Letterman dubs #DeflateGate “nonsense” during Belichick interview

During the first segment of Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, it seemed that the host would be avoiding completely the still-pending #DeflateGate investigation regarding whether the Patriots tampered with air pressure in footballs during the AFC title game.  In the second segment, Letterman did Belichick even more of a favor.

Letterman consistently downplayed the controversy, eventually dubbing the entire situation “nonsense.”

Dave had the perfect opening to push the issue early in the interview, when Belichick said of the victory over Letterman’s favorite team, the Colts, “Well, it was only a 38-point win.”

Letterman could have said bitingly in response (as he’s done with countless guests over the years), “Well, you also used deflated footballs.”

He didn’t, deferring all questions on the topic until the show returned from a commercial break.  And when Letterman finally brought it up, he seemed reluctant to do so, testing the waters by lobbing a few softballs via a meandering question that ultimately wasn’t a question but a statement.

“That was the game by the way with the football nonsense,” Letterman eventually said.  “And I’m telling you from the beginning I loved it because I knew a pound here in a football, a pound there is not gonna make a difference.  45 points.  You know what I’m saying?  I just thought, pick on something else.  It’s like the goal posts were too narrow.  It just doesn’t make any sense.  And then you said, ‘Well I don’t know anything about inflated footballs.’  And why would you?”

Said Belichick in response, “I learned a lot in the next few days.  I never realized there were so many Patriots fans that were scientists and physicists and college professors that understood it that well.  We learned a lot in a hurry.  I should’ve got a college credit for that.”

Letterman then tried to laugh the whole thing off with one of his canned-ham-style turns of phrase:  “You know exactly what happened.  I know you know exactly what happened.  You know I know you know.  And what it was was some kind of horseplay.  Am I right?”

“No,” Belichick said.  And then Letterman laughed and slapped the desk.

“Wait a minute,” he said.  “I was told it was horseplay.”

Letterman then explained that they tested footballs by putting difference amounts of air pressure in them.

“One was inflated properly,” Letterman said.  “One was not inflated properly.  The difference is palpable, but it wouldn’t make any difference in a game.”

“Well we all know that as the footballs get colder, they deflate,” Belichick said.  “Scientifically.”

“But there was only only one football that was deflated by two pounds,” Letterman said.  “The others were deflated by what you would expect being outdoors.”

Those facts still haven’t been established with certainty, and they won’t be until the investigation by Ted Wells ends.  But it was part of the broader “this is all a load of crap” narrative that Letterman opted to push.

“And then you got the kid going into the bathroom,” Letterman said.  “He’s in there for 90 seconds.  I can’t remember the last time I took a leak in 90 seconds.  Are you that age where you have that problem?”

The host then reiterated his position that the whole thing would lead nowhere.

“I knew it would come to nothing and I knew it had no effect on the game and you could tell in your tone in the press conference and then Tom Brady also in the press conference you could tell that it was nonsense,” Letterman said.  “Now where did it come from?  You know where it came from.  Did it come from my Colts?  Is that where it came from?”

Of course it did, because the NFL already has acknowledged that Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson alerted the league to the concern during the game.  But that was just the setup for Dave’s attempt to advance the conspiracy theory that makes his favorite team the villain.

“Here’s what I heard,” Letterman said.  “I heard that the guy intercepts the pass, and he takes the ball over, hands it to his guy.  He deflates it, and then they say, ‘Hey, look at this ball, it’s go no air in it.’  Is that what happened?”

“We’re gonna bring you in to testify when we get the investigation next month,” Belichick replied with a smile.

Belichick smiled a lot during the interview.  And he should have; it’s a comedy show.  But it was still Belichick’s first (and probably only) one-on-one interview, and it gave Letterman a prime opportunity to ask at least one or two meaningful questions under the guise of cracking wise.

His efforts, however, weren’t focused at all on advancing the ball, moving the needle, or getting to the truth, with sarcasm or wit driving the bus.  Letterman operated under the premise that the entire situation is a joke, that nothing improper happened, and that if it did it doesn’t matter because even though the difference between a properly inflated ball and a deflated ball is “palpable,” using deflated footballs “wouldn’t make any difference in a game.”

The NFL sees it differently.  Whether it made a difference or not, proof that anyone from the Patriots tampered with the footballs could result in significant punishment.  Letterman’s failure to understand that, or his conscious decision to disregard it, squandered a prime opportunity to get something fresh, tangible, and/or informative out of Belichick.

163 responses to “Letterman dubs #DeflateGate “nonsense” during Belichick interview

  1. I’d believe the conspiracy theory a bit more if Polian was still GM. He hated the Pats like no other.

    The whole thing was a pretty bad rush to judgement based on uncorroborated reports. It’s fine to have the investigation, but the leaks of information were absurd.

  2. Wish I stayed up and watched this (applauds Letterman for not turning the interview into a PSI: New England circus sideshow).

    The Drive for Five starts soon, if it hasn’t already.

  3. Florio, it really seems to bother you that a comedy show didn’t yield any results for deflategate.

  4. And exactly how many times have we seen letterman get something fresh, tangible, and/or informative out of anyone? It had nothing to do with the colts getting curb stomped and the Pats seemed to throw the properly inflated balls and hold on to them in the Super Bowl.

  5. The Indy guy knows the Indy organization set up the Patriots by deflating the ball. Grigson and his minions are toast. Indy will be punished by having all Colts games blocked out locally and NE games televised instead. At least mid westerners will get to see how a post season champion performs instead of the the Colt’s perennial regular season champion/post season failure act.

  6. So sad these attempts to stir this back up – ie, this what “Letterman COULD have said in his response”…

    Media and the Pats trolls smelled blood in the water when this first broke and now that we are almost a month removed from it we have seen conflicting stories from what was first reported as well as just this week Bob Kravitz had to come out with a mea culpa piece (Colts reporter who broke the deflate gate story and even before the AFC title game called the Patriots the ‘Evil Empire’).

    So happy that Bill/Tom/Bob Kraft and the whole Patriots organization gave their 4th SB win – envy breeds hate.

  7. Letterman is no longer relevant in American pop-culture. How many younger viewers watch his show? He’s got an older, loyal following. I guess he had to suck-up to Belichick to get him on his show.

    And the real controversy is whether the Patriots had been deflating balls for a while, not just the championship game. It probably will never be proven either way. But harping on the one game is disingenuous.

  8. I agree that this is an attempt to put a period on the end of this whole issue. I also feel that you now understand what many of us out here feel about media and infotainment industry that no one asks the serious questions of our leaders any more. there is an incestuous relationship with leaders and the media and we the people suffer and have no power to fix our problems

  9. Deflategate was concocted by the NFL to save Roger Goodell’s job, by avoiding any scrutiny while the microscope was on the NFL during the Superbowl Week. Mission accomplished NFL, now lead the sheep elsewhere.

  10. > “And what it was was some kind of horseplay. Am I right?”

    I only wish Bill had come back with: “It was horse-something.”

    And why not wear the hoodie. Embrace it. He is hardly recognizable in jacket and tie…

  11. it’s absurd that you’re this upset that a comedy show host didn’t interrogate him. the whole thing is a joke. it’s probably gonna end up being proven that they didn’t cheat at all and all these idiots are going to have to eat crow. i’m an eagles fan, by the way, and i hate belichick and the patriots.

  12. Patriots fan here.

    The LATEST evidence SUGGESTS that the Patriots did nothing wrong.

    However, can we please all wait until all the evidence is released to make a final judgement?

    Also, regardless whether or not the Patriots deflated footballs, two things need to punishment:

    1. Chris Mortensen falsely reported that 11 balls were under-inflated by two pounds. Mortensen needs to name his source (not gonna happen) or be suspended from reporting on the NFL for at least a year,

    2. Somebody at the NFL leaked a lot of information to the press, some of which was inaccurate. In fairness to ALL fans, that person needs to be ferreted out and removed from all association with the league.

  13. I am not a Letterman fan, but I do respect him, I always have. Letterman is right you know, an ounce or two either way and the Colts still lost by 38 points…

  14. I wouldn’t hold Letterman up to any level of “journalistic integrity” any more than I would Steven colbert or John Stewart. They aren’t journalists. They are advertising pimps.

  15. Did you seed where Bob “I hate the Patriots” Kravitz was forced to issue an apology for calling for the suspensions of Belichick and Brady, yesterday?

    The guy couldn’t be fair to New England if his life depended on it, yet everyone believed this bum.

    Still awaiting Mort’s “Every ball was two pounds under!” apology, next ….. right before Roger Gooddell’s

  16. So, you were expecting Letterman to grill Belichick and perhaps break him and get him to admit that yes, he was guilty of deflating the football? Barring that, you’re mad that Dave didn’t at least attempt to humiliate Bill. Too bad. Bet you stayed up late to see it too.

  17. There was no way in hell Letterman was going to “get something fresh, tangible, and/or informative out of Belichick.” I think everybody knows this. He couldn’t not discuss it however, so he did what he needed to do to not alienate his guest to the point where the responses turned into “We’re onto 2015”.

  18. Florio, you left out two gems from Belichick’s appearance.

    1. Belichick saying, “We get off that Colts subject in a hurry, don’t we?” as Letterman redirected his questioning after Belichick mentioned LeGarrette Blount had a big game against Letterman’s favorite team, the Colts.

    2. After receiving some boos from the crowd during his introduction, Belichick said, “I hear the Jet fans.”

  19. If we can’t even get hard-hitting sports journalism from our late night comedians, then America is truly lost. Sigh…

  20. Waiting for the haters to claim that a bunch of Pats fans must have been bussed down to be in the audience. There was pretty good applause for someone who is supposedly so despicable. There were a couple of boos one time and Bill commented that “they must be Jets’ fans” which also drew a good applause.

    On a side note, Letterman’s video spoof on the late ed sabol was in very poor taste. I think he really regretted doing it and I wonder if he expresses so tonight.

  21. Letterman was the perfect stage to discuss something as idiotic as “Deflate-gate” anyways. I expect Bob Kravitz to demand Letterman resign immediately since he made light of it.

  22. lets not forget here that Belichick is not the Mona Lisa Devita of footballs….nor is here a scientist in football ology!!!!! Gotta Love Bill………Go get one more for the thumb from Bradys home town of San Fran!!!!! How fitting would that be !!!!!

  23. Never was much of a Pats fan, didn’t dislike them, they just weren’t on my radar. All this BS has actually made me appreciate them for what they’ve been able to plow through.

  24. Whether it made a difference or not, proof that anyone from the Patriots or Colts tampered with the footballs could result in significant punishment.

    A little edit for you Florio that I knew you would get around to eventually since you are always so balanced with regards to your Patriots posts.

  25. “The NFL sees it differently.”

    No it doesn’t. The NFL doesn’t know what to think yet. If it did, it wouldn’t be investigating, it would be delivering punishment or apologies. Therefore, just as you don’t let Letterman come to a conclusion before the facts are laid bare, neither should you.

    As for getting “something fresh, tangible, and/or informative out of Belichick.”, he came out of his anti-media shell long enough to do a specific press conference for the issue all on its own, which was fresh, tangible and/or informative. Do you think he’s going to deviate from that if asked again?

  26. You expect a late night comedian to grill his guest with tough questions? No, he’s there to make fun of every situation he can. I’m no Letterman fan, but it’s clear you hate Letterman and the Pats from this post.

  27. Umm, Letterman is an entertainer, not a journalist. It’s his job to make people laugh, not conduct an inquiry for the truth.

    With that being said, he was correct in saying it was all a bunch of nonsense.

  28. So a comedian didn’t try to act like an investigative reporter?!? And he didn’t have the same pre-determined conclusion about it that others immediately had? Mercy me. He should resign. The public deserves better.

  29. Wow, I get a completely different read from Letterman’s remarks than what this article suggests.

    I hear nothing but backhanded sarcasm from Letterman, but I think it went over Florio’s head.

  30. cma1973 says:
    Feb 12, 2015 7:55 AM
    And exactly how many times have we seen letterman get something fresh, tangible, and/or informative out of anyone?
    =================================
    I believe it was having Brian Williams on his show that got the ball rolling on exposing his b.s. story about “nearly getting shot down” in Iraq.

    I’m not a Letterman fan (usually watch a Jimmy) but for those who saw it I thought his interview with Clint Eastwood was outstanding a few years ago. He was totally respectful and let Eastwood control the tempo of the conversation.

    I think Letterman’s opinion of the deflate gate affair is being widely accepted as an overblown b.s. media story, with the exception of the possible colts deflating that one ball. Being a Colts and Indiana sports fan, he would not given Bill a free ride if he didn’t think otherwise. He would have thrown some digs in there to try and get some sort of reaction from him.

  31. Where there is smoke there is fire. However it had nothing to do with the Pats winning a Super Bowl.

    They ran all over the Colts. If Brady had thrown for 6 TDs and 400 yards then maybe I would thought it gave them a competitive advantage.

  32. Was that your first time watching Letterman? What on earth were you expecting?

    And he treated the subject with every ounce of seriousness it merited.

  33. Florio, I guess you have no idea about entertainment value. That’s what The Late Show With David Letterman is all about. So you want Letterman to ask news story questions on a comedy platform……..LOL

  34. I find it extremely funny that the same people that say that it was a rush to judge the Patriots before the facts come out are also the ones to thumbs up a line that says “it’s painfully obvious the Colts deflated the one football”

    Hypocrit much??

  35. You watched Lettermen with the expectations of learning something new concerning this joke of a story? Now that’s funny!

  36. As I posted in another comments the other day, expect the NFL 3 sentence line to come out tomorrow, late Friday on a Holiday Weekend is how to bury a story. Letterman is a a rube. Snow in NE is karma, enjoy the long winter ala Day After Tomorrow!

  37. Sooo …. an exclusive one-on-one interview? Perhaps taking that approach was a condition for BB even agreeing to do it in the first place?

  38. I don’t like or dislike the Pats so I have no dog in this particular hunt…and I think this whole ‘deflategate’ is a crock. I guess the frenzy satisfied the media’s need for a red-meat story before the Super Bowl, but this issue was trivial compared to much more serious (and blatant) rules violations over the years by certain other Super Bowl teams – namely violating the salary cap & having o-lines engage in chop-blocking causing serious knee injuries.

  39. What is sad and very telling about how Goodell runs the NFL is that Letterman probably interviewed Belichick about the ball issue before the league has. Did you hear Belichick ask Letterman to be there when they talk to the league NEXT MONTH?

  40. Colts tampering with intercepted football is the only LOGICAL explanation.

    The football the colts had in their possession for 20 minutes was the only ball found to be under 2psi.
    The ten or eleven other balls were all under an average deflation around 0.5 psi.

    Any unbiased investigator would IMMEDIATELY know that the burden of guilt is upon those individuals who ‘Have an axe to grind’, Jealous, Hateful, Envious towards the innocent party that is being falsely accused.

    Mother Nature – SCIENCE – Has already declared WORLDWIDE that the PATRIOTS did nothing wrong – ABSOLUTELY no breaking of Rule 17.
    The fingers of LOGIC, SCIENCE and JUSTICE now point to the Colts as the main suspect.
    You reap what you sow HATERS!

    Kraft should offer a $1 Million Dollar Reward to anyone who will come forward from the Colts, with the truth, of who let the air out of the intercepted ball

  41. You can stomp your feet and scream until your blue in the face but it will never change the fact that the New England Patriots are 4 time Super Bowl Champions and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are first ballot HOFers.

    But by all means, hate on, if that’s your prerogative.

  42. Lol poor Pats haters heads are exploding with migraines this morning.

    Patriots Nation is laughing at you.

  43. Can we please have the video evidence of the colts letting the air out of the intercepted football.

    OH WAIT ! Rodger burned that one.

  44. Good morning Patriots haters.

    28-24

    Greatest dynasty, QB, coach, team and organization in the history of football.

    Ur still mad huh? 🙂

  45. The only thing I know for a fact thanks to Deflategate is that Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, and John Elway cheated their way to their SB trophies. Nice work everybody.

  46. One for the Thumb in 2015.

    Might as well accept it now. It will make that pill much easier to swallow when (notice I said when not if) it happens.

  47. Well, if Letterman said so, then it must be true! Not sure why they didn’t just ask him in the first place, since he’s such an authority on the subject of deflated balls! Case closed…
    smh

  48. By my Vikings homer math, haven’t the Colts won one Super Bowl and lost one Super Bowl in the last ten years while the Patriots won one and lost two? And FYI- I know how many the Vikings have won ever.

  49. Letterman knows he’s in the entertainment business. Professional sports are also in the entertainment business. Unfortunately, professional wrestling is the only “sport” that realizes and admits to being in the entertainment business.

  50. It’s clear the Patriots didn’t tamper with the footballs. It’s clear this whole thing is a wild goose chase, driven by Jim Harbaugh and the Colt’s hatred of the Patriots. The Patriots submitted the footballs to the refs, whether they were slightly under-inflated or not and they were APPROVED for the refs for game play. Anything that happened afterwards is due to the weather and/or physics. If the refs thought the footballs were under-inflated, it’s their JOB to put more air in them. The refs clearly thought it wasn’t an issue, unlike Harbaugh, who’s been trying to stick it to the Pats for years and is angry at Brady for calling him out. This is a non-issue. The NFL thinks so because they know teams play fast and loose with football inflation and Letterman thinks this whole thing is a joke as well. Good for him.

  51. As a Pats fan, i want this investigation restarted and every bit of it made public. We deserve the gratification.

  52. I cheat, therefore I am.

    Amazing is that when you think of a sport, without asking anyone what team you are talking about, who they will respond with.

    For NFL Football, NE gets that honor.

  53. When you can’t see the forest from the trees Mr. Letterman, then it is time to retire. He used to be so sharp on these things.

  54. Letterman was scared Belicheater would sick Hernandez on him.
    Bill should have appeared during the “stupid pet tricks” segment, explaining all of his cheating skills. That would have amused the brain dead Patriot fan base.

  55. 28-24

    I bet that burns you Patriot haters up. 🙂

    I bet you are seething with rage right now 🙂

    We own you. And don’t forget it! 🙂

  56. This is 3 times more words then you’ve written about the revelation that the supposed greatest receiver of all time is a giant cheater.

  57. Yeah, and if the league finds out that the Colts deflated a football, the Colts are in big trouble. What are you trying to say?
    And if the Patriots are punished without proof of wrongdoing, the league is gonna hear from some lawyers, and Roger go bye bye.

    Further, it’s the word of 1 official that he did, in fact, properly inflate or check the footballs, and with an actual gauge. Could be a mistake just as easily by him. But we’ll never know that either.

  58. Jerry Rice, found a hole as well after the stickum story stuck. Hey, that could be a great new alliteration, replacing Peter Piper picked …

  59. The World Champion Patriots are getting bored toying with their competition every year.

    It’s time to fold all of the other 31 teams and give 31 new teams a shot at the title. Surely they could do a better job giving the World Champion Patriots and 4 time Super Bowl champion Patriots some real competition.

    Discuss.

  60. I think it’s asking and expecting a bit much to anticipate Letterman turning into 60 Minutes.

    Frankly, I don’t think he should’ve brought it up at all, or just made one quip about it. He was either being sarcastic (and so dry about it that it registered as sincere), or deferential to the guest to a fault.

    Regardless, the approach he took didn’t bring any satisfactory results.

  61. IT HAS NOW BEEN 11 DAYS SINCE BELICHICK AND PETE CARROLL DEFLATED ALL THE BALLS OF THE PATRIOTS HATERS.

    DISCUSS.

  62. truthfactory says:Feb 12, 2015 8:49 AM

    I find it extremely funny that the same people that say that it was a rush to judge the Patriots before the facts come out are also the ones to thumbs up a line that says “it’s painfully obvious the Colts deflated the one football”

    Hypocrit much??

    ——

    I find it extremely funny that the same people that rushed out to judge the Patriots are also the ones that now say we should wait for the evidence before placing blame.

    Look in a mirror much?

  63. billsoneday says: Feb 12, 2015 9:12 AM

    Anyway you slice it, the Patriots are scum!! There will be NO drive for 5!! Never again!!

    ———————
    I LOLED AT THE THOUGHT OF THE BILLS MAKING IT TO THE SUPER BOWL AND LOSING AGAIN BECAUSE THEIR KICKER CHOKED. AGAIN.

  64. It sure seemed to me that Letterman was calling out the Colts( house play involved) more than anything….

  65. Letterman, much to no one’s surprise, has no idea was taking 2 lbs. psi does to grip on a football. He sits behind a desk in a suit night after night, for decades – sporting an implausible “I’m really not bald” hairdo … all with his ubiquitous “coffee” cup filled with Lagavulin.

    NO ONE EVER argued that the 2 lbs. psi would have created a different outcome in a 45-7 blowout. The reason no one argued it, is it is not relevant.

    Just because no one got killed when you drove home from the Holiday Party with .31% BAC — doesn’t mean no harm, no foul.

    It is about compliance with rules put in place to ensure fairplay, a level playing field if you will. Intentionally bending or here, breaking those rules, IF that is what is determined — is not cool. The rightful consideration of the issue is NOT “nonsense.” In fact, it’s legit.

    And Letterman can’t even be truthful with his wife, his life, or any number of issues he’s been proven to be full of it about — so Letterman’s schmoozy-schmooze opinion itself is the real “nonsense.”

    If you like sporting events determined where one competitor, be it team or individual, has an advantage or series of advantages — then, YES, it is nonsense.

    But if one’s idea of what competition is truly about honor — where the approach is to let the best man (or woman, team, horse, etc.) win on a fair and level playing field, rink, court, ballpark, etc. — then, cheating is a real issue that needs to be exterminated.

  66. “Patriots 28, Seahawks 24 — End of story.”
    ——

    Seattle gave Pat’s that SB win with a play call that should never have been called. Everyone knows it but you apparently.

  67. Poor, poor Patriot haters.

    To think you ever thought your team had a chance this year against the World Champion Patriots. Poor deluded souls….

  68. Letterman correctly identified that the whole thing is a joke. Everyone understands that now, except, seemingly, some of the media.

    I expect the NFL to return a hazy, vague ruling that doesn’t particularly indict anyone but implements new procedures for being more consistent with the balls. Which is the second-best option after doing nothing, since none of this affects competitive balance anyway.

  69. skawh says:
    Feb 12, 2015 1:20 PM

    “Patriots 28, Seahawks 24 — End of story.”
    ——

    Seattle gave Pat’s that SB win with a play call that should never have been called. Everyone knows it but you apparently.
    ______________________________

    No. EVERYONE knows that NE took the championship away from Seattle, with one of the greatest defensive plays in SB history.

    EVERYONE knows THAT but you, apparently

  70. Seattle gave Pat’s that SB win with a play call that should never have been called. Everyone knows it but you apparently.


    And if it worked, you would be calling him a genius.

    #yesyouwould
    #gofigure
    #mondaymorningarmchairqb
    #funnyhowthatworks

  71. skawh says: Feb 12, 2015 1:20 PM

    Seattle gave Pat’s that SB win with a play call that should never have been called. Everyone knows it but you apparently.

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

    And if Carson Palmer doesn’t get hurt, the Seahawks probably don’t even make the playoffs. They got their own gifts this season, don’t forget.

  72. I wonder how many sports writers and sports show host will be PO’d when they find the Pats innocent once again. I know some at ESPN were upset there was no smoking gun with a Rams walk through tape and there will be no smoking gun with the under inflated footballs. Seems to me they have had enough time to come up with some evidence, makes me wonder if there just isn’t any proof, shouldn’t take this long.

  73. Love watching the Greatest Coach In NFL History lug that Big Hunk O’ Steel around on a World Win Tour!!!

  74. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 12, 2015 12:01 PM

    28-24

    I bet that burns you Patriot haters up.

    I bet you are seething with rage right now

    We own you. And don’t forget it!

    ***********

    Who exactly do you “own?” Congratulations on winning the Super Bowl but the Packers, Bears, Giants, Steelers, Cowboys and 49ers all have more championships than your team does. And with Brady being 37, the clock is ticking on your run. You should be thanking Russell Wilson and Darrell Bevall daily for giftwrapping this latest trophy. And none of the teams I mentioned above have won under the suspicion of bending the rules with such regularity.

    I love how all of these elitist entitled Patriots fans think they are better than everyone else. Most of you were nowhere to be found before 2001 when the Patriots were one of the league’s perennial doormats. I’m sure we won’t hear a peep out of Patriot Nation when the team returns to the cellar one day. Enjoy your championship because it’s a hard fall back to earth.

  75. u4iadman says: Feb 12, 2015 2:05 PM

    Another Pats * fake win.
    Fans may delude themselves, everyone else knows the hollow truth.

    ————
    * Winners of more Super Bowl championships than any other team in the NFL in the last 33 years

    #greatestQB
    #greatestCoach
    #greatestTeam
    #NFLsGreatestDynasty
    #champs
    #rulersoftheNFL
    #Totaldomination
    #goldStandardoftheNFL

    Nothing hollow about that truth at all!

  76. I love how all of these elitist entitled Patriots fans think they are better than everyone else.

    ————–

    You’re right, we don’t think we are better than everyone else.

    That’s because we already know we are!

    U mad?

  77. We all know the Patriots cheated and BLAH BLAH BLAH

    Now for a more intelligent look into Frame-Gate:

    * NFL admitted this was a STING OPERATION set up by colts GM Grigson, Goodel & the NFL SPY POLICE.

    * No OFFICIAL DOCUMENTED recording of ANY footballs by the Refs so that the evidence can be manipulated to frame the PATRIOTS.

    * You can sell your house and bet it all on the fact that the colts had their balls inflated to the max of 13.5 in a cold room and/or had the balls over inflated to compensate for air pressure drop due to cold weather.

    * ONLY one ball 2PSI under.
    Who had that ball in their possession for at least twenty minutes? – the Colts.

    * No investigation by Wells of the colts and their tampering of evidence.

    * If you still find it hard to understand this refer back to Rule #1.) STING OPERATION set up by the Colts & Goodel….

  78. The NFL should have made special trophies for the Patriots ideally made of a dull non reflective material, Pewter would be ideal
    ————–

    I think they should go with platinum lined with diamonds and rare gems.

    The NFL’s Greatest Dynasty deserves nothing less than the best.

  79. paulieorkid says:
    Feb 12, 2015 1:14 PM

    “NO ONE EVER argued that the 2 lbs. psi would have created a different outcome in a 45-7 blowout. The reason no one argued it, is it is not relevant.”

    Well Paul, the haters out there, like yourself, were crying and demanding the PATRIOTS be suspended from Super Bowl XLIX and replaced with the Colts.

    Secondly, the MAIN PRIORITY of Rule 17 is NOT air pressure but UNFAIR ADVANTAGE.
    This is OBVIOUS to the reasonable person who, uses reason & logic, because the NFL does NOT have any policy on Proper Scientific Reliable Standard for Measuring & Recording Football PSI.
    The NFL also does NOT have any Instructions in the Rule and/or Code of Ethics of when to Measure and Adjust the footballs to Proper PSI due to weather ( you know – SCIENCE ), let alone during the game.

    Your anger/hate should be directed toward the NFL & Colts for SLANDER & DEFAMATION of CHARACTER of an innocent team that was UNFAIRLY & UNJUSTLY labeled as cheaters.

    UNFAIR ADVANTAGE was clearly given to the Seahawks as they did not have to defend or deal with the SLANDER, DEFAMATION of CHARACTER, FALSIFIED NEWS REPORTS and RELENTLESS HATEFUL MEDIA COVERAGE for two weeks leading up to SB XLIX

  80. habsfanatic says:
    Feb 12, 2015 9:34 AM

    I’m pretty sure the cold weather would have deflated the Colts balls too and not just the Pats’…
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    You seriously have not been paying any attention. We only know that at half time the Colts footballs were still within the acceptable standard and the Pats footballs were below. We have no way of knowing if any of the Colts footballs deflated at all because starting levels are not logged.

    IF the Pats footballs started at 12.5 a “few ticks” of deflation (as reported by Rapaport) puts them under threshold.

    IF the Colts footballs started at 13.0 or 13.5 a “few ticks” still leaves them within threshold.

    It’s really not a difficult concept to understand.

  81. skawh says: Seattle gave Pat’s that SB win

    How could Seattle give the win when the Seahawks were behind by four (4) points? LOL!

  82. billsoneday says: Feb 12, 2015 9:12 AM

    Anyway you slice it, the Patriots are scum!! There will be NO drive for 5!! Never again!!

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    Wide right

  83. “I love how all of these elitist entitled Patriots fans think they are better than everyone else. Most of you were nowhere to be found before 2001 when the Patriots were one of the league’s perennial doormats”
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    I LOVE when people say this? Where was every other fan base before 2001? You know why it seems Pat fans are/have been coming out of wood work or seem obnoxious (or for that matter all Boston fans)? Because the championship runs happened when the internet and social media boomed. There is now a place for fans to talk up their teams instantly and the boom happened during the wheelhouse that is boston sports.

    Also if you are asking what about 2001, that was 14 years ago. How many people on here were even teens at that time? “oh yeah, your team won the SB but where were you when you were 7 years old?”

    I myself have been a fan since ’85 when I was 9. I apologize that I didn’t have a forum back then to let you know I existed.

  84. I was born and raised in New Jersey just 30 minutes from NYC.

    Was never interested in football growing up. I played hockey and have been a Boston Bruins fan since 9 when Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and Derek Anderson played.

    Became interested in NFL when Pats made it SB XXXVI against the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’.

    So, THANK YOU NE PATRIOTS for getting me interested in the NFL.

  85. “I love how all of these elitist entitled Patriots fans think they are better than everyone else. Most of you were nowhere to be found before 2001 when the Patriots were one of the league’s perennial doormats”

    I have been a fan since 1960. My father took me to games at Nickerson Stadium and I was at the game at Boston College when the stands caught on fire (1970 if I recall).

  86. fanofschill says: Feb 12, 2015 4:07 PM
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    I LOVE when people say this? Where was every other fan base before 2001? You know why it seems Pat fans are/have been coming out of wood work or seem obnoxious (or for that matter all Boston fans)? Because the championship runs happened when the internet and social media boomed. There is now a place for fans to talk up their teams instantly and the boom happened during the wheelhouse that is boston sports.

    Also if you are asking what about 2001, that was 14 years ago. How many people on here were even teens at that time? “oh yeah, your team won the SB but where were you when you were 7 years old?”
    I myself have been a fan since ’85 when I was 9. I apologize that I didn’t have a forum back then to let you know I existed.

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    I’m sorry but I’m not buying the technology angle one bit. Somehow, teams like the Packers, Steelers and Cowboys built long standing national followings without the help of the internet. The Red Sox had a die-hard following well before they won the ‘03 World Series. The same can’t be said for the Patriots. No one cared about them until they started winning Super Bowls. It’s not like every person in here is under the age of 30. If you are a fan of a team or a sport, you are going to go where it’s discussed, be it online or in person no matter what age you are.

    One thing I will agree with you on is the obnoxiousness of Boston sport fans. I think that, not jealousy, is part of the reason many across the country don’t like the Patriots (along with their penchant for bending the rules). Sure, Boston has had an unprecedented run of success in sports over the past 14 years, but their fans have made the New York teams more desirable to root for.

  87. Letterman is a comedian. His job is to make people laugh by saying silly things. He wouldn’t have his own TV show if he wasn’t really good at it.

  88. No one cared about them until they started winning Super Bowls.


    Is that why all Patriot home games have been sold out since 1994?

    #hmmmm

  89. You’re right Mike. That was a prime opportunity to turn a guest appearence on a late-night comedy show into a full-scale interrogation.

    The fact he didn’t water board him is almost unconscienable. This isn’t like finding no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or the collapse of the banking and real estate industries.

    We’re talking about a gram of air in footballs for Godssake!!!! This is a global calamity!!!!

  90. They’re not going to grill a guest with hard questions on Letterman. If they did, they’d start running out of guests.

  91. I agree with Letterman: this whole “deflategate” thing is nonsense. Doesn’t the NFL have more important issues to deal with: wife beaters, child beaters, rapists, millionaire shoplifters, and other assorted gangstas?

    I can only assume that the NFL did this to take attention away from the above nightmare events. And take pressure off Roger Gooddell.

  92. Hilarious how the fans of the Packers, Niners, and Steelers throw stones saying that the Pats are always bending the rules and that their teams “didn’t have to” to win. As I recall the 70s Steelers team was as roided up as the 1990s Oakland A’s, giving them a much bigger advantage than PSI and taping signals from the wrong angles, the Niners were perennial roster cheats and would have been nothing without the rampant use of stickum (a la “The Catch’; Jerry “Sticky” Rice). And as for the Packers: who still talks about what their cities’ teams did back in the 50s and 60s? I never hear NY or Boston fans bragging about all the Yankees ships or the Celtics run or the Sox ships before WW1. GB has 2 SBs since 1968! Get over yourselves and give it up. Title Town? How can that go to a city with one team that has 2 ships in the last 50 years?

    And FYI I’m a diehard Cowboys fan and they had their own issues but it irks me that people nowadays have to hate on everyone’s success and try to belittle amazing accomplishments.

    #MichaelIrvingGOAT

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