Did “The Enforcer” miss chance to avoid #DeflateGate?

As the Super Bowl approaches and #DeflateGate continues to provide a dark cloud over what otherwise would have been an exciting prelude to an unpredictable encounter between two evenly-matched juggernauts, some league insiders wonder whether the entire mess could have been avoided.

Regardless of anyone’s personal feelings about the Patriots and their reputation for pushing the limits of the rule book, those who love football and care about the NFL can’t help but wonder whether the NFL should have handled the current situation differently.  Based on published reports, the league knew that teams suspected the Patriots of using deflated footballs.  Instead of privately telling the Patriots to knock it off, the NFL set up, essentially, a sting operation aimed at catching the Patriots in the act.

There’s a sense that former Commissioners like Paul Tagliabue wouldn’t have tried to lay a trap for the Patriots.  As one league source explained it to PFT on Friday, Tagliabue would have tried to avoid creating a controversy that mars the Super Bowl by calling the Patriots, telling them that concerns have been raised about the inflation of the footballs, and that the balls will be tested during the game so they’d better knock it off.  For Roger Goodell, dubbed “The Enforcer” in a Time cover story from 2012, nabbing those who break the rules becomes a key strategy to deter rule breaking.

The source suggested that the commissioner of any sport should be less like an enforcer and more like a wedding planner, looking for ways to solve problems before they become problems instead of solving problems by making examples out of the problem children.  While some would say the rules are the rules and it’s important to catch those who fail to respect them, a more discreet approach would have kept this from ever becoming an issue by telling the Patriots to stop doing whatever they may be doing before it becomes a major to-do.

Instead, the ultimate reality show has been dealing with a new reality that may cause some fans to question the legitimacy of the competitions that they see in person or on TV.

114 responses to “Did “The Enforcer” miss chance to avoid #DeflateGate?

  1. The new directive in recent months isn’t about preventing or stopping anything wrong from happening, it’s all about making examples out of people who do wrong, so the NFL can try to look tough.

  2. 1) How do you know that he didn’t try to do that but Patriots did it anyway?
    2) Isn’t that what he did in Spygate? How did that turn out?
    3) Isn’t that what they did in Bountygate? How did that turn out?

  3. Most annoying PFT story?:

    a.) Redskins name

    b.) Michael Sam anything

    c.) Deflategate

    vote below, polls close at midnight

  4. What kind of moron diminishes their product by bringing even the appearance of cheating to the public eye?

    The owners need to seriously take a good look at Roger Gooddell….. after the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson fiascos, and various other black eyes the NFL has incurred this past year, do the owners think its a good idea to have every media outlet shouting about a possible cheating scandal – due to a league “sting operation”????

  5. Who is to say perhaps Goodell tried this approach, but was frustrated or insulted by the Pats inability or unwillingness to explicitly follow the rules

  6. Goodell is wily like a fox. In a year where the entire nation questioned his “leadership” following the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson fiascos (among others), what better way to take the spotlight off his own inept administration than by creating a tempest in a teapot, with the team trolls love to hate?

    Doesn’t it seem a little fishy that the Colts player who supposedly tipped off the refs now says he didn’t? And were there any impartial observers present when the inflation of those 11 balls was supposedly checked?

    Goodell has played the media like a champ. He knew that the legions of anti-Patriot trolls would take the bait and run with the story, and the rest of us would be too dumb to notice.

  7. A sting operation??? Yeah, sure. It couldn’t be that he was hoping to do another buddy a favor and just ignore hoping it would just get swept under the rug because who would think about checking how inflated the balls are.

  8. Or if the league was tipped off it was presented as a low concern over items like “Patriots are running a new pick play” or “Watch for Revis clutching and grabbing.”

    I don’t think it was a sting operation at all. The refs heard all the concerns about what to look out for and placed ball pressure low on their list.

    Then Walt Anderson inspected the balls pre-game like he always does, by squeezing them and inspecting the laces.

    No gauge.

  9. Yeah because Goodell would have been at Robert Kraft’s party the night before the AFC championship game all the while “laying a trap” for his franchise, that’s rich.

    Belicheat and Brady are serial cheaters, end of story.

  10. If he set this up as a sting, they should have had evidence by now.

    Let me condense the NFL’s statement:

    The Patriots balls were found to be under the correct pressure range at halftime. After our investigation, we still have no clue so we’ve hired someone else to look and hope that they find something, because we’re at a loss…..

  11. At the end of the day this is the last kick at the can for the Patriots.

    They’ll start the year off without Brady and even when he does return, he hasn’t played in a while and he’s yet another year older.

    The Pats will go back to the bottom of the league after this year, a place they called home for so many years.

  12. First good column you’ve written on the topic.

    Too bad you’ve already tried and hung them, playing a GIGANTIC role in overblowing this thing.

    2psi isn’t detectable to the human touch. It had zero impact on the game/games, and the league should have sent them a letter saying knock it off.

    Instead you have this insanity clouding up a great SB match up between the two best teams in the league.

    #vikingsfan

  13. This deflategate is nothing but a witch hunt brought out by a butthurt drug addict owner. There is no evidence to prove that there was tampering. NFL put out a statement, let me translate it for you: “We are doing our best to try and find something on the Patriots. There is no evidence to prove they tampered with the footballs. We will continue to investigate as long as it takes to find any evidence to bring this evil team down.”

  14. We know he didn’t talk to the Patriots, because they would now be able to call out Belichick for lying.

    If its true that they set a sting operation, the obviously don’t get about the integrity of the game. They obviously didn’t care about a fair game, in which case its not the Patriots we should be angry at.

    What if the Patriots got up 28-0 in the first half with balls the NFL knew were not regulation. Then in the second half with the fixed balls in the Colts stormed back but still lost 28-21? How could anyone feel good about running a sting operation when you just could have talked to them before the game, or back in November? or whenever they were first alerted.

    And again, we know they DID NOT because otherwise the investigation could end right now since Belichick stood in front of the world and said he had never talked about PSI before Monday. Case would be closed.

    Or….. another option is the league knows this isn’t a big deal. Like when they warned the Panthers and Vikings not to warm the balls. Like when everyone laughed off Rodger’s comments about getting balls “by the ref”. And now they’re just as shocked as Brady/Belichick

  15. You mean just exactly what they did about spygate? Wasn’t the issue in that case the NFL told everyone to stop, but the Patriots ignored it and kept doing it?

  16. thelastwordyaheard says:
    Jan 23, 2015 6:06 PM
    Most annoying PFT story?:

    a.) Redskins name

    b.) Michael Sam anything

    c.) Deflategate

    vote below, polls close at midnight

    ___________

    b.) Michael Sam anything

  17. Finally, a viewpoint that has at least a hint of sanity. Yes, that would have a far better way to handle this.

    That said, PFT certainly played their part in making this nonsense a far bigger issue than it ever should have been.

    For crying out loud people, let it go.

  18. By far the best point made so far in an article – and one of the better articles about this whole mess.

    Great managers don’t fix problems – they identify them prior to happening, and put in corrective measures before they can arise.

    Good perspective, Florio.

  19. Maybe because the Commish is probably still ticked off that Belichick didn’t verbally address the end of Spygate with the media as expected, and only sent an email or whatever it was…and this, after the Commish so politely destroyed all the evidence surrounding Spygate.

  20. The NFL does not want the Super Bowl to be without Brady, even if he cheated… between this & Ray Rice, where is this “integrity” they speak of? I love football, but rules are rules. Perhaps Brady & Goodell should look up Roberto De Vicenzo, he lost The Masters after signing an incorrect scorecard, 1 stroke higher than he shot. How is that for integrity? In golf players will disqualify themselves for receiving an unfair advantage, as that is what a gentleman does. Go Seahawks!!

  21. Have to agree – why set up a sting operation KNOWING that you would take away from the superbowl if the Pats won…which was like 70% chance of that….good thinking Goodell.

  22. gacoltfan says:
    Jan 23, 2015 6:19 PM
    You mean just exactly what they did about spygate? Wasn’t the issue in that case the NFL told everyone to stop, but the Patriots ignored it and kept doing it?

    ____________________________

    Patriots never denied Spygate. Belichick tried to talk his way out of it and thought he had found a loophole. But he never denied the actions themselves.

  23. Go look at the data regarding fumbles over the past several years. If the Pats have been doing this for a while, their competitive advantage may in fact include fewer lost fumbles because their players had a better grip on the ball, and the ball wasn’t as likely to come out under hard contact.

    If the Pats have been doing this, they need to be punished. If not, then it’s all about nothing, isn’t it.

  24. Wow, Florio. This is it. This is exactly what I’ve thought from the beginning. The only reason this is a ‘big thing’ is because the league wanted it to be a ‘big thing’.

    All they had to do was call the Patriots and tell them they’d be checking the balls all game long, or that the league would take charge of the balls after they were tested before the game. Period. No scandal, Pats get warned, game gets played. The end.

    But to have been tipped off, and not said anything to the Patriots organization, and going ahead with the game using under-inflated balls – then the league itself is responsible for messing with the ‘integrity of the game’.

  25. There is absolutely no way this league pulled this as a sting operation. No matter how poorly they have handled matters recently, there is no way you risk damaging a multi-billion dollar business over something that has such a minuscule effect on a game. Pagan and his Raven cohorts are the ones responsible for the setup, and painted the league into a corner. They forced the league to have to address something insignificant in such a way that it is causing more damage to this league than ever. The Colts and the Ravens should be in the cross hairs of every owner who has invested a fortune in this league.

  26. The “Enforcer”?? Don’t make me laugh. No Cred Red is more like it. I would not let this man ride my stick horse, as we would say in Texas. He is only good at one thing, screwing up, buffoonery and making the NFL look like WWE

  27. thats the most ridiculous article ive ever read. a comissioner deliberately tries to catch a team cheating?!?….yeah thats great PR for the league , not to mention the commish given the year both have had…what a crap article.

  28. If the Colts informed the league that the Patriots were possibly under-inflating footballs, they must have thought it would give them an unfair advantage during the game, right?

    So how come every Colts player and Chuck Pagano (and a number of analysts and former players) said that an under-inflated football didn’t matter and wouldn’t have impacted the outcome of the game?

  29. Thank you. This, like so many episodes before it, this has been about what works for Roger Goodell’s ego, not what’s best for the NFL.

    Sure, the Pats will try and squeeze every ounce of competitive advantage from each situation, but do people really believe only the Pats operate that way? Belichick’s a little more obsessive than other coaches, but they’re all doing something. Intelligent commissioners handle these things quietly for the good of their leagues. But Goodell’s too busy playing Scarface to understand the subtleties of Don Corleone. After this, the owners are fools if they don’t get rid of this guy.

  30. One thing is proven, the Pats fans are crybabies in denial. No evidence? 11 of 12 balls deflated after being tested for proper pressure before the game? Prior cheating/shaving/rule bending my Belichick? Please, just stop already, please….

  31. If there was a sting ,Goodell probably wasn’t in the loop. Had he been ,he would have tipped Mr. Kraft. We will never know but you can bet the league is shaking in their boots right now. If Goodell knew prior to the game, this man has integrity and guts. He would have known how this cheating scandal ,before the Super Bowl,would blow up into the football story heard around the world. A sting was the only way to handle this and now they are going to make an example out of the New England Patriots. I is too bad that the two biggest cheating teams have made it to the Super Bowl. The league was losing control of how the game is played and realized many teams,coaches and players will gladly cheat and pay a small fine to “win” and play for the Lombardi.

  32. The only thing Goodell is good at enforcing is that he has no spine. None. He’s about as intimidating as an invertebrate at the bottom of the ocean.

  33. Whatever the impact on the Patriots, I think Goodell just signed his own pink slip. This whole mess has got to be a huge embarrassment to Bob Kraft, the classiest owner in the league, and one of the best-liked.

    Payback is gonna be a bitch. Is there anyone here who will be sad to see Goodell gone?

  34. Although I am in full agreement with the concept of working behind the scenes to avoid a controversy, and keep the image clean. At this time, I disagree with the criticism. Goodell did exactly that with Bountygate. The Saints were warned via inquiries as to whether they were using such a system. They said no, but kept doing it

    I would be surprised if this situation is not identical. I doubt Sean Payton’s ego is much smaller than Belichicks in thinking they can do whatever they want

  35. I get the fans being jealous/bitter. Hell I’m jealous!!

    But to watch the media tear these guys entire life’s work down over TWO PSI in a football. It’s just astonishing. If this were steroids or another SPYGATE type of deal than yea, well deserved. But TWO PSI inflation of a ball?!! I wonder if people really understand how minuscule of a difference that is. My guess is no. Otherwise there wouldn’t be this craziness over it.

    Watching Tom Brady have to stand in front of that firing quad yesterday was terrible. A couple of guys at my job were enjoying it, but can’t understand why. Everything I’ve ever read or saw about the guy leads me to believe he’s a great dude on and off the field. Seems to be a good teammate and family man. Not to mention one of the best to ever play. I know those things rub people the wrong way, but that’s just due to their own insecurity issues. I’d be proud to have him as the Vikings QB (and so would my coworkers ragging on him). Someone my son could admire as one of the “good guys” in the league.

    Tearing him down like this is just plain wrong. Just my opinion.

  36. If this is really what happened and the league did in fact purposely try and set up the Patriots to catch them breaking the rules then shame on the league!

    Not that this excuses the Patriots behavior but this is not stopping cheating and helping integrity. It’s hurting the reputation of the sport and worst of all it’s hurting the fan base.

    The league could have easily dealt with this in house and not made this a public issue.

    Just another example that those running the league office have no clue as to what they are doing.

    The worst part is transparency means nothing now. As long as Roger is the face of the league they have no creadibility. If he comes down hard on the Patriots he is just overcompensating for his past screw ups. And if the league says there is no evidence he is covering up for another owner. It’s a lose/lose. This is what happens when you deal with league issues in the public forum.

  37. NFL is on the clock!! Like baseball fans previously, questioning why watch, why spend, why is it worth it. Many of you will disagree, but the NFL is slowly going the way of the dinosaur…extinction. And it will implode.

  38. So to all of who think the nfl shouldn’t air their dirty laundry in public……are you kidding? Look what it does. As far as I heard the story lead each major newscast…CNN, Fox news, etc. Were all in attendance at the press conferences. It is a marketing dream for the owners and the nfl. After the super bowl they will still be in the headlines when the games go away. I’m not saying this was a setup for headlines but don’t kid yourselves. This way no one forgets about them until the draft and they don’t relinquish the spotlight to the nba, nhl or mlb.

  39. trollhammer20 says:
    Jan 23, 2015 6:33 PM
    Go look at the data regarding fumbles over the past several years. If the Pats have been doing this for a while, their competitive advantage may in fact include fewer lost fumbles because their players had a better grip on the ball, and the ball wasn’t as likely to come out under hard contact.

    If the Pats have been doing this, they need to be punished. If not, then it’s all about nothing, isn’t it.

    —————————————————————
    Stevan Ridley disagrees with you.

    You can skew the data any way you like it to fit your argument. Just because the Patriots had fewer fumbles than the majority of other teams doesn’t mean they had an advantage due to under-inflated balls.

    Have you ever noticed what happens when someone for the Pats actually does fumble? With a few minor exceptions (Brady, Gronk, Edelman), any time a Patriots player fumbles, they disappear from the field. Ask any fantasy owner that’s had Ridley on their squad.

    Speaking of Ridley – him being injured this year probably helped keep the fumbles down.

    Teams also, you know, practice limiting turnovers. And practice holding onto the ball, under all circumstances.

    But no, none of my reasons could lead to fewer fumbles………..Must have been under-inflated balls.

  40. What is the worst thing about that report is if the NFL wanted to catch the Patriots, they had no plan for what to do after they did. They also were willing to allow them to play one half breaking the rules. What if the game played out differently and the difference in the game was the first half. What if it played out like SEA-GB, but NE squeaked it out?

  41. If Goodell had told Kraft and the Pats did it anyway and got caught, that’d be hysterical.

    If Goodell had told Kraft to stop it before the Championship game – that would have been making the NFL a direct accomplice in the cheating scandal we have right now. So no Mike, that would not have been a good idea.

    What would have been a good idea would have been if the Patriots under Bill’s leadership would just think once about following the rules.

  42. I can’t believe what I’m reading from some fans. Messing with the football,the very instrument of the game is huge ! New England has priors and Belicheck loves to push the envelope. If Goodell had tipped New England off he would be a coward and simply not doing his job. One team playing with a different ball,in cold and wet weather,under inflated by 15-20 % could be the difference between going to the Super bowl or going home. New England stacked the deck and got caught red handed. These teams,players,coaches think they are above the league and can break the rules ,think again. I say hats off to the commissioner for doing his job .

  43. Bill and Tom would never cheat. Best ever at what they do. You — all of you — are just incredibly jealous of our success. This is the only way you can beat us. Losers.

  44. Anyone who thinks Goodell is a man of guts and integrity should contact me about the 80,000 acres I’m selling in the Everglades. Great area for recreational swimming. No gators. Fun, fun, fun. Bring a tourniquet.

  45. Most annoying PFT story?:

    a.) Redskins name

    b.) Michael Sam anything

    c.) Deflategate

    vote below, polls close at midnight
    —————————————————-
    Yea buddy, and it isn’t even the off season yet!

  46. Everyone loves to bash Goodell but didn’t he take over a league that had tons of personal conduct issues? Those issues occurred under the supervision of Tagliabue didn’t they?

  47. You Pats fans are completely delusional. All you have to do is look at the fumble stats to know this is a huge advantage and the Pats have been doing this for years. The only way to make it go away quick is to suspend Brady and Belicheat right now.

  48. Fill the balls with nitrogen that Costco uses on my tires and problem solved. I haven’t had to fill those things up in months.

  49. tattooit says:
    Jan 23, 2015 6:50 PM
    I get the fans being jealous/bitter. Hell I’m jealous!!

    But to watch the media tear these guys entire life’s work down over TWO PSI in a football. It’s just astonishing. If this were steroids or another SPYGATE type of deal than yea, well deserved. But TWO PSI inflation of a ball?!! I wonder if people really understand how minuscule of a difference that is. My guess is no. Otherwise there wouldn’t be this craziness over it.

    Watching Tom Brady have to stand in front of that firing quad yesterday was terrible. A couple of guys at my job were enjoying it, but can’t understand why. Everything I’ve ever read or saw about the guy leads me to believe he’s a great dude on and off the field. Seems to be a good teammate and family man. Not to mention one of the best to ever play. I know those things rub people the wrong way, but that’s just due to their own insecurity issues. I’d be proud to have him as the Vikings QB (and so would my coworkers ragging on him). Someone my son could admire as one of the “good guys” in the league.

    Tearing him down like this is just plain wrong. Just my opinion.
    *******************************************

    My prayer is that Tom Brady AND his teammates (cuz nobody does it alone) have the collective GAME OF THEIR LIVES in the Super Bowl, and knowing some of the games they have had, that would be one outrageously incredible game, because I agree, this is all wrong, and the profits generated by the media while assassinating the character of others is a sin!

    And still no proof of intentional wrong doing by ANYONE, with the exception of the Ravens and Colts and Pagano, who lied directly to the media.

  50. Goodell is screwing this up already by not punishing the cheating Pats prior to the Super Bowl. But America will get its justice when the Legion of Boom brings down the hammer on these scofflaws.

  51. I have been saying this for the last 4 years. Why does Roger Goodell
    insist on being out front of all. One never saw Paul Tagliabue in the news as one sees Roger Goodell. An example would be how the Steeler
    organization took care of the Big Ben controversy. Roger should have
    called the Ravens and told them to clean their own mess up . This would be same with the Vikings. If the teams were unwilling or unable
    because of collective bargaining reasons then appoint another league
    rep such as Jeff Pash to oversee the investigation.
    It is obvious that Roger was out front on the Rice issue but was very
    vulnerable due to the lack of internal communication inside the NFL
    investigation. If one is running an investigation he ends up being responsible for a clerk not asking for a video.
    The theory of an NFL attempt at a ” sting ” is consistent with Roger’s
    inability to act behind the scenes. It is also consistent with the fact that
    Roger and the NFL have been embarrassed on their last few investigations. Clearly Roger was embarrassed or lost credibility on the bonus gate and Rice matters. Perhaps he was trying to hit a grand slam to restore his his power. I was intially impressed that Roger seemed to be delegating the investigation . I was also impressed that
    Roger was not seen on the Networks. Now I am not so sure.

  52. If the patriots win the Super Bowl are they going to receive a “deflated” Lombardy trophy? It’s only fair cause that’s how they operate, besides the whole organization and there fans wouldn’t even notice.

  53. The only way out of this for the Pats is to pound Seattle into the ground using balls inflated to the maximum limit while they are being tested before every series of plays.

    On the other hand, if Seattle wins decisively, public opinion will once again label Tom & Bill as cheaters.

  54. If he preferred a sting, he could have at least measured the balls before the game started so we wouldn’t have to worry about the integrity of the first half. The timing of the sting makes no sense – why wait til halftime ?

  55. 2psi or not there is more cheating than this going on in foxboro. I’m tired of this overrated coach and qb getting credit and they cheat. I’ve have always claimed funny crazy things happen in foxboro and it’s true. How many times does he get caught cheating before getting kicked out the league?

  56. So what your saying is its better to do wrong and keep it hidden without punishment than actually punish and make an example for others? Our legal ststem is based off of making examples. You would make a horrible parent.

  57. First, if 16% of the air is absent from the ball, it does make a difference. If you don’t believe it, go into the office at work and volunteer for a 16% pay cut and see if there’s a difference.

    Second, the NFL is too dumb to plan and operate a sting.

    Third, “annoying” is something that is unavoidable. If you’re annoyed by this story or Michael Sam or any other story, don’t read it or watch coverage. Otherwise, you’re creating your own annoyance.

    Fourth, only the terminally naive believes the Pats haven’t been doing this for years.

    Fifth, if it is a widespread practice, where’s the proof? Goes to show that rules are for somebody else, not for good God fearing Murkins.

  58. So he, in essence, let the Colts be guinea pigs in a playoff game? Good thing it was a blow out or Goodell s csi unit would have some ‘splainin to do.

  59. Brady and Bellichek should have gotten kicked out of the league after spygate. Then this wouldn’t have happened. If they got away with that, then tampering with the balls is nothing. The league created this monster.

  60. The NE based liberal media created this monster as well. They pump up Bellichek as if he is the best ever. Of course, he will cheat to protect that image.

  61. This just makes me appreciate Peyton Manning even more. With Brady this stuff is easy to believe. Brady doesn’t even belong in the hall of fame for his disrespect for the game.

  62. For the patriots* fans that have been hoping and praying where there is smoke there isn’t fire – and that the refs just didn’t test the game balls properly…..

    Today, the Boston Globe published this:

    “According to an NFL source with direct knowledge of the situation, referee Walt Anderson inspected all 24 of the Patriots’ footballs with a pressure gauge supplied by the league, as well as all 24 footballs from the Colts. All 48 footballs were found to be inflated within the allowable range of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch.”

    So, the weather is out unless a magical bubble surrounded only the bag containing the patriots* footballs.

    The refs didn’t test is out.

    Next excuse?

  63. In all the stories I have seen on this topic, the halftime test showed the balls were 2 psi under or 10.5. The pregame results have never been specific. It is just stated the inspection was conducted. I don’t remember seeing anything that says the balls were all at 12.5 psi. With the stories about just a simple squeeze test often done, is it plausible that a guage wasn’t used at all pregame and the balls were below specs the whole time?

  64. “According to an NFL source with direct knowledge of the situation, referee Walt Anderson inspected all 24 of the Patriots’ footballs with a pressure gauge supplied by the league, as well as all 24 footballs from the Colts. All 48 footballs were found to be inflated within the allowable range of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch.”

    The Colts only supplied 12 balls as the away team. each team provides 12 and the home team supplies 12 spares if you are going to rip people at least get your facts right!!!

  65. There is a major hole in this report, You state the league set a trap and later in the story you quote a league insider saying other commissioners would have done it differently So does that mean the league office does not agree with the way its being done !!!! The more people speak the more holes we are seeing

  66. Besides the fact that this is an orchestrated attempt to embarrass the Patriots mad eon behalf of the Roger Goodell & NFL Protected Baltimore Ravens, one of the things most people have noted over the last few days is that different qb’s like different pressures in the footballs. Why does the range have to be so narrow?

    Oh and one other thing, 2 psi? That’s like a fart in the wind. Its nothing.

  67. Ben Garvis Green Ellis never fumbled in 4 years with the Patriots but fumbled 5 times in 2 years as a Bengal … Hmmmmmmm very interesting.

  68. You can keep the PC approach and do with it what you may. I prefer the Enforcer to catch the dirty rats in a trap and drop the hammer on them. When you make an example and show the others what the penalty is going to be, you run less risk of having problems down the road. How many times is Roger going to have to tell little Billy to knock it off before he sends him to the corner for a timeout?? Give me a break. Time to break out the attitude adjustment paddle and correct the problem!!

  69. jjg2640 – what does the patriots* scoring have to do with anything?

    If you cheated on a test that you would have passed honestly – does that mean you think you didn’t cheat?

  70. the enforcer… what a hoot more like roger dodger
    as he dodges all consequences regardless of how many ridiculous snafus in which the league becomes entangled.
    I would think ol goodell’s cap# is far too high w/ his diminishing skill set to keep around for another year
    Time to take the cap hit and move on

  71. -Alpha- says:
    Jan 23, 2015 9:06 PM

    For the patriots* fans that have been hoping and praying where there is smoke there isn’t fire – and that the refs just didn’t test the game balls properly…..

    Today, the Boston Globe published this:

    “According to an NFL source with direct knowledge of the situation, referee Walt Anderson inspected all 24 of the Patriots’ footballs with a pressure gauge supplied by the league, as well as all 24 footballs from the Colts. All 48 footballs were found to be inflated within the allowable range of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch.”

    So, the weather is out unless a magical bubble surrounded only the bag containing the patriots* footballs.

    The refs didn’t test is out.

    Next excuse?

    Please….another NFL “source”? That’s what you got, a “source”? I’ll wait for the league to speak on the record.

  72. Bills got SOFT balls: Please….another NFL “source”? That’s what you got, a “source”? I’ll wait for the league to speak on the record.

    Well, they did say this in their release today:

    “the evidence thus far supports the conclusion that footballs that were under-inflated were used by the Patriots in the first half, the footballs were properly inflated for the second half and confirmed at the conclusion of the game to have remained properly inflated.”

    Keep on taking the ostrich approach, though….

  73. jjg2640 says:
    Jan 23, 2015 9:18 PM
    @ -Alpha-

    How do you explain 28 points after halftime with properly inflated balls and no interceptions?

    Easy, Brady thinks he prefers 10.5, but in reality he is indifferent – its all in his head based on some random practice incident where he tried a deflated ball and liked it, probably years ago.

    Thats my theory and i’m sticking with it

  74. swagger52 says:
    Jan 23, 2015 8:59 PM
    Brady and Bellichek should have gotten kicked out of the league after spygate. Then this wouldn’t have happened. If they got away with that, then tampering with the balls is nothing. The league created this monster.

    You obviously have no idea what Spygate was – do some research.

  75. I get the fans being jealous/bitter. Hell I’m jealous!!

    But to watch the media tear these guys entire life’s work down over TWO PSI in a football. It’s just astonishing. If this were steroids or another SPYGATE type of deal than yea, well deserved. But TWO PSI inflation of a ball?!! I wonder if people really understand how minuscule of a difference that is.
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    Even people who like Brady have no idea that Spygate was a totally minor event escalated by the media into a cheating/spying scandal.

    Taping was legal. His camera LOCATION was not. He could have moved them 50 feet and made it totally legal, even by the NFL’s arbitrary standards.

  76. Apparently a large amount of the posters on here are unable to actually, you know, READ!! If you had been following the facts that have been released so far you would know that standard operating procedures had been followed before kickoff. So from that point until the half the Pats balls, all but 1, lost at least 2 psi. The balls used in the second half were properly inflated and didn’t lose pressure outside of the legal limits of the rule, you know the second half where it was colder than the first half!!! I guess that blows up the theory of so many delusional Pats fans. For masses that say you should tell them to knock it off before you have to do something about it, that’s nonsense. There is a rule book in place and any attempt to manipulate it or break it should be punished. Not knowing the rules means you are ignorant. Claiming ignorance is not an excuse. Here is a fun fact for naive. If you want to catch a cheater, YOU DON’T TELL THEM WHEN OR WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO DO IT!!! I have nothing but praise for Roger if he is behind this “sting”. Somebody did something and the proof is already out there. The sooner this league rids itself of Belicheat and Shady, the better off it will be. Roger let them off easy by burning the Spygate tapes so the world couldn’t know the whole truth. It’s time to cut the cancer out and get this game we have come to love back to being true football. I’ll be watching on Super Sunday because I know that Seattle can put the soft little Patsies in there place. The smoke and mirrors show has been uncovered by Dungy so I wonder what Belicheat has for a go to now!!!

  77. I’m telling you something fishy is going on here. There were reports that D’Qwell Jackson felt the ball was under inflated, false! There was also a report that Colts Safety Mike Adams tipped off NFL higher authorities about deflated balls during the Nov. 16th matchup between The Colts and Patriots, false! Both players were interviewed today by Sal PalAntonio at the Pro bowl and both denied it, saying they felt nothing wrong with the balls they intercepted. D’Qwell Jackson even went as far to praise the The Patriots organization as a hole, then proceeded to say he feels sorry for them. What? Why is this being reported, if it’s untrue? This is a mess!!! The Caped Crusader himself wouldn’t solve this case lol. I don’t think the NFL is going to find anything. Not anytime soon anyway.

  78. Everyone who is crying about this is clearly a wuss. This is a man’s game. your panties are all in a bunch and its hilarious! You are all on record as total sore losers. Not surprised!

  79. If you had been following the facts that have been released so far you would know that standard operating procedures had been followed before kickoff.
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    Not one statement has said what SOP is. The NFL’s statement specifically said that the balls were inspected to confirm compliance, but avoided mention of a pressure gauge.

  80. “According to an NFL source with direct knowledge of the situation, referee Walt Anderson inspected all 24 of the Patriots’ footballs with a pressure gauge supplied by the league, as well as all 24 footballs from the Colts. All 48 footballs were found to be inflated within the allowable range of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch.”

    So, the weather is out unless a magical bubble surrounded only the bag containing the patriots* footballs.
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    JFC. Are you people stupid? IT’S A RANGE. If the Pats balls were at 12.5 and the Colts were at 13.5 WEATHER ALONE would drop the Pats balls to around 11.5 and the Colts to 12.5.

    Guess which balls would still be in the legal range?

  81. What is the worst thing about that report is if the NFL wanted to catch the Patriots, they had no plan for what to do after they did. They also were willing to allow them to play one half breaking the rules.
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    This is why I don’t think it’s a sting. You don’t run a sting without a plan on what to do afterwards. never mind that you quite possibly end up tainting product.

  82. “Then Walt Anderson inspected the balls pre-game like he always does, by squeezing them and inspecting the laces.

    No gauge.”

    If that is true, and there is no evidence of tampering between the official approval and the officials throwing out the under inflated balls. There is no violation. The rules CLEARLY state the officials have approval on all balls used. If these were “approved” without benefit of a guage, then there is no reason to believe that any tampering went on, just another case of bad officiating, rectified in the second half.

  83. God-del will never touch the boys of the East. He now has had three chances to do something to Brady and he has turned his eye on it. New England fans be happy God-del is the enforcer only to certain teams and only to certain players.

  84. The day I read Mark Cubans comments a while back I thought he was out of his mind. The longer gooddell(awful) stays he is looking smarter and smarter each day…so sad

  85. This story’s suggestion of pre-notice ignores the fact that Goodell and Robert Kraft are best buds. They have saved each other’s bacon several times. (Most recently, Kraft endorsed Goodell after a very questionable Mueller report suggested that Goodell screwed up). There is no way that Goodell didn’t warn the Patriots before a sting operation was conducted. It was done internally without fanfare. However, there is only so much Goodell can do when dealing with complaints from other teams. His sting was actually checking the balls from each team, not just the Pats.

  86. I love how because this is the Patriots some people suddenly believe Roger Goodell and the NFL have integrity and wouldn’t carry out a sting operation. It’s looking more and more like that’s what they did everyday.

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