NFL still hasn’t distributed pressure gauges to equipment managers

As part of the fallout from Deflategate, the NFL has created new rules for ensuring that all footballs are properly inflated. But the league is taking its sweet old time about making sure the 32 teams’ equipment managers have the tools they need to do their jobs properly.

NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino sent an email to all of the league’s equipment managers today, apologizing for not getting them the air pressure gauges they need.

“I apologize for the delay in delivering the new gauges to each of you. Wilson has assured us that they will go out this week,” Blandino wrote in an email obtained by PFT.

Considering what a big deal the proper inflation of footballs has become this offseason, you’d think that the league would have made sure every equipment manager had proper air pressure gauges well in advance of the start of the preseason. But that hasn’t been the case, and Blandino’s email showed that the league is still working through its new football-preparation procedures, which may take longer in the pre-game process than the league initially anticipated.

“We reviewed the pregame inspection process over the first 17 games of the preseason, and would like to ask if the game balls could be brought to the officials’ locker room no later than two hours and 30 minutes prior to kickoff. This will allow the crews ample time to inspect, gauge, and log before they have to move on to other duties. We appreciate your assistance with this. Please let me know if you have any questions,” Blandino wrote to the equipment managers.

One obvious question is why the NFL didn’t handle this months ago. The league now has only three weeks to figure out its new football-preparation procedures before the season starts.

121 responses to “NFL still hasn’t distributed pressure gauges to equipment managers

  1. Takes a bit longer when you actually measure the footballs.

    Wonder what the NFL did for the games at 90+. All balls would be overinflated at field conditions if in spec in air conditioned locker room

  2. Big surprise! Maybe they could hire full-time officials this year, too? It would be nice to think your team has a chance to play, without BS penalties.

    And let’s try not to advertise Playoff games…when everyone has already decided who should win and lose, so the next week can be ‘exciting’.

    The NFL is corrupt. Time to bring in a new Commissioner….Condoleeza Rice, what are you doing this year???

  3. vancouversportsbro says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:23 PM
    Rightfully so. Can’t have a gang of misfits lead and manipulated by cheaters like Brady.

    Vancouversportsbro- senior member of CRYBABY NATION

  4. You couldn’t make this stuff up and have anyone believe you. The league office really is the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

  5. flash1287 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:30 PM
    vancouversportsbro says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:23 PM
    Rightfully so. Can’t have a gang of misfits lead and manipulated by cheaters like Brady.

    Vancouversportsbro- senior member of CRYBABY NATION
    —————————

    What’s wrong, the reality that your Team will forever be known as Serial Cheaters starting to wear on you?

    Best Regards

  6. Going to have to test before each play thanks to Goodell and his squadron of halfwit Jets failures. Don’t want to harm the integrity of the game by having it end in under 6 hours.

  7. What about the integrity of the game, though!?!

    This is clearly the biggest issue the NFL has ever dealt with. it’s evident with their 25K fine to TEAMS who violate this rule, and with their not even handing out gauges to teams after they spent 8 months telling people this is the biggest cheating scandal in sports history… weird

  8. Geez Michael David Smith, the least you could do is thank me for bringing this up…

    truckinmack says:
    Aug 18, 2015 2:38 PM
    Speaking of what is happening in the preseason that will reflect on the season, what do the air pressure reading taken during the games last week reveal?

    Or is the NFL hiding this …

  9. profootball13 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:33 PM

    flash1287 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:30 PM
    vancouversportsbro says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:23 PM
    Rightfully so. Can’t have a gang of misfits lead and manipulated by cheaters like Brady.

    Vancouversportsbro- senior member of CRYBABY NATION
    —————————

    What’s wrong, the reality that your Team will forever be known as Serial Cheaters starting to wear on you?

    Best Regards
    ———————————————————–

    Profootball13 makes a good point! No one likes a cheater, especially when they whine for getting caught! LOL

  10. The ideal gas law and other physics dont
    Exist in Goodell’s world. Only persecution, prosecution and
    Ruination of one of the best layers ever!
    I hope Berman vacates this entire mess. He needs to,
    The season is upon us and Goodell is trying
    To force Brady to accept the Wells report. Tom
    Will not and shouldn’t!

  11. They are in no hurry because they aren’t worried about the rest of the teams cheating

  12. Hey, cut the league some slack. How can you expect a nine billion dollar operation like the NFL to come up with something as exotic as a pressure gauge with just a few months’ notice?

  13. A league with @ $10B in annual revenue can’t come up with 32 standardized gauges??? In 7 months??? Man the bar is set low at 345 Park Ave. If I couldn’t do that in 24 hours I would be unemployed

  14. Because Goodell is a fool. What is the NFL going to do when footballs measured at halftime fall below the 12.5 psi minimum? Is that team going to be penalized draft picks and their QB suspended for 4 games. Is the NFL going to consider the effects of weather, which they failed to do for the Patriots. Goodell always fails to consider the long-term ramifications of his stupid rule changes. He has opened a tremendous can of worms.

  15. also, @ butwhatabouttheintegrityofthegame – if the data collected this season in any way exonerates Brady, rest assured we’ll never, ever see it.

  16. I assume when they log the pressure of the balls they will also put down the temperature of the room and the time.

    I wonder how often the gauges will be re calibrated

    Wonder why they need so much extra time
    According to some people they could do thirteen balls in 90 seconds

    Free Brady

  17. It is probably because the gauges are inherently inaccurate, and getting enough of them for all the teams and refs to read the same is tougher than everyone thought.

  18. They don’t care, and they really don’t want a good systematic collection of data that will confirm that the Pats balls behaved as expected.

    Questions: How long will the balls sit in the officials room before being measured? Is the a standard time to allow the balls to reach a new equilibrium? Before the AFCCG, how long before they were initially measured were the Colts’ balls brought to the locker room? Where were they before that (outside?). If Goodell and his hired gun and his hired gun’s hired gun assumed that those balls could be the control group, then those are important pieces of data about which Exponent and Wells were silent.

  19. asimonetti88 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:47 PM
    As long as they’re there before the regular season who cares.

    —————————–

    it would be much better to use the new procedures in the preseason so everybody gets a chance to practice them before the games count.

  20. I’m picturing Roger driving four or five super hungry executives down to Dick’s and they only got like 12 or so.

    Life is hard.

    Thanks Patriots. 🙁

  21. The NFL complains that Brady didn’t give them his cell phone, which they legally had no right to.

    Then the NFL fails to provide the equipment managers with the air pressure gauges that the NFL has mandated they use….

    Hello, Roger, if you can’t do your job, I can. And I’ll willingly take it for 10% of what the NFL pays you now.

    The other $40,000,000.00 can go to reduce the season ticket holders annual payments for their game tickets.

    (Blatant pandering to all my fellow season ticket holders)

  22. It’s pretty obvious that Goodell and the jet fanboys that pollute the league office are delaying because they don’t want any pSi info released during Brady’s appeal.

    The nfl can’t take the risk that actual facts might get in the way of their good old fashion witch hunt!

  23. So they need 2 1/2 hours for this new process, but want us to believe that McNally deflated the footballs to Brady’s specifications in roughly 90 seconds?

  24. Apparently they only need two gauges, since they only check one teams footballs.

  25. I can’t wait to see the new stat sheets this year

    complete %

    total
    home
    away
    13 psi
    >25 degree temp drop
    > 25 degree temp drop

  26. This was never about PSI – as this shows

    Only 28% of football fans supported him staying on as Commish after Goodell was caught lying under oath in the Ray Rice Videogate scandal (he claimed, under oath, he wasn’t aware Ray Rice hit his girlfriend and the Judge called him on it)

    80% of women fans wanted him out.

    Once he leaked to ESPN that 11 of 12 footballs were underinflated by 2lbs, Goodell was nearly nominated for a Congressional Medal of Honor by 31 jealous NFL markets

    Goodell just needed to leak, lie and misrepresent some testimony here and there and issue a 4 game suspension to show how tough he was again. And you all bought it.

    But the refs don’t need much help. Walt Anderson has a photographic memory and although he forgot to write down 24 psi readings, Wells and Goodell take that memory as gospel truth.

    Sadly, Goodell and Wells determined that Anderson developed early Alzheimer’s when it came to remembering which guage he used – and they should assume the opposite

    Thus, Brady is guilty and should take his 4 games like a man

  27. LOL at those of you that actually thought the NFL was going to track the air pressure of footballs this season.

    Besides, everyone, except for a few delusional Hater Faithful holdouts, already knows what happens to the footballs when weather is a factor.

    If anything, all we are going to see is data from San Diego, where it stays the same year round, and the NFL will declare victory in the war on Tom Brady.

  28. The Truth says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:43 PM

    They are in no hurry because they aren’t worried about the rest of the teams cheating
    ——————————

    The fact that Aaron Rodgers is a confirmed serial cheater gets lost on the Hater Faithful.

  29. please ignore all posts from Vancouversportsbro.

    Not too long ago, Vancouver believed they owned the rights to the Stanley Cup. Their team was filled with whiny men acting like spoiled boys.

    Game 7 of the Stanley Cup back in Vancouver, and their golden boy goalkeeper, who shot his mouth off all series long, couldn’t keep the Boston Bruins puck from slapping the back of his net.

    Mr. Vancouver is still very bitter. It’s obvious. And that’s okay.

  30. Aug 18, 2015 6:33 PM
    flash1287 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:30 PM
    vancouversportsbro says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:23 PM
    Rightfully so. Can’t have a gang of misfits lead and manipulated by cheaters like Brady.

    Vancouversportsbro- senior member of CRYBABY NATION
    —————————

    What’s wrong, the reality that your Team will forever be known as Serial Cheaters starting to wear on you?

    Best Regards

    ——————————————————————

    Yea and it’s just a coincidence that all these cheating allegations started when Goodell became commissioner.

  31. I do NOT like Goodell…he’s a terrible commissioner. The league needs reform! I agree.

    But that doesn’t mean the Patriots wouldn’t have been caught cheating without him. It means they would have been punished a lot more severely….the first time.

  32. Top 10 reasons why Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL.

    1. He has a Supermodel wife.
    2. He can chug beers with anyone and beat them. This has been documented.
    3. He never quits.
    4. He’s not from Vancouver.
    5. He walked off the field after suffering a torn ACL and MCL. Walked off the field. How many Quarterbacks would just lay there and writher like a fish out of water.
    6. He has a hot wife.
    7. He hangs with cool guys..
    8. He’s not YOUR Quarterback.
    9. He hates Goodell.
    10. Only had 9… Sorry.

  33. nflrulebook says:

    Takes a bit longer when you actually measure the footballs.

    Wonder what the NFL did for the games at 90+. All balls would be overinflated at field conditions if in spec in air conditioned locker room

    gr365 says:

    The ideal gas law and other physics dont
    Exist in Goodell’s world.
    ———————————————————
    It doesn’t exist in the real world either. It’s a hypothetical approximation of how certain gasses MIGHT react under ideal lab conditions.

    In other words, the only reason the Pats balls were deflated is because “the Deflator” stuck a needle in them and let the air out.

  34. Vancouversportsbro is also a Seahawks fan. The Butler pick must have been brutal

  35. I would not trust Wilson Brand Gauges.

    Doubt very much that these are accurately calibrated and certified gauges.

    Just another move by the NFL to cover up their lack of INTEGRITY in the NYC Office and a SEVERE lack of INTEGRITY for the Game.

  36. Goodell and the NFL misfits of ex-jets employees can’t be bothered with this trifle because they are working on their next framejob on Brady to make Woody Johnson, Irsay, Ravens, and the rest of the AFC owners happy that they have a chance in the playoffs to get by the Patriots.

  37. No, Seahawkboymike, it is not a theoretical estimate that only applies to lab conditions. It applies to all gas filled objects in our universe.

    Me?chemistry professor, AB, MS, Ph.D.

  38. Jim “Dougie Spoons” McNally is going to have a legitimate gripe. How can he be expected to quickly take the balls into the bathroom after the officials certify their pressure to let the air out to the absolute minimum if he was never issued a league approved pressure gauge? It really was a sting operation. The refs must have been in on it.

    Oh wait, the Pats fired him didn’t they?

  39. Considering the season hasn’t started yet, who cares. The only one making a big deal about this stuff is PFT. Most football fans just care about football. We don’t really care about tabloid stuff. Besides, it looks like they’ve managed to catch the cheaters without the new pressure gauges. The old system worked fine. Also, ball deflation probably isn’t happening in the hot summer months. More likely to happen on a cold, wet, winter day in Boston.

  40. As soon as they are distributed, PSI records will be kept. And the incompetence if the NFL will be obvious. They will be proven wrong over and over and over and over, every week at every game.

  41. The ideal gas law and other physics dont
    Exist in Goodell’s world.
    ———————————————————
    It doesn’t exist in the real world either. It’s a hypothetical approximation of how certain gasses MIGHT react under ideal lab conditions.

    In other words, the only reason the Pats balls were deflated is because “the Deflator” stuck a needle in them and let the air out.
    ————————–

    Good grief. You’ve got to be a special kind of stupid to think that temperature doesn’t have an effect on things filled with air.

    That, or you work for the league office.

  42. seahawkboymike says:
    Aug 18, 2015 7:23 PM
    nflrulebook says:

    Takes a bit longer when you actually measure the footballs.

    Wonder what the NFL did for the games at 90+. All balls would be overinflated at field conditions if in spec in air conditioned locker room

    gr365 says:

    The ideal gas law and other physics dont
    Exist in Goodell’s world.
    ———————————————————
    It doesn’t exist in the real world either. It’s a hypothetical approximation of how certain gasses MIGHT react under ideal lab conditions.

    In other words, the only reason the Pats balls were deflated is because “the Deflator” stuck a needle in them and let the air outo

    __________

    Then why did the NFL pay Ted Wells to pay Exponent to do an analysis of the laws effect on footballs?

    You have now single handedly debunked the only remaining credible part of the Wells report

  43. stuartmackleby says:
    Aug 18, 2015 7:13 PM

    please ignore all posts from Vancouversportsbro.
    ———————————

    Way, way ahead of you there Stuart.

  44. Boy is the NFL and certain fans going to be in for a huge surprise when they realize how the gas law works. Footballs coming out of room temperature room to 90+ degrees won’t be the same at halftime. And even more so coming out of room temperature to 30 degrees and below at halftime. Just hopefully they swallow the lump and give us accurate results instead of giving us fake results to uphold their integrity.

  45. Hey, the NFL isn’t made out of money, and they paid Ted Wells $5 million. It’s gotta come from somewhere, right?

    Also, I still laugh at the “serial cheaters” thing when three out of the four Colts balls that were tested came up under pressure as well. As a totally non-biased Texans fan, I want Luck suspended four games and the Colts docked their first round draft pick.

    In the interest of, um, fairness. Yes. Fairness.

  46. Read up boys

    The pats didn’t fire anyone

    McNally was suspended at the behest of the league and Troy Vincent is the only one who can reinstate him

    Google please!

  47. It should be a point of contention in Deflategate. If it’s so important, then how come they are going to court to battle this out, but can’t buy a few gauges in about 8 months.

    It’s not like it’s a significant cost to the league, even if it was for Pop Warner leagues, let alone the multi-billion dollar revenue per year NFL.

    Hell, they could fix it by the time this weeks games start, just hit the ‘overnight’ shipping option morons.

  48. post of the night on the ideal gas law….by seahawk

    “It doesn’t exist in the real world either. It’s a hypothetical approximation of how certain gasses MIGHT react under ideal lab conditions.”

    I have an open invitation to take you scuba diving. All you need to do is take a deep breath of air when we are about 30M deep and hold it while swimming to the surface.

    If your lungs don’t explode, then you will have proved the Wells report correct and I will match Tom Brady’s fine to you personally….

  49. The pressure gauges should have dual thermometers that measure temp inside and outside the ball at the same time. Barometric pressure too. And the results should immediately be wirelessly sent to NFL HQ plus both teams and, of course, Mort

  50. profootball13 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:33 PM

    You DO know what serial means, Yes? No? Doesn’t give you much credence when the English language is tripping you up.

    I’m not sure you think that word means what you think it means.

    Best Regards.

  51. The NFL makes a cursory attempt to make like they care about psi when they never did, and still don’t.

    Further, there is no way that the NFL will post true results of halftime psi in cold weather games. It ain’t happening.
    They likely, however, will make sure footballs are heated up sufficiently before testing, and perhaps “leak” bogus information.
    There will be nothing transparent about it. I will bet anything on that being true.

  52. paulrevere – they should also check for humidity and air composition. I hear that footballs filled with Nitrogen vs air automatically fly with a perfect spiral and that Belichick has a nitrogen tank hidden in the bathroom stalls in Foxboro.

  53. Walt Anderson should do the coin flip at the Steelers_Patriots opening night game, using a commemorative coin with logo on one side and no logo on the other.

    On second thought, maybe Ted Wells should do it.

  54. truckinmack says:
    Aug 18, 2015 2:38 PM
    Speaking of what is happening in the preseason that will reflect on the season, what do the air pressure reading taken during the games last week reveal?

    Or is the NFL hiding this …

    ———————————————————–

    That the weather is not cold enough.

  55. BenAnderson58 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 7:36 PM
    Jim “Dougie Spoons” McNally is going to have a legitimate gripe. How can he be expected to quickly take the balls into the bathroom after the officials certify their pressure to let the air out to the absolute minimum if he was never issued a league approved pressure gauge? It really was a sting operation. The refs must have been in on it.

    Oh wait, the Pats fired him didn’t they?———————————————————————————————

    They fired him because The League said he could remain employed with The Patriots. However, he would have to be assigned other duties. But, this is not sexy, so, we will fire him

  56. seahawkboymike says:
    Aug 18, 2015 7:23 PM

    It doesn’t exist in the real world either. It’s a hypothetical approximation of how certain gasses MIGHT react under ideal lab conditions.

    In other words, the only reason the Pats balls were deflated is because “the Deflator” stuck a needle in them and let the air out.

    ******************************************
    Hey Osprey Man ( there s no such thing as a Seahawk….they are called Osprey)…assuming you live in Seattle or the PNW somewhere….and assuming you are old enough to drive….and assuming your employed and drive a car…and assuming that cat is less than 5 years old….wow a lot of assumptions I know…

    ever see that pesky TPM light come on in say October or November when the temp hits 50 and its been raining…woops, on comes that pesky tire pressure monitor (TPM) light…you need some air in your tires because the Ideal Gas Law does not exist and Brady has been messing with your car…

    Your mom’s been calling you…your mac”n cheese is ready….Toad the Wet Sprocket.

  57. Hey Genius, maybe you should learn to use Google yourself. May 20th, Sports Illustrated:

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that the league did not ask the New England Patriots to suspend the two equipment staffers involved in the team’s Deflategate scandal.

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that the NFL asked the Patriots to suspend Jim McNally and John Jastremski following the release of the Ted Wells Report.

    When the NFL announced the New England’s discipline for Deflategate, it said that Patriots owner Robert Kraft informed the league that the two staffers had been indefinitely suspended by the team.

    ____________________________________
    j0esixpack says:

    Read up boys

    The pats didn’t fire anyone

    McNally was suspended at the behest of the league and Troy Vincent is the only one who can reinstate him

    Google please!

  58. “They are in no hurry because they aren’t worried about the rest of the teams cheating”

    Strange you must not be aware that after he retired, Jeff Black, former NFL pro bowl QB admitted in an interview on 104.5 the Zone in Nashville that he had the ball attendants deflate the balls before every game in his nfl career.

    He played per nfl.com for the Jets, Bengals, Saints, Ravens (how ironic), Cards, Eagles and Bears.

    Every game of his career. Including the 10 he played for the every so holier than thou Ravens.

    So all 7 of those teams are confirmed to have deflated balls.

    “Cause when you take the balls out of the bag, they are rock hard. And you can’t feel the ball as well. It’s too hard.

    “Everybody puts the pin in and takes just enough air out of the ball that you can feel it a little better. But it’s not the point to where it’s flat. So I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s not something that’s not been done for 20 years.”

    Guess that means at least 8 teams need the gauges doesn’t it.

  59. The NFL now routinely lies. Does anyone believe that somehow their order of gauges is extra special and requiring of all kinds of extra time for Wilson to deliver? There are literally hundreds of different, very accurate pressure gauges available basically everywhere online that any schmo could have in 48 hours or less.

    For my money, this is smoke. The NFL doesn’t want to release the pressure standards they are going to be using until after the Brady case is settled because they know it’s going to make their case look bad.

  60. paulrevereshorse1775 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 8:06 PM
    Walt Anderson should do the coin flip at the Steelers_Patriots opening night game, using a commemorative coin with logo on one side and no logo on the other.

    On second thought, maybe Ted Wells should do it.——————————————————————————–

    Thought you were going to bring up The AFC Championship game when The Steelers called Heads and the Refs said, “Heads. The ……[other team] chooses to receive”

  61. Need to set up written calibration procedures and testing procedures prior to the season then have training sessions. Thanks Tom Brady you crook.

  62. seahawkboymike says:
    Aug 18, 2015 7:23 PM

    gr365 says:

    The ideal gas law and other physics dont
    Exist in Goodell’s world.
    ———————————————————
    It doesn’t exist in the real world either. It’s a hypothetical approximation of how certain gasses MIGHT react under ideal lab conditions.

    In other words, the only reason the Pats balls were deflated is because “the Deflator” stuck a needle in them and let the air out.

    ________________________________________

    Come on. This is totally illogical leap and you know it. Your first statement is correct: an elegant equation like the ideal gas law does not apply perfectly to air, since air is not ideal. It’s an approximation.

    However, how do you then conclude that the “only reason” is tampering? What? The logical conclusion is that no one knew what the ball pressure should have been since no one had ever measured it. The only conclusion one should draw from this whole ordeal is the NFL was not enforcing this rule, and had no idea what they were doing.

    On that note, how is the NFL not measuring preseason ball pressure? That would give a lot of valuable data that they could then apply to game-day procedure. As in, test the thing before the games actually count, and apply that to games that do. That’s what normal sports leagues do.

  63. jeleasure says:
    Aug 18, 2015 8:07 PM

    truckinmack says:
    Aug 18, 2015 2:38 PM
    Speaking of what is happening in the preseason that will reflect on the season, what do the air pressure reading taken during the games last week reveal?

    Or is the NFL hiding this …

    ———————————————————–

    That the weather is not cold enough.
    ==========================
    Doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be cold enough. If footballs lose pressure during cold games, wouldn’t that mean during hot games that the footballs GAIN pressure? Just checking for the hot weather teams like Miami, Texas games etc.

  64. Because this (psi) was the crux of this issue, it is laughable safeguards are not yet in place.

    What better time to roll out and test the procedures than the preseason? Get officials and teams on the same page. Get it right. Iron out the wrinkles. Per your (NFL) own fiasco we all see now (still) playing out.

    The people running the NFL are a joke at best. Incompetent at worst. Or vice versa.

  65. disorien says:
    Aug 18, 2015 7:59 PM
    paulrevere – they should also check for humidity and air composition. I hear that footballs filled with Nitrogen vs air automatically fly with a perfect spiral and that Belichick has a nitrogen tank hidden in the bathroom stalls in Foxboro.
    —————————————————————————————————————————————–
    Or, The NFL can just hire a meteorologist, certified in ‘weights and measure’ to monitor unfair advantages due to atmospheric conditions

  66. such a farce….the Wells report indicated the Refs could care less about the PSI levels of footballs, they allowed the Colts to play with game balls set below 12.5 PSI….they had the Patriot balls set at 16 PSI for the Jets game….

    guarantee the NFL will not be testing the PSI levels of balls at halftime, because it would prove the Patriots and Brady are innocent of deflating footballs.

  67. paulrevereshorse1775 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 7:53 PM
    The pressure gauges should have dual thermometers that measure temp inside and outside the ball at the same time. Barometric pressure too. And the results should immediately be wirelessly sent to NFL HQ plus both teams and, of course, Mort——————————————————————————————————————-
    I hope not. I don’t want to encourage any team to hire a physicist to perform John Jastremski’s job. Brady will never be able to select 12 footballs

  68. Isn’t ths like testing a drunk driver 2.5 hours before he stops drinking and leaves the bar? Test them on the sidelines before kickoff, test before kickoff at halftime. They can’t get out of their own way. Hell, you might even be able to squeeze an extra commercial in

  69. jova99 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 8:22 PM

    guarantee the NFL will not be testing the PSI levels of balls at halftime, because it would prove the Patriots and Brady are innocent of deflating footballs.————————————————————————————————————————————————————————I say, I guarantee the Officials will not be publicizing having tested psi at half time. If they do, we would have 8 more months of people suggesting reasons for why Footballs used in January have different psi than in September.

  70. j0esixpack says:

    Read up boys

    The pats didn’t fire anyone

    McNally was suspended at the behest of the league and Troy Vincent is the only one who can reinstate him

    Google please!————————————————————————————————————————
    Get Ping 4 Alerts App for updated information. Not suspended, fired by Patriots because The NFL said J.J. and McNally could work for The Patriots, just not at the positions they were in at the time of the scandal

  71. mattspapi says:
    Aug 18, 2015 8:15 PM
    seahawkboymike says:
    Aug 18, 2015 7:23 PM

    Your mom’s been calling you…your mac”n cheese is ready….Toad the Wet Sprocket. ———————————————————————————————–
    Why did you have to say, “Toad The Wet Sprocket”? Now I have to go to YouTube to get a fix.

  72. BenAnderson58 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 8:16 PM

    Hey Genius, maybe you should learn to use Google yourself. May 20th, Sports Illustrated:

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said

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

    Stopped reading after “Goodell said”. I get tired trying to figure out is he telling the truth this one time out of 1000 or is it simply another lie?

  73. The fact that NFL officials STILL do not have a testing protocol or properly calibrated instrumentation tells you just how important the NFL thinks this issue is.

    It was never about integrity of the game – it was about catching the Patriots violating whatever obscure rule they could find.

  74. 5. He walked off the field after suffering a torn ACL and MCL. Walked off the field. How many Quarterbacks would just lay there and writher like a fish out of water.

    ————————————————————

    Not for nothing, but Philip Rivers played the entire 2007 AFCCG against your guys with a torn ACL.

  75. They will arrive as soon as the NFL loses in court to Brady but to have them sent before preseason would have proven the point that the balls deflate and inflate by 1 to 2 psi on their own and that would be the end of the Wells report. It’s freaking obvious in the delay

  76. Apparently ball pressure is not that important to the NFL. Maybe Berman will notice this disconnect as well. Even if gages are supplied there has to be a calibration process. The only way to do that fairly (for punishment purposes) is to have a super duper master gage to check the gages at each game. Just what we need, more stupid rules and useless procedures.

    Someone at SI called this correctly months ago, maybe Andy Benoit. There should be no ball pressure rule. It is not practical to enforce it. Each team provides NFL standard Wilson footballs, which the referee inspects for condition. If at at any time during a game a ref observes an out of spec ball he replaces it. Torn laces, stickum, whatever. It won’t happen often, if at all. QB’s and kickers are notoriously anal about footballs and won’t want them changed or messed with.

    This is basically what Brady has been saying since day 1.

  77. td1439, ranlgon, you make good points! It’s amazing what has happened at 345 Park Avenue, since Goodell and the Jests Mob moved in!

    Want to bet Tagliabue reads and or hears what’s going on and probably just shakes his head in wonderment…

    And new football security and they can’t even get the gauges on time…Oh, that’s right, they’ve only had about 8 months to order them, but they were to busy Working On The Railroad!

  78. My my boys – are we really going to debate who to believe on this one?

    I’ll take Mike Florio’s word on this one, along with Robert Kraft is the one who made clear they were not fired, but suspended at the request of the League

    Just like with “11 of 12” and “The NFLPA is afraid to release the transcripts” and Goodell’s lie under oath to Judge Barbara Jones – Goodell came out after and tried to spin that back to make the Patriots look bad

    Are you seriously saying that after ALL of these PROVEN lies and leaks from Goodell THIS time you think he’s telling the truth???

    The NFL itself issued a statement affirming that only Troy Vincent can reinstate them. Um – yeah, well if it was the Patriots call, why is that?

    If Goodell says it’s true, you KNOW it’s false. Don’t tell me you guys think “11 of 12” and all the other lies are actually true.

    Don’t be as gullible as Roger THINKS you are

    —————–

    Patriots suspended Jastremski, McNally at request of NFL
    Posted by Mike Florio on May 19, 2015, 7:10 AM EDT

    NFL STATEMENT ON DISCIPLINE IMPOSED ON NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FOR VIOLATING NFL POLICY ON INTEGRITY OF GAME: “Neither of these individuals may be reinstated without the prior approval of NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent”

  79. Ah yes, the NFL has to continue to pretend that it’s meaningful to require footballs remain in a very tight pressure range.

    Until they go outside and lose a lot of air pressure because it’s cold. And players aren’t allowed to keep the balls warm because tampering. Unless, of course, they ‘mean well’ in the mind of Troy Vincent. Which means that they don’t work for a team that beat Vincent in a Super Bowl.

    Their policy doesn’t make sense. They appear to continue to be working with an attitude that the Ideal Gas Law is not well-settled science.
    Their attitude reminds me of the TSA: security theater for the rubes.

  80. jag1959 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 6:45 PM
    A league with @ $10B in annual revenue can’t come up with 32 standardized gauges??? In 7 months??? Man the bar is set low at 345 Park Ave. If I couldn’t do that in 24 hours I would be unemployed

    Give me a round-trip ticket to Tokyo and some cash and I’ll have them here in 2 days. Won’t be Wilson, though.

    I don’t understand why this is so hard to do. It didn’t take Exponent this long to buy a bunch of gauges to do their report.

  81. I honestly don’t know what to say to people who argue that the Ideal Gas Law only applies under laboratory conditions.

    But let’s try.

    It’s like arguing that the law of gravity only applies at the bottom of towers where people can drop things.

    As always, my advice for Ideal Gas Law deniers is this: on a cold morning of a day when it’s supposed to get very hot, fill up your tires as much as you can.

    Just make sure you have your phone with you when they pop in the middle of the day. And you might want to avoid driving on any bridges or highways. High-speed blowouts are dangerous.

  82. Can someone please explain why it’s so important that the NFL distribute gauges to equipment managers?

    It’s the equipment manager’s job to prepare each team’s footballs prior to delivering them to game officials. But equipment managers aren’t required to have the psi of those footballs within the allowable range. If the pressure is too high or too low, it’s the duty of the officials to adjust the pressure to 13 psi.

    If a team doesn’t want game officials adjusting the psi of its footballs after they have been prepared by the equipment manager, why not just notify each team that it’s their job to make sure they have accurate gauges?

  83. Most people don’t know but the real problem was that the pressure gauges were misprinted and had to be reprinted. They were supposed to read “HIGH” at 13.5, “LOW” at 12.5 and “BRADY” at 10.5 but after the ruling they had to scratch the Brady reading.

  84. The teams need to wait for their $20 pressure gauge thingy to come in the mail? Is that the only way to get solid pressure gauges nowadays is by slow mail from Wilson?

  85. So wait….the refs need more time to test the balls? The amount of balls used in a game hasn’t changed. Makes me wonder if the balls were ever really tested before.

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