37. 315judman says: Wow a “random psi protocol,” eh?
    Add that to Brady’s legacy…
    I’m sure I forgot something or things. GOAT, my arse!
    ——————————–

    Um – yeah – you forgot to use your brain

    -tuck rule: The Bill Polian led Competition Committee confirmed the tuck rule was called correctly. The rule remained on the books, utilized frequently, for the next 13 years

    -videotaping signals: nothing illegal about that. The NFL allows it from many locations but not the sidelines since 2006. Exactly WHY do YOU think coordinators of all teams cover their mouths?

    -tampering with headsets: headsets have gone bad in numerous non-Patriots games this and other seasons. Smarten up son, and use Google

    -not hitting qb low: Blame Peyton for this rule – but that’s fine if you’d like to watch NFL games with 3rd string QBs

    -stealing playbooks: You’re confusing other teams with this like the Bears and other teams that have been actually spying since the 1950s

    -resetting play clock by mimicking the ref: Apparently you think Belichick can do Jedi Mind tricks

    -a change to tackle reporting eligible: All legal – with the opposing team fooled even when the Refs told them what was happening.

    -getting a suspension overturned by a judge who vacations with your team’s ownership: Huh? Are you talking about the Party where Giants owner John Mara hosted Judge Berman? Funny how you avoid the legal issues in the case which were a slam dunk win for Brady

    Fans like you make it impossible for Patriots fans not to feel mentally superior to all other NFL fans

  38. davemc617 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:32 PM

    “the balls are freaking rocks and probably can’t lose pressure

    do it from 70 degrees indoors to 40 degrees in rain fools”

    Thanks for exposing your scientific ignorance.

    This is all about heat transfer: the less heat the leather vault (the football) has, the less heat the gas inside of it has. This is significant because heat is a dependent variable for air pressure; this is due to the molecular structure of mass – including gasses.

    As an object’s molecules start bouncing off each other more rapidly, increasing their speed, the object’s heat increases as well; this relationship can also be explained in the opposite.

    Think of water and it’s different forms. At its hottest, with its molecules moving as rapidly as possible, water becomes vapor; a gas. This is because it is difficult for the molecules to retain one cohesive form.

    As the water gets colder, it retains more of its form and even visibly adopts the form of whatever container is housing the liquid.

    Finally, at its freezing temperature, the molecules essentially are at a standstill; this is when it becomes solid ice.

    One last thing to help you understand this: when you put food in a microwave, the food is pelted by microwaves. When the molecules are contacted by the EMF of the waves, they begin to bounce off each other, thus heating up your food.

    Now, to address your initial proposition: the balls are DEFINITELY losing PSI. True, the LEATHER ITSELF toughens up as it gets colder, but due to the molecules of air inside the vault moving so slowly (i.e. not rapidly bouncing off the internal portions leather and “pushing” it outwards to give the ball its form), the ball will get flatter and flatter, preventing you from really noticing the increase of firmness for the LEATHER ITSELF

    Perfectly explained. The reason they aren’t trying long field goals is because that frozen shell doesn’t contain enough pressure to create the necessary force. Its been deflated by nature.

  39. mmack66 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:01 PM
    Kensil is ready with his scale.

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

    whys that, is irsay stopping over? oh never mind, PSI, lol. forgot.

  40. mmack66 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:01 PM
    Kensil is ready with his scale.

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

    whys that, is irsay stopping over? oh never mind, PSI, lol. forgot.

  41. Those balls will be significantly below 12.5 PSI.

    That is not debatable.

    If you deny that or try to claim otherwise you are either extremely stupid or trolling.

    Have a nice day =)

  42. getting a suspension overturned by a judge who vacations with your team’s ownership

    You are a LIAR.

    You people really are a trip. Just make crap up, throw it against the wall enough times, and other people will see the lie and repeat it as fact.

    It really is mind boggling how many things you people will just create out of thin air and report as fact.

    Kraft and Berman do not know each other, let alone vataction together. This is like a game of telephone for gods sake. Berman and Kraft both happened to be at a massive party in the Hamptons, hosted by a third party, and literally met and spoke for about 20 seconds.

    FACTS MATTER

  43. dynastypats says:
    Jan 10, 2016 1:54 PM
    In 2015 NE again had the fewest turnovers in the league.

    Where are all the people we said the Patriots had the fewest turnover in the NFL because of under inflated ball?
    ————————————————————————
    2014 play per fumble 41.11
    2015 play er fumble 27.5

    WE ARE ALL RIGHT HERE!

  44. I apologize for repeating my comment to a previous report on this subject, but if you read the NFL’s new ball testing procedure, there is no recording of:
    1) Air temperatures in the locker rooms or outside on the field!!
    2) Any other climatic info such as atmospheric air pressure, indoors or out, rain, humidity, dew point…
    3) How much play a ball gets, or if it gets wet, stays in bag etc.
    4) How long each ball is allowed to warm up for before testing!
    In short, none of the factors which exonerate/explain deflation. What did you expect?

  45. This will never end for you, pats fans. When tommy is inducted into the HOF their will be signs in the crowd that read ****. You will have to defend him forever… or until the pats suck again and you will likely move on to another team.

  46. “2014 play per fumble 41.11
    2015 play er fumble 27.5

    WE ARE ALL RIGHT HERE!”

    ANOTHER LIAR

    This is just too easy.

    Total fumbles per game 2015: 0.9

    Total fumbles per game 2014: 0.8

    Run along, junior =)

  47. 315judman says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:45 PM
    Wow a “random psi protocol,” eh?

    Add that to Brady’s legacy… which includes:
    -tuck rule
    -videotaping signals
    -tampering with headsets
    -not hitting qb low
    -stealing playbooks
    -resetting play clock by mimicking the ref
    -a change to tackle reporting eligible
    -getting a suspension overturned by a judge who vacations with your team’s ownership
    _______________________________________

    Same old accusations, but no proof.Whose the crybaby now? Spoken like most of the uninformed Haters. Just because ESPN reports it doesn’t make it true. Let’s break it down so maybe even you can understand…

    * Tuck Rule – Rule made by NFL, not the Patriots or TB. In place BEFORE the Raiders game. It’s the Patriots fault that the league had a rule in place and followed the rule? Strike One for you…

    * No hitting the QB low – Also a rule put in place by the NFL to protect ALL QBs, not just TB12. If you have a problem, take it up with NFL Strike Two.

    *Tampering with headsets – Another accusation -Site your Proof. Crickets! Strike Three.

    *Resetting the Play Clock – Your are really reaching. Patriots don’t control the play clock. Take it up with the Refs that are hired by your hero Roger. Strike Four.

    * Change to tackle reporting eligible – Rule changed because the Ravens were upset and couldn’t figure out what the Pats were doing WITHIN the established rules. (Now it’s the Patriots fault if they fallow the rules and other teams can’t figure it out?) Strike Five

    *Getting a suspension overturned by a judge who vacations with your team’s ownership – Wrong again. Kraft talked with him at a party ONCE, after the trial. Strike Six.

    Changing the rules after the fact because your team couldn’t figure it out or didn’t like it, is more of a Crybaby negative on you/your team than on the Patriots…Nice try though…

    Oh yeah, don’t forget to add Four Time Super Bowl Champ to TB’s Legacy!

    Kiss The RingS!

  48. “This will never end for you, pats fans. When tommy is inducted into the HOF their will be signs in the crowd that read ****. You will have to defend him forever… or until the pats suck again and you will likely move on to another team.”

    And you’ll still be the FLAMING ANONYMOUS INTERNET LIAR in your mommy’s basement.

    Cheers =)

  49. “I spend hours upon hours of my life on the internet lying about a man that I hate, and will continue to do so for many years to come! nanner nanner boo boo!!”

    – 315judman

    Sweet life you got their big guy. LMAO

  50. Pats fans, no need to argue with these trolls. All they do is read headlines and are brainwashed by the NFL. Who cares what these idiots think. Just check the record books and see what it says for SB victories. These trolls have no facts, no class and most likely root for a losing team. Check out myteamcheats.com and see what all these other so called clean teams have done.

  51. The liars and cheaters are the other 31 owners who know darn well that goodell has stolen the number one pick illegitimately.

    If the other owners wanted an even playing field they would postpone the penalty until further study or court ruling.

  52. Not only is Mr. Coloradical420 blatantly lying. His numbers are not even close to correct.

    2014:

    offensive plays – 1073
    total fumbles – 13

    or once every 75 plays

    2015:

    offensive plays – 1050
    total fumbles – 14

    or once every 82 plays

    Statistically negligible and wholly irrelevant.

    Poor, poor hater. What’s it like lying through your teeth and being blatantly wrong all. the. time. ?

  53. 315judman says: This will never end for you, pats fans. When tommy is inducted into the HOF their will be signs in the crowd that read ****. You will have to defend him forever… or until the pats suck again and you will likely move on to another team.
    ————————————————

    You are absolutely right

    There’s apparently a lot of people out there who failed 7th grade science. It’s amazing you folks can get by on minimum wage jobs.

    We Patriots fans have always understood our responsibility to use our intelligence to help others – and we’ll certainly do our best to help the mentally challenged get by in what must be a very confusing world for them, what with theses “Laws of Physics” and all

    These are the same folks who marvel that planes can stay in the sky, having no idea “what keeps them up”

    It’s important to show compassion to them. It’s not their fault – they’re not ignorant – they just lack the Intelligence to understand simple things like “why your tires deflate in the winter”

    It’s kindof sad really

  54. 315judman says:

    Jan 10, 2016 3:24 PM

    This will never end for you, pats fans. When tommy is inducted into the HOF their will be signs in the crowd that read ****. You will have to defend him forever… or until the pats suck again and you will likely move on to another team.
    _________________________________________

    Great! When you guys get there, look for the roped off area that says, “Loser’s Circle & Internet Trolls”. We’ll all stop by and laugh…

    Socrates ~ “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

  55. jchipwood says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:10 PM
    How many times do you have to be caught cheating before your fan base realizes their team/coach/owner/qb is a cheater?

    Answer is at least more than two.

    7 92
    Report comment

    How many excuses do you have to make as to why the champs own your team? U r pathetic, but keep fighting the good fight 😂😂😂

  56. trevor190 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 1:48 PM
    My guess is that in extreme cold weather the PSI will drop. I only wish there was some science to back me up on this.
    ——————–
    Classic!

  57. “2014 play per fumble 41.11
    2015 play er fumble 27.5

    WE ARE ALL RIGHT HERE!”

    I just cannot stop laughing at this. And I will continue posting about it until Coloradical420 conjures up the stomach to come eat some crow. Where’d you go fella?

    According to your numbers the Patriots had 38 total fumbles this year.

    Are you just really bad at math or do you just enjoy being a pathological liar?

  58. cb3313 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 4:18 PM

    Socrates ~ “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”
    —————–
    BINGO!

  59. coloradical420 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 1:49 PM

    You only have to do that in NE- Home of the cheater.
    ___________________________________
    Colorado is in your name so you must be a Denver fan. No salary cap cheating, Shanahan hiring lip readers to steal signals, players putting vaseline on their jerseys going on in Denver??? Typical jealous hating HYPOCRITE.
    Face it haters, the reason the NFL won’t release PSI figures is because it would show that deflategate was a frame job. I hope the Patriot’s play the PED led Peyton Manning’s (wife) in the championship game. I enjoy watching Peyton pee his pants in a big game. I’m sure you hypocrites would agree that if Brady’s wife received HGH, you would ignore it like you have done with Petyon! NO WAY HYPOCRITES

  60. I love it that these stories bring out the whiners, with the endless excuses for their teams getting their arses handed to them by the 15 year New England juggernaut and TB12, the GOAT.

    Keep it coming, girls…as long as you fail to realize how much we love your bitter jealousy, the bigger this smile gets. Watching you devote your lives to this hatred is the sweetest answer to the dry decades of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s I could have hoped for. And it’ll be even more fun when your kids and mine talk about the nearly unbreakable records of the best QB in history. Just a little food for thought…how much do you hear about Montana’s best receiver, Rice, and his stickem stories? Or the countless stories of other greats who actually DID stretch the rules in countless significant ways? Exactly. You don’t hear them…that’s the way it works. So, keep up the wishful thinking brain giants, but Tom Brady will be held up as a football god, for generations. By YOUR kids and theirs. Too bad you can’t know what this is like.

    Enjoy the quilting club, ladies…I’ll be watching my team roll on through the playoffs. Again.

  61. Temperatures were historically cold in Minneapolis for the NFC Wild Card Game between the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, and ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported before kickoff, citing “an NFL security official,” that the league was concerned about the conditions causing the pressure of the balls to drop below 12.5 PSI.

    To combat this, referees reportedly will replace all footballs at halftime with backup balls that had not yet been subjected to the frigid climate.

  62. 315judman says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:45 PM

    Wow a “random psi protocol,” eh?

    Add that to Brady’s legacy… which includes:
    -tuck rule
    -videotaping signals
    -tampering with headsets
    -not hitting qb low
    -stealing playbooks
    -resetting play clock by mimicking the ref
    -a change to tackle reporting eligible
    -getting a suspension overturned by a judge who vacations with your team’s ownership

    I’m sure I forgot something or things. GOAT, my arse!
    _________________________________

    Thanks for the great laugh you gave me.

  63. nepatriot1 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:17 PM
    jchipwood says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:10 PM
    How many times do you have to be caught cheating before your fan base realizes their team/coach/owner/qb is a cheater?

    Answer is at least more than two.
    _____________________________

    Yet, you can’t name a single instance! Funny how we only hear from bandwagon fans that have no allegiances. They like the logo, or the uniform. They don’t follow football.

  64. @joesixpack:

    I have to correct you on the low hit rule…it was not Peyton that lobbied for that, but the NFL made that change when Carson Palmer got hit low in a playoff game vs Pittsburgh when he was still with the Bengals,(1st play of the game if I remember correctly)…I believe it’s called the “Carson Palmer Rule.”

  65. bostonpatriots1stfan says:
    Jan 10, 2016 9:50 PM

    @joesixpack:

    I have to correct you on the low hit rule…it was not Peyton that lobbied for that, but the NFL made that change when Carson Palmer got hit low in a playoff game vs Pittsburgh when he was still with the Bengals,(1st play of the game if I remember correctly)…I believe it’s called the “Carson Palmer Rule.”

    After Palmer’s knee injury, the NFL’s rules committee changed a preexisting rule that prohibited defensive players from hitting a quarterback at or below the knee, with the only exception being that they were blocked into the quarterback. the rule was changed in 2006.

    Guess both of you are right!

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