Pagano on deflated footballs: Didn’t notice it, won’t comment on it

AP

Colts coach Chuck Pagano isn’t talking about deflategate.

Asked today about the NFL’s investigation into whether the Patriots deflated some of the footballs used in Sunday’s game to make them easier to grip, Pagano said declined to comment.

“Did not notice, and that’s something for the league to handle. It’s not my place to comment on it,” Pagano said.

Pagano indicated that his conversations with the officials on Sunday were no different from his conversations with the officials in any other game.

“We talk, just like they talk to the officials, you have an opportunity to talk with the officials before the game about a lot of things, things that you’ve seen on tape,” Pagano said. “We talked about the formations obviously with the extra, the unbalanced stuff like we all talked about, any concerns that you might have. Everybody, every coach in the league gets an opportunity to visit with those guys before the game.”

It’s still unclear whether the Colts complained to either the game officials or the league office about deflated footballs. But it is clear that Pagano doesn’t want to talk about it.

101 responses to “Pagano on deflated footballs: Didn’t notice it, won’t comment on it

  1. This has been crazy blown out of proportion. Huge distraction with zero evidence that the patriots did anything.

    The nfl always investigates when a ball seems off. Since we never hear about it, it’s clear that most investigation don’t turn up anything. This one will probably be the same.

    This is just being reported on cause it’s the patriots

  2. 2001: Raiders choke and blame the refs.

    2003: Colts blame the Patriot DBs for playing too rough, Polian changes NFL rules.

    2004: Colts blame Patriot groundskeepers for letting the field get muddy befiore the playoff game.

    2007- forever: Spygate comes up after each Patriot win (over 100 and counting in the past eight seasons).

    2011: Ravens blame the scoreboard operator for a missed 32 yard FG.

    2014: Colts can’t stop the run and blame the ball.

  3. steelcurtainn says:
    Jan 19, 2015 8:09 PM
    Wherever the patriots are there is cheating involved. Watch out seahawks!
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    Pretty high and mighty for a Steelers fan.

  4. Colts get schooled but they can’t lose with grace and class. They have to accuse the Patriots of cheating, knowing the media and the NFL will eat it up. This is disgraceful what the Colts have done. If nothing is proven, which is likely, since I have no idea how the Patriots could get away with this, then I’d fine the Colts heavily and dock them a draft pick.

  5. And where is the article about Blandino talking about this investigation? You know, the bit about where he says it is entirely possible for the weather to affect the ball pressure…

  6. The medias agenda to go after Bill because he snubs them for TMZ type journalism…
    Sorry folks, yes the Patriot are just that good!!
    Bill & Brady own you… Time to deal with it or get some help:)

  7. Where is the discussion regarding the massively illegal hit Matthews made on Wilson, where is the 50+k fine for trying to illegally take out the QB. Way worse hit than the 100k fine levied on Suh for a similar hit.

  8. The hammer will come down on the Pats if true. It will be a crippling blow in terms of a multiple penalty of draft picks over several years. Repeat offenders are always dealt with the maximum penalty under the law. With so many questioning the league and Goodell they will make an example of Belichick.

  9. The Pats were going to win this hands down. They didn’t need to do this. And that’s the problem, why tamper with the balls. It’s so low rent of them. Everyone knew they were a shoe in. It’s maddening if true.

  10. “patsfan1820 says: Jan 19, 2015 8:20 PM

    steelcurtainn says:
    Jan 19, 2015 8:09 PM
    Wherever the patriots are there is cheating involved. Watch out seahawks!
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    Pretty high and mighty for a Steelers fan.”

    Downright lying insinuation from a pats fan. Without a shred of proof. Typical. Meanwhile, the Pats were found guilty of spying. End of story. Not that patsfan can admit to being wrong of course.

  11. LOL…this is too funny. The Patsies seem to be the only team since the tuck rule to have this kind of stuff going on with their team. Coincidence? If it quacks like a duck…….

  12. The NFL will appoint a special investigator. He will determine that 20% of the balls used in games are cheap imitation knock offs, and leak rapidly.

  13. Downright lying insinuation from a pats fan. Without a shred of proof. Typical. Meanwhile, the Pats were found guilty of spying. End of story. Not that patsfan can admit to being wrong of course.
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    Ah but I can prove it sir just ask Dr. Richard Rydze (Hgh supplying), Bill Cowher (Spygate), and periodic PED use since the 1970’s (convenient how they have the most players dead from steroid abuse isn’t it?) The Patriots are not choir boys but we certainly admit when we aren’t perfect unlike you.

  14. Brady is a great QB with a great team Gronk , Edlman and many others Wilfork (for example). I’m an Eagles fan and my 19 year old son Pat’s fan since he was 7-8 years old. He was in second grade when they beat Eagles (he liked the colors at the time). Yesterday, Great Pats game for him and me (pats my second favorite team). So Deflated Balls Contraversy STUPID !!

  15. LOL…this is too funny. The Patsies seem to be the only team since the tuck rule to have this kind of stuff going on with their team. Coincidence? If it quacks like a duck…
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    But that’s just it–they’re not. As a Steelers fan, I’ve listened to fools rant for years about guys on our Dynasty team using steroids. So? Steroids weren’t banned by the league until the mid-80s and players on every team used them. It’s called an even playing field.

    The Pats aren’t the only team that filmed signals–but they filmed after a memo went out telling coaches to stop and a disgruntled former assistant complained about it. BOOM! The scandal that will not die.

    Read up on NFL history and you’ll find stories like this involving every team in the league–all kinds of hijinks. And this isn’t the first time the refs have tossed underinflated balls from a game. You just have to wonder who made such a Big Deal out of it this time–and why.

  16. If proven false, I want a draft pick taken and large fine attached to the Colts organization for false accusations.

  17. I embrace all of this as a Pats fan. I love how the evil genius Belichick still haunts all your dreams every night. BWAHAHAHA.

    20 years from now all of this conspiracy theory stuff will be a fun little segment on NFL Films when they are chronicling the greatness of Bill Belichick. Love it! Keep it coming!

  18. Just recently Belichick told reporters to “Write what you want….it’s just a bunch of hot air anyway.”

    Well, here they are, writing about a bunch of hot air, shrinking and lowering pressure when it gets out in the cold.

    There is no doubt the media as a whole wants to tear down Belichick for not making their jobs easier.

  19. We’re the balls truly deflated or underinflated? There is a difference and it’s hard to believe the officials would not have noticed since they have to spot the ball….I’m just wondering if the media is squeezing miles out of this story than it merits.

  20. Pagona looked at an intercepted ball from Brady In The Dome earlier in the seasonand thought it was under inflated. This game is in New England in a cold rain, with a large low pressure system sitting right on top of them and the ball may be under inflated to help them in adverse weather. How did it help them in dry 70 degree indoor Indianapolis? I am sure there is no way to keep the balls perfectly inflated-unless ex Jet employee Goodell arbitrarily says there is.

  21. LOL @ Patriots fans.

    So Patriots fans don’t make excuses?

    When the Ravens beat the Patriots in the playoffs in 2009 and 2012 Patriots fans said:

    2009: Wes Welker didn’t play

    2012: Rob Gronkowski didn’t play

    (Note that the Ravens beat the Patriots 31-30 in during the 2012 regular season when Gronkowski played)

  22. ravenssb52 says:
    Jan 19, 2015 10:01 PM
    LOL @ Patriots fans.

    So Patriots fans don’t make excuses?

    When the Ravens beat the Patriots in the playoffs in 2009 and 2012 Patriots fans said:

    2009: Wes Welker didn’t play

    2012: Rob Gronkowski didn’t play

    (Note that the Ravens beat the Patriots 31-30 in during the 2012 regular season when Gronkowski played)
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    In the 2009 season the Patriots weren’t that good especially their run defense (Rice gashed the Pats defense in that game.) In 2012 in the second half of that title game the Ravens prayed on Patriots mistakes and the rivalry was made serious in terms of playoff contention. Every team has a hole fans that make excuses. Not me though.

  23. Glad to see Ravens fans still crying like their coach. Hey Steelers fans…did you enjoy watching what Legarrette Blount can do when you actually give him the ball? Enjoy the Pro Bowl!

  24. Unless helium is found in the ball after a 70 yard game-winning FG, this just seems petty. There is a range of pressure that is legal. This was checked before the game. If the Pats balls were the minimum allowable (and the Colts balls were mid-range) when checked it is not absurd that a temp or atmospheric pressure change would cause them all to drop. The Pats balls would necessarily drop below the threshold and the Colts balls wouldnt. That is not intentional cheating especially considering the balls are handled by the officials every play and are removed from the game if there is any question. Maybe they hoped there would be a drop but it is extremely unlikely any team (including the Patriots) would tamper with the balls after they were checked. Outside of any confirmed evidence of intentional tampering (video or confession) this is simply story fodder for the down time or trying to again taint the Patriots or the league office.

  25. The problem is that once you are a proven cheater, that hangs over your head for life. You lose all credibility.

    Yea, ARod only took steroids once (And I am a Yankees fan)

  26. “2001: Raiders choke and blame the refs.

    2003: Colts blame the Patriot DBs for playing too rough, Polian changes NFL rules.

    2004: Colts blame Patriot groundskeepers for letting the field get muddy befiore the playoff game.

    2007- forever: Spygate comes up after each Patriot win (over 100 and counting in the past eight seasons).

    2011: Ravens blame the scoreboard operator for a missed 32 yard FG.

    2014: Colts can’t stop the run and blame the ball.”

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    2001: Tuck Rule was extremely questionable. Looked like a fumble to me.

    2007: Biggest cheating scandal in the history of the NFL that resulted in a federal investigation and the biggest fine possible, so yes

    2011: There was supposedly an issue with the scoreboard but don’t even pretend that the Ravens blamed the loss on that. Lee Evans and Billy Cundiff lost that game for the Ravens, everyone knows that.

    2014: Did you read the same article I did? Sounds like other people complained about the ball and then the coach of the Colts didn’t really care. He’s not “blaming the ball” at all.

  27. The biggest question of all is the one no ones asking.
    Who brought the complaint to the league office and who was Kravtz’ “source”.

    Seems to me no one has the “balls” to put their face on this ridiculous “investigation”. Shouldn’t the accused have a chance to face his accuser? Who’s in charge from the league office?

    Baseless allegations from a faceless accusor. Cowardly is how I would sum it up.

  28. I can’t believe so many clueless people comment on this. It was the officials that noticed the deflated balls. They stopped play multiple times to replace them. The last time play was stopped (that I saw) the ref was pissed.

    Chances are the report to the NFL came from the officials.

    Now exactly how it happened, that may take some time to figure out.

  29. Deb might be the only rational Steelers fan on the planet. Fans like you are almost nonexistent. This ball thing is a non-story, but BB will use it as bulletin board material and a pissed off pats team will take it out on the field. I just want a good clean superbowl without controversy or bad calls. It should be a great one. Go Patriots!!!

  30. You patriot hating trolls will grasp at anything. I’m sure Blount would have not run over the Colts if the ball was properly inflated and the score would have been much closer than 45-7 if the balls were properly inflated. What a joke of a story and you trolls fall for it!

  31. finsguy says: Jan 19, 2015 10:29 PM

    Cheaters always prosper. Playing by the rules is for saps.
    _______________________

    I’m going to assume you are a Dolphins fan based on your name. Do yourself a favor and Google former Dolphin coach Jimmy Johnson. You will find that he was trained to video tape signals and did tapE signals but found they did nothing to help him. Does that make Jimmy Johnson, a former Dolphins coach, a cheater? Cowboy’s fan can ask themselves the same question if they want to make the same accusation against the Patriot’s! Bronco’s fans can’t say anything because they violated the salary cap to keep Terrel Davis on the team to win 2 Super Bowls. To all you trolls. every team does whatever they can do to win. GET OVER IT . DEFLATED BALLS RESULTED IN A 45-7 WIN, WHAT A JOKE!!!!

  32. Wait, so the argument is, “yes, they may have cheated (again), but in hind sight it wouldn’t have mattered so it is ok that they cheated?” Got it. Makes perfect sense.

  33. 2007: Biggest cheating scandal in the history of the NFL that resulted in a federal investigation and the biggest fine possible, so yes

    ok, but lets be honest… the only reason it was the biggest is because of espn and whining fans and social media. 6 plays in the first game of the season vs the jets is hardly worth the time and effort it was given. the rule wasnt enforced until 2007 so if anyone thinks the Pats should be punished for anything prior, i would want an investigation into why the Jets werent punished when they were caught taping the Pats in Foxboro during the 2006 playoffs.

  34. RE the “Spygate” defense of “Everybody was doing it” and Jimmy Johnson was ergo a cheater. Hmmm. That seems odd. If I were Belichek and Robert Kraft I sure would have made a stink about that instead of paying a near million dollars in fines and coughing up draft picks. If that were the case the league would have just said apparently teams, including the Patriots, are doing this and we need to change the rules going forward.

    Clearly the league thought the where and how they were doing it was beyond what was typically done. So much so they gave them the heaviest penalty in league history to that point and destroyed the evidence to save whatever little credibility the league had left. And Kraft and Belichek took it because they knew the league was right.

  35. About Bilichick: When a sociopath keeps cheating, even if it is for only a minuscule edge, and they almost always get away with it (except for “spygate”) they think they are smarter than everyone else and cannot stop their self. Especially when they keep reading in a fawning press how great they are!

  36. funny how the Pat defenders are out in force, just like spy gate, they have their talking points defending them before any evidence is presented….we don’t know if the Pats cheated yesterday or not, we do know there is an investigation, the last time the NFL investigated the Pats they destroyed all of the evidence and never showed the public….no way Goodell told us the truth about spygate, it was much worst than he indicated, which is why he destroyed the evidence, he had to protect the shield, a cheating scandal would have ruined the game…..one thing we do know is Belicheat has been caught cheating before, but to be honest, more power to him, he will try to gain any advantage that he can…I wish my teams HC had that type of mentality

  37. If the allowable range is 12.5-13.5 pounds psi, and a softer ball is easier to grip, then on a night like that, a smart team would inflate to exactly 12.5 pounds psi. If the Pats hit the lowest allowable point, the Colts went to the higher end of the range, and some deflation occurs naturally during the course of the game … this is all a lot of bother about nothing.

  38. The reason for the excessive punishment had nothing to do with the severity of what the Pats were doing, it was because they ignored Goddells memo for all teams to stop. Thats also why he destroyed the tapes, because he already opened up a can of worms he couldnt handle. Everyone knows there were other teams on there doing the same thing. i love these people trying to say Goodell would destroy the evidence of the very thing he was punishing the Pats for. It makes no sense.

  39. Why is it when MNF does a segment on Aaron Rodgers over inflating the ball, they laugh and call it “gamesmanship” but if Brady likes it a bit deflated, its “cheating?”

  40. I’m sorry, but wouldn’t the Colts have benefited as well if the balls were deflated? Also, judging by how the Colts receivers couldn’t catch much at all how would they have looked if the balls weren’t deflated?

  41. It will be a crippling blow in terms of a multiple penalty of draft picks over several years

    They’ll still beat your team more often than not, only now you’ll have this to use as a denial tactic to make yourself feel better.

  42. Mike Tomlin stands on the field and obstructs a punt returner: Crickets chirp.

    The Colts get blown out 45-7 and blame the Patriots using a ball that was underinflated: PFT explodes in indignation.

  43. Ok so now the rationale is the Patriots were severely punished is because they ignored the memo to stop. Hmm. So that means everybody else stopped and they didn’t. Soooo everybody wasn’t doing it. At least weren’t still doing it.

    The reason for destroying the tape was….he (Goodell) had already opened to big a can of worms? Destroying the tape so nobody could see what they were doing makes is less of a can of worms? That makes sense.

    Again if it was a big MEH and the league was unfairly coming down on them both Kraft and Belicek would have pitched a fit. Belicek got fined a quarter of his annual salary. Kraft lost a first round draft pick. Yeah I’m sure they were cool for getting that shafted to them for doing exactly what everybody else was doing.

  44. jtfergu, each team is given 12 balls to rub up however they want. they are then filled by a league source and handed to the refs. What someone is saying, is somehow they think the Pats went in without anyone noticing them and let a tiny bit of air out of a few of the balls. that what people really think. lol. im serious. 🙂

  45. The reason for destroying the tape was….he (Goodell) had already opened to big a can of worms? Destroying the tape so nobody could see what they were doing makes is less of a can of worms? That makes sense.

    —-

    he leaked part to his wife at Fox first. If he wanted to show everyone he was in charge, he couldnt show tapes with teams doing the very thing he claimed he was punishing for. that would be absurd. What then, take picks away from everyone?

    oh, and the punishment was a 2nd round pick, first if they made playoffs.

  46. Must be exhausting being a Cheatriot fan. Always having to defend the antics of Belicheat. If they win in two weeks its reasonable to assume it was also from some form of cheating. Once a cheater always a cheater…take a nap…you need it..

  47. Everybody on here acts like there team is more special. No team is perfect. All teams get wronged or get caught doing wrong. If your team cheats then own it, embrace it and always expect your wins to have an asterik next to it, to remind everybody that you cheated. From video taping not only signals but also opponents practices, to microphones in opponent locker rooms, to PED/drug abuse, to paying players to take out the QB, to players killing players in accidents and still playing…Quit acting like everybody needs to forget about it or that it is OK or other teams did it first…you are going to hear about it, be ready for it and embrace it, afterall your wonderful team did do it. NFL players/coaches are held to a standard and need to be held responsible. Never will it be ok to cheat. No fan should want there team to get an unfair advantage to win a game. Hell thats why we have all these rules clogging up the game and turning this game in to the BIG JOKE that it is. Its not even a game anymore…

  48. All of this has been orchastrated by a drunken drug addicted sore losing silver spoon fed owner of a team who just got spanked: Jim Irsay

    Words out. Colts fans should be embarressed by him (again). I actually like Pagano. Too bad he has to work for a drug dealing snitch. How do you think he wound up with no jailtime. Wasn’t lawers, he snitched on his dealer and now he wants to come after Kraft and BB?

    #Classlessdrunkanddruggedsnitch

  49. Actually it was first if they made the playoffs, second and third if they didn’t. They made the playoffs so it was a first. and don’t minimize the huge fines on both Belicek AND the Patriots, a total of $750,000. The highest fine on a coach prior to this in league history? $100,000.

    And no, he wouldn’t “take picks from everyone” He would at first fine a lot of teams very heavily and reiterate the memo. Use your head. If I am the Patriots and get punished that heavily for the same thing everybody else is doing I certainly would have made a stink.

  50. I love how everyone here is calling us “Patriot haters” as if we would be absolutely fine if someone else was cheating.

    RE the previous comment on Tomlin, it wasn’t crickets. Tomlin was fined $100,000 even though the Ravens won the game. It was considered taking draft picks from the Steelers as well but they didn’t.

    If anything this should give you an indication of how much more agregious the league felt Belicek’s cheating was.

  51. The news reports here are that after D’Quell Jackson’s pick, he told Pagano he believed the ball was soft. Pagan then contacted the front office, which complained to the league. That is what prompted the delay when the Refs wanted to switch balls, the ball boy had no reason to expect the change, and had to be alerted. If these news reports are true, Pagano lied today, most likely so he didn’t look like the ass Harbaugh looked like last week. He probably regrets he fell for the stupidity of the challenge, and as of right now, he is getting off lightly. These balls were handled on every single Patriots offensive play by a minimum of two referees. Had there been a problem, it would have been noticed. If Pagano did spur this, he needs to be called out for lying and being such an idiot ala Harbaugh. That is in addition to the embarrassment of his team being crushed and him being made to look like a fool by the greatest coach in the history of professional football.

  52. Why do the Patriots feel the need to cheat all the time, all the refs calls go their way anyway!(NFL makes sure of that) Bill Belechick is a scumbag and all these analyst are always praising the guy.

  53. The only people, that don’t hate the Patriots, are TV analyst, and people who live in New England!

  54. jojobop says: Jan 19, 2015 9:14 PM

    LOL…this is too funny. The Patsies seem to be the only team since the tuck rule to have this kind of stuff going on with their team. Coincidence? If it quacks like a duck…….

    ——————–

    Really?! Isn’t it amazing how everyone has already forgotten about Bountygate? I mean, when a person pays another person to injure a third person, it’s a crime. Yet, when a coach does it and gets caught, then gets punished, people act like the league is a bunch of biased jerks who don’t want to let football be the violent game it is (and hoe everyone does it anyway)… and that in the midst of a huge lawsuit against the league by former players who think they were unfairly endangered.

    But, when the Patriots get caught breaking what amounts to a really minor rule (that everyone else was breaking as well) with little consequence on the game, people continue to bring it up 8 years later. And they sight it as proof that the Patriots MUST have cheated and deflated the balls, when there is no evidence it was even intentionally done by ANYONE.

    Can we please have a little perspective? Yes, the Patriots got caught breaking the rules 8 years ago. Since that time, there has been no evidence they have continued the practice, or cheated in any other way (and their win percentage has improved, even if they did lose 2 Super Bowls). In the meantime, teams continue to steal players from them through tampering that never gets punished (that would violate a number of contract laws and have a significant impact on the game as a whole, but “everybody does it”), and other teams have already been forgiven for much worse forms of cheating.

  55. finsguy says: Jan 19, 2015 10:48 PM

    Wait, so the argument is, “yes, they may have cheated (again), but in hind sight it wouldn’t have mattered so it is ok that they cheated?” Got it. Makes perfect sense.

    ——————-

    No, Dolphin fan, you missed the point. The point is that up until this point, there has been NO compelling evidence that ANY cheating occurred at all. If it was any other team than the Patriots, this would not be a story. But because the whole “Patriots are cheaters, eight years after that one time” bias is in full swing, evidence of cheating is not really relevant to the story. Those of you who want to believe that Patriots cheated will never accept any evidence that no cheating happened (not that it is easy to prove that something that didn’t happen didn’t happen). One Indianapolis area reporter who didn’t understand why a play was delayed while the refs switched out a kicking ball for the Patriots to begin offense tweeted a message suggesting the refs may have done so because the Patriots cheated. What more evidence do you need that they DID cheat? A Colts fan with a voice and some frustration says it is so…

  56. once a cheater always a cheater. You Patriot fans need to understand one thing and one thing only!! Perception is reality. How one views you is reality. The Pats got caught cheating “spygate” even if it they were innocent they still got fined lost a draft pick and is now in the history books, as a result, any infraction will be looked at with spygate in mind. That is the Pats legacy you will always be looked at with scrutiny. I think it is a shame because you guys have had some really great teams through the years and did not have to cheat to win but the perception is you did cheat and therefore the asterisk will always be by your superbowl wins and stats. It is the reality of 31 other teams regardless of what you all think or say to defend. The only way you gain any credibility is let BB go and win one without him. The team is good enough to do so. Remember your legacy is cheater not multi Superbowl dynasty winners like you think you are. I am not saying this to be a hater or that I am jealous or just trolling. Perception is reality!!!

  57. The best response was from Edelman: ” The balls felt fine to me”.

    If they didn’t the ref can and should have change them up. By my recollection, that happened once with the game well in hand. According to Blandino, it is not unusual for a ball to be removed from play.

    Alas, losers always look for someone else to blame.

  58. Pagano claims that he “didn’t notice” this? Really? It’s now being reported in the Boston Globe that the Colts reported this perceived “issue” to the league during the game. And this report came from the Colts sideline. But Pagano claims that he didn’t notice? Get ready for a 85-7 score next time these two teams meet.

    Also, Arron Rogers has openly admitted that the Packers over-inflate their balls because that’s the way he likes them. No investigation there, even with a public admission by Rogers.

    The league can avoid all this silliness by supplying all of the game balls to both teams an hour before game time.

  59. hairpie2 says:
    “The reason for destroying the tape was….he (Goodell) had already opened to big a can of worms? Destroying the tape so nobody could see what they were doing makes is less of a can of worms? That makes sense”.

    Hairpie doesn’t want to mention or conveniently forgets that the NFL offered to return the tapes to the Patriots. The Patriots response was to (basically shove them up your ass) do what you want with them. The league had no use for them after the investigation, so THEN they were destroyed.
    Also, D Jackson supposedly noticed the deflated ball after his interception. By taking it off the field (showing off his big Whoop) and giving it to his equipment manager instead of to the referee negates the whole validity of the deflated ball theory. The Indy sideline could have tampered with the ball before “noticing” any discrepancy. The fact that Pagano says he didn’t notice anything makes this story even more of nothing more than a feeding frenzy by the media and all the haters.

  60. This statement by Pagano contradicts the latest story that just came out that says the player gave him what he thought was a deflated ball after he picked off Brady and the Coaches turned it over to the league. Sour Grapes

  61. The air in the balls wasn’t going to change the outcome, but whether you like the Patriots or not, you absolutely cannot do that.

  62. It has now come out, that the complaint came…after DeQuell Jackson int. He said something to equipment manager, then….Grigson and Irsay called NFL offices.

    So they took some balls away to test….Funny though, after that ..Brady & Patriots went on a 31-0 run.

    The Colts are like the sissy who watches an adult movie,,and wishes he was a big guy…serious envy going on. Tough to be ugly step sister.

    In fact..alot of NFL teams and fans watch Patriots…and wish they had that..Right jet, dolphin, viking, redskin fans?

    Little guy syndrome

  63. For all the blind lemming patriots fans:

    1) if there wasn’t legs to this do you think the NFL would leak info and acknowledge an investigation? The last thing they want is this hanging over their biggest money maker game of the year.

    2) the final score does not matter. If the patriots did this then they did it before the game started not knowing what the outcome would be. So please stop using that as an excuse.

    3) Id love to see the science behind ball deflation due to weather, the next biggest patriot fan excuse….hopefully sports science can take it up bc I highly doubt (though I don’t know) that a ball being exposed to cold and rain for say 5 total hours could deflate during the game.

    4) if the balls were given to refs with less pressure then it’s gamesmanship I can deal with. If they were somehow taken during the game or after the refs had them and checked them, and then deflated, that is outright cheating.

    5) I swear patriot fans are only telling themselves they can win this Super Bowl to feel good about it. Your getting the #1 defense and a better defense than last years when many said it last years was an all time great. Brady can’t take pressure and the seahawks are going to punch him in the mouth just like the Giants did, twice. Can’t wait to see gronk get shutdown as well.

  64. “Pagano didn’t whine like Harbaugh” ? As soon as he heard about it he call his GM who immediately called the league. No wonder he doesn’t want to talk about it. Trying to save his own a$$ after a 45-7 beat down. Man up!

  65. .
    fanfrommontreal says: Jan 19, 2015 8:04 PM

    The balls are handled by the officials on EVERY play. Give us a break.

    _____

    and the refs removed an unusual amount of deflated balls…

  66. I wonder if the Colts are still pumping fake crowd noise into their stadium to interfere with teams trying to legally run an effective offense. that’s about the most despicable thing ive ever heard of a team doing.

  67. Are you haters retarded only one ball was taken from the game go back and watch it, and even after that the colts still couldnt score but new england did, they beat the colts earlier in the season 43 to 22 let me guess those balls were deflated also, and I dont recall any nfl officials saying that they were guilty yet so hold your tongues until then…..

  68. molder1019 says:
    Jan 20, 2015 11:39 AM
    Are you haters retarded only one ball was taken from the game go back and watch it, and even after that the colts still couldnt score but new england did, they beat the colts earlier in the season 43 to 22 let me guess those balls were deflated also, and I dont recall any nfl officials saying that they were guilty yet so hold your tongues until then…..

    haha…so you went back and watched the entire game, with a custom camera shot that only focused on the ball boys and the balls in play, to verify that only ONE ball was taken from the game…..right….

  69. bspurloc says:
    Jan 20, 2015 9:35 AM

    and the refs removed an unusual amount of deflated balls…

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    Really? Where did you get this tid bit of news? What’s an “unusual amount” equate to? Do you know how often this happens on average?

  70. Someone is lying…

    Asked today about the NFL’s investigation into whether the Patriots deflated some of the footballs used in Sunday’s game to make them easier to grip, Pagano said declined to comment.

    “Did not notice, and that’s something for the league to handle. It’s not my place to comment on it,” Pagano said.

    Official story here:
    “When Jackson returned to the sidelines after his pick, he gave it to a member of the Colts equipment staff, who noticed it felt under-inflated.

    The equipment man told coach Chuck Pagano, who relayed the information to General Manager Ryan Grigson, who contacted NFL director of football operations Mike Kensil, who told the officials on the field at halftime.”

  71. Who cares if it is true. The Colts had one of the best ever in Manning. Hey gets hurt, hes nearing the end of his tenure so they conveniently suck bad enough to get the first pick and take a future all time great. Stop whining. You had no problems tanking for draft picks but youre going to complain about the air pressure in footballs.

    SMH

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