Matt Cassel says Tom Brady’s ball preparation not unusual

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If Matt Cassel knows The Deflator, he’s not saying.

The Bills quarterback, who spent four years with the Patriots, three of them as Tom Brady’s backup, said he was just deferring to the league on its #DeflateGate punishment.

I’m really not going to get into that,” Cassel said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “Obviously that was a league decision and it’s something that the league came down with a ruling and we’re going to go out there and play against whoever’s going to be out there on the field.”

Asked about Brady’s role in preparing game balls, Cassel chose his words carefully.

“I think it’s the same everywhere,” he said. “I think we all have a say in what balls we want and all that stuff and that’s about the extent that I’ll go into that.”

Of course, Cassel and Brady are still pals, hanging out at the Kentucky Derby despite the fact they’re division rivals now.

But as most players and coaches have, Cassel tried to hold his breath and get through this one without anybody noticing.

94 responses to “Matt Cassel says Tom Brady’s ball preparation not unusual

  1. Does any other team have an employee spending 20 – 35 hours per week just preparing the footballs? The answer is no.

  2. Tom Brady and the Patriots got railroaded because the geniuses at NFL offices had no idea weather conditions effect air pressure .

  3. No other QB wants to get nabbed by a Goodell witch hunt (though he’s ignored Rodgers saying he hopes to slip an over-inflated ball past the officials) but Cassell speaks the truth – every QB and his equipment guys prepare the new balls

    The “deflator” according to the Wells report, would routinely deflate and re-inflate every football – hence the name (the media just focused only on the additional weight loss aspect and ignored what they didn’t like in the Wells Report)

    In addition to confirming that the lead official’s “best recollection” was he used the gauge that showed NO DEFLATION, the Wells Report also includes texts from McNally where he states what Brady’s preferred inflation level is

    That would be 13.0 psi – not below 12.5 as the haters and media seem to be promoting

    So, yes – Brady prefers footballs right in the middle of the allowable range. WHAT A SCANDAL!

  4. Does any other team have an employee spending 20 – 35 hours per week just preparing the footballs? The answer is no.

    ====
    You are asking a question or giving the answer? Based on what facts?

  5. uglydingo says:
    May 27, 2015 3:14 PM
    Does any other team have an employee spending 20 – 35 hours per week just preparing the footballs? The answer is no.

    ——————

    The guy preparing the footballs only worked game days.

    Just blind hatred of Brady and the Pats, but that is nothing new.

    SUPERBOWL CHAMPS!!!!

  6. Does any other team have an employee spending 20 – 35 hours per week just preparing the footballs? The answer is no.
    ____________________________________
    Sounds like you have done a lot of research. Oh yeah you Haven’t. Who said that is all the equipment people do?

  7. “Does any other team have an employee spending 20 – 35 hours per week just preparing the footballs? The answer is no.”

    Shh.. don’t tell Eli Manning.. I read it may be even WAY MORE than 40 hours a week.. he has multiple steps in what those guys do for his preparation.. as I am almost certain most QB’s have their own way they want the balls prepared.. making it a “Brady” thing is disingenuous at the very least.

  8. Fans who hate the Patriots say this ” You guys are beatable now that you can’t cheat”. When they still can’t beat the Patriots, they don’t know what to say. Maybe instead of searching for excuses, why not accept that the Patriots are just a good team? But no, it would hurt their pride too much. If they benefitted from cheating so much, then why do they win without it? The Falcons and Browns have been cheating, and they still lose because they aren’t a good team. Even if you cheat, you still have to play the game. You could know what the other team is doing all day and still end up losing. The other teams and their fans either need to put up or shut up.

  9. Psssssssssssssssssssssssssssstop ball deflation. A properly inflated ball is a terrible thing to waste.

  10. This is as good a time as any for me to admit I was wrong about the Brady appeal. Because I own what I write, I will say that I thought Brady would withdraw the appeal over the holiday weekend.

    I was wrong. I still say it’s a very long shot for him to sue, but we’ll see. As for Cassell, I agree with him about QB ball prep. He was noncommittal as he should be.

    I’m batting .500 in the #Deflategate saga.

  11. Wells report says it is more probable than not that Brady was generally aware…

    This is the basic equivalent of saying that we are 51% sure that something happened, and if something happened then Brady likely knew at least 25% of what may or may not have happened.

  12. I feel bad for Brady, hes got all the skills but with his small hands he just cant grip the ball well when its inflated properly.

    Cant blame him for wanting to deflate the ball just so he can throw it like the other QB’s with normal size hands. Sad situation all around.

  13. uglydingo says:
    May 27, 2015 3:14 PM

    Does any other team have an employee spending 20 – 35 hours per week just preparing the footballs? The answer is no.

    ==========

    Actually, every team in the NFL spends hours prepping balls for games. Every QB has a specific preference and feel for the football. There is an article in the NY Times called “Eli Manning’s Footballs are Months in Making” documenting the months it takes of ball prep before Eli Manning OKs a ball for use in a game.

  14. “I think it’s the same everywhere,” he said. “I think we all have a say in what balls we want and all that stuff and that’s about the extent that I’ll go into that.”

    This quote tells me the Colts couldnt take a loss and burned the Pats on somewhat of an unwritten rule amongst QBs. It’s kind of like in baseball when both teams pitchers are using pinetar to get a better grip. If it is obvious its obvious and the pitcher gets caught. If its not no one says anything because everyone is doing it.

    Except in this case the Colts ratted out NE after the loss instead of looking in the mirror and saying. Hey maybe we played like crap today. Let’s cover ourselves up now instead of taking a loss. Lets make it look like we were screwed and could have won if not for a slight reduction in air pressure. Like that mattered in an embarassing 45-7 defeat.

    As I am aware Atlanta lost a 5th round pick was it? And a 6 figure fine for the whole noise fiasco. But I don’t recall that being an issue when the Colts did in 2006 when Peyton Manning won the Superbowl. Why is that? If It was New England doing that this year would there an uproar? I think so. What if Matt Ryan was supposedly deflating football? Would he be suspended? I think not.

    Hypocrites.

  15. Does any other team have an employee spending 20 – 35 hours per week just preparing the footballs? The answer is no.
    —————————————————–
    Try googling this old uninformed one. It’s common practice and yes indeed it is a 20-35 hour a week job.
    Eli Manning’s Footballs Are Months in Making

  16. Cassell’s comments are another way of saying “Yeah, I knew all about it. It was a standard operating procedure of the Patriots personnel. Isn’t it everywhere? Belichick told us it was ok & not to worry about it because everyone does it. I just listened to my coach & Tom.”

  17. Google “Eli Manning’s Footballs Are Months in the Making.” NY Times, November 23, 2013. The title alone is a giveaway. And if we’re talking game integrity, do any of his highly improbable SB circus catches even happen with a regular ball that hasn’t spent three months getting warped completely out of shape?

  18. Far from a ringing endorsement of Brady’s innocence.

    Just the opposite really, when he’s laboring to not say much.

  19. “In addition to confirming that the lead official’s “best recollection” was he used the gauge that showed NO DEFLATION, the Wells Report also includes texts from McNally where he states what Brady’s preferred inflation level is

    That would be 13.0 psi – not below 12.5 as the haters and media seem to be promoting”
    ****

    So, now he likes them at 13 psi?
    For the Wells Report, they estimated 12.5 psi, so that would mean there was an even GREATER discrepancy in pressure…..

    #phantomurinal

    #excuseskeepcoming

  20. Eli Manning’s Footballs Are Months in Making

    Kind of explains the Tyree, Manningham and Beckham not humanly possible, miracle catches doesn’t it.

  21. j0esixpack says:
    May 27, 2015 3:16 PM
    No other QB wants to get nabbed by a Goodell witch hunt (though he’s ignored Rodgers saying he hopes to slip an over-inflated ball past the officials) but Cassell speaks the truth – every QB and his equipment guys prepare the new balls
    _________________________________________
    The difference is Bra*y bribed an equipment guy to deflate balls AFTER they had gone through inspection by the officials!

  22. Painfully obvious in his response that he wasn’t coming to Brady’s defense which is about as telling as it gets since he would have had first hand knowledge.

  23. And Brady has enormous hands, any closeup photo will show it. Look, it’s time for a serious talk: this is PFT, we expect a minimal degree of competence from our trolls. I’m a Pats fan and I still feel sorry for you guys, so here goes:

    — Now Putin isn’t the only guy to steal a Patriots Super Bowl Ring.
    — Don’t you guys miss the good old days when Belichick’s cheating was confined to other men’s wives?
    — Is it true that Belichick’s boat is now 75 feet wide to fit all the asterisks on the back?
    — The league is planning to rig future Lombardi trophies with alarms in case the Patriots try to steal another.
    — There hasn’t been this much hot air blowing around MA since Ted Kennedy got in a shouting match with a wind farm

    Step it up.

  24. patsstinkoftaint says:
    May 27, 2015 3:50 PM

    “In addition to confirming that the lead official’s “best recollection” was he used the gauge that showed NO DEFLATION, the Wells Report also includes texts from McNally where he states what Brady’s preferred inflation level is

    That would be 13.0 psi – not below 12.5 as the haters and media seem to be promoting”
    ****

    So, now he likes them at 13 psi?
    For the Wells Report, they estimated 12.5 psi, so that would mean there was an even GREATER discrepancy in pressure…..

    #phantomurinal

    #excuseskeepcoming
    #iStillrefusetoacceptthescience
    #Ihatethepatsandwillneveraccaptanythingbutbradysheadonaplateevenifproveninnocent
    #somedayIMIGHTreadthewellsreport

  25. The fumble change from 1/44 plays before the rule change to 1/74 plays after the rule change tells the story.

    This wasn’t a gradual change – it happened immediately upon the rule change.

    No one has been able to explain what the Pats did legally to cut their fumbles in half immediately upon this rule change.

    Because there is only one explanation.

    Deflating balls and cheating.

    Now branded for life.

  26. themeccalambeaufield says:
    May 27, 2015 3:54 PM

    Painfully obvious in his response that he wasn’t coming to Brady’s defense which is about as telling as it gets since he would have had first hand knowledge.
    —————————————————–
    Painfully obvious that if he had come out and stated categorically that he knew for sure that Brady didn’t do it that not one hater in the world would have changed their mind. Cassell was in a no win situation and handled it as well as he could.

  27. if i were cassel in NE back in the day i would have been known as the inflator so tommy touchdowns don’t look no good no more throwing those hard balls so i can come in and take his spot…..just saying

  28. Maybe instead of searching for excuses, why not accept that the Patriots are just a good team?

    If true, why do you have to cheat over and over?

    Serial cheaters.

    Makes one wonder what, if anything, you would have won, without cheating.

  29. thepatsrcheaters says:
    May 27, 2015 3:51 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    May 27, 2015 3:16 PM
    No other QB wants to get nabbed by a Goodell witch hunt (though he’s ignored Rodgers saying he hopes to slip an over-inflated ball past the officials) but Cassell speaks the truth – every QB and his equipment guys prepare the new balls
    _________________________________________
    The difference is Bra*y bribed an equipment guy to deflate balls AFTER they had gone through inspection by the officials!
    ——————————————————–
    I challenge you to prove that. It is well documented that Brady signed often when asked. Just because you say he did doesn’t prove a damned thing. Unless of course you had already made up your mind, no matter the evidence that he was guilty. BTW while your proving bribery take on deflating after inspection too. That’s another myth that the mass of haters have latched onto without one shred of proven evidence. Again, if you start believing something you can make yourself believe anything no matter how little sense it makes. The Wells Report when read in it’s entirety makes as little sense as possible but they went in trying to prove guilt and embarrassed themselves trying.

  30. Norseman says:
    May 27, 2015 3:44 PM

    Far from a ringing endorsement of Brady’s innocence.

    Just the opposite really, when he’s laboring to not say much.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It is just as easy to interpret the comments about the “league decision” that Cassel is not saying too much to stop short of calling the league decision wrong.

    It is wrong. Colts equipment guys, the referees, league officials (including at least 1 ex-player) all make their livings off of a ball filled with air. Yet NOBODY knew that air pressure is reduced in cold weather?

    The league made a big deal out of this, leaking false reports of pressure, spent millions on a report that is inconclusive at best and manipulative of the facts at worst (don’t pay attention to all that scientific stuff…) before any of them knew what the ideal gas law was.

    It is really mind boggling. The league over-committed on the issue before they even knew what the issue was really about. Now they can’t go back because it makes them look like completely incompetent idiots.

  31. FACT is his numbers are as good if not better on the road than at home! 28 unanswered against colts and LIT UP the legion of boom is SB! Best ever. Stop hatin

  32. thepatsrcheaters says:
    May 27, 2015 3:51 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    May 27, 2015 3:16 PM
    No other QB wants to get nabbed by a Goodell witch hunt (though he’s ignored Rodgers saying he hopes to slip an over-inflated ball past the officials) but Cassell speaks the truth – every QB and his equipment guys prepare the new balls
    _________________________________________
    The difference is Bra*y bribed an equipment guy to deflate balls AFTER they had gone through inspection by the officials!

    ————————–

    Could you explain why the Chargers who were caught using Stickum towels only received a small fine? Its the same advantage of grip and happens after the refs inspection. Do you believe that was a one time offense? Pretty doubtful it was.

  33. higheriqthanyou says:
    May 27, 2015 4:03 PM

    The fumble change from 1/44 plays before the rule change to 1/74 plays after the rule change tells the story.

    This wasn’t a gradual change – it happened immediately upon the rule change.

    No one has been able to explain what the Pats did legally to cut their fumbles in half immediately upon this rule change.

    Because there is only one explanation.

    Deflating balls and cheating.

    Now branded for life.

    ———-

    All the fumble articles and stats were debunked by Nate Silver and Deadspin. The Patriots were not out of the norm.

  34. @qdog

    I can’t understand why Brady would not go through the appeal process. He’s nothing to lose and 1.8 million to gain. They will also gather valuable information before losing, which could be used in federal court if they choose that as their next option.

    Regarding federal court : Nobody really knows what Brady / Kessler will do. If they file, where do they file? Will a federal judge accept the case? Will it be dismissed in the first ten minutes? Again, no one really knows.

    However, to increase your batting average I have a few questions :

    1. Do you think any of this has to do with Goodell’s approval rating and saving his 44 million in salary, plus the million dollar salaries of his lackeys, Pash, Vincent, Kensil, Bandi and Blandino?

    2. Has the approval rating of former PR man Goodell gone up or down since Wells gate?

    3. Do you believe the Wells report to be 100 % fair and accurate?

    4. Do you think that the Wells report omitted all actions of Kensil, Vincent, Kensil, Kravitz, Mortenson, Harbaugh, Pagano, Grigson because they were 100% innocent of any wrongdoing? Or was it an inside job?

    5. If you loathe the Patriots, why would you not want to see them drawn and quartered publicly? Why are you anti – transparency?
    .

  35. Seems like PFT has been under orders lately to cut back on the “Brady cheated” articles.
    Why? Was it hurting somebody’s feelings?

  36. themeccalambeaufield says:
    May 27, 2015 3:54 PM

    Painfully obvious in his response that he wasn’t coming to Brady’s defense which is about as telling as it gets since he would have had first hand knowledge.

    ———-
    Your critical thinking skills are poor.

    Its obvious he 1) thinks its ridiculous and 2) doesn’t want to piss off Bills fans, the NFL, or his friends.

  37. “Painfully obvious that if he had come out and stated categorically that he knew for sure that Brady didn’t do it that not one hater in the world would have changed their mind. Cassell was in a no win situation and handled it as well as he could.”

    ****
    Wait, his response was guided by the opinions of “Patriot Haters”?

    Seriously?!?

  38. I’ve got my Roger Goodell and Troy Vincent bathroom tissue in the mail today. I am working on a line of Ted Wells, Ryan Grigson, and Mike Kensil products. I’m so excited I may have to take a stimulant laxative

  39. marvsleezy says: I feel bad for Brady, hes got all the skills but with his small hands he just cant grip the ball well when its inflated properly.
    ———————————————

    Ask Colts fans if they think Brady was impeded by a re-inflated football when he blew them out in the 2nd half, improving on the non-deflated ball of the 1st half

    Don’t forget – Goodell’s House of Cards finding that Brady “Definitely Maybe” knew something first had to find that deflation actually occurred

    According to Wells’ own report, the best recollection of the lead official is he used the gauge that showed NO DEFLATION OCCURRED

    Wells accepts ALL the best recollection of the official in all cases EXCEPT for that ONE most important instance

    The NFLPA is going to have a field day with Goodell over this

  40. “All the fumble articles and stats were debunked by Nate Silver and Deadspin. The Patriots were not out of the norm.”

    ****
    Actually, Brian Burke at advanced football analytics thought they looked suspicious too. It’s not as “debunked” as the Patriot Echo Chamber would have you believe.

    #uhohfumblesrupagain

  41. higheriqthanyou says:
    May 27, 2015 4:03 PM

    The fumble change from 1/44 plays before the rule change to 1/74 plays after the rule change tells the story.

    This wasn’t a gradual change – it happened immediately upon the rule change.

    No one has been able to explain what the Pats did legally to cut their fumbles in half immediately upon this rule change.

    Because there is only one explanation.

    Deflating balls and cheating.

    Now branded for life.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    How many times are you going to make this same invalid point?

    Rodgers says he wants the balls inflated to the max. Using your same logic – less pressure, less fumbles means more pressure, more fumbles, right?

    So why don’t the Packers have the highest fumble percentage?

  42. I’m actually surprised its not more than that…they have to get 24 balls ready for game day…the game day balls & the alternate ones…they all have to be over inflated scuffed up, deflated, scuffed up some more then re inflated to between 12.5-13 PSI to be turned in for inspection
    They are probably the most important piece of equipment….why wouldn’t they be worked on all week? I know If it was me in there

  43. higheriqthanyou says:
    May 27, 2015 4:03 PM

    No one has been able to explain what the Pats did legally to cut their fumbles in half immediately upon this rule change.
    ========================================

    It is explained by statistics…you know…math.

    Search these terms:

    Lopez Skidmore Fumble

    Point 1: Teams are less likely to fumble on QB kneel downs. (Pats lead the league)
    Point 2: Teams are less likely to fumble when they have the lead. (Again, advantage Patriots)
    Point 3: Yard line matters (Pats lead again in goal to go plays)

  44. thepatsrcheaters says: The difference is Bra*y bribed an equipment guy to deflate balls AFTER they had gone through inspection by the officials!
    ———————————

    You know the haters argument is weak when they’re just making up “facts”

    According to the best recollection of the official NO DEFLATION OCCURRED!

    I’m sure the police would confirm that “their best recollection” is that you had nothing to do with the Kennedy Assassination

    I’m sure you won’t mind if we all just say “yeah, but they must be mistaken about that” and throw you in jail, would you?

    That’s what this ENTIRE “scandal” is based upon… Wells taking the testimony of the lead offical, accepting all of it EXCEPT for the one critical element of whether deflation occured

    And again, to repeat, according to the lead official NO DEFLATION was detected outside of what the Laws of Physics explains

    The haters and the NFL Competition Committee will have to try to re-write the Laws of Physics to truly find Brady “guilty” of anything

  45. patsstinkoftaint says: So, now he likes them at 13 psi? For the Wells Report, they estimated 12.5 psi, so that would mean there was an even GREATER discrepancy in pressure…..

    —————————————–

    Don’t tell me you haven’t read the Wells Report… geeze… if you did you’d know about the texts and the discussion about Brady’s preferred PSI

    (it was mentioned when it was disclosed that the OFFICIALS were cheating by pumping footballs to a whopping 16.0 PSI (when the Patriots played the Jets “coincidentally”)

    But as you note yourself, the Wells Report estimated that the PSI was 12.5 PSI before the cold weather took it’s toll

    So, as you yourself confirm, NO DEFLATION TOOK PLACE

  46. “I’m sure you won’t mind if we all just say “yeah, but they must be mistaken about that” and throw you in jail, would you?

    That’s what this ENTIRE “scandal” is based upon… Wells taking the testimony of the lead offical, accepting all of it EXCEPT for the one critical element of whether deflation occured

    ****
    Equating a 4 game suspension with being thrown in jail. You win ridiculous comparison of the day!!

    And on what page of the Wells Report does it say the lead official’s best recollection is that “no deflation occurred”? I’m curious….

  47. In thepatsrcheaters defense, that is essentially what the NFL made it seem like. In order to understand that the balls were not even deflated in the first place you’d need to be able to read at a third grade level or higher.

  48. Nothing but a league-manufactured diversion from the real NFL controversies: a culture that embraces domestic violence, devastating brain injuries for entertainment, and a multibillion dollar corporation defrauding/extorting tax dollars from working Americans.
    Oh, and there’s Aaron Hernandez.

    Look at the shiny object, folks!!!

  49. “But as you note yourself, the Wells Report estimated that the PSI was 12.5 PSI before the cold weather took it’s toll

    So, as you yourself confirm, NO DEFLATION TOOK PLACE”

    ****
    You do realize if the starting point was .5 psi higher than they gave him credit for, the discrepancy between what they were measured at and what they SHOULD have been according to the Ideal Gas Law would be even bigger, right??
    That actually indicates tampering even more.

    #patriotlogic

  50. Guilty or not, the punishment Brady and the Pats received was unprecedented, and way out of proportion in relation to the severity of the offense.

    And there’s one reason for that;

    It’s the same reason the league changed the rules on illegal contact after the Pats beat the Colts in the 2003 AFC Championship game (after the Colts complained).

    It’s the same reason the league changed the rules this offseason regarding ineligible receivers (after the Ravens complained).

    In other words, it’s because it takes the collective effort of the league, the commissioner, and 31 other teams, all in cahoots, for other teams to have any chance against the greatness of Tom Brady and the genius of Bill Belichick.

    These teams can’t beat the Pats on the field, where it counts, so they have to resort to back room deals and covert sting operations.

    That is a fact. And frankly, if I were a fan of the Colts, the Ravens, or some of these other teams that ar constantly complaining about the Pats, i would be embarrassed.

  51. @regishawk
    @patsstink) formerly squawh

    Don’t you Seahawks fans ever move on? You lost the Super Bowl . The Patriots lost two to the NY Giants in a span of five years.

    The Patriots didn’t whine for months on end. The Giants won. The Patriots lost. That was the end of the story. Try preparing for next season. You’re the favorite to win. Did you know that?
    .

  52. so then there is nothing unusual about paying somebody to sneak around with footballs and take air out of them after they get measured oh yeah I forgot you use to play for the patriots I’m just glad all these goat talk could stop now that we know how he did it his hands are too small I don’t think he will be able to play the same you Pats fans are probably better off with Jimmy. what do you think?

  53. I just live all the assumptions and making statements about things that the Wells report never said happened.

    No has ever shown that anyone was “sneaking around with the footballs and taking air out of them.”

    The report made leaps and assumed that a guy who stopped for a minute and a half in a bathroom must be doing something but they have no idea of he just took a piss. It’s FACT that McNally did NOT “sneak” by anyone. He was asked to take the balls and walked past a room full of officials and league executives on his way to the field. No one questioned or stopped him

    Read the effin report and the rebuttal people. Don’t be ignorant fools spouting incorrect nonsense. We know you hate the Patriots and Brady, but put that aside for a few minutes and think critically

  54. Patstinkoftaint I think you may want to work on some basic arithmetic before your next post. Re-read what you just said.

  55. No more unusual than players constantly trying to get away with holding or interference. No more unusual than stomping on a player or punching pinching and hitting in scrums, no more unusual than players using stickum under towels. No more unusual than teams heating balls on the sidelines or others overinflating balls in hopes the refs don’t catch it. Calling the Patriots cheaters is disingenuous. Yeah spy gate. Talk about overblown. Doing something teams had been doing for years. You can still video teams as long as it’s in a building and it’s not near coaches. Wow you mean they taped from the field instead of a box. Oh my. That is bad. Other than this there are no other cheating incidents by the Pats. The formations against the Ravens were genius and it took the whole league to look at it and decide they didn’t want it. Even espn said it was legal at the time. Brady can throw like a madman with overinflated or underinflated. What is interesting is that they were finding balls inflated to 16 lbs. Why aren’t they looking into the refs if this was going on? I would also play devil’s advocate and say if they were finding balls that overinflated, it is only common sense Brady would say deflate them. Why lose because refs aren’t competent enough to handle the air pressure in balls? Just sayin.

  56. 6ball, I don’t hate the Pats or Brady and I am for transparency. It’s pretty foolish to think that any court is gonna open internal NFL work product to discovery. That’s not gonna happen.

    What will happen is for Brady and Kessler to come up with something new, including a new reason why the phone data remains off the table.

    Your point that Brady has nothing to lose by appealing, can be viewed a couple ways: 1) it’s boilerplate for the NFLPA to appeal on a player’s behalf – no big deal 2) It signals a sea-change in the Brady camp after first throwing firebombs by Yee, then to seemingly come crawling back to the PA and Kessler for help. (acceptance of the penalty could have had this thing over over the weekend)

    In conclusion, I thought perhaps the caving by Kraft, might mean that Brady saw the futility in his efforts. Then again, at this point, it’s not his dime paying for Kessler or the NFLPA. Things seriously change, if he goes on a fools errand of a lawsuit. He’ll be paying a couple grand per hour and the court will dump it back in the lap of CBA procedure.

    I think it’s naive to think that the NFL put everything they had in the Wells Report. They will use only enough of what they have, to win at each step. Kessler has a reputation that he didn’t get by losing. He will propose a compromise that Brady will go along with, to avoid a loss and an embarrassing end to this.

  57. Uglydingo says
    Does any other team have an employee spending 20 – 35 hours per week just preparing the footballs? The answer is no
    You might want to check out what Elli does, he spends six freaking months getting his ballls ready.

  58. @qdog112, Brady’s agent Yee did exactly what he set out to do with the firebombs, he got Ted Wells to come out and speak which he has never done prior in any of his investigations including ones that did not involve the nfl.
    Wells sounded like an angry man with a one track mind who was about to go off the rails and you have not heard from Brady’s agent since..
    Mission accomplished.

  59. weepingjebus says: Google “Eli Manning’s Footballs Are Months in the Making.” NY Times, November 23, 2013. The title alone is a giveaway
    =====================================

    If the haters haven’t at least read the Wells Report (and many clearly have not) they should at least read this detailed account of how Manning demands game balls be prepared

    In the case of the Patriots they appear to NOTHING this intricate for Brady

    Expect to see this as evidence entered by Brady in his defamation case against Goodell – who previously feigned shock about signal filming (when every TV viewer sees Coordinators in every game covering their mouths)

    Now Goodell is feinging shock about something that was in the New York Friggen Times but escaped the notice of just about EVERY REPORTER IN THE WORLD

    … and not so much as a warning to Manning… at least he issued a warning to the Vikings about warming the balls in front of the sideline heaters

    Does this mean the Giants lose a 1st round draft pick now?

  60. Let’s say one day your neighbor comes over to you and says “Hey did you hear somebody robbed the bank.” And you think to yourself, “sounds like something Tom would do.” So you check Tom’s instagram and there’s a picture of Tom holding a bunch of 20s with “#momomeymoproblems” so you conclude Tom probably robbed the bank. You take that information to the police station and explain why you think it was probably Tom who did it. The police then explains to you that in fact the bank was not robbed.

    The Wells report essentially takes this scenario and concludes that Tom still probably robbed the bank.

  61. thepatsrcheaters says:
    May 27, 2015 3:51 PM

    The difference is Bra*y bribed an equipment guy to deflate balls AFTER they had gone through inspection by the officials!
    ———————————————————-
    Please explain to us exactly how you know this, because in 243 pages of the Wells report, not once do they say this, or show any, you know, proof of it.

  62. Question. If I need to return something at a store and simply walk-in and leave the already purchased “medium” shirt on the rack and take the “large” shirt and walk out without going thru the “returns” process, am I a thief? By law I guess I could be charged, however everyone with a brain knows I simply did a return without actually cheating anyone.

    Having said that, if Tom Brady likes his balls at 12.5 PSI and the refs blow the balls up to 13 psi plus and Brady simply told his ball guys to take some air out to get them back to 12.5 AFTER they were already inspected and were not to be touched, does that make him a “cheater”??? Or does it simply mean he didn’t follow the “rules” but his intent was never to have the ball below the allowable 12.5 PSI range. That’s what happened here in my opinion. I think this was WAY overblown.

  63. @qdog

    They said it couldn’t be done. They said I could get a logical, cogent sentence out of the posse of Pats loathers. However your post proved them wrong.

    We agree that the Goodell appeal is lost. We agree that trying to advance this into federal court is the nuclear option and it is unknown as to what case Kessler would make.. It’s also unknown whether the NFLPA wants to make peace or war. I believe they want war.

    However, you skirted my point about PR lifer, Goodell, creating this debacle to boost his approval ratings and to protect his job and those of his lackeys. Based upon the information in the Wells report, we have no knowledge of the actions of Kensil, Vincent, Kravitz, Mortenson, Harbaugh, Pagano, and Grigson.

    Why is that information hidden from the public? Patriots supporters would like all the actions of all the parties noted.
    .

  64. Matt Cassell has no knowledge as to whether any other team in addition to the Patriots has somebody change the air pressure in game footballs AFTER the officials have approved them for game use.

    The Patriots cheated. There is absolutely no evidence that any other team does anything similar to what they did by doctoring the game balls after they had been approved.

    Tom Brady should have been suspended a year.

    Then I might have gone along with negotiating a reduction on condition that he admit his role in this fiasco.

  65. jimatmad says: There is absolutely no evidence that any other team does anything similar to what they did by doctoring the game balls after they had been approved.

    Tom Brady should have been suspended a year.
    ———————————————————-

    Umm – Google “Eli Manning’s Footballs Are Months in the Making – from the NY Times, November 23rd 2013 if you

    There’s actually not only “no evidence” Brady did anything wrong in the Wells Report – the Wells Report has the statement of the lead official saying no deflation occurred (Wells just assumes his best recollection is wrong in that solitary instance)

    And the candid texts from before this fake “scandal” confirm that Brady’s PSI is 13.0

    So there’s evidence Goodell and Wells cooked the books on declaring that Brady “definitely maybe” knew something – but not much more

  66. So this is were the Pats fans are hiding..

    Still playing the Gas Law excuse huh? LoL

    Here’s something to quote and use against me since i know it will be…But i’m no expert in the gas law….slice that sentence up LoL

    But wouldn’t games being played at even lower temps cause the balls to drop even more in pressure?

    But have we ever heard of games were a team needed re-inflated at half cus the “gas law” dropped them so low they were intolerable to handle for their preference?

    Rodgers comes to mind who has said he likes his balls on the high end(since you Pat fans like to use him as an excuse LoL)…why wouldn’t he advocate for balls to be retested and inflated back up to where he prefers at half?…keeping in mind where he plays LoL

    And why have other Qb’s not said the same about games played late in the year outside when temps are well below 50 degrees?

    Well slice this comment up all you want but I’m pretty sure I’m making a solid point…

  67. Basically many of the QB’s past and present made sure the balls were to their liking. This is another over reach by Goodell and crew to try and make up for their incompetence in the abuse cases. And it’s working because fans of 31 other teams have conveniently forgotten how inept the commissioner was in handling those situations. As long as they hammer the team they all love to hate then he’s a hero to them. So knowing how to feed the appetite for the hate of the Patriots he has so far exceeded. But if this goes to court the NFL will get hammered.

  68. So a rule change in 07 that allows NFL teams to tamper with footballs before they are given to the refs proves that the Patriots tampered with balls after they were given to the refs?

    Can someone explain to me why if .5psi in a football matters so much to Brady they didn’t do it when they were winning superbowls?

  69. uglydingo says:
    May 27, 2015 3:14 PM

    Does any other team have an employee spending 20 – 35 hours per week just preparing the footballs? The answer is no.
    =====================================
    Actually the answer is yes. Manning, along with Brady lobbied to have the right to do this. The footballs are prepared every week in every practice for every team just like this…come with some knowledge next time.

  70. Every team has guys that prepare balls. Many QBs probably try to slip balls past the officials at high or low inflations, but that is why the officials test them.

    One team has their balls tested by the officials, steals them out of the officials room, and sneaks them into the bathroom and deflates them. There is no logical person on earth that thinks this guy does this without his QB knowing he is doing it.

    And there is one QB that got caught, has never said he didn’t do it ( ” I don’t think I am a cheater” doesn’t work ), and let his two stooges lose their jobs for doing what he wanted them to do.

    Nobody that can say the word CAR properly doesn’t think this back-stabbing cheater deserves this punishment.

  71. Aaron Rodgers has come out and said he over inflates his balls. Where’s his suspension? Joe Montana has come out and said he’s doctored balls. Where’s the call for his rings and hall of fame prestige to be toppled? Jerry Rice has come out and admitted to using stick-em while playing with Montana. Where’s the call for his rings to be taken away along with his hall of fame credentials to be washed away? It’s this hatred towards the Patriots that nobody seems to care about that is ridiculous. You have another “elite” quarterback admitting he’s also “cheating” but not being suspended because why. He didn’t win the super bowl that’s why. Oh no the Patriots won again so we have to punish them because everyone hates them. So obvious it’s hilarious. All this crying is hurting the entire U.S. because now we have torrential rains and floods killing innocent people all because of this bs. Stop crying people. #drinkthathaterade

  72. I’m a die hard Brady fan. I think he had the ball boys let the air out. It’s not a big deal and he should have just come clean and taken his $50,000 fine. He tried to hide it and now there is a big hullabaloo about nothing.

  73. Goodell & Well$ is standing before a Judge right now seeking a restraining order against BRADY.

    JUDGE : Mr. Goodell, Mr. Well$, Why do seek this RO against Tom Brady

    Goodell : Your Honor, No starting QB has ever been to six SuperBowls in the Salary Cap Era.
    Even WORSE is that BRADY has won four SB’s to date.
    Yet MORE DANGEROUS to the NFL SHIELD is the FACT that BRADY & the PATRIOTS are serious about doing a REPEAT and returning this NFL season to take the Lombardi on SB 50.

    Well$: Your Honor, may I add that BRADY seems to be impervious to False Accusations with two weeks of INFLAMATORY SLANDER on National TV & Sports Radio for two weeks prior to SB XLIX and BRADY still WON !!!

    JUDGE : I FEEL your PAIN, however, I am not able to grant the RO to the NFL against BRADY. Do you think you can help the Giants get back for SB 50 ???

    Thank You, your Honor, we will do our best. Just one more question your Honor –
    Do you really believe the G-men can pull off three in a row against BRADY ???

  74. JUDGE: Mr Brady, what is the nature of your appeal?

    TB: I don’t think I deserve to be suspended.

    JUDGE: Did you bring your phone so that we may examine it to determine that you were not involved?

    TB: Uh, no.

    JUDGE: In that case, the court can do nothing for you. However, I will find you in contempt for wasting the court’s time and fine you accordingly.

    TB: Thank you, your honor.

  75. the Patriots as an origination are cheaters, end of story… they encourage cheating as a culture… the eligible receiver shell game, deflategate, videogate, the quick snap BS, they do anything they can to cheat the integrity of the game.

    BB and TB will go down as the most tainted people in NFL history and they deserve it

  76. No one can “Deflate” like the Patriots. First, it was footballs. Now, it’s an attempt to Deflate the evidence that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Brady & the Patriots team conspired to CHEAT AGAIN! Make Kraft Sell! Suspend Brady & Belicheat for all of 2015. Anything less a full year suspensions is an insult to the other 31 teams fan, owners & players!!!

  77. “I’m a die hard Brady fan. I think he had the ball boys let the air out. It’s not a big deal and he should have just come clean and taken his $50,000 fine. He tried to hide it and now there is a big hullabaloo about nothing.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If you think the penalty would be any less severe you are not understanding all that has taken place since AFCCG.
    The implications of the prosecutorial actions and Slander created by Goodell & the NFL are light years ahead of the general public’s insight as to what the real motives that are driving this Witch Hunt/Frame Job.

    Goodell(NYC/JETS) & 31 Team Owners are looking at SuperBowl 50 and the implications of a PATRIOT/BRADY REPEAT.

    That, my Friends ( PATRIOTS SB 50 VICTORY) and ALL it encompasses, which is NATIONAL & GLOBAL exposure to an Audience fully focused has an effect on a World View that is NOT part of the NFL Agenda.

    Do you not realize that Goodel, Well$ & Others have created an actual BELIEF in the minds of many that Guilt is upon BRADY & the PATRIOTS where no such EVIDENCE exists?

    #FreeYourMind #FreeYourSelf

  78. You people are so niave. There is a massive power grab going on in pro sports / media. Obviously the NFL is way out in front and they don’t want to relinquish that. Despite having major issues that would derail other sports instantly, the NFL thrives on gambling and fantasy, it can do no wrong as long as the money flows. All the NFL needs to do at this point is stay in the limelight 365 to get enough clicks and calls via sports talk radio to show the major players (Network TV and Media affiliates) that it deserves the massive payouts currently in play. This entire issue has been so blown out of proportion for simply “ratings” is is sick. They want us talking and clicking “Brady” so we aren’t talking NBA or MLB. However, by going after Brady they made a big mistake. Goodell is a pawn and he will ultimately be heavily damaged if not canned over this petty scandal. Anyone can sell the NFL right now, he’s trying to strong arm to save his ass, won’t happen.

  79. CHEATERS = a.) Individual(s) inability to cope with losing to the PATRIOTS
    b.) the CRY for help to Goodell for losing to the PATRIOTS

  80. Added Cassel, “And thanks Tommy for letting ME take the beating the Steelers dished out in Foxborough back in ’08. You sure do have a way of avoiding those kinds of things!”

  81. higheriqthanyou says:
    May 27, 2015 4:03 PM
    The fumble change from 1/44 plays before the rule change to 1/74 plays after the rule change tells the story.

    This wasn’t a gradual change – it happened immediately upon the rule change.

    No one has been able to explain what the Pats did legally to cut their fumbles in half immediately upon this rule change.

    Because there is only one explanation.

    Deflating balls and cheating.

    Now branded for life.

    ———————————————————————-

    Thats why when the refs inflated the footballs to almost 16 per Jastermski’s text in the Wells report, in the Jets Patriots game in Oct 2014, guess how many fumbles the Patriots had? ZERO

    Looks like your IQ is lower than mine.

    And Brady threw for 261 yds 3 TDs 0 INTs.

    Nice try though genius.

  82. jimatmad says:
    May 27, 2015 9:31 PM
    Matt Cassell has no knowledge as to whether any other team in addition to the Patriots has somebody change the air pressure in game footballs AFTER the officials have approved them for game use.

    The Patriots cheated. There is absolutely no evidence that any other team does anything similar to what they did by doctoring the game balls after they had been approved.

    Tom Brady should have been suspended a year.

    Then I might have gone along with negotiating a reduction on condition that he admit his role in this fiasco.

    —————
    Actually, if you read the Wells report, there is absolutely no evidence that The Patriots did anything similar to doctoring the game balls after they have been approved. And this is especially true if one uses the empirical data based upon measuring the pressure of the balls with the gauge that Walt Anderson recollects using before the game.

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