Report: Colts told NFL of inflation concerns after November game vs. Pats

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One of the key moments of “Deflategate” came when Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter of Sunday’s AFC title game in Foxborough. Per multiple reports, the ball was deemed to feel a little light, and from there, the NFL got involved.

However, a published report Wednesday says the Colts’ suspicions about the inflation of New England’s footballs date back at least to the regular season matchup with New England on November 16.

And again, an interception — two of them, actually — was the catalyst.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts notified the NFL about potential under-inflation after safety Mike Adams picked off Brady twice in New England’s 42-20 victory.

In both cases, ESPN reported, Adams took the ball to the sideline as a memento, then gave it to the team’s equipment staff.

It was then, ESPN said, that the inflation of the footballs came into question.

As with the playoff matchup between the clubs, the Patriots were the far superior team in the November meeting. Moreover, the only three turnovers forced by the Colts in these two games came on the interceptions of footballs that purportedly did not feel right.

Nevertheless, we now have another data point regarding the Colts’ curiosity about the Patriots’ footballs.

235 responses to “Report: Colts told NFL of inflation concerns after November game vs. Pats

  1. hahaha New England Atericks..the best Super Bowl*** winning team that every lived.

    League letting Kraft/Belicheat/Brady do what they want as usual.

  2. LOL the guy probably sleeps with the ball every night because Tommy touched it!!

    Jealous!

    I think all the other fans in the league should wear the Jet’s colors next year because you’re all GREEN WITH ENVY!!

    GO PATS!!

  3. Does anyone really feel this is the only 2 ways Bill is cheating? Either he cheats a lot, and has gotten caught just twice… Or he’s a really bad cheater who gets caught 100% of the time.

    I saw Pats players running wide open in that game and Colts WR’s were blanketed and facing perfect play calls.

    Tapped headsets perhaps? Hard to prove and very advantageos. Wouldnt put it past them

  4. Sounds like the Colts were doctoring the balls and Brady was throwing picks. Just like pumping fake crowd noise into the stadium. Colts cant be trusted.

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

    Is this guy just lying? I just don’t get it. Not that I think the Colts are at fault here but why not just come out and say “we thought the Patriots were using non regulation football, so we had the refs/league look into it?”

  6. I don’t know how everybody can be so sure that the Patriots were the far superior team? If they were intentionally deflating the balls, then obviously they felt like it was giving them an advantage, right? Why else do it?

    But the media and fans are saying, “Come on, it’s not even that much of an advantage!” Of course it is! Why else would they do it?!

  7. Question, if you have aces up your sleeve while playing poker but you never needed them because your luck was good that day, is that still cheating? Thumbs up for yes, down for no.

  8. This makes Steve Young’s remarks even more justified. He said, “Deflated footballs will not decides who wins or loses.” The suspicion is comes off THREE interceptions. Obviously, it didn’t help Brady that much. As Young said, “It still depends on the QB getting the ball to the right spot; being accurate.” This is all just so stupid.

  9. I’m pretty sure it started after the Patriots got killed by the Chiefs……..for some reason, Brady looked the difference between night and day after this game. Brady is a liar and a fraud and the Patriots as a whole organization are not any better than Pete Rose or Lance Armstrong.

  10. Does the road team bring their own ballboys? If not, I’m confused how exactly the Patriots would have pulled this off in a road game.

  11. People need to stop looking at the final score and whether the deflated balls would have made a difference. We know the Pats still would have won, but the bigger issue is how long have they been doing this and getting away with it? It sounds like this definitely wasn’t the first time…

  12. If it’s okay for Aaron Rodgers to openly say he goes right to the limits of the inflation standards on the football and hope he doesn’t get caught…

    Or for the Vikings and Panthers to mess with it on the sidelines…

    Or for Brad Johnson to pay for it to be done in the Superbowl…

    Or for Eli to grease it up in _clear violation_ of the rules (and have the NYTimes report on it)…

    …why isn’t it okay for the Patriots to also toe the line?

    Oh… rrriiiiiiigggghhttttt…. because it’s the Patriots. Sorry. My bad.

  13. So if the Referees were aware of this allegation before the playoff game why were they not more vigilant in checking the balls??

    Oh that is right, the NFL referees are incompetent.

  14. The NFL has to send a strong message here. This is ridiculous. They are spitting in the face of fair competition. Please stop using the final score or inserting other athletes names to somehow make this seem okay.

    This team and coach now have a very long track record of cheating when it should be about their accomplishments.

    I have no interest in the Super Bowl at this point.

  15. Gee, inflation in both instances came into question only once the Colts equipment manager touched them? Doesn’t this at least raise the question as to whether he tampered with them in any way/shape or form?

    Easy solution. NFL should have the balls under supervision of league appointed resource, the balls should be in a locked case with a camera on it at all times. And you have to have clear chain of possession of each ball at all times.

  16. So the NFL had information about a team possibly cheating and did nothing really to address it?…. And it occurred again?… That’s par for the course.

    I guess someone in the league office must not have gotten the message (or video).

  17. We are now going into the realm of science to solve this issue.

    As someone else pointed out, the difference of temperature from inside (70) to outside (51 at kickout and less at halftime) would have brought the balls psi down by at least .4 psi. Also add in the fact that it was raining and the ball was wet, which would also play a huge factor.

    Its not unfathomable to think that a ball at 12.5 psi goes down to 10.5 psi.

    Unless the NFL can find someone on the sidelines via tape that was deflating the balls then I don’t see how anything coming from this.

  18. Says the team who turns up the temperature and pipes in noise in the cushy dome….on to Seattle, sore losers.

  19. Could this explain the sudden turn around in Brady’s performance early in the season? He is getting old, lost a little arm strength, grip? When your qb loses that, adjust the air pressure in the ball to account for his loss of ability? Sounds plausible on the surface.

  20. So the ball didnt make a difference in the Aff championship game. But if they have been doing it all season (and probably previous seasons), it very well could have made a difference in some of their close games.

    They got home field advantage this year because of a tie breaker. Who know how any of their previous games would have played out if both teams played with the same balls.

  21. I think the Colts are just making stuff up at this point. Still think the Pats under-inflated the balls, but the Colts didn’t suspect a damn thing in November.

    No way Belichick gets suspended, guys. Most that will happen is that the poor equipment manager gets canned.

    Oh, as much as it sickens me to say it, the Pats will still blow the doors of the Hawks. Book it.

  22. Can we change the name of this whole thing to “ball-gate”? It just seems to roll off the tongue better.

    In other news, I heard the exchange between Belichick and the press this morning was a little testy.

  23. Goodell the Grey Wizard is very angry! Belicheat is one of his mongrel servants who is trying to put one over on him. The question is: will daddy Kraft come to his rescue again?

  24. I call BS!!!… If that was the case they would have checked at the start of the game….Why didn’t the officials who touch the ball after every play catch it then and during this game??…

  25. And an important data point it is. Maybe. But why have only the Colts been victims of this alleged tactic? The Colts, a team the Patriots are vastly superior to. Why only them?

  26. Since Belicheck continues to cheat, he should be banned from the league. It’s b.s… I don’t want to keep hearing about what a genius he is. he’s the only coach i’ve ever seen in my 30 years watching football to be accused of, and caught, cheating – twice. C’mon Rog, it’s all about the integrity of the game right?

  27. If they really went to the league after the first game and it took until halftime of the playoff game (and only after the Colts complaining about it yet again) to catch it, you have to question whether the NFL was just looking the other way hoping nobody would notice.

  28. I actually like Belichick despite being a Ravens fan. But this guy is always at the center of some cheating scandal.

    I would rather my players have off field issues then my coach discredit the game. Football is sacred.

  29. Everyone seems to be pointing to the Colts games as if that’s the only time the Patriots may have deflated footballs. In both cases, the deflated footballs were NOT the reason the Colts lost.

    But how many other much closer games were decided by a catch or two which might not have been with properly inflated footballs? We’ll never know.

  30. This may be drastic, but they need to DQ the Pats. Any fine or draft picks will simply be “the cost of doing business” in the Pats eyes.

  31. 45-7. It wasn’t the footballs.

    The NFL needs to make quite a few adjustments. A key one would be to keep an officiating crew together in the post-season.

    Both sides played with the same footballs? Or just one side?

    Do the balls need to be in the ref dressing room pre-game, and brought out by them? Much ado about nothing.

    OT rule is stupid. The point of going to OT, one presumes, is that both teams will be allowed to try and score. If only one team is going to be allowed to do so with the current rule, then settle the game at the coin flip.

    Love to see this one: one completed FG per team per quarter; no attempts allowed in first OT. Settling games and ending drives from 50 yds away is not what the game was supposed to be about.

  32. That game was played in Indy, meaning the balls were controlled by an Indy employee. I’m beginning to wonder if Jim Irsay is somehow behind all this is and it’s some kind of payback scheme for all the embarrassment BB has caused him over the last 15 years.

  33. It’s funny watching all these patriots fans try and make up these sorry excuses. “We would have won anyway”- yes that’s true, but it also completely ignores the fact that you cheated. Whether it helped you or not is a moot point. It also proves how low your team is willing to stoop to win. If they did it this once who knows how long it’s been going on. Do you really think they did it this one game, one in which they were heavily favored at home? “Everyone is doing it”- yet nobody else had been caught recently. Pats fans are delusional. Typical pats fan logic is to just call the person a hater and bury their head in the sand. Perfect formula for most awful organization in sports; a colossal prick for a head coach who cheats to win, a crybaby QB who also cheats and scoffs at any criticism from it, an owner who turns a blind eye and has his commissioner friend destroy evidence, and an illogical, obnoxious fan base that refuses to look at facts.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

  34. “Doesn’t this at least raise the question as to whether he tampered with them in any way/shape or form?”

    Only if you somehow believe the Colts could identically doctor 11 of the 12 Pats’ balls during the actual game, in full view on the sidelines, without anybody from the Patriots noticing.

    Or you could go with the much more reasonable explanation which would be that the team that actually had full access to the balls hours before the game did it.

  35. You may say deflating the ball didnt imapct the final score.

    That doesnt matter. They INTENDED it to impact the final score. And that has to be severely punished. They got home field advantage this year playing with superior balls compared to their opponents.

  36. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the Patriots – or at least some members of the Patriots – are at fault. I think the league will have no choice but to force them to surrender draft picks.

  37. The NFL drops the hammer on the likes of the saints and ray rice but will be surprisingly lieniant on the pats again for getting caught cheating. I don’t think it’s a surprise what teams and owners have the most say in the league. So in this instance there should be no surprise – there is no such thing as “fair” from the playing field up to the highest level. A terrible year for the nfl continues

  38. I don’t know how everybody can be so sure that the Patriots were the far superior team? If they were intentionally deflating the balls, then obviously they felt like it was giving them an advantage, right? Why else do it?

    Haha, really?

    The Patriots beat the Colts this year by a combined score of 87-27!!!

    87-27!!!!!!!

  39. I’m not even sure why this is worth discussing. If the issue was sorted at half time and the beating got worst isn’t this a non issue. Maybe the colts should have stayed quiet and the beating wouldn’t have been as bad. It was like AP working the switch on his kid out there. WHOOPING!

  40. The extent of Belichick’s cheating is just starting to come into full bloom. I heard he cheated the Geico Gekko and got his players 16% off car insurance. He cheated Pizza Hut into giving them four pizza for regular price, five bucks, five bucks, four-fifty. He cheated Ronald McDonald into putting three all-beef patties onto his Big Macs. The list goes on.

    When will it end? The man must be stopped.

  41. Draft picks are not a big penalty for a team that picks 31-32. Ban them from post season play like the college game.

  42. The best part of this is what’s happening now. Everybody’s paranoid and is positive that they’ve been cheated by the Pats.

  43. You Pats fans are absolutely delirious!!! It’s a shame as I know some quality fans of your worthless franchise but the vast majority of you are all cut from the same cloth as Wild Bill!!! Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt!!!

  44. So despite the league being aware of an “issue” they still allowed it to happen anyway… lots of holes in these leaks…lots. I am not saying they did or did not do something wrong here but this does not all add up.

  45. Again, this is franchise the proudly celebrates cheating. They have the snowplow from the 82″ playoff game hanging in the stadium for Pete’s sake!

  46. Belichick provides too much entertainment to the game….he cant be suspended. Just take the 1st and 2nd round picks from the Pats and call it a day.

  47. The colts need to figure out how they bring their JV team to the same level as the pats and close the gap between the two teams rather than worrying about the pressure in the footballs…

  48. The little secret the NFL does not want out is that they have let this go on for years, simply turning their heads. It is widespread. Why does each team use their own ball for offense? Because different qbs like the balls inflated differently.

  49. If this supposedly happened in November and the Colts went to the league where is that investigation?

    Why didn’t the Colts leak that story to Bob Kravitz like they leaked the latest story?

    The Pat’s might have got caught, but no NFL team or fan should be throwing rocks in glass house. This isn’t a one team issue.

  50. I have also learned that Tom Brady DOUBLE KNOTS his cleats!!!! Everyone knows that this is ILLEGAL!!!

    Either that or everyone is just jealous!!

    GO PATS!!

  51. In another month Roger Goodell will address the media saying “I’ve never heard anything about deflated footballs”

    In two months an independent investigator will look into this matter

    In four months the independent investigator will find that Roger Goodell is telling the truth and did nothing wrong despite all current news and speculation telling us otherwise.

  52. Speaking of data points, the supposedly unbiased Indianapolis reporter who “passed this along” has also been demanding that Belichick be fired on twitter. It’s almost like losing to the Patriots by 20+ points every time bothers him.

  53. Do any of you moronic boneheads know the Stats from the first half and the second half? So you say an inflatable ball makes it easier for one to pass/catch? Then why were the numbers lower in the first half compared to the second half when the balls were repumped up?

  54. Their whole regular season and playoff record has to have an asterisk beside it.

    Like someone said earlier, they’ve been caught a couple of times, but how many times have they cheated?

    God only knows.

  55. Has anyone won a Super Bowl fair and square in recent history? I’m beginning to really doubt it.

    This type of team/coach behavior, and not player trouble with the law and the cover-ups/punishments that follow, is what’s causing me to lose faith in the NFL.

    There is simply no place for cheating in sports.

  56. Oh the balls were deflated then too? Well I guess that explains Jonas Gray running for 201 yards and four touchdowns. Air taken out of the football causes defenders to not tackle. Stupid

  57. Indy fans keep blaming the reason why the pats thrashed the colts is because of air pressure in a football.. Your team will never close the gap with the pats.. Instead of blaming the colts poor performance on air pressure get better players

  58. They got home field advantage this year because of a tie breaker.
    ===

    Let’s game that out with the Pats 11-5, with the loss to the Broncos. The WC round goes the same. Baltimore goes to Denver and probably wins because Peyton was just that bad. Colts go to NE, get stomped like they always do. Baltimore goes to NE for AFCCG. Pick em game like it always is.

  59. Can we take it down a notch with the calls to suspend/fire Belichick? No one has proven anything – let the investigation conclude. Even if it turns out that Belichick “ordered the code red,” so to speak, the league’s guidelines for punishment of ball tampering mention a $25K fine. So, it’s not as if the league is very concerned with ball inflation. If they were, why would they give the balls BACK to the teams AFTER they were certified?

    Let’s talk about REAL cheating, like the Seahawks leading the league in PED suspensions during the Pete Carroll era.

  60. Can you imagine what the fallout would be if this was the Seahawks or the Packers in a close game like that? This is getting attention, but less attention because of the score of the game.

  61. I shouldn’t go here, but Marshall Faulk is still absolutely convinced that the Pats taped the Rams final walk through before the SB.

    His evidence is the fact that the Rams came up with a goal line play specifically for use in the game which they only practiced during the walk-through. It was from a formation they hadn’t used during the season, so the Pats shouldn’t have been able to prepare for it.

    However, when it came time to execute the play in the game, the Pats D appeared to recognize the formation and were able to stop it.

    Maybe it’s just sour grapes on Faulk’s behalf, but I don’t know . . .

  62. Janay Rice was much more important than teams cheating, so the NFL had to back burner the evidence in novemeber.

    Pats are conducting an official in house investigation to find out who screwed up and left that one ball in legal condition….

  63. So, I guess this means Brady cannot play his best if the balls are properly inflated. This should bode well for the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. The balls in SB XLIX will probably be tested and retested numerous times.

  64. Certainly the Pats deserve blame for what they did here, but why in the world did the NFL take ownership of providing the kicking balls and not the rest of the balls? Seems like a dumb decision to me. Too many people touch these balls.

  65. Would people stop comparing this to Sean Payton and Bountygate… That was players being paid to hurt other players. For a league ‘concerned’ about player safety battling an image problem with the health of retired players, you had to treat that as harshly as possible. This is the air pressure of a football. Most former players have said this is much ado about nothing. Is it wrong, yes. Should they be punished, yes. Should they be fined and lose a pick, sure… year suspensions and bans are completely overkill.

  66. Can we please stop propounding that the colts would’ve won if this didn’t happen?

    The point that the pats may have cheated is even more important when you consider they didn’t need to do it to win the game, which suggests it is habitual…

  67. It’s not “piling on” when it’s numerous acts of cheating.
    Strip them of all their draft picks for 2015. Oh, and force Bill to have to wear a suit on the sideline for an entire season.

  68. Haters now upset that there weren’t enough video cameras inside Gillette to spot someone messing around with the game balls. Truly funny.

  69. Pats fans:

    “Why aren’t we talking about Rodgers, etc. etc.?”

    Catch them, and we will. This whole thing is stupid from the top down. Take the teams’ involvement with the game ball. If they cant get by without scuffing, cooking, inflating/deflating the ball, that’s their problem.

    “But they curbstomped the Colts! It doesn’t matter.”

    Yes they likely still would have beaten the Colts. Badly. But what about the Ravens game last week?

    And it’s not just about throwing and catching. I imagine Vereen, Blount and Gray have an easier time tucking and holding on to a deflated ball when running.

    If they did it Sunday, and perhaps in November, you’re going to tell me they only decided to do it against a team they were probably going to beat anyway?

  70. So, this story tells us that if Brady’s balls were inflated to the correct level he wouldn’t have thrown those interceptions. Then the score would have been even more lopsided. Poor losers, those Colts.

  71. peymax1693 says:
    Jan 21, 2015 12:50 PM
    I shouldn’t go here, but Marshall Faulk is still absolutely convinced that the Pats taped the Rams final walk through before the SB.

    His evidence is the fact that the Rams came up with a goal line play specifically for use in the game which they only practiced during the walk-through. It was from a formation they hadn’t used during the season, so the Pats shouldn’t have been able to prepare for it.

    However, when it came time to execute the play in the game, the Pats D appeared to recognize the formation and were able to stop it.

    Maybe it’s just sour grapes on Faulk’s behalf, but I don’t know . . .
    ……..
    Even then, the accusation was about taping defensive plays….which would help pat’s offense, not hinder the Rams offense.

  72. The dirtiest most corrupt professional sports league in the world.

    Even fake professional wrestling is less corrupt than the NFL.

  73. To the idiots who think the Pats did this, you are a naive bunch.

    The Pats didn’t know anything about it. The money bags in Vegas set this up. The mob is buying off football.

  74. crazy thing is the Pats didn’t need to.. but have been cutting corners forever. Great team.. but tainted nonetheless. Queue the Boston fans… 3 2 1…

  75. Pats fans like to point to the games that they destroyed the Colts and say it doesn’t matter. How about the game against the Ravens. That was a very close game. Do you really think they only deflated the ball against one team?! PATS ARE CHEATERS!

  76. Poll:

    Down: Patriots cheat because they are afraid they aren’t good enough
    Up: Patriots cheat because they want to run up the score and their stats

  77. It is a little-known fact, that technically speaking the Patriots never actually violated the letter of the law in Spygate. This is not my opinion, but comes from a series of three articles, which I will cite here: ‘The NFL is full of legal spy tactics, but sources say only the Patriots are known to have used illegal videotaping procedures.’ By Jeffri Chadiha, ESPN.com, Sept. 13th 2007; ‘After the big meeting, five things we learned about Spygate: The Patriots got their just desserts for stealing signals. But Matt Walsh, the media and even the Rams share responsibility for Spygate,’ By John Clayton, ESPN.com, May 13th 2008; ‘Seven years later, Spygate continues to haunt Roger Goodell,’ By Jon, Wertheim, Sep. 17, 2014

    1) BB thought it was perfectly legal to tape a team signals, providing they were not used during that same game. That’s how the spcific wording was in the rule book. Clayton reports that, ‘Goodell said he didn’t agree with Belichick’s position that the taping of coaches’ signals during games was legal. Goodell got an admission from Belichick that the Patriots taped signals since he took over as a head coach in 2000. Belichick thought he could tape signals as long as he didn’t use the information in the same game.’
    2) Because the Pats would only use the taping it if they were going to see the team again that same year, they had virtually no film of any NFC team, or most AFC teams that they either did not meet that year, or if they thought they would not see them again later in the year. Per Wertheim, who reported this.
    3) The practice of stealing signals was ubiquitous in the NFL, although it was not done through videotaping primarily. Chadiha quote an NFL executive in this context, “There isn’t a team in the league that doesn’t try to steal signals [but] I haven’t heard about teams recording footage like the Patriots were…But you can bet everybody is trying to steal in some way. In fact, you can go to any NFL game and you’ll find some coach whose sole job is to look for defensive signals.”
    I think the facts as they were documented at the time establishes a great deal of hypocrisy of the fans of other franchises. The chances are pretty strong that your team was stealing signals too; they just weren’t doing it through videotaping. And Bill Belichick did not actually think he was cheating, according to the strict letter of the law. This might have some bearing on the present situation. Billichick will take the letter of the law and push it right against the legal line, but he’s really not been documented as stepping over that line. A case in point is the recent Ravens game. The four-man formations were perfectly legal, but they also were unconventional and unused in the pro game until now. Considering that Bill Belichick doesn’t have a documented history of actually cheating in terms of the letter of the law, and deflating the balls to the degree they are claimed to have been deflated would be a violation of the letter of the law, I think it is very presumptuous to believe that he ordered this to be done. In fact, I think it’s highly unlikely that anyone in the organization in terms of the upper echelon would’ve thought this was a good idea. Perhaps some low-level functionary, or the ball boys, may have been involved, providing that atmospheric conditions are not to be blamed (again provided that the reports are true that 11 of 12 balls were found deflated). And today the Panthers punter reported that the same thing happen with the balls that he used to kick with in Charlotte, in almost nearly exactly the same weather conditions. He claims that the air pressure simply deflates out of the ball in this kind of weather. I can’t say that I know that’s true or false, but I think it’s worth considering.

  78. I d be embarrassed to be a colts fan. What a bunch of whiners. Every team does it. Deal with it. Can’t handle getting their butts kicked times 4 and counting

  79. Belichick has been caught cheating and accused of cheating on multiple accounts. He’s a sketchy guy to say the least, GREAT COACH, maybe the best, which is what makes his cheating ways so sad.

    Payton was suspended for an entire year for being unethical, his team hasn’t ever been caught cheating.

  80. Did anyone actually think this was the very first time they had tried this? In the AFC Championship game? Child, please.

  81. Even cheat tri ot fans are struggling to defend the continuous string of deception by their organization. The question now becomes “what else” is there to be uncovered? Not looking good. Could we need yet another asterisk if they beat the Seahawks?

  82. Has anyone interviewed Bob Kraft? He’ll have Secret Service type protection from the media in Glendale. Or he’ll get the flu and have to miss the game. I’m sure he’s been on the phone with his bud Roger to figure out how to make this go away. Again.
    At some point the Pats owner has to do the right thing and blow up his from office and coaches to get a tiny bit of credibility back.
    Don’t hold your breath.

  83. Tom Brady*
    Bill Belicheat****

    …public perception of these two is now offcially set and I’m lovin’ every minute of it as Ive been wanting payback for the Tuck Rule since that Saturday night of December 2002.

    Now with this and Brad Johnson? Let it all out boys the truth will set you free…if Goodell doesn’t lay down a hammer punishment (Super Bowl Ban and one season ban for second offense on Belicheat) then Goodell should be found guilty and wanton as well.

    Sorry Pats fan. The truth hurts and karma is a…

    “Tainted lloooveee whooaaaa tainted looove!”

  84. We can’t be mad at the Patriots. We simply can’t. Why is it that we expect them to suddenly become something they are not? It’s not like there is rehab for cheating sports franchises, and quitting cold turkey is no joke. We need to offer our support and do what we can to help them break their patterns, not burn them at the stake.

  85. The patriots do a great job of covering up what scumbags they are.
    We all know the things they have been caught for, what haven’t they been caught for? Fire Bellicheck and ban him and make him ineligible for the hall of fame. Suspend Brady half a season and if McDaniel was involved ban him to. All classless people.

  86. Then why didn’t the NFL act in November??
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    Because the Colts didn’t say anything until now, which is odd, but whatever.

  87. Draft picks are not a big penalty for a team that picks 31-32. Ban them from post season play like the college game.
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    Oh yes… The NFL should emulate that paragon of virtue, then NCAA.

  88. ‘If you are not cheating you are not trying to win”
    Seriously get over … It’s on to Seattle.

  89. Well, were any measurements done on the game balls in November? Saying the ball “seemed a little light” or whatever doesn’t prove any wrongdoing. Speaking in generalities doesn’t constitute evidence.

    If this was, in fact, reported to the NFL in November, then why didn’t they investigate then? That falls on the NFL. And no, the NFL does not have some sort of vested interest in the Pats winning. They don’t care about anything but money.

  90. astavria says:
    Jan 21, 2015 12:26 PM
    We are now going into the realm of science to solve this issue.

    As someone else pointed out, the difference of temperature from inside (70) to outside (51 at kickout and less at halftime) would have brought the balls psi down by at least .4 psi. Also add in the fact that it was raining and the ball was wet, which would also play a huge factor.

    Its not unfathomable to think that a ball at 12.5 psi goes down to 10.5 psi.

    Don’t take a rocket scientist: just check the Colts balls and see if they also were at 10.5 since they were on the same field under the same conditions.

  91. The lopsided score argument doesn’t hold water.

    If one baseball team uses juiced balls and wins 10-1, should we look the other way because they crushed the other team?

    Of course not.

  92. This morning, from an NFL Official to Mike and Mike –

    Here’s what we know:

    The Patriots and Colts balls were measured as usual prior to the game

    All footballs would have passed inspection prior to the game as having the proper PSI

    At halftime the Colts balls measured 13 PSI

    The Patriots balls were as much as 2 PSI lighter

    So, obviously the weather conditions would have impacted both sets of balls the same.

    One can draw their own conclusions how it was the Patriots balls measured 11 PSI while the Colts balls measured 13 PSI.

  93. Why is everyone so upset at Belichick and the Pats?
    It’s the corruption of the NFL that they should be upset about.

    Spygate is a joke … the mugging of the Rams WRs was the problem.
    Bountygate would never have happen if the ref would have called roughing the passer penalties.

  94. 11 of 12 balls under-inflated? That’s not happenstance. Cheating is cheating. The score of the game is irrelevant. Gaining an advantage is just that–that’s why the pats did it. If is wasn’t an advantage, Belichick wouldn’t be doing it. The NFL should suspend him for the Super Bowl. The game goes on, of course–but Belichick is sent home. That might–might–teach him a lesson.

  95. 1) Obviously the Refs didn’t get their “compensation” this time & addressed it because they needed to make clear to all organizations that getting away with cheating requires the refs to get PAID first (you know it happens).

    2) Raises the question about how frequently & for how long New England balls have been tampered with? Addressing it this time doesn’t mean officials haven’t ignored it countless other times.

    3) The Final results of this game doesn’t alter the fact that cheating occurred. If not needed, then why do it?! Unless deflating balls was part of the team’s Standard Operating Procedures, “normal” team staff pre-game activity?! In that case, game plan or optimism about chances against any given team are irrelevant…because the CHEATING is habitual.

    4) The air pressure for both team’s balls would have been deflated to the same degree. So, Any discussion regarding air temp-vs-air pressure is ridiculous & a pointless attempt to divert attention from the obvious Patriots manipulation of the game balls.

    5) The NFL stated that 11 of 12 Patriots balls were deflated by “at least” 2 lbs psi below the minimum, they didn’t say whether the 12th wasn’t under the limit…only that it wasn’t “at least” 2 lbs psi under. Also consider that the 12th ball may have been the ball intercepted by the Colts & may have been removed from consideration given that it was in the possession of the Colts team for a period of time…meaning reliability of psi measurement was compromised.

    6) The absolute LEAST NFL response should include suspending Brady from the Super Bowl & 3 more games next season (4 games total), because there is no doubt that he was the culprit of the ball being changed to his liking. And Belichick needs to be suspended for the SB + 1 year, for this now being his 2nd offense!!!

    CHEATERS, CHEATERS, CHEATERS!!

  96. If the NFL has undisputed evidence (big if) that the Patriots switched the balls or otherwise deflated the footballs after they were inspected by the refs or another NFL official, then the Colts should get the win and Bellichick should be permanently banned. It doesn’t matter whether the game was a blowout or other teams may have cheated by tampering with footballs or if the deflated footballs don’t provide “much of an advantage.” If the team deliberately tampered with the footballs, then they obviously did it knowing that it would help their QB and possibly have an advantage for their team. The integrity of the game would come into question if they did not forfeit the game under these circumstances. If there is insufficient proof, then end of story and let us move on to the Super Bowl.

  97. the colts franchise is an embarrassment. how fans could support such a whinny organization is beyond me. have some class.

  98. Food for thought:

    The patriots are slimy, cheap weasels who refuse to pay players right, isn’t that what we always hear? In fact, there have been multiple players that have left, been forced out, etc from the Pat’s organization who left on bad terms.

    With nothing to lose, how come you never hear from former patriot players talking about the truth behind spygate?

    With regards to Inflategate, let’s wait for the article proving intent by pats/pats staff to deflate ball before crucifying them.

  99. Soon as it was apparent Goodell was in hot water Robert Kraft came to his defense issuing glowing and supportive statements.

    Rober Kraft now…. CRICKETS!

    APB for Robert Kraft…. Bob? You there? Is this thing on?

  100. “Don’t take a rocket scientist: just check the Colts balls and see if they also were at 10.5 since they were on the same field under the same conditions.”

    All Colts balls were checked at halftime and all were within the allowed limits.

  101. It’s not “piling on” when it’s numerous acts of cheating.
    Strip them of all their draft picks for 2015. Oh, and force Bill to have to wear a suit on the sideline for an entire season.
    ===

    Oh… So “two” – if you can actually prove this – is now numerous? It’s a number, I guess.

  102. Why didn’t the NFL have the B##ls to state fact number 3 which is the balls must have therefore been deliberately deflated when the home team took possession. Given the history of New England bending rules, I believe they deserve a ruling by the NFL that will be harsh enough that they will be reluctant to continue such behavior. And I don’t think a monetary fine is a deterrent.

  103. Lol at jealous steelers fans. To bad they video taped signAls also. Everytime u make a post here it just shows us we are in ur head. Lets talk about big ben and #rapegate how about the coverups there?

    Inflated balls haha blame gronk!!!

    #jealousgate

  104. Oh no! The big bad Patriots are continuing to make your teams look bad by winning consistently, and the media are too stupid and lazy to come up with better stories so they’re going to whip you idiots up into a lather about HOW MUCH AIR IS IN A FOOTBALL!!! I’ve got to say, watching Bill Belichick just win and win and make all of you cry like little babies is such an incredible privilege! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  105. According to an NFL’s source, as reported by Mike Florio:

    Fact:

    “the officials didn’t notice anything wrong with the balls while handling them after every play.”

    Fact:

    “a pressure difference of one or two pounds would not be obvious”

    The “Facts”, per PFT, take the air out of this controversy.

  106. i’d be embarrassed to be a colt’s fan and all the other fans who are crying for:

    suspend and/or fire Belichick
    move the pats to the NFC
    take away a draft pick
    make kraft sell the team

    you think this will help your team win the conference?

    you forget one important fact

    you are losers

    Championship******************

    put as many asterisks as you like, we don’t care

  107. Sanctions for cheating, a pattern of cheating from Belicheat, should include losing a home game to London and hosting no prime time games. Should they win next week, in addition to the asterisks next to their previous wins, they should get a tiny deflated asterisk this time.

  108. I have already documented that according to the letter of the law BB did not cheat during BB ( at least he thought he was not cheating, given the way the rules were written). Now I want to give my take on deflation of footballs and compare it to the length of cleats. Last night Warren Sapp made a cogent point; each team gets their 12 footballs to play with during the game, they already allow them to scuff the ball out, so they should be allowed to use the footballs in any way they see fit. If it’s the case of Aaron Rodgers, you’re going to overinflate the balls and that would be in their rights, and if you’re Brad Johnson, you would scuff the ball up tremendously, as would be you’re right. Now why is this any different than the length of a cleat? Some teams have actually played football games in tennis shoes because they thought it gave them an advantage. these things are just allotted in the category of Coach’s decision. Why would the status of the PSI in a ball be any different? the NFL should change the rules to say that, each team can do with they want with the 12 footballs they bring. They can over-inflate, under-inflate, scuff up the ball, and so on. And so each coach can make a decision about how they want their 12 footballs to be dealt with, just as they are allowed to deal with things like the length of the cleat. It seems strange to me, that the league would not consider making the length of cleats a uniform size, and thus leveling the playing field, and then turnaround and force arbitrary rules on the football itself. You would think just for the sake of consistency, those would be allotted in their entirety to coach his decisions.

  109. It’s laughable. I love reading all the comments…”Fire Him”, “Shula was right”, “Belicheat”. Pathetic. How about this, try getting pissed at your own team for sucking and continuously year in and year out for playing like crap. Does anyone really think that by taking air out of the balls caused the Colts to lose 45-7? It’s a freaking ball. Get real. Keep on hating, we love it.

  110. overpressure, underpressure, pine tar, scuff marks, wear. QB’s are coming out of the woodwork about how this is par for the course. It’s a gentlemen agreement between clubs which is why apparently 99% of the league looks the other way unless you run to the teacher like the Colts. If they didn’t they wouldn’t have changed the rule in 2006 to allow each team to manage the game day balls.

    Seriously ,no one cares, except those with blind patriot hate. Totally overblown. Hopefully they go out angry and destroy the Seahawks.

  111. Don’t take a rocket scientist: just check the Colts balls and see if they also were at 10.5 since they were on the same field under the same conditions.
    ===

    This works if you know the initial pressure of the Colts’ balls. If Luck likes a 13.5 PSI(g) ball, then that ball gets cold it’s pressure will drop but it will still be legal for quite a large range of temperature.

    Regarding how big the pressure drop is, is another question. Most calculations on here (including many of my own) have used gauge pressure (12.5 PSI -13.5 PSI) which is pressure over atmospheric. I’m not sure this is correct. Assuming 12.5 PSI gauge pressure means the actual absolute pressure on the inside of the football was about 27.2 PSI. Remember that to inflate a football you’ve got to overcome atmospheric pressure.

    This matters because a constant volume at higher pressure has more molecules of gas. More molecules of gas increases n in PV=nRT. V is constant, so an increased n means P goes up faster as temperature rises and falls faster as it temperature falls.

    Still, even using abs pressure for calculations only accounts for about about 1 PSI of the stated difference.

  112. Why didn’t the NFL have the B##ls to state fact number 3 which is the balls must have therefore been deliberately deflated when the home team took possession.
    ====

    Because they don’t know that, yet – if ever.

  113. RomoIsGod says:
    Jan 21, 2015 12:19 PM

    And the evidence just keeps piling up

    __________________
    Except for the fact that its not evidence. Its an accusation, from a team that is always getting whooped. And it came from the Colts equipment guy, no conflict of interest there!!!

    Right now there is nothing that’s says BB or anyone in the Pats org knew about it.

    Lets just jump to more conclusions, after all, we can’t ever wait for all the facts to come out first anymore. Its a new world! Whatever is published first is always the truth!!!!

  114. And Brady can’t play dumb on this one when asked, because there is no way a QB wouldn’t notice when a ball is lighter or underinflated.

  115. fine pagano for over inflating his balls
    underinflating his team
    and lying when asked if he knew anything

    oh and move us to another division
    and
    don’t hit our receivers
    and
    their balls are too soft…

    so sad

  116. Since this teams always trying to find new ways to cheat…. I’d cut those balls open, and check for elec chips. My dog has one, we have drones, tell me there is no way to chip a ball, and a receivers gloves ..
    This owner, and coach should be banned from the Superbowl, with huge fines for both, and loss of it’s first rd pick. Roger, if you don’t make it hurt…enough…they will just keep doing business as usual… the patriot way…..

  117. die hard new englander right here …and im finished ..if the pats get caught tampering im done ..all my pats jerseys WILL be in The GARBAGE ….sick of defending these allegations. …ill be rooting for the jets next year if thats the case …#ASHAMED

  118. Well, that explains why the Colts never felt the need to change up their formations or strategy.

    They knew they’d beat the Patriots at a different game.

  119. An under inflated ball is easier to catch and to keep once you have it in your grasp, meaning high completion rate and fewer fumbles. Patriots cheating goes all the way back to the snowplow game, it seems to be endemic with that organization regardless of who owns it, or who coaches/plays there.

    If I were a member of the Pats front office I would be extremely sensitive to that fact and want to run a super clean organization totally above reproach, so if I caught a coach cheating in any manner to try to gain an advantage he would be gone in a heartbeat. But I’m talking about having people who hold ethics in high esteem in your organization, something Bob Kraft has never heard of.

    Bob Kraft and the entire Pats organization have taken the Raiders motto “Just Win Baby” to the Zenith by adding the text “rules? we don’t need no stinkin rules!”.

  120. Lesson learned i guess its ok to cheat… Wow…the pats will always be known as cheaters… As small as it may seem…once a cheater always a cheater… But its ok because they are the New England Patriots…

  121. johnnybuc44 says: Jan 21, 2015 2:01 PM

    And Brady can’t play dumb on this one when asked, because there is no way a QB wouldn’t notice when a ball is lighter or underinflated.

    —————————————

    Yes, because as anonymous internet posters we know all and can state unequivocally that Brady knew that the balls were underinflated. We all know nothing, and are speculating blindly.

  122. The NFL league should provide the balls for all parties involved in the game. Each team will be charged half of the costs of the balls. No more problems with this in the future.

  123. DIE HARD COLTS FAN HERE….

    Until this debacle that is. I mean, how long can I possibly cheer for such a terrible franchise? druggy owner, pitiful playoff team, NE PATS as my DADDY year in and year out!?

    Yup, from now on I will be cheering for the best team in the league, the NE PATRIOTS!

    Can’t beat ’em? Join ’em!!

    GO PATS!

  124. From 1990 to 2001 in his years coaching the Browns and first year of the patriots Belicek had exactly 1 winning season, one playoff appearance, and lost in the first round. Remember before he was called “Belicheat” he was called “Belichoke”.

    Since then he has had a stranglehold on the AFC east and multiple Superbowl appearances. What happened? Well two things. He got Tom Brady and 2001 is the first year by his own admission that he started videotaping, saying he thought it was “within the rules”. which it wasn’t but that is what made him better. And the other posts are right, these are two things he has been caught cheating at, certainly he is doing other things.

  125. The Colts can’t beat the Patriots, even if the Patriots balls had 20 psi . Colts have a coach that can’t coach.

  126. First : Pagano was not aware of that… but then, he was.

    Second : No problem for the NFL refs… but then, all the balls had a problem, problem easy to find for a high school ref.

    Third : “It looks like there is a problem with the ball” in January, “we should take a look”… but then, the balls were not ok in Novembre.

    ….

    I can’t wait the next turn of event.

  127. If this is true, this now makes this an ongoing regular thing for the Patriots. The NFL finding just eliminated “cold” from the equation.

    So just how worthless is the NFL?!? The NCAA of Pro Sports in terms of oversight.

    They can’t even oversee something as simple as this even when they know about it beforehand in one of the biggest games of the year?

    I don’t recall such persistent issues under Tagliabue. Goodell, if you can’t do your job it’s time to find someone that can.

    WHO KNOWS what else the Patriots have done over the years. I clearly recall the Running Clock at home in past games and a string of “fake injuries” to sub personnel.

    Goodell, grow a pair.

  128. The issue of who won the game and by how much is irrelevant. Useless to even mention. It’s a stated rule, it was put there for a reason. Once again they knowingly violated a rule, once again presumably to gain an advantage. Nuff said.

  129. The NFL should step up and suspend Belicheat from coaching in the Super Bowl. They also should fine him $1.0M and fine the Patriots $2.0M and take two number one draft picks from them. If Goodell had any balls, they should consider banning Belicheat from the NFL.

  130. PFT: Why don’t you take a 12.5lb pressure football at room temperature, throw it in the fridge for an hour and check the pressure again? Let us know if it was just the weather!

  131. under inflating a football doesn’t score touchdowns…..this is so dumb. colts would have lost anyway. No idea how they even made it to the championship game

  132. Ok so if its no big deal, then why do it, why put your team in that situation, rules are rules follow them and you wont have this situation

    Also if Tom would stop using Giselles beauty lotion.. The ball would not slip out of his hands so easy…see i solved the Pats problems…

  133. astavria says: Jan 21, 2015 12:26 PM

    We are now going into the realm of science to solve this issue.

    As someone else pointed out, the difference of temperature from inside (70) to outside (51 at kickout and less at halftime) would have brought the balls psi down by at least .4 psi. Also add in the fact that it was raining and the ball was wet, which would also play a huge factor.

    Its not unfathomable to think that a ball at 12.5 psi goes down to 10.5 psi.

    Unless the NFL can find someone on the sidelines via tape that was deflating the balls then I don’t see how anything coming from this.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Umm astravia, you need to be versed in the fact that the AWAY team also brings 12 footballs. The Colts footballs, ALL 12, were tested, and all their footballs had the proper psi!!!!!! Colts use their 12 footballs on offense, and the pats use their 12 on offense.

    So, same elements, 12 footballs used by the Colts, 12 used by the pats,, DIFFERENT psi for the patriots….ON EVERY BALL…….a below acceptable amount of MORE THAN 2 psi!!!!!!!!!

    So, your theory is debunked.

    Belicheat needs to be suspended indefinitely if the the NFL is consistent in wanting to upheld ANY integrity of the game……suspend him for next year and end this consistent way of cheating that is the patriots.

    Is this what they call the “patriot way”.

    Pathetic……..all Super Bowls are an * now in the eyes of all fans…..what a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!

  134. c9zz says: Jan 21, 2015 12:56 PM

    So, this story tells us that if Brady’s balls were inflated to the correct level he wouldn’t have thrown those interceptions. Then the score would have been even more lopsided. Poor losers, those Colts.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Well, the reality is, it just makes the patriots to look completely below board.

    Not a Colts fan, but I appreciate fair play. The pats go into the game KNOWING they have slight advantage, whether it “helped” them or not!!!!

    Just accept the fact that your team looks like a bunch of CHEATERS.

    All Super Bowls will have a darker * on it from here on out.

    Even the commentators will have to question the legitimacy of the patriots titles.

    Too bad, your organization is good enough to NOT spy, to NOT deflate balls, and on……..but you do it anyway.

    You will reap what you sow……..

  135. crazyproduceguy says:
    Jan 21, 2015 12:24 PM

    If it’s okay for Aaron Rodgers to openly say he goes right to the limits of the inflation standards on the football and hope he doesn’t get caught…

    ————————-

    Ye it is OK because he goes up to the limit not over the limit. If Rodgers likes it pumped up all the way that’s perfectly fine and permitted under the rules.

    If Brady needs the ball under-inflated 2psi less than allowed so his old, arthritic hands can keep a grip on the ball and has the ball boys deflate th eballs after they are inspected by the refs during pre-game, then Tom is a cheater to go along with his cheater coach.

    Each of them are disqualified from being added to the discussion of the GOAT. They have no character because they cheat to win. Screw them.

  136. I just checked NFL.com records and find zero “*” next to any of the Pats SB wins. And there will be none this year either. But that won’t stop the haters and sore losers from whining about anything and everything regardless of how trivial.

  137. The league is involved in the patriots conspiracy remember the TUCK RULE game everybody who knows anything about football knows that was a fumble never called in a playoff game up to that point . They stopped the game for over seven minutes , frantically trying to find something to stick it to the Raiders , Mbecause they hated Mr A Davis period All SB for NE need a asterisk next to them .. Stop crying NE fans look at the overwhelming feedback from all NFl. Fans We are DISGUSTED.. With Belicheat and your whole organization CLASSLESS CHEATERS

  138. All espn analysist say HUGE advantage for CHEATER BRADY with deflated football. Time to take NE first and second round pick from NE for 2 years and put Asterisk next to SB wins … All fans except NE fans demand this for the INTEGRITY of the game whats left of it …

  139. You simply cannot compare Bounty-gate to Deflate-gate. In Bounty-gate the Saints were purposely trying to injure opponents. Therefore, their punishment was justified. In Deflate-gate, the balls were (allegedly) aired out so the qb could get a better grip on them. The Patriots weren’t trying to physically injure the Colts players! Therefore a suspension for BB and Brady would be out of bounds. A fine and a draft pick loss for the team is more reasonable if found guilty. So all the idiots claiming BB and Brady deserve to be suspended don’t know what the hell they’re talking about and are obviously just haters.

  140. It’s gotta be tough to be a Patriots fan for many people today. BeliCheat has screwed that franchise into the worst franchise in every sport/league world wide.

    It’s sad.

  141. @jkcranshaw

    I hate the Saints and Sean Payton but I disagree a year suspension is not overkill.

    The bounty gate scandal was wrong, no freaking doubt about it and they deserved the punishments that they received. But isn’t the most common excuse for Pats fans “Oh!! they do it too! nothing to see here we are perfect! haters.” A lot of teams even in college had this “bounty” system. The Hurricanes, Cris Carter put a bounty on Bill Romanowski, and plenty of other teams back in the day used this system. The thing is this was Paytons first critical offense and he got suspended for a year. What if a CRITICAL Saints defender laid a helmet to helmet hit on another player and he himself also was out for the season, or something went wrong and he suffered a season ending injury. Hardly a game changing offense, just a scummy system and they deserved the punishment like I said.

    In a league based on “integrity” what makes you think a coach who lacks “integrity” and is a repeat offender in the cheating category shouldn’t face similar or even worse consequences? What would stop them from cheating again? Stop making excuses for your franchise (Assuming you’re a New England fan) If I was a fan of this team I would be mad that I couldn’t enjoy my teams success without an asterisk. I’m not even gonna get into how the guy stole money from Leon Hess, how smug he is because that shouldn’t be a reason for why he gets suspended. The cheating is why, and if you think Spygate wasn’t a big deal because “everyone did it” then you are dumb because who knows how many secret plays were blown up due to them already knowing about it to seal the game for them.

    Patriots broke the rules AGAIN and they deserve any punishment coming their way, sorry to burst your bubble.

  142. the nfl has now gone from the ridiculous to the sublime…this is now becoming moronic.. just when did the league receive the video of the ballz in the elevator?

  143. ameradian1 says:
    Jan 21, 2015 1:00 PM

    And today the Panthers punter reported that the same thing happen with the balls that he used to kick with in Charlotte, in almost nearly exactly the same weather conditions. He claims that the air pressure simply deflates out of the ball in this kind of weather. I can’t say that I know that’s true or false, but I think it’s worth considering.
    _____________________________________

    So in your world the cold weather deflated the Patriots balls but not the Colts balls. That makes perfect sense.

  144. Just a suggestion, but before commenting and offering your opinion of how you think things run, please read a few articles (there are many online today) that specify how the balls are handled before and during all NFL games. VERY quickly: both teams have ball boys, home and away. Refs check the balls 2 hours before the game and certify them as between 12.5 and 13.5 PSI. (Ergo, the Pats balls passed muster, if refs not on the take, before the game and must have lost air AFTER that. One more note: Indy’s 12 balls passed muster before and after the game, so the climate had nothing to do with it.) Each team uses only its own balls for offense. So an Indy employee never touched the Pats offense balls in either game or either stadium, unless he intercepted it, then tossed it to the equipment guy to keep it as a souvenir. And how could Indy staff have tampered with 11 of 12 Pats balls this weekend? All they had their hands on was ONE, not eleven. (The refs certified the balls before the game and handled them every down… why did they not know? The Colts complained in November… why did the league not keep on top of this? Fishy….)

    No, the game did not turn on this, but it’s cheating all the same. If you drive home drunk and a cop arrests you 20 feet from your driveway, will you say “but nobody got hurt!” Duh, it’s still wrong.

    And as the NFL/Saints proved two years ago, the HC has ultimate responsibility for all team/staff actions. Not sure how this compares to the Saints alleged bounty issues, which cost a coach a full season without pay, but in terms of competitive balance, it’s probably similar to videotaping. (And it’s another thing that a lot of teams, apparently do, in contravention of the rules.) My guess is any punishment is based on the video punishment, but worse as a second offense.

  145. If this is such a big deal, it’s ultimately the official’s fault. They handle the balls every play. They check the balls initially. Teams always stretch what they can with officials. They do it constantly on the sidelines and so it doesn’t seem unusual they might try with the balls too. It’s the officials job to check them…if it turns out the Patriots deflated them after the check, that’s another thing but that seems highly unlikely and ridiculously risky considering the amount of cameras and eyes on the field.

  146. I’m not a Pats fan but this is silly. There shouldn’t even be a rule about air pressure. If a team prefers to scuff the ball, have low pressure, high pressure or a brand new ball, what difference does it make. Each qb uses their footballs to their specs. The defense isn’t affected by it, nor is the spirit of the game. In the end though, it benefits the game by providing better gameplay. This is no different to me than recievers wearing gloves. If however, the league wants to strictly enforce the rule, then they need to be willing/capable of actually managing the equipment themselves.

  147. With deflated balls, one pick and 17 points. With balls inflated to spec, no picks and 28 points. Obviously, a major competitive disadvantage.

    This whole thing is an idiotic mess of moronic comments over pretty much nothing.

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