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NFL officials forgot air gauges, footballs in hotel before Chiefs-Patriots

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Another year, another playoff game in New England with an unusual circumstance surrounding the footballs used in the game.

However, this one likely won’t end up with a case in the federal court system.

Scott Zolak, the former Patriots quarterback and color analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts, initially tweeted on Saturday that officials working the game had forgotten air pressure gauges and kicking balls in their hotel room and needed an escort to get them to the stadium in time for the Patriots game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Massachusetts State Police confirmed to CBS Boston on Wednesday that they helped get the missing balls and gauges to Gillette Stadium for the game.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Massachusetts State police at Logan airport were notified by the Hyatt Hotel on airport property that the officials at Gillette Stadium for that afternoon’s Patriots’ playoff game had left official, specially designated footballs and pressure gauges behind at the hotel,” Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “The hotel had been contacted by the NFL after it realized the equipment had been left behind.

“State Police contacted an NFL security official at Gillette Stadium. NFL security requested State Police assistance in bringing the footballs and gauges to the stadium. The footballs in question are referred to as K-balls, short for kicking balls. They are the official footballs provided by the league for use in kicking plays.

“A hotel employee retrieved the equipment. State Police Detective Lieutenant Thomas Coffey, who was on duty at Troop F that afternoon, along with the hotel employee, drove the K-balls and gauges to Gillette Stadium, arriving at approximately 3:30 p.m., and turned them over to the NFL.”

The officiating crew in New England was led by head referee Craig Wrolstad. The rest of the crew was compiled from various crews throughout the season.

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103 Responses to “NFL officials forgot air gauges, footballs in hotel before Chiefs-Patriots”
  1. sandypar77 says: Jan 21, 2016 1:14 AM

    Geez

  2. daytontriangles says: Jan 21, 2016 1:19 AM

    Hotel employee Tim Brody, along with State Trooper Will Rellichick, retrieved the gauges and balls and got them to the stadium.

  3. originate421 says: Jan 21, 2016 1:40 AM

    I didn’t know McNally got a job at the Hyatt.

  4. 34defense2014 says: Jan 21, 2016 1:41 AM

    Wow- only in NE, only in NE?! lol lol Scott Zolak? Isn’t he like? That Dude with the huge “Homer” tag?

  5. welltobefair says: Jan 21, 2016 1:46 AM

    Do I even need to say it….?

  6. mlvcfan says: Jan 21, 2016 1:50 AM

    Proving again how unimportant air pressure and the footballs security really is to the NFL. They didn’t care until it was about the Patriots.

  7. davikes says: Jan 21, 2016 2:04 AM

    Imagine the scene if the the hotel didn’t make the call. The kicking team lined up on the 35. The kicker giving the ref a puzzled stare. The refs huddling. Overheard – “I thought you were bringing the K balls. No, I brought the game balls. I thought you were bringing the K balls. Well, where are they?” That sudden look of shared panic.

  8. jdubs21 says: Jan 21, 2016 2:05 AM

    Wow…you just can’t make this stuff up. Get it together refs/NFL.

  9. luvdapats says: Jan 21, 2016 2:15 AM

    glad the NFL is taking the air pressure in footballs seriously #deflategatemyass

  10. thebluu says: Jan 21, 2016 2:35 AM

    When the police is doing errands to a private multi billion organization, it is time to investigate.
    Shame

  11. jxegh says: Jan 21, 2016 2:38 AM

    hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. stampnhawk says: Jan 21, 2016 2:40 AM

    *gets popcorn ready*

  13. rob704 says: Jan 21, 2016 2:50 AM

    Oh boy. Now the cheaters have the state police and the Hyatt in on there shenanigans!! Will it ever stop?

  14. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 21, 2016 2:58 AM

    ……I really can’t take another full off season of deflate gate drama…so please STOP this nonsense before it even starts!

  15. pinkpanthergrowl says: Jan 21, 2016 3:30 AM

    The hotel employee must have deflated them on the way over to the stadium. Can’t trust anybody.

  16. leftypointspread says: Jan 21, 2016 4:01 AM

    I hope they let the guys who delivered the footballs watch the game.

  17. bigjayoakersonfan says: Jan 21, 2016 4:01 AM

    It’s positively comical to read some of these overwrought statements from either agents, politicians, or in this case The Mass State Police.

    They present the situation like state or government secrets were missing and if not found, the launch code for nuclear weapons will make their way to nefarious terrorists.

    Apparently something along the lines of:”The officials left some footballs at a hotel, we were asked to help retrieve them and deliver them to the stadium, so we did” was not nearly wordy enough and not filled with enough corporate or government jargon.

    Comedy gold. All of it.

  18. themanfromtheblacklodge says: Jan 21, 2016 4:22 AM

    That doesn’t sound like something the taxpayer should really be funding. I hope the NFL reimburses the police for their services.

  19. tazman1996 says: Jan 21, 2016 4:29 AM

    Hilarious….. After all the hulabalu Roger Goodell made about that last year……. they didn’t remeber to bring the gauges? It’s amazing the League is in as good a shape financially as it is. I (don’t) hazard to say it is not because of Goodell, it’s in spite of Goodell.

  20. dandeman19 says: Jan 21, 2016 5:00 AM

    further proof of the Pats innocence the NFL is just to damn stupid to have convicted them

  21. claydefayette says: Jan 21, 2016 5:13 AM

    You can’t make this stuff up haha

  22. terrier92 says: Jan 21, 2016 5:34 AM

    As a employer I would look long and hard at a resume that came across my desk showing applicant worked for the NFL Rather than the assumption of competence my reaction would be the opposite.

  23. cross300 says: Jan 21, 2016 5:35 AM

    If this is the best of thhe best crews the nfl is in trouble.

  24. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 21, 2016 5:53 AM

    Well there goes another million and some draft picks for the Patriots.

  25. gwhite13 says: Jan 21, 2016 5:57 AM

    Best news of the week for Denver. Ed Hoculi will be the ref. Donks have not lost this CENTURY with the white hat in charge.
    Should make 345 Park ave’s jobbing the Pats easier.

  26. knowspinzone says: Jan 21, 2016 6:03 AM

    Well to protect the integrity of the game, after Ted Wells investigates, the officiating crew should be suspended for 4 games.

  27. j0esixpack says: Jan 21, 2016 6:06 AM

    Let’s remind our readers at this juncture just how gullible Goodell thinks the Patriots haters are

    In the FrameGate game last year the officials didn’t even write down psi before the game

    Goodell needs you to believe that these officials have a good enough memory to recount 24 psi readings down to a tenth of a percent – the best memory skills ever

    But then in order to find any deflation Goodell wants you to believe this same official can’t remember the easiest thing – which gauge was used

    So you if you believe Goodell not only do you not believe that cold lowers psi – you have to believe the official simultaneously has the best and worst memory of all time

    How humiliating for the haters!

  28. frenzy95 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:17 AM

    Just when we thought the last of deflategate was upon us this comes out. Enough already.

  29. rootpain says: Jan 21, 2016 6:18 AM

    Embarrassing but unfortunate human error.

  30. rutherforddabrave says: Jan 21, 2016 6:25 AM

    You just can’t make this stuff up

  31. yette1 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:30 AM

    Hold it, let me get this straight, The Patriots were docked a 1st round pick for an attendant taking footballs into a bathroom for 1 minute forty seconds, the NFL response is to not even bring the footballs with them to the next playoff game in Foxboro?

    Even Hollywood couldn’t come up with this stuff, when is Goodell resign, this is pathetic. Integrity of the game.

  32. patsfan says: Jan 21, 2016 6:33 AM

    I saw that tweet on Sunday.

    What a bunch of buffoons.

  33. nbptma1 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:48 AM

    You can’t make this stuff up Mike Kensil. What a joke. I look forward to the NFLPA using this in court in March to demonstrate what a scam Framegate was.

  34. jswheeler says: Jan 21, 2016 7:04 AM

    The over/under on Patriots haters who will turn this into a cheating scandal is 7. This comment alone will be used as proof:”A hotel employee retrieved the equipment.” and they will jump on this as further evidence that the Patriots cheat. SMH

  35. bigsimpfan says: Jan 21, 2016 7:17 AM

    More wasted money over the inflation level of footballs.

  36. alcottclan235 says: Jan 21, 2016 7:19 AM

    How can you possibly take the NFL seriously when it comes to Deflategate? These are the Keystone Cops.

  37. tweenthenumbahs says: Jan 21, 2016 7:21 AM

    Oh boy….Chiefs better see if said hotel employee stopped to pee before leaving the hotel.

  38. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 21, 2016 7:26 AM

    Kinda funny how we are hearing this now six days after the game …If the Patriots did this it would be front page news and the headliner on ESPN. The longer your in office Roger the worse you look……

  39. ohiobears says: Jan 21, 2016 7:27 AM

    How convenient

  40. Unchained81 says: Jan 21, 2016 7:27 AM

    The NFL has never, EVER, really cared about air pressure. Deflategate was nothing more than a manufactured controversy to smear Brady and NE. The absolute most ridiculous story ever. The NFL offices are a disgrace.

  41. kahnsbushymustache says: Jan 21, 2016 7:44 AM

    In a related story, the NFL announced the Super Bowl officiating crew, and Wrolstad wasn’t on it…

  42. extemporaneousexpressions says: Jan 21, 2016 7:53 AM

    Travel isn’t easy. I took 220 flights last year and trust me, it’s easy to lose things and leave things in a hotel room, an airplane, a conference room, etc.

    Yeah, we could bash Wrolstad and his crew for this, but it’s an easy mistake to make.

  43. terripet says: Jan 21, 2016 8:04 AM

    Zolack was one of the worst Quarterbacks to ever play he is even worse on the radio

  44. pensfan1 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:14 AM

    How ironic. At a Patriot’s game. And in possession of a hotel clerk.

  45. 1018cjm says: Jan 21, 2016 8:17 AM

    Chain of Custody GATE!

  46. nolasoxfan2012 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:21 AM

    It’s almost like the NFL doesn’t know what it’s doing half the time…

  47. daveydawg says: Jan 21, 2016 8:32 AM

    Further proof that the NFL is made up of bungling ——-. Oh it’s soooooooooo important. Let’s see how long it takes before we are pulling up hotel footage to make sure nothing happened with them.

  48. solo681 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:35 AM

    Another concerted effort by Goodel to take the focus off of the ‘Integrity of the Game’ and to put it on himself while at the same time feeding the weak minds of the Sheeple who follow & BELIEVE the News Media.

  49. jchipwood says: Jan 21, 2016 8:36 AM

    Always a story with the patriots. Always an excuse. Goodell may be the patriots biggest fan.

  50. castlelong1 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:39 AM

    Mike, you are a lawyer. Isn’t chain of custody kinda a big thing?

  51. blakeden says: Jan 21, 2016 8:40 AM

    Well I’m sure Godell thinks Brady broke in to the room and switched out the gauges and balls…..

  52. jeepguy81 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:42 AM

    Way to be on the ball NFL and media. It’s only been 5 days since it broke. A 1am post on profootball talk…are they run by ESPN now. Especially like hiding the post and not having it on your main page. Had to go under the New England Patriots page to see it. Media paid off by the NFL to hide stories regarding the integrity of the game when it makes the NFL look bad.

  53. dsigrey says: Jan 21, 2016 8:46 AM

    What a joke. Time for Kraft to get his 2 pick and million dollars back. The league is pathetic.

  54. patriotdynasty5 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:48 AM

    Expect loss of entire draft for Patriots because of this. Ted Wells has been called in to explain how Patriots used Jedi mind tricks. Haters proclaim “Integrity”.

  55. catfish252 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:51 AM

    I can hear the Patriot haters now, I’m sure many will feel it was done intentionally through some type of collusion.

  56. thundersnacker says: Jan 21, 2016 8:55 AM

    4 million spent to cover up that the NFL didn’t know the ideal gas law. Integrity.

  57. thundersnacker says: Jan 21, 2016 8:59 AM

    Another nice use of taxpayer money. NFL= Corporate welfare

  58. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:01 AM

    Because psi is so important, right Roger ?

    Goodell’s National Integrity League

    Goodell is vile

    Goodell and his cronies must go

  59. pwellz says: Jan 21, 2016 9:03 AM

    90 seconds with McNally is enough to assume cheating, 2 hours with troopers is s’all good man.

  60. brettfavrecellphone says: Jan 21, 2016 9:09 AM

    NFL cares so little about ball pressure.

    Except for one date, January 18, 2015.

  61. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:10 AM

    you can’t make this stuff up.

    I wonder if Mike Kensil ‘weighed’ them when they got to the Razor, just to be sure.

  62. charger383 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:11 AM

    this just keeps getting better and better

  63. zombiepatriot says: Jan 21, 2016 9:15 AM

    It’s about the integrity of the game.

  64. corporatemediaprostitute says: Jan 21, 2016 9:18 AM

    Which means the housekeeping staff deflated the balls to Tom’s liking?

  65. pfttrollss says: Jan 21, 2016 9:20 AM

    Was Tom Brady “generally aware” of this?

  66. magnumpimustache says: Jan 21, 2016 9:28 AM

    But but but…..what about the integrity of the game.

  67. magnumpimustache says: Jan 21, 2016 9:31 AM

    Pash and Wells had to discount the “Best Recollection ” of NFL referee Walt Anderson in order for the Ideal Gas Lawgate math to work.

  68. jnovi86 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:32 AM

    Ya I think it’s completely ok to sent a likely patriots fan hotel employee to just run and pick them up. That sounds like a good idea.

  69. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:33 AM

    After he retired former NFL pro bowl QB Jeff Black, who played for the Jets, Bengals, Saints, Ravens, Cardinals, Eagles and Bears admitted during a radio interview on Nashville 104.5 The Zone that he ordered ball boys to let the air out of his footballs just before the game throughout his NFL career. He played from 1992 to 2005.

    “Cause when you take the balls out of the bag, they are rock hard. And you can’t feel the ball as well. It’s too hard. Everybody puts the pin in and takes just enough air out of the ball that you can feel it a little better. But it’s not the point to where it’s flat. So I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s not something that’s not been done for 20 years.”

    The NFL never investigated any of these teams. They never fined any of these teams. They never penalized any of them either financially or by removing draft picks. No one in the sports news media has mentioned this once during deflategate yet 7 teams who are known 100% to have deflated balls are ignored.

    Integrity, right vile Goodell ?

  70. tedmurph says: Jan 21, 2016 9:36 AM

    I heard the ‘Dorito Dinks’ are now working maintenance at the hotel. Hmmmm…

  71. chaunceylabonza says: Jan 21, 2016 9:47 AM

    This is obviously Belichick’s doing.

    Everybody knows he has operatives at all the hotels.

  72. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 21, 2016 10:04 AM

    BUT BUT INTEGRITY!11!1!11!1! Hilarious.

    This league is a clown show and the reason for that is the head clown right at the top.

    A colossal failure of leadership.

    #FireGoodellToday
    #GoodellMustGo

  73. metitometin says: Jan 21, 2016 10:13 AM

    This whole thing is further proof that the bogus Deflategate circus had nothing to do with deflated footballs because every QB screws with PSI inflation, as Aaron Rodgers admitted when he said he played with over-inflated footballs, and the NFL always considered it a gamesmanship issue, not a rule.

    Except when the Patriots are involved. Then it becomes a biased sting operation. This whole thing was about Goodell wanting to show he can go tough on the Patriots, after being easy with them after Spygate, knowing it would play well with the other owners. He also wanted to restore his image after repeatedly botching issues, from Ray Rice to concussions, and he know punishing the Patriots will play well in Peoria. What he did to the Patriots was disgraceful and he needs to resign and issue the entire team an apology for making a mountain out of a molehill.

  74. frozenburritobuttsecks says: Jan 21, 2016 10:45 AM

    whats the problem?
    The state police always pick up and deliver stuff I leave at hotels for me.

  75. bigdaddy44 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:53 AM

    You can be sure the NFL will release PSI results next week if the Patriots win the AFC Championship game. All the NFL had to do to frame the Patriots again was wait until the first half footballs taken out of play warmed up for awhile before testing them. This would make it look like there was little to no change in pressure, making the Patriots look guilty with twisted information, just like the bogus Wells report. After what we’ve seen, Goodell will stop at nothing to frame the Patriots.

  76. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:18 AM

    daytontriangles says:
    Jan 21, 2016 1:19 AM

    Hotel employee Tim Brody, along with State Trooper Will Rellichick, retrieved the gauges and balls and got them to the stadium.
    ———

    something original for a change….made me laugh, and I’m a Pats fan

  77. houndofthebaskervols says: Jan 21, 2016 11:20 AM

    Well this one is clearly on the league, and its hilarious.

  78. aljack88 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:23 AM

    frozenburritobuttsecks says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:45 AM
    whats the problem?
    The state police always pick up and deliver stuff I leave at hotels for me.
    ================================
    For those of you who have never dealt with the State Police at Logan, you are missing how funny that really is.

  79. phuckauffewe says: Jan 21, 2016 11:36 AM

    Who is Tim Brody?

    A not so well hidden or clever nom de guerre of Alex Guerrero, or McNally? 🙀

  80. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:38 AM

    according to NFL rules….the officials were supposed to open the boxes of brand new K balls 2 hours and 15 minutes before the start of the game. clearly they broke this rule (that’s probably when the first realized they didn’t have them).

    Since Dean Blandino is the King of officiating….seems he should be fined $1 million for this happening on his watch. ignorance is not an excuse.

  81. eddievortex says: Jan 21, 2016 11:38 AM

    jnovi86 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:32 AM

    Ya I think it’s completely ok to sent a likely patriots fan hotel employee to just run and pick them up. That sounds like a good idea.
    _________________________________

    Did you even read the article…The state trooper that picked them up is stationed at Logan Airport! Also, how do you know that the hotel employee is a Patriots fan?

    Honestly, people who just read headlines…

  82. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:44 AM

    “For those of you who have never dealt with the State Police at Logan, you are missing how funny that really is.”

    What, you mean the guys who if you sit for more than 5 seconds are screaming at you to circle around again ?

    Or the ones that scream at you to move even when you’re actively picking someone up and putting their luggage in your car ?

  83. phuckauffewe says: Jan 21, 2016 11:53 AM

    Cheat, cheat, spy gate, cheat, under inflated balls, cheat, headphones, cheat, illegal formations, cheat, push the letter of rules, cheat, rules are changed because they cheated, cheat, steal signals, cheat, steal play books, cheat, bug visitors locker rooms, cheat, Belicheat, cheat, Asterix, cheat, Shady Brady cheat, blah blah blah.

    Now you can add Walpole Police, State Trooper and Hotelgate.

  84. j0esixpack says: Jan 21, 2016 11:56 AM

    So the proper inflation of the throwing balls is SOOO important to Goodell and the officials – and the “integrity of the game”

    … that they left not just the gauge at the hotel…

    … but the footballs too

    These owners who employ Goodell need to be forced out for “the integrity of the game”

  85. phuckauffewe says: Jan 21, 2016 11:56 AM

    “according to NFL rules….the officials were supposed to open the boxes of brand new K balls 2 hours and 15 minutes before the start of the game. clearly they broke this rule”

    Any Idea why it’s 2 hours and 15 minutes?

  86. dandeman19 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:00 PM

    lie lie lie lie whine cry
    this was a league issue the Pats had NOTHING to o with this they were even near Logan nor the hotel of the officiials

  87. dandeman19 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:03 PM

    weren’t even near

  88. mellimac says: Jan 21, 2016 12:06 PM

    Uh oh…Hotel employee retrieved them from the room? Was he accompanied to the room? Did he take a pee break? How long? Has his cell phone been subpoenaed? Did he text anyone? Any video of event? Did police drive straight to stadium or stop at Dunkin Donuts on the way?
    Many unanswered questions….rolleyes….

  89. imodan says: Jan 21, 2016 12:24 PM

    tweenthenumbahs says:
    Jan 21, 2016 7:21 AM
    Oh boy….Chiefs better see if said hotel employee stopped to pee before leaving the hotel.———–
    ————————————————–
    Obviously you assume the refs didn’t check the psi before using them in the game. A fair assumption in light of the never ending steam of evidence that the NFL is a bumbling hot mess run by puppet leaders who answer to petty, jealous billionaires. Excellent observation.

  90. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 21, 2016 12:39 PM

    So the NFL has help from,

    Wait for it,

    F Troop?

    There we were, at Gillette, Me & Roger Goodell. Shoulder to shoulder and backs to the wall. Patriots to the left of us, Patriots to the right of us.

    Wonder why this story was moved off the front page of this site before 8am?

  91. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 21, 2016 12:47 PM

    Actually the timing on this is beyond perfect. Last year’s division game vs Ravens was where the NFL official, who has been hiding out with Jimmy Hoffa apparently, was stealing k balls for personal use. This somehow got perverted into the most idiotic sequence of events in recent memory.

    But yeah, integrity & stuff.

  92. rgentrell says: Jan 21, 2016 12:47 PM

    um.

    why doesnt the NFL provide ALL the balls ?

    WHY is this even a issue ? they’re FOOTBALLS ffs.

    not exactly the most precious of commodities.

  93. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 21, 2016 12:50 PM

    phuckauffewe says:
    Jan 21, 2016 11:56 AM
    “according to NFL rules….the officials were supposed to open the boxes of brand new K balls 2 hours and 15 minutes before the start of the game. clearly they broke this rule”

    Any Idea why it’s 2 hours and 15 minutes?

    Probably for the same reason it was decided that balls need to be between 12.5 & 13.5 psi. Someone wrote it down and no one thought an=bout it after that.What genius thought that footballs could be set with a 1 psi variation?

  94. korthjw says: Jan 21, 2016 12:55 PM

    “Hotel employee Tim Brody, along with State Trooper Will Rellichick, retrieved the gauges and balls and got them to the stadium.”

    Absolutely comical! And to top it off, it was Troop F from the State Police. Do any of you old guys out there remember the show F Troop?

    You gotta be kidding me! Absurd!

  95. phuckauffewe says: Jan 21, 2016 1:17 PM

    Who could ever forget Larry Storch or Forrest Tucker.

    They had a ton of guest stars who went on to have pretty good careers, Henry Gibson, Jamie Farr, Lee Meriweather, Don Rickles just to name a few.

  96. jjackwagon says: Jan 21, 2016 1:21 PM

    Now we know the real reason the Chiefs lost.

  97. aljack88 says: Jan 21, 2016 1:24 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 11:44 AM
    What, you mean the guys who if you sit for more than 5 seconds are screaming at you to circle around again ?
    Or the ones that scream at you to move even when you’re actively picking someone up and putting their luggage in your car ?
    =================================
    Oh yea, thems the ones. I’ll forever have Terminal C Arrival pickup nightmares.

  98. lowrydin22 says: Jan 21, 2016 1:32 PM

    Hurry seize all cell phones before they’re destroyed!

  99. tootitan says: Jan 21, 2016 1:55 PM

    The state police commander who made the decision to have public servants on tax-payer’s time get involved in running errands for a multi-billion dollar private organization should be suspended.

    The NFL is like an alcoholic; as long as enablers keep covering for their incompetent performance and abberant decisions (or non-decisions), they will never change.

  100. ed2head says: Jan 21, 2016 2:46 PM

    You would think, experienced game officials could simply squeeze the balls to determine if they are suitable for play. The game has become way too technical.

  101. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 21, 2016 2:55 PM

    phuckauffewe says:
    Jan 21, 2016 11:56 AM

    “according to NFL rules….the officials were supposed to open the boxes of brand new K balls 2 hours and 15 minutes before the start of the game. clearly they broke this rule”

    Any Idea why it’s 2 hours and 15 minutes?

    ==========

    I don’t have the answer. But 2:15 before game time is also when both teams are supposed to deliver their prepared balls by. Probably so there’s enough time to check the PSI of each ball and mark them.

    Each team supplies 12 game balls and the home team also supplies 12 backup balls. the away team can also supply 12 backup balls if they want.

    so when you add the 8 K balls (for outdoor venues) that’s anywhere between 44 and 56 balls that needed to be gauged……with gauges that weren’t there until 3:30 for a 4:35 game start time.

    Since the coin toss (not flip) is supposed to happen 3 minutes before game time, that means they had 1:02 to gauge, adjust if necessary, and mark all those balls (seems likely KC would have brought 12 backups for a playoff game meaning most likely 56 balls) including the time needed to get out to the field.

    Yeah right.

  102. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 21, 2016 3:02 PM

    F Troop…..now that was a classic.

    I had the hots for Wrangler Jane back when I was 10

  103. styro1 says: Jan 21, 2016 3:45 PM

    By the way the PO was just getting off duty and volunteered to do this. He did use his state issued cruiser but they take them home anyways.

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