Grigson admits Colts notified NFL of football concerns before game

AP

And the controversy known as #DeflateGate keeps getting stranger and stranger.

After previously declining to talk about the situation, Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson told reporters on Thursday that the Colts had indeed alerted the NFL to concerns about underinflated footballs before the AFC title game against the Patriots.

“Listen, you know, earlier in that week, prior to the AFC Championship Game, we notified the league about our concerns,” Grigson said, via NESN.com.  “We went into the game, we had some issues, but we’re going to do what we can, and that’s participate with the league in the investigation and wait until the [Ted] Wells Report comes out.  We really have no other recourse but to wait until that investigation comes about. . . .  “I’m not going to get into specifics.  That report should have that information for everybody, but just do my job and here we are.  Hopefully everything can come out, and everybody will be able to have a clear look at the situation. . . .

“We had concerns, just like any General Manager would do, wants his team to play on a level playing field, and we took the proper steps to try to ensure that.  It’s up to the league to make sure that happens.  Again, if rules were broken, we’ll see.  If not, that’s what the investigation is for.  We’re just doing our jobs and trying to ensure we give our teams the best chance to win on a level playing field.”

Grigson’s comments conflict with the NFL’s position that the issue first arose during the game, not before it. Grigson’s comments also undermine the NFL’s efforts to conclusively prove deflation; if the league knew the Colts had concerns about underinflated footballs before the AFC title game, why didn’t the game officials log the PSI of all Patriots and Colts footballs before the game started?

They didn’t, which makes sense if the issue didn’t come up before the game.  It makes no sense if the issue came up before the game.

Given Grigson’s latest remarks, not much makes sense about the entire issue.  Hopefully, the Ted Wells report will provide some answers.

194 responses to “Grigson admits Colts notified NFL of football concerns before game

  1. This certainly puts some meat behind the framegate theory. If the Colts had notified the refs to be on the lookout for underinflated balls, it would stand to reason that, if they had the opportunity to fabricate evidence, they’d take it.

    Keep talking, Grigson. Keep talking.

  2. 1, 2, 3……..here comes the Patriot trolls to try and defend the cheating culture that has been going on in New England for years. Never in my life have I seen as many Patriot fans as I have the last two weeks.

  3. Why would they have to log the PSI of the footballs. The tested them before the game an they were up to spec. Tested them at half time and they were 2 lbs short. The patriots deflated them after the officials tested them for Toms small hands. It is cheating but give the poor little guy a break.

  4. If the Colts notified the league before the game, then why did the refs not measure and write down the pressure of the balls before the game? Are these guys utterly incompetent?

  5. Grigson had to give his press conference via semaphore because there was so much crowd noise piped in.

  6. Why did the Colts have concerns about deflated footballs entering the AFC title game in the first place? During the regular season the teams played in Indy where the ball boys were employed by the home team. How would have the Patriots managed to manipulate their footballs if the Colts employees controlled the balls? The answer is that they didn’t. So again, what triggered their concerns?

  7. Should have been more focused on game prep and then maybe they wouldn’t have gotten curb stomped.

  8. Just because Indy may have notified the NFL prior to Game does not mean that the NFL communicated within itself so that the proper people were in the know. It also does not mean that the NFL properly advised the NFL Referees…….

    Communication may have been lacking. Not sure it makes a difference, but I suspect that the Patriots really want to get this behind them so they know what it what for the next season/draft……….

  9. rjpats says:
    Feb 19, 2015 2:46 PM
    This certainly puts some meat behind the framegate theory. If the Colts had notified the refs to be on the lookout for underinflated balls, it would stand to reason that, if they had the opportunity to fabricate evidence, they’d take it.

    Keep talking, Grigson. Keep talking.

    ____________________

    No it doesn’t put any meat behind some mornonic patsie theory to get them off the hook for cheating. Wait til the Wells report comes out, Brady will never get the cheater stench off him.

  10. This basically reinforces that crybaby Jim Harbaugh had his feelings hurt by Tom Brady, who told him to ‘study the rulebook’. To get back at Brady, Harbaugh got together with his buddy Chuck Pagano to try and sting the Patriots. How else and why would the Colts be concerned with this issue otherwise unless someone else told them? I expect the league to come down heavily on the Colts and Ravens for driving them on a wild goose chase.

  11. magnumpimustache says:
    Feb 19, 2015 2:48 PM
    Want to bet the Colts lose a draft pick.
    =================================

    Yes, I’d take that bet. They didn’t do anything wrong, and if indeed they really suspected something was amiss, they should report it. Are you actually going to suggest the Colts framed the Pats? That’s laughable. I’m not convinced the Pats willfully cheated, but that position is borderline insane if that’s what you’re actually saying.

  12. nhpats says:
    Feb 19, 2015 2:50 PM
    If the Colts notified the league before the game, then why did the refs not measure and write down the pressure of the balls before the game? Are these guys utterly incompetent?

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

    I think you hit the nail on the head with the last question there. Whether or not the Pats intended to cheat, it’s looking more and more like the NFL has too many issues in security and custody of the footballs to prove anything about anyone in this whole mess.

  13. Flash Forward to later this year:

    “And the final score from Lucas Oil Stadium, the NE Patriots 147, the Indianapolis Colts 0…”

  14. Grigson is clearly lying about something because what he is saying makes no sense.

    Its also clear that he is behind the conspiracy of disinformation that was leaked to the media in the beginning that was a clear attempt to make the pats look bad.

    If it is found that the only ball that was truly under inflated was in the colts possession, then the question will be did he stop at a media slur campaign or did he actively participate in fabricating the incident? The fact he is bringing this up now indicates he is really worried about something.

  15. How does this get the Patriots off the hook? The Colts suspected them of cheating, therefore they are innocent? How does that make any sense?

  16. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 19, 2015 2:45 PM

    Here’s how many Superbowls the Patriots have won since DeflateGate :

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    They’ve won 1. DeflateGate occurred during the AFCG which was prior to the most recent Super Bowl which the Pats won.

    Doesn’t take a genius to figure that out…

  17. The original report by Colts house man and team shill, Bob Kravitz, said the Colts first noticed that the ball intercepted by D’Quell Jackson was underweight. It appears to be a dope on dope crime.
    .

  18. Grigson and Kensil..

    They literally have been slaughtered by Belichick and Brady every chance they had to play them. There is literally no time they actually have beaten BB and Brady.

    Now one of those guys makes the accusation. The other guy inspects the football.

    That’s as objective as you get there folks. Well done. Can’t wait to see the Wells report.

    Who should we draft with the Colts draft pick this year? O-line/D-line??

  19. Has an NFL team ever scored 100 or more points in a game? If not, you may see it next year when the Colts and Patriots play!! You know….when the Pats are the defending SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS!!!!!!

  20. Report comment
    billswillnevermove says:
    Feb 19, 2015 2:48 PM
    1, 2, 3……..here comes the Patriot trolls to try and defend the cheating culture that has been going on in New England for years. Never in my life have I seen as many Patriot fans as I have the last two weeks.

    That’s what happens when your team wins the SB you get to pound your chest.

    But as a Bills fan you wouldn’t know anything about that.

  21. This just confirms what we all thought. Kensil wanted to catch the Patriots in the act rather than just alert both teams before the game that ball pressure would be checked and monitored. If football weight was really that important to the league or the Colts, this would have been handled differently.

  22. The pittsburgh (dr. rydze/hgh/steroids/coach interference)/seattle (“adderall” – SEE: hgh/steroid)/new england (spygate/inflategate)/ style of low character sportsmanship has ruined the NFL.

  23. jimmyt says:
    Feb 19, 2015 2:48 PM
    Why would they have to log the PSI of the footballs. The tested them before the game an they were up to spec. Tested them at half time and they were 2 lbs short. The patriots deflated them after the officials tested them for Toms small hands. It is cheating but give the poor little guy a break.
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    jimmyt did not list a single fact above. All of those “facts” have come from very shaky leaky reports. Depending on what reports you’ve read/believe, you could make a case either way.

    The Patriots keep looking better and better as this drags out and more reports get leaked and discredited.

  24. Bottom line is that all of these “insiders” have yet to come up with a single credible report yet.

    ESPN has been atrocious throughout this whole thing.

    The only thing we can do is wait for the report from the investigation to get answers.

  25. Lol poor pathetic Pats haters.

    Keep telling the lie that 11 balls were 2 psi when its already known that that report was wrong and the only ball that was more than a small amount under was the one the Colts had on their sideline for 20+ minutes before turning it in.

    Colts are the cheaters here, along with former St Louis/Eagles employee during the years the Pats bet those teams in the SB Grigson, and former Jets employees in the league office including Goodell who all loathe the Pats.

    It must be sad to hate the Pats, all that ever happens is you keep stomping your virtual feet like a bawling 3 years old while the Pats just keep hammering the rest of the league.

    Your bitter tears are a sweet tonic to the rest of the world.

  26. He notified the NFL that the Patriots were going to try something. Doesn’t mention what just that there are going to do it. What happens, one deflated Patriots ball intercepted by Colts.

    Take away the Colts 1st round pick.

  27. @floratiotime

    Its pretty simple, grigson is clearly lying about something because what he is saying makes no sens.

    If he had notified the league about this prior to it happening and the league was looking out for it, they would have documentation about what PSI the balls were at. The NFL admits that they didn’t bother too.

    The other issue is that why is he speaking out about this now before the investigation is completed? If the only ball that was significantly deflated to the point that couldn’t be explained by weather was in the colts possession that might explain a lot

    A reasonable person would question if the reason he is bringing this up now is trying to cover himself and his organization about something. Then the question is, what?

  28. The NFL attempted a sting operation, urged on by “Rice is a great guy” Harbaugh, and can’t-win-anything Colt’s coach,Pigano, and that bastion of hate filled ex-players over at ESPN. I highly doubt that Seattle had anything to do with this, they were playing championship games themselves at the time. But the Patriots FOILED it, by turning in footballs themselves. How can a sting be successful when the accused team turned in the questionable balls themselves that the League wanted to nail them with.

    The NFL leaked stories to ESPN, along with the Colts and Harbaugh, but the last laugh is on them because ESPN is now the story. Kravitz, the same scribe whom Colt’s fans have HATED for years is now credible? He posted stories that he knew were not true, and at the least, unproven. The same ten or twelve hater trolls (from teams we’ve crushed) are so frustrated that, once again, their teams are a bust. Just follow the hate trail and it leads all the way back to Harbaugh who keeps giving press conferences that he didn’t do anything, and Pigano who claimed “I don’t know anything about it.” Chippy didn’t come out from under his bed for two weeks.

  29. pastabelly says: Feb 19, 2015 2:59 PM

    This just confirms what we all thought. Kensil wanted to catch the Patriots in the act rather than just alert both teams before the game that ball pressure would be checked and monitored. If football weight was really that important to the league or the Colts, this would have been handled differently.
    —–

    Of course it would have.

    So much for all their hee hawing about “integrity”.

    #FireGoodell
    #GoodellMustGo

  30. jimmyt says:
    Feb 19, 2015 2:48 PM
    Why would they have to log the PSI of the footballs. The tested them before the game an they were up to spec. Tested them at half time and they were 2 lbs short.
    =========================

    I LOVE how people pick and choose what they will consider the “facts” of the case. And it is just a complete coincidence that those “facts” just so happen to support their stance on the situation. And then they will cling to those “facts” regardless of what ever ends up coming from the investigation.

    So far, everything points to the idea of the balls being a full 2 psi below spec to be a complete fabrication. But people like you, will continue to spout off about this particular “fact”, regardless. Why is the report that they were all 2 psi below considered more important to you than the report that says they were just ever so slightly below (I believe the quote was “just a tick below”)? What causes you to choose one “fact” over the other?

    Yes, I am a Pats fan, and I do think this was completely over blown, and so far proven to be a cluster fudge or epic proportion. But I am legitimately asking, anyone that keeps citing the 2psi report. Why is that considered factually accurate but the reports that refute that are just glossed over?

    Every day that passes this gets even more ridiculous. Isnt it funny though, that everytime a leak comes out that is supposed to be the “smoking gun” to finally prove once and for all that the Pats are guilty, within a day or so a report comes out that shows not only the leak was wrong, but the truth is actually to the contrary. Which reports are right and which are wrong? Who knows. But the people that have closed their minds to anything other than “The Pats are cheaters and they all should be burned at the stake” should seriously seek help. It is terrifying to think I may across some of you people in my everyday life… I think some of these posts may be cries for help.

  31. so the NFL knowingly allowed a championship game to be played with possibly tampered footballs? Seriously?
    Wow….Goodell should lose his job if that’s the case…

  32. Is there any doubt that the Colts (likely Grigson but it could have been Irsay) leaked this story to Kravitz and worked with a sympathetic ear in the NFL offices, probably Kensil? To add weight to their story they then leaked to Mortensen.

    These guys thought they would “play gotcha” and got burned.

    That that Grigson is now talking indicates he is feeling the heat.

  33. I think the Famous GA Tech – Cumberland blowout might look like a close game compared to next years Patriots – Colts game.

    Discuss.

  34. So the NFL possibly knew before the game the Patriots were going to cheat. Caught them cheating during the game (halftime). And still let them play in the Super Bowl. Yet a Chicago Little League team is stipped of its championship for stretching boundries, something the 12 year old players nor their parents knew nothing about.

    Yeah, that sounds about right.

  35. billswillnevermove says: Feb 19, 2015 2:48 PM

    1, 2, 3……..here comes the Patriot trolls to try and defend the cheating culture that has been going on in New England for years. Never in my life have I seen as many Patriot fans as I have the last two weeks.
    ————————————–
    From the individual whose team has just taken over the three-ring circus which is rex. Your team is going to be the punchline of every nfl joke.

    #bills4timelosers

  36. Why did the Colts have concerns about deflated footballs entering the AFC title game in the first place? During the regular season the teams played in Indy where the ball boys were employed by the home team. How would have the Patriots managed to manipulate their footballs if the Colts employees controlled the balls? The answer is that they didn’t. So again, wh
    at triggered their concerns?
    __________________________________
    Each team provides there own balls whether home or away. So the Colts never controlled the Patriots balls. You can throw this theory out the window.

  37. The bills of been a joke for over 25 years I still don’t understand why bills fans hate New England could it be that we have kicked their asses for so many years probably true eat it bills fans eat it bottom feeders

  38. What is funny is how the Patriot fans think that the league is out to get them, when they have been the most favored franchise in the league for years.

  39. The euphemisms these guys use, like stating they notified the NFL prior to the game, may not mean what they appear to mean. Did Grigson file a formal notice with the league or did he talk to a sympathetic guy like Kensil? In short, did he and Kensil work in cahoots? It sure doesn’t seem like anyone else knew what was going on with the balls and both Grigson’s actions and Kensil’s actions, as well as the leaks, seem coordinated.

  40. I wonder what the line on next season’s Pats-Colts game will be? I’m thinking 73-3, Pats. (They let the Colt’s have 3 because they still respect Vinatieri.)

    Imagine if the league had called the Patriots and said. “Hey, we got a complaint you guys are deflating footballs. We’re going to inspect on Sunday, we better not find anything. We want them inflated to 13.5 psi when delivered to the officials.”

    They also send word to the game officials and the rest of the “league officials” in attendance that footballs pressure would be scrutinized and the inventory monitored. None of this would have ever happened and the Colt’s get their “level playing field”.

    Instead, they tied to frame the Patriots and so far the only casualty is a “league official” who got fired for embezzling used footballs, and the patriots have an apology coming.

    Looks bad on the Colts who look like whining crybabies worthy on the “Geldings” moniker.

    Freakin’ mismanaged cluster by Goodell and Co.

  41. Believing that Colts deflated the one ball that was under 2psi makes about as much sense as the Hoodie and Brady asking a 60 yr old ball boy to take a bag of balls in the bathroom and let 2psi out of each ball within 90 seconds.

    Lets blame mother nature.

    Haters don’t forget when you talk about the Pats please use “Defending Super Bowl champions” instead of Pats.

    Go Pats!

  42. Even if the pats deflated the balls, is this anywhere as bad as Don Shula soaking down the playing field before a playoff game against a team that had a strong running game? Now that’s cheating!

  43. Logging or not logging the psi is not really the issue. The balls were tested before the game and they were up to spec. Later they were tested again and they weren’t up to spec. The only question is , did the Patriots have anything to do with it?

  44. So, to recap, the Colts and the league set a trap for the Patriots, ended up catching Jerry Rice and an NFL game ball fraud ring instead. It reminds me of Wile E. Coyote, super genius, strapping himself onto a rocket and just sort of hoping for the best.

  45. He notified the league not the refs. Just because the league was informed doesn’t mean the refs were. It’s simple the balls were doctored

  46. billswillnevermove says: Feb 19, 2015 2:48 PM

    1, 2, 3……..here comes the Patriot trolls to try and defend the cheating culture that has been going on in New England for years. Never in my life have I seen as many Patriot fans as I have the last two weeks.

    ————-

    Wide right. Never in my life have I seen a choke like that. lmao.

  47. This is sounding more and more like Grigson and Kensil were running an operation on the down-low.

    Consider the weakened position that Goodell has been in over the past year. If someone inside the NFL (Kensil) could make an “impression” on the media/public that they are able to do something major, then perhaps that person should be the next commish.

  48. calzone401 says: Feb 19, 2015 3:10 PM

    The buffalo bills…

    That’s the joke, get it?

    ———

    I GET IT AND THAT’S A FUNNY ONE AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  49. …the best thing about all this, is when the Patriots DESTROY !,and I mean DESTROY ,the Colts next year. I can’t wait to see a historic blow out. ….I’m not even a Patriots fan,but they got housed on this.

  50. So if the NFL knew ahead of time they surely would of made sure nothing funny happened? Or is there so much Patriot hate that they would of let it be less than an even playing field. Perhaps the colts gm should of worried more on how his team could of stopped the run. My guess is the rat is confessing after the Ravens told him to stand up and be a man so they didn’t get blamed.

  51. LOLOL at the Patriots haters. To think you really believe that your team belongs on the same field as the World Champion Patriots. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  52. The Colts now admit what they previously denied. Pagano keeps trying to separate himself from this story but he’s tied to Grigson at the hip. Does anyone really believe Pagano was in the dark until the Monday after the AFC Championship game?

    Has anyone asked Jay Glazer where he got his original story? He had to have gotten it from the Colts or the NFL because no other source could have credibly provided the facts.

  53. so the NFL knowingly allowed a championship game to be played with possibly tampered footballs? Seriously?
    Wow….Goodell should lose his job if that’s the case…

    ——-
    AAAAND WE HAVE BINGO

    #GOODELLMUSTGO

  54. And just so happens the ball they intercepted was deflated to a much lower pressure… CANT WAIT for the fine to the colts for tampering…

  55. It’s been almost 4 weeks. Is Ted Wells getting paid by the minute?

    Is the NFL waiting, hoping we will forget about it when they issue a report that says, ‘Much to our surprise we discovered very cold, wet weather makes footballs lose air pressure.’?

    Maybe the science labs at MIT have been closed for recalibration of their equipment?

  56. if the league knew the Colts had concerns about underinflated footballs before the AFC title game, why didn’t the game officials log the PSI of all Patriots and Colts footballs before the game started?
    ———————————————————
    This is EXACTLY the problem, in a nutshell.

    If the league knew about this complaint, as they obviously should have, then everything should have been DOCUMENTED.

    Instead, we have a circus act where the league says they were running a sting, then says they WEREN’T; they said they didn’t log the PSI’s, then they say they DID.

    And it turns out that the Colts – who supposedly put the league “on notice” before the game – had possession of the one ball for OVER TWENTY MINUTES!!!!

    Talk about your fox guarding the hen house!

    And in the end, the league now has to admit that any and all balls have to be questionable, because one of their OWN PEOPLE was stealing balls and substituting UNAPPROVED balls, and then trying to re-introduce one of the stolen balls!!!

    The league has lost all credibility in this subject. ALL credibility. They have no records of what the balls tested at the start of the game, or at halftime, and they don’t even know which balls were legally in the game at any given time.

    And the NFL has the nerve to remotely accuse the Patriots of “tampering” with these footballs????

    Bob Kraft was right …. he really IS owed an apology, and there is good reason to suspect the Colts of setting the Patriots up by 1) complaining to the league BEFORE the game even started and 2) Holding onto a Patriots ball for up to TWENTY MINUTES, then turning in a supposedly deflated football – the ONLY deflated ball, as it turns out!

  57. Boomer Esiason deserves praise for having the courage to speak up when he did and for what he said.

    “If you notice, Harbaugh never went after Bill Belichick and never said anything negative about him as a coach for the previous two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. Next week the Patriots are playing the Colts, and their head coach is Chuck Pagano, who was once defensive coordinator under John Harbaugh and the Ravens. They’re all close and they’re all tight,” explained Esiason.
    “This is what I believe happened: they all wanted to embarrass Tom Brady, and they wanted to put him on the spit if you will. They wanted to make him answer questions about said rule book.”

    “You can say whatever you want about DeflateGate, and who said what, but to me this is about how the NFL operates: it’s back stabbing, it’s insecure and it’s childish. ‘You want to call me out? I’m going to call you out. You want to embarrass me? Guess what I’m going to embarrass you.’ I’m telling you, this is the way the NFL works. At the end of the day, Tom Brady is the one who’s got the last laugh. He’s got his third Super Bowl MVP trophy and his fourth Super Bowl.”

  58. “Hopefully, the Ted Wells report will provide some answers.”
    I have serious doubts and I’ll bet I’m not alone.

  59. I WANT GOODELL FIRED BY MR. MCMAHON.

    RIGHT UP IN HIS GRILL WITH YOOOOOOOOOOOOURE FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRED!!!!

  60. “What is funny is how the Patriot fans think that the league is out to get them, when they have been the most SUCCESSFUL franchise in the league for years.”

    Fixed it for you.

  61. Grigson also admitted he was on the phone explaining the science of ball deflation to Bruce Jenner at the time of the Jenner accident.

    that may prove to be problematic

  62. Seriously though, the Problem I have with this is that the COLTS ball boys would have been handling the Patriots footballs during the NFL regular season game between the two teams. There would have been no opportunity for the Patriots to tamper with the footballs. So why would the Colts be suspicious? It’s just really starting to look like the the refs didn’t give a crap and would simply squeeze the footballs like melons. Sure they say they “Gauged” them, but no mention of how. So far all we know is that during the AFC championship game, there was a whole bunch of horseplay and confusion by NFL “employees” and “Officials”. Wells seems to be focusing on this as someone has already been fired as a direct result of this investigation.

  63. New England Patriots 2015 Record: 19-0. Taste it now… Because that’s what the fools out there are asking for. For these guys… Every game will be for the Championship. Can you blame them? How much more can a coach motivate a team than asserting disrespect from the opponent?

    Belichick is a Ninja Master playing mind games with a legion of fools. That is why no NFL player wants to leave the Patriots… and every NFL player wants to be there.

    POW!

  64. Robert Kraft will be making a major announcement at Lucas Oil Stadium very soon.

    It will sound something like this:

    “The FIRST Pick of the 2015 NFL DRAFT goes to – NE PATRIOTS.”

    “The SECOND Pick of the 2015 NFL DRAFT goes to – NE PATRIOTS.”

    Some one will then ask – ” HEY, Isn’t Rodger Goodell to be doing the announcements???

    And the KRAFT will answer with ” The THIRD Pick………….

  65. Either New England is just the smartest and greatest cheats in the History of cheats or Every other organization and the league itself is stupid beyond compare. It’s one or the other people.

  66. This really makes the Colts look like sore losers.

    The Patriots have been beating the crap out of the Colts without Manning.

  67. bearsalwaysbearit says:
    Each team provides there own balls whether home or away. So the Colts never controlled the Patriots balls. You can throw this theory out the window.
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    WRONG.

    It has already been established that the Patriots employee who went into that men’s room had TWO bags of footballs; 12 of the Patriots, and 12 of the Colts.

    So yes, the Colts WERE in possession of the New England footballs during their earlier game in Indy.

    What else ya got????

  68. (Next year’s post-game press conference vs Colts)

    Q: Bill, what was the reason for going for it on 4th down from the 25 yard line, already up 55-7?

    A: (Deadpan) What did you want us to do? Kick a field goal?

  69. Go Figure !!!

    Who would of thought that “being the most SUCCESSFUL franchise in the league for years.”

    would drive other teams to JEALOUSY, HATRED, SLANDER, LYING, CHEATING & MORE in an attempt to Dethrone your SUCCESS !

    That would NEVER happen in the NFL under Goodell’s watch!

  70. So for the ‘integrity of the game’ the NFL and Colts allowed the Patriots to cheat for half of the AFC Championship Game? If that’s true then Goodell must go and if I’m an Indy fan then everyone in their front office must go as well. How do you knowingly allow an opponent to cheat your team with the Super Bowl on the line?

    That would certainly call into question the integrity of the NFL, Patriots, and Colts.

    This is all B.S. And I would hate to be an Indy fan when NE shows up at Lucas Field next fall.

  71. For all of the fools saying Tom Brady’s hands are too small, how do you explain 37-50, 328yds, 4 TDs against the #1 defense in the NFL? I’d bet my house that the Super Bowl footballs were perfectly inflated. Did he grow bigger hands for the big game?

  72. The NFL ran a sting operation to frame the Pats and a staff got to embezzle the balls. The said operation was ran by Larry, Curley, and Moe.

  73. You’re right haters, it’s OK…the Patriots are cheaters, Tom Brady is not that good….yeah, yeah that’s right, just relax, there is no way Brady or Belichick will make it to the hall of fame, they are cheaters….shhhhhh, shhhhh It’s OK.

    Haters, tell me about the rabbits.

  74. Instead of telling us how about showing us proof. I have a feeling the NFL and the REF’s screwed this up monumentally.

    They don’t care about cheating when profits are involved.

  75. I think in light of recent events the Patriots should ask the league to schedule them to travel to Lucas Oil Stadium for week 1 instead of the usual tradition to have the champs host a home game.

    Then they can have their ring presentation right there in front of that inferior opponent and fans before they kick the living snot out of them. As usual.

    Get it done NFL!

  76. The Colts and Grigson ruined the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl with the bs deflategate scam and now they are doing the same thing to the combine which is being held in Indy, of all places.

    May I suggest (for the second time, because I suggested it a couple of weeks ago) that as part of the NFL’s sanctions against the Colts for their actions in Deflategate that the combine be moved to the site of a worthy franchise (somewhere centrally located).

  77. “We’re just doing our jobs and trying to ensure we give our teams the best chance to win on a level playing field.”

    Here’s a thought….draft some tougher football players and find someone that can coach them.

  78. Fortunately for Ryan he has a stable owner that he can reply on, not some drunk, pill popin , cash stashing, crazy driven, insane owner or he’d really be in trouble

  79. Now that Grigson has admitted that he spoke to the NFL about a concern before the AFC Championship game there is no reason why he can’t tell us exactly who he communicated with in the NFL offices, when the contact was made, and how that information was conveyed.

    In addition, did he follow up with anyone specifically on the day of the game and who was that specifically?

  80. He’s lying. The home team handles the footballs after they have been inspected by the refs. If anything, he is saying that the quarterbacks like the balls a certain way, ala Aaron Rodgers likes them over inflated, and each team submits them the way they like them, and the refs usually do not change them because they all want the QB’s to be happy and play at a high level. Of course, if you happen to have a QB that likes them at 13 psi, you might be able to make the allegation against other teams with lower inflation rates, and look like you are clean. That’s an NFL problem not a Patriots problem. I’d say there are a lot of active QB’s in the league that are not happy that this guy just guaranteed they won;t be able to customize the footballs for their grip starting next year.

    On a side note it will be interesting to see how QB fumbles and interceptions, as well as in completion’s INCREASE this coming season as a result of QB’s not being able to grip the balls. Somebody need to get on that right away, and by somebody, I mean someone without an agenda that will twist statistics to make it look one way when in fact it is the other.

  81. This would be like the police setting up a sting for a drug deal, and then having the money and drugs change hands only to have no idea where the money or drugs went. Just a colossal failure, followed by leaks during the Super Bowl from the Colts and the league office. Complete incompetence all the way around. Sour grapes from the embarrassed Colts and unprofessional NFL executives.

  82. Just like the destruction of the SpyGate tapes, there is a pattern of the league being almost singlemindedly sloppy with evidence related to alleged Patriots cheating.

    I heard, but cannot believe, that a league employee was fired for actually selling the DeflateGate balls. They had a heads up and don’t make an extra effort to log the PSI values.

    When millions and billions are at stake, there are very very few coincidences …

    All this while taking some obscene moral high ground with guys like Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon, destroying their careers for smoking pot, a crime that our whole society (Canada & US) is struggling to deal with relative to liquor.

    NFL corruption will be it’s undoing.

  83. Did you know that teams trailing by 10+ points in the second half of the Super Bowl are 1-29? I’ll let you figure out who the “1” is.

  84. “here comes the Patriot trolls to try and defend the cheating culture”

    And here come the Colts, complaining to the league yet again because they can’t beat the patriots ON THE FIELD, where it counts.

  85. OK…so, they (Colts & Ravens) informed the NFL that there was a problem with the psi of Patriots game balls, the NFL did nothing (because it involved Baby Brady & Belicheat), then during the game the Colts again raised the issue with the on field Referees who proceeded to test & prove the Deflation of Patriots balls. So, this is old news, as it was all previously noted in the initial reports following the charges after the game.

    Patriots are Cheaters…plain, simple, undeniable!

  86. I wasn’t too upset about the Pats cheating, I was always more disappointed in the Colts for falling for it. The ol’ “Deflate the Pigskin” trick has been around for 100 years.

    Now I hear the Colts actually caught it and the league office didn’t do anything about it. It’s the league office that is cheating. They should be suspended, at least until they get someone with integrity to run it.

    The last time the NFL launched an investigation they couldn’t find the office worker who acknowledged they had the Rice tape. For Heaven’s sake, there are only as many women working there as there are coffee pots!

    I wonder about the FBI guy they hired for that one. How does he find his keys in the morning?

  87. “Again, if rules were broken, we’ll see. If not, that’s what the investigation is for. We’re just doing our jobs and trying to ensure we give our teams the best chance to win on a level playing field.”
    —–
    Seriously??? If rules were broken? (back pedaling)
    Your franchise should lose a first round pick for this frivolous bullcrap of a bush league move… When the Wells report fails to find any wrong doing … then what … are you gonna just say… Grigson ” oh sorry for creating this epic distraction” … There better be some serious sanctions on the Colts…

    Can’t wait for this report.

  88. The game officials are the ones who ensure a level field. Did you communicate with Walt Anderson before the game?
    .

  89. Grigson, Kensil and Harbaugh are shady as can be.
    Kensil, especially. Who appointed him king of the NFL?

    It still all goes back to why the footballs were not logged for PSI before the game? We know how the Patriots footballs were prepared, and it’s basic science that there would be a drop in PSI.
    We don’t know how or where the Colts footballs we prepared and at what temperature they were inflated. Nor the beginning PSI.
    Mort’s smarmy voice saying ‘but the Colts footballs were in range at halftime’ doesn’t show a complete picture. obviously the Colts were prepared to make sure their footballs wouldn’t drop below 12.5 PSI before halftime.

  90. This just goes to support the theory that the Pats had been suspected of doing this for a long time — i.e., the Colts were tipped off by Baltimore after the Deflatriots squeaked out their second-round victory against the Ravens.

    I’ve seen the Cheatriot fans roll their eyes when the scandal first broke (“how many points did we sko-wah aftuh hafftime, huh? How ya like them apples??)

    But the second-rounder was a *close* game, unlike the blowout against the Colts. Would the rule-breaking deflation of 11 of 12 footballs matter to Cheatriot fans if *they* had lost a close game? And how many other close victories have the Deflatriots piled up using this time-honored cheating technique?

    EVERY RULE COUNTS. Even “small” ones like the inflation of the football. If there aren’t rules, or the rules aren’t followed consistently, then the game has NO credibility. Add the lack of credibility issue to the domestic violence, fake crowd noise/building your stadium to boost homefield advantage noise, “allowing Seattle to get away with every possible defensive penalty” and other issues, and the NFL is on the fast-track to NBA-style lameness and irrelevance.

    And for all the Cheatriot fans who continue to deny reality — that your “dynasty” isn’t tainted by spygate, aaron hernandez, deflategate, etc. — you’re deluding yourselves. The average fan doesn’t really listen to you anyway, since they have bandwagon fans on mute by default, but the issue isn’t just with your cheating franchise. It’s with the NFL itself, which enabled it by engineering a “Patriot” victory in the first Superbowl after 9/11. Yeah, that’s right, I said it — the “tuck rule” and the ensuing Super Bowl XXXVI win WERE AN INSIDE JOB!! The NFL decided it wouldn’t be proper to have the loathsome Raiders (terrorists) advance over the Patriots (the ‘good guys’) in the jingoistic pro-war climate following 9/11… so they manufactured a way for the lesser team to advance!!

  91. thecoltsarethemodelfranchise says: Feb 19, 2015 2:51 PM

    Unlike the other dynasties the patsies will always be remembered for their cheating.
    _________________________________

    The Colts are the model franchise? Hahahahahahahahaha

    Irsay? Seven players arrested in the past several months?

    Getting destroyed every time they play the Patriots?

    If you thought the last few games between the Colts and Patriots were lopsided, just wait until next season.

  92. So, one of two things must be true. Either (a) the league didn’t think it was a serious enough issue to properly measure and secure the balls prior to the AFC championship game, or (b) it was, indeed, a sting operation.

  93. So,let me get this straight Pat’s fans : It’s some sort of conspiracy when the Colts told the NFL ahead of time about the balls,but yet when it was the Pat’s that turned in the film on the locker guy and turned in film on this McNally guy,it’s not them trying to cover their arses for something they obviously did do ??? You can’t have it both ways – Then again you are Pat’s fans so maybe you feel that gives you the right ?? On November 16th game two balls were turned over to the ref’s/league that were under inflated.Could that possibly be the reason the Colts GM did this ?? Hopefully the report will make some sort of sense,but you cannot crucify the Colts for this without any proof whatsoever and then say it’s okay for the Pat’s to do the same thing.

  94. And when does Grigson admit that the Colts tampered with the game ball before turning it over to the officials? The ball that Jackson said he never noticed anything wrong with.

    The Indianapolis front office is the dirtiest in football, with a drunk mess for an owner, and has been for a long time.

  95. so now we have further proof that one team has definitely lied in this investigation and its the colts, what are they hiding??

  96. The Indianapolis Colts have a long and sorry history of complaining to the league and trying to get the rules changed when they can’t win on the field, where it counts.

    Most of their complaints have involved the Patriots.

    Here’s a partial history of Colts’ complaints to the league (just the ones I can recall):

    – After the Patriots’ defense humbled Peyton Manning and the Colts’ supposedly unstoppable offense in the 2003 AFC Championship game, Bill Polian and Tony Dungy use their status as influential members of the league’s Competition Committee to get team owners to agree to change the rules on defensive holding and illegal contact. So if you don’t particularly enjoy the current “no defense allowed” brand of football currently being played in the NFL, you can blame the Colts.

    – In 2005, prior to a game in Foxboro between the Colts and Patriots, the Colts filed a formal complaint with the league about the condition of the field at Gillette. In an unprecedented move, then NFL commissioner (and noted Polian lap dog) Paul Tagliabue intervened on the Colts’ behalf, and the Patriots were forced to hastily re-sod the field in the days before the game.

    – In 2006, the Colts filed another formal complaint with the league, this time concerning the formula the league uses to determine the awarding of compensatory draft picks. In their complaint, the Colts specifically referenced the Patriots, claiming that the formula being used resulted in the Patriots receiving too many compensatory picks.

    – In 2008, the Colts filed yet another formal complaint, this time concerning their schedule. That season, the Colts had a Monday night road game, coming the week after another road game. According to Bill Polian, this type of schedule was unprecedented (it’s not, it’s actually pretty routine) and demanded that the league change the schedule. For once, the league stood up to Indy and refused to change it.

    – And now, in 2015, we have Deflategate.

    As I say, on the field, where it counts, the Colts are a second rate franchise of perennial also-rans, so instead of improving their on-field product, they resort to whining and crying to the league to try and get the rules changed for their benefit.

    If I were a Colts fan I would be embarrassed.

  97. “If you thought the last few games between the Colts and Patriots were lopsided, just wait until next season”

    How much more lopsided can they get?

  98. The Colts knew they would lose so they deflated the balls and then smeared the Pats. Pats will blow them out again next season deflated balls or not.

  99. Instead of setting a poorly conceived sting perhaps the Colts should’ve watched game film and practiced playing football. They clearly spent too much time watching the Syfy channel about conspiracy theories. What a bunch of overated losers. If the Colts are really the second best team in the AFC we will be going to a lot of superbowls.

  100. The Ravens lost to the Patriots because Flacco tried his usual jump ball routine but the Patriots defense is too good for that now. Two classic Flacco jump balls at the end of the game: INT, knockdown incompletion. Game over.

  101. Unfortunately the NFL has completely fumbled this issue, it is embarrassing to watch & I don’t really care to know the result of the investigation anymore. I have no trust in the process as it makes no sense to anyone with half a mind of their own. What should have happened didn’t… If there was a concern, the issue should have been dealt head-on with the teams involved & monitored appropriately, & any further concerns should have been handled immediately & prior to Super Bowl. Waiting for weeks to interview Brady & Belichick, allowing time for everyone to circle the wagons & come up with their own story & explanation, was the “glove that doesn’t fit”, & it is not fair to the fans of football to have to watch this non-sense unfold.

  102. It looks like the witch hunt is about over, and the real witches, it turns out, have offices in New York City and in Indianapolis, Indiana!

  103. Lean on Bob Kravitz. Find out who spoke to him because he broke the story.

    Kravitz is a nobody. A homer. Wanted to get onto bigger stage.

    He’ll squeal.

    And then Grigson and Kensil will crumble like the jets defense.

  104. logicalvoicesays says:
    Feb 19, 2015 2:45 PM
    Here’s how many Superbowls the Patriots have won since DeflateGate :

    1 now go play with your life sized Tom Brady doll some more. Jimmy Garoppolo >RG Queen.

  105. A perfect example of how people… who live in the land of 1%-ers….

    forget how incredibly easy their lives are, so they do stupid, dumb stuff that makes their families proud.

  106. Goodell royally screwed this up. Innocent or guilty doesn’t matter, he already jeopardized the integrity of the game regardless of the outcome. He’s done nothing to enhance or protect the game, he’s great at squeezing every penny out of the game but did so at the expense of it’s integrity and brand. Goodell really took his eye off the ball, figuratively and literally, it’s time to go Roger.

  107. 4 time SB champs is so sweet. I luv all the whining and crying that goes on. It’s so ammusing. Just makes my day when peeps hate on the greatness of the PATRIOTS!

  108. Actually logical voice how many Super Bowls have the Pats won since Deflategate ….that would be be 1 my friend……you forget 28-24.

  109. The only reason I consider this as a possible frame job by the Colts is because the Patriots have put them over their knee and giving them a good spanking year after year after year. Any other team, I would never entertain the frame theory but the Colts have been so thoroughly abused by the Pats, it just may actually have merit.

  110. Let me say this on a thumbnail. ESPN’s Kelly Naqi should have recused herself from reporting on Deflategate given her husband’s connections to another NFL franchise and his past working relationship with Mike Kensil. First Kravits, then Mortensen, and now Naqi. These people are not reporters, they are stooges at best and operatives at worst.

  111. It’s been almost 4 weeks. Is Ted Wells getting paid by the minute?
    ===
    Yes, he is. Clearly, you’ve never had to hire an attorney.

  112. Bill Belichick could come out himself and admit they cheated (finally) and patriot fans still would not believe it because they are that smart.

  113. This news that the officials knew about the question of balls and didn’t bother to check until halftime smacks of officials TRYING to create a scandal

    I wonder why. It’s not like they were trying to sell the footballs in question and make them more of a collectors item or anything like that

  114. If the colts did in fact tamper with the ball before turning it over I fully expect the NFL to sweep it under the rug. That is just too nasty a story to allow out. That is seriously where all these leaks seem to be pointing to. If I’m in the colts front office, in updating my resume now

  115. Now that most of the smoke has cleared, we find ourselves right back to where Deflate-Gate originated.

    The Colts being caught RED HANDED with the ONLY football that was 2psi under league rule.

    The Colts handling the suspect football for at least twenty minutes before it was turned in.

    The Colts complaining to Goodell since November 16, 2014 about the Patriots cheating AGAIN!

    The Colts losing to the Patriots in the playoffs for the last three years in a row.

    There is a LOGICAL explanation in here somewhere – I just know it !!!!!

    LOL

  116. jchipwood says: Feb 19, 2015 6:53 PM

    Bill Belichick could come out himself and admit they cheated (finally) and patriot fans still would not believe it because they are that smart.
    ————————————————————–
    Or he could simply tell the truth, say they did nothing wrong, and guys like you would continue to insist they cheated simply because they are too good.

  117. Could it be that the Colts are really Donkeys that are jealous of the THOROUGHBREDS in Foxboro that are winning Super Bowl races!

  118. But he’s the bad guy, not the proven cheater. Bill belechick will do anything it takes to win and we know that, he shouldn’t be given the benefit of the doubt here.

  119. The Colts should give up a draft pick to the Pats over the Grigson scam.
    Grigsom and Kensil should be fired and banned from the NFL for conduct detrimental to the league over this spiteful hack job.

  120. Couple of points on this whole story:

    1. If Grigson did report before the game as he said, then what exactly did he do wrong? Seems like he did the right thing if he for whatever reason suspected the balls were underinflated. If he is lying about that, then we have a problem.

    2. Maybe, he reported it beforehand so the balls were checked and since they were properly inflated, the officials thought there was no issue so they didn’t log the inflation of the balls. Then the ball they intercepted was underinflated and they again reported during the game. Still, if that’s the case, the Colts did nothing wrong.

    3. If 11 of the 12 balls were “just a tick underinflated” as some reports suggest, why is there still an investigation going on? If this was the case the NFL would not be investigating this. For that reason, the reports of only 1 ball being underinflated can’t be true.

  121. @Patsrule59 you forgot one other incredibly baby move by the Colts asking the league to move them from the AFC east to the south, cause they could never beat the other teams.

  122. This guy needs to worry more about the holes in his offense and defense than the ones in the footballs.

    He’s got an A-1 franchise QB whose talent is already being wasted by an incomplete team.

  123. The facts reported so far are:

    The balls the Patriots had were slightly deflated (weather).

    But the ball the Colts possessed and turned in as an infraction was 2 psi under. Yet their own player who intercepted the ball and had the team take it away said it was not deflated.

    Only a fool or a liar does not smell a rat (Colts) attempting to falsely smear the Pats.

    This creepy team with the creepy QB and the creepy-train-wreck owner needs to forfeit draft picks for their lies and attempted treachery.

  124. Well if they did choose to log the psi of the balls prior to the game because of the “tip off” then I think Goodell would be in deeper sh!t because they did this just to the Patriots and not anyone other game. Also, there really wasn’t any need check the actual psi of any balls prior to this accusation, it was all “feel” of the balls.

  125. People really do hate winners. The Pats continue to be a big story over air in a football, yet we hear crickets about the suppose cheating from the Browns and Falcons. Its amazing how we hate seeing winners be winners.

  126. Blame the guy who said the pats are cheating again===only in boston will that crap fly==Colts GM should have never had to say it that makes him a snitch in the eyes of who? Go get Hit man Hernandise—oh wait he is busy.. Nfl should make pats rename team to like the weasels, yea the New England weasels. Fitting.

  127. ^ I love it! You can tell that the team on top right now, the Patsies, have the most bandwagon fans since any words against the Patsies will get the majority of thumbs down and anything falsely positive gets thumbs up.
    Despite my name, I bet that would get overlooked if I claimed that Brady was the best player in all histories of all sports (He can outdunk Jordan and Wilt at the same time while hitting a grand slam home run at every bat).

  128. Early on when I heard the name Mike Kensil associated with this matter, I immediately believed he was the culprit. A long time Jets employee and now NFL vice president of game day operations, Kensil has openly hated the Patriots and had a vendetta against them for years. He is the person Grigson went to before the AFC title game, and would have been responsible for orchestrating the whole gameday shenanigans, without the knowledge of most, if not all the league’s hierarchy. He is almost certainly the person at the root of the story, if not the actual leak on the bogus Chris Mortenson report that 11 out of 12 balls were underinflated by at least two pounds. Mort and ESPN were made fools of, and have been trying to recover ever since. ESPN made the poor decision of digging their heels in, to try to cover the embarrassment of their screw-up and to keep the ratings high. This last leak may drive the last nail into Kensil’s coffin as the guilty party. Kensil is most likely the direct leak on the latest story by Kelly Naqi about an unapproved ball attempted to be introduced into the game by a Patriots employee. Naqi is the wife of Hussein Naqi, former league employee, who has also been hired by the league at times as legal counsel since he left in 2002. This from PFT’s Tom E. Curran yesterday…”More recently, Hussain Naqi worked for the New Meadowlands Stadium Company in East Rutherford, N.J. There, he served as Vice President of Business Planning and General Counsel at MetLife Stadium, the home of the Jets and Giants. Naqi would have worked closely with the league office on all the logistics for Super Bowl 48. The man in charge of “running” the Super Bowl for the NFL is its Vice President of Game Operations. He would speak to Naqi a lot. His name is Mike Kensil.” The evidence points to Mike Kensil as the guilty party in all of this. If the Wells Report is not whitewashed, Kensil will be fired and possibly banned from any NFL employment whatsoever.

  129. Grigson’s admission that the Colts informed the NFL of football concerns PRIOR TO THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, clearly shows this was a sting operation by the NFL.

    Mr Kraft: Goodell intentionally went after your team, hurt your brand, and remained silent during the Super Bowl build up even when they knew this fiasco was BS, time to drop the hammer on this guy,

  130. Guys, Goodell wasn’t behind the sting, it was a likely a rogue operation by the Colts acting in cahoots with Mike Kensil.

    Go back to the “admitted facts”:

    Pats played at Indy in 2014 regular season game

    Ravens lost to Pats in Divisional game and Harbaugh called for Patriots to be investigated for substitutions

    Brady says Ravens should read the rulebook in press conference

    Pagano admits talking to Ravens (presumably Harbaugh) after the Divisional game and before the AFC Championship game about the Patriots

    After denying reports that they approached NFL officials about ball pressure during the week before the AFCCG Grigson now admits it

    Grigson said they wanted a “level playing field” and they “had concerns”

    Indy’s concerns could not have came from their regular season game against the Pats because the Colts controlled the balls in Indy (it appears this was a witch hunt looking for something to exploit in the “rulebook” and they probably got the idea from Harbaugh)

    Grigson says the Colts contacted the NFL but we don’t know how, when and to whom contact was made. We do now the Colts were in regular contact with Mike Kensil, a former jets executive fired by Eric Mangini, and known to be a Belichick hater.

    Kensil does nothing to secure the balls, ensure proper records are kept, and has no discussion with the Patriots about their concerns prior to the game but has continual discussions with the Colts and breaks NFL protocols by inspecting the balls (which are the responsibility of the game referee), going so far as to put air in some balls at halftime.

    After the game, sources close to the Colts stated that the Colts became alarmed when one of their players noticed a soft ball after intercepting it but we learned later that neither the ref nor the player noticed the ball to be soft and the interception certainly was not what initially alarmed the Colts.

    Rather quickly after the game and for an extended period thereafter, the finger was pointed at the Patriots through a series off leaks through media people with ties to the Colts or Kensil (Kravitz, Mortensen, Naqi), all of whom were discredited with facts from scientists, Rapoport, and Scheftner.

    The only ball known to have equal to or less than the required 2.0 psi was in the Colts possession and their own player said he thought the ball was fine when he intercepted it.

    The Colts have been caught in a number of misstatements.

    Kensil acted in violation of NFL protocols.

  131. So, former Jets employee Kensil decides to play detective and conduct a sting during the AFC Championship? That’s pure genius. Anyone actually concerned with the “integrity of the game” vs. trying to punish the Pats in any way possible would have warned the teams ahead of time.

    If the PSI of the footballs is SO important, why let one team play half a game with supposedly out-of-regulation balls? It’s an utterly ridiculous and moronic approach to the situation. What next, will Kensil drive around the country in a van with his buddies solving mysteries?

    And, of course, the cherry on top of the whole farce – the Marx Brothers would be proud, Roger – is that the NFL obviously has nothing to pin on the Pats. Otherwise, why not issue punishment immediately? What if the Colts had lost by a point? This makes the NFL look incredibly bad.

    To summarize, if this is true, the NFL is complicit in allowing a team to allegedly play in a championship game with out-of-spec footballs…and for what?

    Clearly they need to bring in the Three Stooges to take over the investigation.

  132. 45-7….45-7…….45-7….. Maybe the Colts should inflate their balls? Grow a pair, it was a thourough azz whoopin!

  133. When Grigson admitted that he spoke to the NFL in the week leading up to the AFCC game, after stating he hadn’t, things started to become alot clearer; and doubly so now that Kensil was involved with the halftime handling of the footballs.

    Many people don’t like Goodell for numerous reasons, however, I honestly feel there was an attempt to “overthrow” him by Kensil. The commish is “beleaguered” at the moment and in a very weakened state.. perfect time to show the public/media that someone in the NFL is making a difference, right? Leading to, hey.. maybe this guy can be a potential replacement for Goodell. Except, things go pear-shaped.. and quickly.

    Say what you want, but Goodell is not dumb. Neither is Kensil. You don’t get to those places in business without knowing the lay-of-the-land. They know you have to be a shark to get ahead sometimes and all the quiet from the NFL could be a sign that this is a massive internal conflict that has suddenly become public with a team that many hate, caught in the middle.

    Competition drives many, you’ve seen it over the past weeks with ex-players lashing out at a team that ruined alot of moments for them.. don’t think that that competition involves only players, it also involves corporate business – to which the NFL belongs.

  134. @ afwhigs…

    I couldn’t say it better… This whole thing reeks to high heaven… Clearly there were agendas at work to embarrass the Patriots, Play out a huge distraction leading up the Super Bowl and Polarize the entire football watching nation at the expense of a model franchise…

    Simply disgraceful…

  135. kyblue33 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 1:26 AM

    Blame the guy who said the pats are cheating again===only in boston will that crap fly==Colts GM should have never had to say it that makes him a snitch in the eyes of who? Go get Hit man Hernandise—oh wait he is busy.. Nfl should make pats rename team to like the weasels, yea the New England weasels. Fitting.
    ———————————————————-
    Saying someone cheated isn’t proving they did. The Colts also had a guy named Marvin Harrison as I recall, maybe Grigson can call him in. The Pats play to win. The Colts sucked for Luck and all he has done has been demolished by a team that knows how to win. Looks like the Colts got themselves another Peyton Manning. Great regular season, no show in the post season. Not a more deserving franchise than the Colts to have big game chocker’s like they have and had. Wait till the report comes out.

  136. In next year’s Pats-Colts game, bet “the over” and make yourself some good money.

    Pats are going to run up the score on these dirtbags.

    It’s going to be delicious.

  137. First let me say my order of preference ON THE FIELD for all the teams involved including instigating involvement from the Ravens would be Ravens> Colts> Pats, BUT as more information comes to light

    on this deflate issue I clearly see a setup perpetually started by John Harbaugh after he was embarrassed over the substitution thing in the divisional game against the Pats. The Colts were an eager and willing participant who have always seemed to have a bit of Napoleon complex when it comes to the Pats, that was noticeable when Polian and Manning were there. Getting beat like a drum on the regular can cause that.

    Well the whole thing got out of hand and didnt go as smoothly as the parties involved thought it would. It was simply supposed to be an embarrass the Pats thing. The NFL and the Colts have egg on their face on this one.

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