Jeff Blake says every team takes air out of the footballs

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Former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake can’t figure out what the big deal is with Deflategate.

Blake spent time with seven different teams, and he says he always instructed ball boys to take air out of footballs to improve his grip.

“I’m just going to let the cat of the bag, every team does it, every game, it has been since I played,” Blake said on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, via NJ.com. “Cause when you take the balls out of the bag, they are rock hard. And you can’t feel the ball as well. It’s too hard. Everybody puts the pin in and takes just enough air out of the ball that you can feel it a little better. But it’s not the point to where it’s flat. So I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s not something that’s not been done for 20 years.”

Blake said his pre-game ritual always included checking footballs and taking some air out if they were too hard to grip.

“Well, I would say [to a ball boy], ‘Take a little bit of air out of it. It’s a little bit hard,'” Blake said. “And then he’d take a little bit out and I’d squeeze it and I’d be like, ‘OK, it’s perfect.’ That’s it.”

With the Patriots now facing scrutiny for using under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game, Blake is wondering why this is suddenly an issue.

“I guess it wasn’t a big deal back then, but it is now,” he said.

It’s a very big deal in the media. It may not be a big deal to NFL players, some of whom say deflating footballs is just part of the business.

173 responses to “Jeff Blake says every team takes air out of the footballs

  1. It should be noted that Blake played before road teams were allowed to bring their own footballs. I wonder how that rule has changed the way footballs are prepared.

  2. Again, who cares how many other teams do something that is illegal? The Patriots were caught and should be punished.

    Holding happens on every play too but does that mean it shouldn’t be called when it’s blatant? For the life of me I cannot understand why people are going to such great lengths to make excuses for a team that has a culture of cheating.

  3. Sounds though like he was taking air out of the balls BEFORE they were checked by officials. That’s completely legal. Doctoring the balls after checked by the officials is simply cheating.

  4. If Brady got Due Process & was judged by a jury of his peers it is clear that even if guilty there would be jury nullification. It seems like everybody but Matt Ryan does this.

  5. Jeff, we appreciate your candor but this is not about 2psi of air….
    This is about victims getting a false sense of closure.

  6. The list of “cheating” ball tampering QBs is already huge and ever-growing. It includes everyone from Aaron Rodgers to Eli Manning to Drew Brees to Joe Montana. How much longer does the NFL want to play this little conspiracy game? Most people in the media have never played the sport so they just make stuff up as they go, but you’d think the league would avoid feeding them nonsense — particularly right before a Super Bowl.

  7. eldoradogeorge says:
    Jan 30, 2015 9:01 AM

    Wait…Who’s Jeff Blake?

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    Everyone looks for their 15 minutes of fame.

  8. It’s been done forever. Now there’s a rule against it. The Pats did it, were caught, now should be disciplined for it.

    It’s just that simple. It’s always the cover up. It makes the Brady/Belichick/Kraft denial look very self-serving and like a lie.

    Admission was the answer from the start. They would have gotten more support from players, past and present had they just told the truth.

  9. What barrel did they scrape the bottom of to get Jeff Blake? Congrats on being back in the news for a few seconds Jeff. Now back obscurity with you!

  10. doggsaint says:
    Jan 30, 2015 9:03 AM

    Mr Deer Antler Spray has very little credibility. The Colts footballs proved that every team doesn’t do it.
    __________________________________

    Maybe Luck likes to throw a rock hard football.

    And no, Mr. Deer Antler Spray has zero credibility. I love the hat and glasses he’s been sporting lately too. Like he’s a thoughtful, civilized, cerebral person or something.

  11. All the rats had to say was we take out bit out but to the lower limit not below. If more was let out it was from time/cooling or a mistake. Case closed.

  12. “Sounds though like he was taking air out of the balls BEFORE they were checked by officials. That’s completely legal. Doctoring the balls after checked by the officials is simply cheating.”

    Only Pats* fans hate logical answers such as this.

  13. There was a MMQB video from last year that showed refs guaging the balls and inflating and deflating some of the balls before a game. This whole mess boils down to a 90 second piss break or any evidence that shows someone on the sidelines cramming a needle in the balls. This scandal was contrived to distract and or tarnish the Patriots.

  14. So heres my question. If its something that EVERY TEAM does, why not just change the specified inflation pressure to something that everyone is amenable to?

  15. Its a big deal because its the Patriots and every reporter out there is looking for the next “Spygate” story.

    PSI: New England is just a bunch of hot air drummed up by the media and run with by the fans of other teams to make themselves feel better about the lack of competitiveness of their favorite teams.

  16. The only time this crap matters is if the ball is severally under-inflated for RB’s to prevent fumbles. And with all the official handling of the balls, that would never happen…….

  17. Must be why the Colts footballs were properly inflated and why word spread among other teams that NE was doing it, enough to warrant a sting.

  18. Katy Perry has already said nothing in her halftime performance will be “deflated”.

    Is Walt Anderson going to perform the pre-game check?

    Please write down the numbers this time Walt.

  19. So if everyone cheats on test but only 1 person is caught… that person shouldn’t be punished because everyone does it right? Also, there is a reason your allowed between 12-13 lbs so you can take a lb out of the football to get better grip and it still be legal.

    Had to put an * next to the last few pats superbowls because of spy gate. Get that * ready if they win again.

  20. LOL at this whole DEFLATEGATE. This makes me actually question global warming and second hand smoke. I mean, this led all 3 newscasts. Journalists put everything into it. It became the center of gravity for an attack on the Patriots that to this day includes conspiracy theories about Blount’s return. We even had Greta van Susteren of Fox News asking Troy Vincent why the NFL didn’t replace the Patriots with the Colts in the SuperBowl. The Huffington Post headline read “Richard Sherman Was Right” and the article was all about how the investigation would not conclude in time to suspend Brady from the SuperBowl.

    DAY’S VERSION OF TRUTH : PHASE 1

    First we heard the balls were under-inflated by a FULL 2 psi (as if that’s supposed to mean something) and weather could not have caused this according to speculative intel from physicists (presumed 0.5 – 1 psi drop under those weather conditions). Bill Nye, he with no advanced degree, went on national television and cast aspersions on Belichick’s intelligence or integrity or both.

    DAY’S VERSION OF TRUTH : PHASE 2

    Reporters began saying they couldn’t feel the difference between a ball inflated to 10.5 psi and a ball inflated to 12.5 psi. “You’d need an NFL player or official to tell the difference,” said one reporter. Experiments out of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Illinois revealed that under preparation procedures detailed by Belichick and under the weather conditions observed during the game, a ball can deflate as much as 1.8 psi.

    DAY’S VERSION OF TRUTH : PHASE 3

    Some players began reporting that they couldn’t discern a 2 psi difference either. Other players came forward to say they all deflated for better grip. The NFL leaks that the balls were closer to 1 psi below regs rather than 2 psi as originally reported.

    DAY’S VERSION OF TRUTH : PHASE 4

    The NFL announces the footballs were judged regulation by touch and that no measurements were taken after all.

    Said Vinovich, “Dean tested a couple in the office and had one underinflated and one to specs, and you really couldn’t tell the difference unless you actually sat there and tried to squeeze the thing or did some extraordinary thing. If somoene just tossed you the ball, especially in 20 degree weather, you’re going to pretty much play with the ball. They are going to be hard. You’re not going to notice the difference.”

    Objectivity and investigative acumen are dead in American journalism. I already knew this to be true from the way journalists handled the job market and unemployment over the past few years.

  21. Jeff Blake played in the league 14 years, through 134 TDs, and made a Pro Bowl. All you guys asking who he is maybe should pick up a football reference book or something.

  22. Carolina caught heating footballs by a sideline heater – nobody cares.
    Aaron Rodgers says he over inflates the footballs – nobody cares.
    Patriots are involved – international news.

  23. Does anyone keep up to speed on this investigation? The Colts did NOT deflate the footballs against the cheaters, so no Jeff, not everyone deflates the football.

  24. Come on, Joe Montana, Aikman, Brunnell, Simms, Boomer, Rice, etc, etc are all jealous hacks with little value.

    BUT IF JEFF BLAKE SAYS IT, it must be true.

    So Jeff, you cheated too huh?

  25. Jeff Blake was really good for the 2000 Saints. We had a stacked defensive line and talented playmakers on offense.
    Blake had a nice deep ball and put us in playoff position before getting hurt.
    Then Aaron Brooks came in, balled out, beat the defending champs, and tricked the WhoDat nation into believing he was a stud.

  26. Ok, but what isn’t said is if the balls went below the allowable psi level, and if the balls had been checked by the officials yet. Without that info, this is just another ex-player getting their name in the media again.

  27. Oh wait, its a BIG deal to the teams that don’t do it! If you know the officials check the ball before game time, and you change them AFTER they have been approved, then it is CHEATING. I don’t care how many teams do it, it is NOT right. If teams don’t like it, change the RULE!

  28. It’s like the old legal saying: “Are you lying now, or were you lying then?” If it’s so common, then why did Brady stand up there and lie about not knowing anything about it?

  29. So heres my question. If its something that EVERY TEAM does, why not just change the specified inflation pressure to something that everyone is amenable to?

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    Everyone does it. Everyone gets to use their own balls. A completely flat football will travel poorly through the air and float around. A highly inflated football will be tough to grip and catch.

    It’s a very good point. Make the limit any PSI that can practically be caught and thrown (ie 6-15) and get on with it.

  30. I don’t think people really read Joe Montana’s comments all that well. He said it is a stupid controversy because it is a stupid rule and that he didn’t think of it when he was a player….implying that he would have if he had thought of it.

  31. “So if everyone cheats on test but only 1 person is caught… that person shouldn’t be punished because everyone does it right?”

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    Yep, and I’ll tell you why. If everyone knows everyone else is doing it, you can’t be the only team in the league to be at a competitive disadvantage. This is about the culture of the NFL. But the problem isn’t JUST one of rampant line-skirting, but the NFL needs to decide which rules are important and need to be enforced and which should just be gotten rid of. Sounds to me like pressure in footballs needs a tweaking (broaden the acceptable range), and if there’s a choice between turning NFL venues into Fort Knox (with custody of footballs supervised, timed, and video-monitored) or having no rule at all — I choose NO RULE. Make ball pressure a matter of game strategy.

  32. Maybe the question should be “Why are there any rules on footballs?” Aside from being a standard Wilson NFL ball, let the players doctor them however they want. There isn’t a lot that can be done and they still function effectively as a football. We want the game to be good right?

  33. let’s just assume this man known as jeff blake is stating the truth…then why didn’t brady just own up to it? now he’s caught in a web of lies if he attempts to back track. it’s the culture the organization breeds…it’s the patriot way…

  34. Must be why the Colts footballs were properly inflated and why word spread among other teams that NE was doing it, enough to warrant a sting.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    you answered your own question, the colts balls were “properly inflate” because they were aware of the sting. how stupid would they have looked having “alerted” the league and then their balls were below 12.5 psi

    and pagano knew nothing about it…

  35. @jnsk10 i dont think pats fans care if there is a punishment if there actually was a crime.

    i think they actually care about the media and fans using common sense. if you don’t think every team and every player is trying to cut corners somehow then you are just someone who refuses to accept reality and simply enjoys basking in the garbage pile the media has created.

    I love when people talk about asterisks. Like there is some official book sitting in the nfl headquarters. you sound like a child. keep harboring for your imaginary asterisks in your imaginary official book. at the end of the day every team has cut corners (PEDs, salary cap violations, tampering, interfering with headsets, etc. etc.) the list goes on and on.

    move on. go root for your own team and find out ways they can improve. to carry on about 1 half of football that was allegedly played with 11 psi is sad. you are the reason the human race is in trouble.

  36. So, do we have that critical piece of information from the NFL yet regarding what the colts footballs weighed at halftime….seems critical to me, but apparently not to anyone who reports in mainstream media.

  37. Translation: Kraft, Belichick, Brady are pathological liars, a disgrace to the league, and should’ve been disqualified from the Super Bowl because they deliberately LIED.

  38. BREAKING NEWS: The league just concluded its investigation and reached the following conclusion; The Colts are terrible & bitter

  39. Seriously, and Joe Montana blames Brady for this?

    ——————————–

    The Old Guard is sensitive about being replaced by a new generation of feats, records, and personalities. They’re sensitive about their aging bodies and all they have is their legacies after the effects of the game take a toll on their health. Just look at the way Mercury Morris and Don Shula got bent out of shape over the Patriots 2007 season. Even though it ended in a loss, the Pats still went where the Fins never did (18-0) and exposed the Fins schedule as weak.

    Sports is all about the NOW. You can’t really bask in the reflected glory of some former year. Once Belichick and Brady retire, it’ll be a new Patriots organization and we’ll all hit the REBOOT button.

  40. “Wait, you mean every team bends the rules? Impossible! My (Insert Team) would never cheat! I’m not watching football anymore!!!”

    Regards,
    Naive Football Guy

  41. Sorry Patriot fans, you’re really grasping at straws when you have to use Jeff Blake to vouch for your actions. I’d be ticked off if I were you. It just makes the Pats look even guiltier. You cheated and got caught. Who cares if others were doing it?

    Next time you get a speeding ticket and go to court, tell the judge, “Everyone else was speeding.” See what he says.

    Cheaters.

  42. That ball boy is so FIRED! Because of all the media coverage, Brady knows that he missed the 12th ball.

  43. @indywilson40

    The Colts did NOT deflate the footballs against the cheaters, so no Jeff, not everyone deflates the football.
    —–

    Mr. Indy —

    How about when the Colts deliberately lost 14 games in a row, watching opponents run past them, to lock up the first round pick and take Andrew Luck?

    Then they won the last two games of the year after they were guaranteed the first pick.

    Talk about ruining the integrity of the game.

    Colts records
    11 5
    11 5
    11 5
    2 14
    10 6
    14 2

  44. Is Blake saying every QB had them deflated below the minimum requirement? The Pats didn’t because Brady swore his were still within the legal range.

  45. I’m confused, Jeff Blake says everyone does it and yet Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have vigorously denied doing it, so which one is it?

  46. As a lifelong Bengals fan, I can in fact confirm that Jeff Blake sucked the air out of several seasons.

  47. Need someone with a little more name recognition and record of accomplishments to make ths cas. Who is this dude?

  48. dbdaddyo says:Jan 30, 2015 9:20 AM

    Maybe the question should be “Why are there any rules on footballs?” Aside from being a standard Wilson NFL ball, let the players doctor them however they want. There isn’t a lot that can be done and they still function effectively as a football. We want the game to be good right?

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

    Depends on what you mean by good. If you mean more offense, then by all means let them use nerf vortex aero footballs that are easier to throw, catch, and hold on to.

  49. If the NFL handled this correctly it would have been over with very little damage . nfl official checked both team balls at the start of the colts game record psi , then checked and recorded at half time , a quick investigation , with NO LEAKS TO THE MEDIA and a $25,000 fine , a wrist slap fitting with the level of the crime .

  50. ziplock10 says:
    Jan 30, 2015 9:11 AM
    The only time this crap matters is if the ball is severally under-inflated for RB’s to prevent fumbles. And with all the official handling of the balls, that would never happen…….
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    A study was done on this, actually. The Patriots fumble less than any other team. In 2007 there was a huge drop in their fumbling rate compared to the rest of the league and it’s been at that level ever since.

  51. No other team will ever admit to anything. That’s not the way these things work. The league doesn’t want that either, as it makes the whole league look bad too.

    Ex players and coaches will say things, good or bad, but it always blows over fast.

  52. The NFL can’t have it both ways.

    They can’t allow TWO sources of game balls and expect them to be identical, and thus eliminate a source of variability which could lead to a competitive advantage and threaten league parity.

    Even if the PSI of each ball is within range, there apparently are no specifications or protocols for prepping the surfaces of the balls. Even if the PSI is within range, teams are introducing variability into the surface characteristics of the balls. Furthermore, since each ball is leather, there is a natural variability which cannot be controlled.

    For a league and a commissioner who wants to eliminate variables, competitive advantages, and maximize parity, this SMALL aspect of the game is an example of poor Quality Control.

    If this is such an issue to the league and such a threat to parity, then CONTROL IT!!!

    One source of balls, machine prepped, and composite material, not leather, if you must…

    Or eliminate the PSI specification altogether. Teams that take TOO MUCH air out are going to put themselves at a disadvantage. There is a functional range to a football’s performance related to PSI. At a basic level you sacrifice flying distance for grip and vice versa. These are the relative and comparative advantages AND disadvantages.

    One last thing: On EVERY play, at any given moment, there is one player handling the ball, and 21 players NOT handling the ball! 21 players for which the PSI is essentially a non-factor. PSI does not win games.

    Can we just finish the season now, please?

  53. I think by now it’s pretty obvious the Pats gave the balls for inspection at 12.5 or a little under, which is perfectly legal, the refs used the squeeze check and that was that. Which also shows that the psi isn’t a big deal, otherwise they would be weighed and logged before each game. It’s amazing to me how quick people were to judge based on all of these “sources” and now refuse to believe anything else. It’s time to move on now…

  54. RomoIsGod says:
    Jan 30, 2015 9:00 AM
    Again, who cares how many other teams do something that is illegal? The Patriots were caught and should be punished.

    Caught do what doing what exactly ?

  55. From ESPN:

    “His last year was 2005, so during his career when his team was on the road, Blake would not have handled the footballs until pregame.

    In 2006, NFL quarterbacks successfully got the NFL to change the rules and allow each team to provide its own balls for games, which would then be turned over to officials before the game.”

    So he knows nothing about the current setup. Which means it is irrelevant.

  56. I just love the so-called NFL experts here wondering who Jeff Blake is/was. I think 14 years as an NFL qb, starting a lot of games, gives him some stature. It certainly does in my book.

  57. If no one likes the balls inflated to that range, why don’t they just change the range? It obviously does not work where it is at if “almost” every quarterback is saying the same thing.

  58. FoozieGrooler says:
    Jan 30, 2015 9:46 AM
    Why is it, that with this culture in the NFL of “Everybody does it”, why are the Patriots the only ones who ever get caught?
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    They aren’t the only ones getting caught. They’re the only ones that make the news. Panthers and Vikings were using a heater during the game, caught on national television….no big deal. It’s literally the same offense. It breaks the same section of the rulebook. No story. No punishment. No nothing. Browns coaches using cell phones on the sidelines (again, on national television)? No big deal. Yeah, the NFL is “looking into it” now that people have brought it up in relation to this. The Pats don’t get caught doing anything any more than anyone else, they’re just the only ones held accountable for it…..even in cases like this, where there’s zero evidence anything even happened.

  59. Blake doesn’t know what he is talking about. Stafford has already stated that he doesn’t even pick out which balls he plays with; just takes whatever they give him. Doesn’t care what PSI they are. So much for everyone does it, except for Warner, Stafford,Montana. and the Colts !

  60. RomoIsGod says:
    Jan 30, 2015 9:45 AM
    ziplock10 says:
    Jan 30, 2015 9:11 AM
    The only time this crap matters is if the ball is severally under-inflated for RB’s to prevent fumbles. And with all the official handling of the balls, that would never happen…….
    ——————————-

    A study was done on this, actually. The Patriots fumble less than any other team. In 2007 there was a huge drop in their fumbling rate compared to the rest of the league and it’s been at that level ever since.

    And that story has pretty much been debunked by just about everybody

  61. Minnesota Sports Fan here— I believe it’s likely that alot of NBA teams have made “under-the-table” (“wink-wink”) deals with players in the past too… But guess what?…. The Timberwolves got busted for it…. Then David Stern dropped the hammer down that crippled the organization ever since.

    Point is: A rule-is-a-rule-is-a-rule! Obviously, it got to the point that organizations expressed complaints to the league— And The League busted the Patriots!

    I’m not saying the commissioner needs to go overboard (like Stern did to the Wolves)— But people can stop pretending that nothing is deserved here.

    Frankly, this should have been handled in a manner similar to what happens when a baseball player is found with illegal bat/doctoring baseball.. A party (head coach) should be immediately ejected from the game…. When they discovered the footballs were insufficient at Half-time during the Championship Game, Belichick should have been ejected from the remainder of the game.

  62. “It’s a very big deal in the media. It may not be a big deal to NFL players, some of whom say deflating footballs is just part of the business.”

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    Exactly…big deal only in the media.

  63. I often think of Martha Stewart going to jail. It is a very important story, a teachable moment for my kids.

    She did something many have done or do, something it is hard to see as a big deal, and something many of us would find hard to resist. A friend called her and told her something about a stock and she sold it. It was insider trading, but on a pretty small scale. (like playing with deflated ball in a 47-7 blowout … what’s the harm).

    But really she did something else, the crime she actually spent two years in jail for. She obstructed justice. In her case, she altered her own diary record, by erasing something.

    Belichek and Brady, and even Kraft, rather than fess up to the $25k fine offense have been running a big dodge, costing the league hundreds of thousands of dollars in investigation, plus untold embarassment in the media. In the end, that’s what these guys will pay for. The $25k fine is the least of the issues.

  64. Both teams should have to play with the same ball. That’s where the problem with the rule lies.

    Allowing each team to play with a ball that can be prepared differently is BS. It would be like allowing baseball teams to use a different ball when they are in the field.

    The refs should show up at the game with their own balls that meet specs and throw one out to start the game. Both teams play with it and that’s that. No advantage.

    The league has to do this because the pats cannot be trusted.

  65. Sadly he is right and the ball boy is going to take a hit and its too bad. He was trained to do it, probably most ball boys are trained to do it and the truth: other ball boys doing it don’t have the balls to come out, defend themselves and tell the truth “we do it every game all the time, for years, what’s the big deal”.

    No they will let this guy take the fall and never say a thing about it.

  66. Jeff Blake played before current rules were instituted. Under the current system, referees check and approve every ball, every game. To deflate the ball after that process is deliberate cheating. Regardless, who cares whether Jeff Blake may have cheated under the rules from 20 years ago.

  67. If “every team does it every game”—that’s the talking point— then why were IND’s footballs within regulation? Our media really relies on its audience being dumb.

  68. Look this is simple. Follow the science presented by the NY Times story and how the balls are tested. The NFL says the ball pressure is not recorded, the balls are pass/fail. So either they are in range or out of range. Using this, lets say the Colts ball were at the high end (13.5) and the Pats were at the low end (12.5). Giving the change do to the elements, both sets of balls could drop the same amount of pressure causing the Pats balls to fall out of range while the Colts ball were still in range. Like I said, pretty simple.

  69. Sounds like when you drive 5 MPH over the speed limit on the Interstate. There is a reasonable expectation that you won’t get a speeding ticket since everyone is doing it and it never gets enforced. But if you do get pulled over, hard to argue that you were not breaking the law. Notice how quiet all the current NFL QBs have been on the topic!

  70. Can the NFL please end this farce and apologize to the Patriots please? The NFL has nothing. The Patriots did nothing wrong. Every team plays around with football inflation/deflation. Brady likes his footballs under-inflated and Aaron Rodgers likes his over-inflated. The point is that all their footballs pass inspection by the refs. The refs approve all footballs for game play. If the refs think footballs are under-inflated, it’s their JOB to put more air in them.

    The only reason this is a story is that crybaby Jim Harbaugh had his feelings hurt by Tom Brady, who told him to ‘study the rulebook’, so Harbaugh thought he’d get back at Brady and the Patriots by pulling this juvenile stunt and tipping off the Colts and his buddy Chuck Pagano that the Patriot’s footballs are slightly underinflated. Oh my God, stop the presses. Harbaugh’s reputation is ruined because of this. I bet all NFL coaches will and should shun him now.

  71. It’s a very big deal in the media because

    must…….hang……belichik

    the problem is that to date, the media as well as the NFL front office has looked incredibly stupid and what is driving the insanity now is an integrity panic by the media.

    The biggest issue facing the media next year is what they are going to do when the majority of them will not have access to the patriots since the pats can claim they are a distraction since they are not interested in getting the story, they’re interested in making the story,

  72. “Jeff Blake was really good for the 2000 Saints. We had a stacked defensive line and talented playmakers on offense.
    Blake had a nice deep ball and put us in playoff position before getting hurt.
    Then Aaron Brooks came in, balled out, beat the defending champs, and tricked the WhoDat nation into believing he was a stud.”

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    As a fellow Saints fan I remember those years quite well. Although I have little love for Aaron Brooks and his backward passes in all fairness, he played fairly well before his shoulder injury. The Saints forced Brooks to play through it even though Jake Delhomme was on the bench behind him. After that it was clear he couldn’t perform. Brooks didn’t do much to help his legacy but the team didn’t help him either.

  73. It’s only a big deal when the Patriots do it because they have been so successful over the past 15 years and everyone is insanely jealous of them and wish they were their team to root for, but they’re not so they have to hate on them every chance they get no matter how ridiculous the reason is… Can you only imagine how much of a big deal it would be if it were the SEAHAWKS hotel alarm going off night after night? I’m sure the media would cover it non-stop and all you idiots would be clamoring to call the Patriots cheaters once again…seriously, get over yourself and your hate – the Patriots are good and you’re all just JEALOUS.

  74. Mother Nature lets pressure out of a football without losing air EVERY SINGLE TIME that the TEMPERATURE DROPS.

    How in the world is this not understood by now?

    Google “Amonton’s law.”

    You will see it was proposed when George Washington’s great grandfather was probably a baby (1702).

  75. Jeff Blake took the air out of the chances of all 7 teams he played for just by walking into the huddle.

  76. As the case against the Patriots steadily falls apart the Pats H8r logic grows more and more pathetic. Face it guys, this is at worst worthy of a small fine and is only the scandal it is because you’re gullible.

  77. Not blaming the Colts loss on deflated footballs, just making the factual point that the Colts footballs were properly inflated. As for throwing the 2011 season, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. Peyton Manning was basically a 1 man team in 2011. He gets hurt. Bill Polian brings in Kerry Collins for 4 million dollars to try to salvage the season. He too gets hurt. What Gm in their right mind would go out a blow more money on a stop-gap QB? Curtis Painter was the next option, and after sucking for several weeks, we turn to the infamous Dan Orlovsky. If we were really trying to throw the season then why go out and win 2 games and nearly a third, which would have jeopardized the 1st pick?

  78. It’s a very big deal in the media.

    Most of us don’t care. If they would get away from their computers and pick up a new football for the first times in their lives they would understand why all teams do this. As long as you aren’t giving the other team a flat ball to play with get over it and play ball.

  79. I love the caught speeding analogies, because nobody is ‘caught speeding going 5 mph over the limit…

    which sounds a lot like 1.5 psi

    or pine tar on a bat.

  80. I cant believe the people commenting make the football anything the QB is comfortable with? Really. So lets just throw out all standards for the 1 most important piece of equipment? They are already allowing the QB’s a ‘range’ to have the ball inflated, which makes it fair for everyone involved. Besides a football underinflated a lot greatly helps a RB hold on to the football. Plus what are you going to say when a Great RB like Adrian Petersen says he prefers the ball at its max range for inflation, but the QB says he prefers it at its least? Just leave the current standards in place with the current range, but just take the footballs away form the home teams and keep it in the hands of the officials until game time.

  81. If lowering the air pressure in the footballs improves the condition of the football from being *rock-hard* to a normal and comfortable level for gripping and throwing, then the league should lower the range for air pressure. Why force QB’s to throw rocks? Why would the league want to maintain a rock hard air pressure? Does that help to improve the game?

  82. Florio – I called it didn’t i?

    The NFL is using the Patriots (With Kraft’s approval) to get a better handle on ball security. Look at that pun!

    Just like the video taping of practices and other public team functions.

    Because, the Patriots can take it…

  83. Want an awesome laugh about deflate gate go to ESPN Boston NFL. Com & look at the video of “celebrities defending the Patriots”… It has a picture of Matt Damon… Freakin riot!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  84. An honest report would have named the seven teams he played for and the fact that he was in the NFL for 13 years.

  85. Well, apparently the Colts don’t take the air out of their footballs. So that kind of shoots his argument out of the water.

  86. The air pressure in the football has a high legal limit and a low legal limit.

    Brady’s ball were a couple psi below the legal limit.

    To me the only way Brady and the Pats escape punishment is if Goodell admits that the league he leads was lax in enforcement…. But then Goodell has another question to answer about his AMORAL LEADERSHIP.

    He can begin to answer that today.

  87. “The list of “cheating” ball tampering QBs is already huge and ever-growing. It includes everyone from Aaron Rodgers”
    ———————-

    No it doesn’t. Rodgers said he would put as much air in the ball that the officials would allow. That’s not cheating.

  88. @indywilson40, how do we know what any of the footballs – including the Colts – were inflated to? Mort said the Patriots were 2PSI under, then that was refuted…. Someone said the Colts were within spec….but now no one knows because the stinkin’ refs never even recorded the PSI – that right there alone shows how important it is doesn’t it. Additionally, if these refs are the best of the best, why couldn’t they tell after touching the ball on every single play in the 1st half of the game? I’m not looking to start back in on an argument, just saying that none of us know anything concrete yet.

  89. Very telling that Jeff Blake isnt even linked in the article, like athletes normally are in these stories. Even PFT couldn’t remember who he is.

  90. 20 out of 22 of the riders that sat on the podium during Lance Armstrong’s career failed drug test. Lance was one of the 2 who did not. I guess Jeff Blake is ok with cheating as long as he thinks everyone is.

    There are a couple of problems with his statement.

    By everyone does it- I guess he means himself and Tom Brady because every QB i have heard of ESPN has never heard of anyone taking air out of the balls.

    If he believes his statement- Tom Brady and the Patriots knowing took the air out of the balls. They have said they did not do it.

    Congrats to Jeff for finding a way to get in the spot light.

    BTW- i am sorry that even cheating was not enough to make you a good nfl QB.

    Cheater!

  91. Where is the report that Warren Moon said the same thing?

    Montana said it was no big deal. Maybe because he knows the practice was widespread.

  92. “crazyaboutthepigskin says:
    Jan 30, 2015 9:08 AM
    Seriously, and Joe Montana blames Brady for this?
    ====================================================

    Sheesh, I swear, many of you Pats fans are so blind in your rage about anything perceived criticism that it has affected your ability to actually use common sense and your reading comprehension. Montana wasn’t criticizing Brady. Reread his comments VERY VERY slowly, and you’ll see what the rest of the rationale and smart football fans have already concluded.

  93. Love all the comments on here from the conspiracy theorists, but the fact remains–the patriots did nothing wrong. Weather is a perfectly plausible explanation for what went on here. The only facts we know for sure are the balls were under inflated at half time. At first they said two pounds. Now that has been proven false. It appears maybe the refs didn’t check the pressure before the game with gauges. That is a huge mistake. I don’t believe the Colts footballs were checked at halftime, so we will never know if their footballs lost pressure or not. For those of you who continue to say the colts footballs were checked at half time, please show me who said it. I have read the patriots footballs were double checked at half time. That would be 24 tests. Yet the refs had time to gather these balls, take them in, test them and get them back out with only one minute late to start the 2nd half. All this and time to check the colts footballs too. Yet they didn’t bother to check them with gauges before the game. So they are so thorough that they thought to check the Colts footballs just to make sure they were okay, but not use gauges before the game? Lol. Of course this is all conjecture because we don’t know any facts. Just leaks that have usually been proven untrue. I really don’t want to hear about the pats propensity for cheating either. The pats got caught video taping less than a year after the memo to stop video taping came out. The whole walk through video was bogus and retracted by the Boston paper who printed it. They even apologized for not checking that the source was accurate before printing it. I don’t have a problem with the video taping. It was common practice, teams still have photos taken on the field constantly and people watching and writing signals trying to figure them out. Photos printed on the sidelines of every play on the field yet you guys, so hating that the patriots are winners, would, hang them, over video instead of the aforementioned other methods. Then you have the logic of every team holds too, but shouldn’t you punish them when it’s blatant? Duh you should punish them whenever it happens. That is exactly what breeds this whole, if the ref didn’t see it, it didn’t happen. Your such hypocrites. Yeah he was holding, but they didn’t see it, so yeah that upholds the integrity of the game. Let’s all see what we can get away with. Yeah I trapped the ball but the refs and cameras didn’t get a good view, so I’m not telling the truth. Yeah I interfere as much as possible and hopefully the refs don’t always catch it. Yeah way to show us all how much integrity you have. This game has never had much integrity, so I really don’t want to hear about it.

  94. “For the life of me I cannot understand why people are going to such great lengths to make excuses for a team that has a culture of cheating.”

    ————————————————

    Well…because they don’t. Spygate was a total con by the NFL. Goodell is a former Jets employee. The Jets were caught videotaping Pats signals during a playoff game the year before spygate broke.

    The Pats-hating conspiracy theorists will hold up Goodell destroying the tapes as evidence that he was protecting the Pats, but it’s been hinted (and some still have copies of those tapes) that in reality the tapes had evidence that other teams were doing the exact same thing.

    So all the BS, sanctimonious, holier-than-thou cries of “cheating” from fans and the more ignorant portions of the media are entirely baseless. If the Pats’ intention was to cheat, why were the cameras in open view on the sidelines from 00-07?

    I’m not even a Pats fan, but spygate was a strawman argument. It’s a McGuffin. It was propoganda by Goodell – why? Who knows, but most likely either out of loyalty to his former employer (The Jets, who also turned NE in) or to restore/maintain parity. Punish NE for their success? I don’t know. Only Goodell knows.

    But the Pats did not break the rules as written at the time. And the infamous “NFL memo” in 2006 regarding videotaping misquoted and misrepresented the rulebook to fit what Goodell wanted it to say. Goodell can’t change the rules, only the owners can, as a group.

  95. Deal with it Pats Fans. Your team cheats. You don’t care, that much is obvious.

    Your alleged dynasty will forever have an asterisk with every other fan out there. If you don’t like it, tell them to stop.

  96. If you don’t know Jeff Blake, then you are either very young or a very stupid part-time football fan. He made many a game more exciting by scrambling or throwing air-balls to deep receivers. Just because he’s not Peyton or Brady doesn’t mean he didn’t thrill a lot of fans @ ECU, Cincy, Balto, etc.
    I guess you can give yourself a big pat on the back for being so FN funny by cutting up people who actually were good enough to play the game for many years.
    This is not just for Blake, but for all the true athletes who some of you just love to rip apart – when it is you who is the real fool.

  97. ok, so now its been proven the Pats did nothing to the footballs and they could very likely have dropped even 2psi in the cold wet weather, can we focus the investigation on why to Colts balls did not deflate? It would seem someone must have been tampering with theirs. They must have cheated!

  98. BREAKING NEWS!

    We interrupt the President’s State of the Union to report the latest news on #Deflategate.

    Wow get a grip and have some perspective

  99. How many ACTIVE quarterbacks have come out and denounced Brady or Rodgers on this issue? Tell me….how many? I’ll wait….

    This is exactly why. No active QB will throw that stone, and they all fear a rule change that will prohibit them from making the footballs easier to grip.

  100. Funny thing, Karma is.

    You can expose an obscure section of the rule book, and catch the Ravens unsuspecting, with a unique but legal formation. Then when the Ravens say well, everyone else doesn’t line up that way (the lemming excuse), the Patriots hide behind the rule book and say but it’s legal!!!!

    Then, that same book, in what must be the most obscure section known to man, about ball requirements, that even the genius headcoach, admits publicly to knowing nothing about, and everyone in the Patriots organization professes they know nothing about how they violated the rule, is now not supposed to be used against them?

    If the rule book worked for you one week, wouldn’t it be the honorable thing to do and follow it the next week too?Or do all the teams get to chose different weeks to follow the rules and different weeks not to? Just let us know!

  101. Now I know how Yankees fans felt during their run. Other fans can’t tolerate consistent success. Bring the hate people, it only means the Patriots are that good.

  102. On a side note, i havent tuned into the nonsense called ESPN are they still talking about the deflated balls. I never grew up playing football but the football of the leg variety and bball and still do. There were some balls i liked and some i didnt, but you get to play and select one. Will some QB’s want the balls a certain way, you bet ya. This story was so planted and it has whipped people into a frenzy for those that have clouded judgements for one reason or another.

  103. Other fans can’t tolerate consistent success.
    ———–

    Packers fan here. For most fans it’s more likely the fact that the Patriots are constantly being found to bend/break the rules to their advantage. I don’t care what team does it or how good/bad they are; cheating simply shouldn’t be allowed.

    After all, if you’re good enough to be successful without cheating, then why cheat in the first place?

  104. Listen ….

    NOBODY Believes that Tom Brady cannot tell the difference between a 12.5 psi ball and an 11 psi ball. We all think he is lying. He is way too much of a craftsman, way too much of a perfecitionist, way too much of a winner for “I can’t tell the difference” to be true. He is lying, and like Martha, Obstructing.

    I am not saying the psi of the ball is a big or little deal. I am not saying the ball boy did or did not deflate the ball, I am not saying the balls were or were not properly checked before the game by the NFL. What I am saying is what I am saying. He knew they were light.

  105. A few posters enjoy throwing Aaron Rodgers’ name into this mess and inferring that he’s a cheater. Here’s what he said, “I like to push the limit to how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take air out of it.” He said that he has the balls inflated to the level that he likes before turning them in to be checked. If the game officials deflate the ball Aaron is satisfied with them as they are given back to the team. Some of you are inferring that he has the balls over inflated AFTER they are checked and that is just not the case.

  106. Apparently there is new twist just reported. The Patriots under inflated the balls before giving them to the ref and apparently (not proven yet) the refs gave them back without checking the pressure.

    Now word is the refs a lot of times only feel the balls and don’t necessarily check them with gages?

    If true this kind of, ya you know this is coming “Deflates the theory that the Pats cheated”. Had to do it.

  107. GREAT source…a past has been whose name isn’t even recognized talking about regularly breaking rules. He says he told the ball boys to change the pressure…not that he saw others do it. That just means he’s a cheater also. But, we do know for fact that not only is Tom Brady a cheater…he is also a liar. If it wasn’t a big deal, then why would both Baby Brady & Belicheat LIE about it??!!! Because it’s not OK…that’s why!

  108. “The air pressure in the football has a high legal limit and a low legal limit. Brady’s ball were a couple psi below the legal limit.” -wimpyburgers

    When tested at room temperature in pregame testing, legally inflated footballs must have 12.5-13.5 psi of pressure.

    When those same footballs are cooled and tested about 20 degrees BELOW room temperature, those same footballs WILL have 11.5-12.5 psi of pressure. All of the ones that were at 13.5 will now be at 12.5. All of the ones that were at 12.5 will now be at 11.5. This is with NO tampering, and solely based upon the laws of nature. Google “Amontons law” if you need to convince yourself that absolute pressure drops proportionally with absolute temperature.

    Mike Florio on Monday quoted an NFL source as saying that only 1 Patriots football was, at halftime, 2 psi below where it was in pregame. Further, 1 Patriots football was at or above 12.5 psi at halftime. Then (and this is key), 10 Patriots footballs were down much closer to 1 psi than to 2 psi. Thus there is a high outlier and a low outlier, and an average drop of near 1 psi.

    This average drop would match the average drop that WILL happen based on the 20 degree temperature drop, from pregame testing to postgame testing.

    If Florio’s source is true, then, the Patriots footballs COULD NOT POSSIBLY have been tampered with, by ANYBODY, because if they had been tampered with, their pressure would have dropped either much more or much less than 1 psi.

    The Colts footballs must have dropped by about 1 psi as well, if they were tested first at room temperature and then when 20 degrees colder.

    If the Colts footballs did NOT drop about 1 psi, then they would violate the laws of nature that govern the universe. Since such things do not happen, then it would be proof positive that the COLTS footballs had been tampered with.

  109. @all4patriots

    Much like global warming, there seems to be significant debate over the science and the impact of temperature alone on these balls. So relax a bit with the lengthy explanation. I have heard science on both sides of the deflate argument.

    Did you ever consider that nature did impact the Colts balls the same and your team just tampered with them? Is that not also plausible?

    Maybe you can come up with scientific explanations for how filming signals of other teams scientifically works the same for both teams too, when only one team is filming the other’s signals.

    I know you all think we are just jealous. We actually pity Patriots fans.

  110. To everyone putting down Bkake. He was a serviceable starter for a short time with the Bengals but played for six other teams and while not John Elway by any stretch, he has enough cred to know procedures of a quarter of NFL teams. I would say he has a high level of credibility. As much as Brett Favre would.

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