Former NFL official reported McNally “six or eight years ago”

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For months, former NFL official Mark Baltz has had nothing to say about locker-room attendant Jim McNally, who was suspended for his role in #DeflateGate. Now that McNally has been reinstated, Baltz has gone on the record.

Baltz tells Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com that the Indy-based head linesman reported McNally to the league “six or eight years ago.”

“He always asked for the footballs way, way before he was supposed to get them,’’ Baltz said. “If he could get them 10 or 15 minutes before he was supposed to get them, instead of the usual two minutes before the game — and there were some crews that let him do that — he would do it. I wouldn’t let him take them early, and I think he eventually figured that out because he stopped asking after a while. I probably did 10 to 15 games up there [in Foxboro] and those first few times, he’d always ask. I always thought it was very suspicious. He certainly acted in a suspicious manner.’’

Baltz also noticed that McNally didn’t operate like other locker-room attendants.

“I always thought he was an unusual dude,’’ Baltz said. “Most locker room guys, they sit there and if you need something, they got it for you. When you left the locker room, you’d lock the door and they’d stay right there. The other 31 teams, that’s what they would do. That was his job.

“But McNally, he was running all around like a chicken with his head cut off. Asking for the balls early. What I specifically reported him for several years ago, and I thought this was really unusual, he’d run out on the field with the footballs before the game and the next thing you know, he’s playing pitch-and-catch with [Tom] Brady. Then, next thing, he’s on the sidelines right next to [Bill] Belichick, like he’s a [bleeping] assistant coach or something.”

Baltz said the NFL never responded to the concerns about McNally.

“He was always worried about the footalls,’’ Baltz said. “Always. It was very odd. I reported him to the league, but never got any reaction from them. I don’t think they thought it was a big deal at the time. But [McNally] did things that 31 other locker room attendants don’t do. . . . All I know is, when he got [the footballs], he would run. He would take off. Whether he was going somewhere and letting air out, I’m definitely suspicious, but I don’t know for sure.’’

I’m a little suspicious that we haven’t heard from Baltz sooner. Then again, I’ve always been suspicious of the guy who called himself “The Deflator.” And I can’t still understand why Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t insist on testimony from McNally as part of the Tom Brady appeal hearing.

409 responses to “Former NFL official reported McNally “six or eight years ago”

  1. He was doing it because of all the free merch that Tom was paying him with for illegally deflating the footballs. Why else hasn’t he been interviewed or been in any kind of spotlight for this.

  2. “He was always worried about the footalls,’’ Baltz said. “Always. It was very odd.”
    ————–
    Maybe cause he’s a freaking ballboy

  3. Another guy looking for his 15 minutes of fame. I wonder how much Goodell paid this guy.

    Oh, and where are all those that claimed Brady couldn’t throw a regulation football and that we would see massive fumbles and interceptions?

  4. Only officiated 3 games for Pats and NC Bally was not there 5-6 years ago. Isn’t it a coincidence that this liar is from Indianapolis? Fraud and liar. Hope Brady adds you to his lawsuit!

  5. Wait, how does this “new” news make ANYBODY look good? All this does is make everybody look bad, including Indy. So we’re to believe the only ref that has anything to add to this whole scandal happens to reside in Indy? This isn’t a good look. This WWE stuff needs to stop.

  6. Hey, Bob Kravitz? The children of America have some free advice for you: “Let it gooooo, let it goooooooooo…”

  7. Well, of course, the Pats are cheaters. They have a win at any cost mentality and it pays off for them. As long as low class people continue to support them why would they change? It works for them and their fans. So, I guess they have that going for them.

    Their championships are forever tainted.

  8. Fun. Factually inaccurate report goes out and drives everyone nuts. By the time Boston reporters and fans dig deeper and debunk obvious fallacies, everyone has moved on and only remembers the first report. The worst.

  9. I think at this point if you don’t believe the patriots cheat, you’ve got your head in the sand.

  10. So, if he was suspicious and thought he was up to something, why didn’t he, you know, follow him to see what he was up to?

  11. What I specifically reported him for several years ago, and I thought this was really unusual, he’d run out on the field with the footballs before the game and the next thing you know, he’s playing pitch-and-catch with [Tom] Brady. Then, next thing, he’s on the sidelines right next to [Bill] Belichick, like he’s a [bleeping] assistant coach or something.”
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    He reported him for literally being then opposite of what he’s accusing him of. Being visible and in the open. This ref sounds like an idiot.

  12. There’s no doubt that this idiot was doctoring balls for tommy the cheater. The question is did it have that big of an effect on the game. Probably not but Brady is totally Lying that he knows nothing about this. Great to see more thoughtful research on the subject by the NFL never ever responding to this ref.

  13. “Indy-based head linesman”

    I see.

    Going on Kravitz’s show?

    Uh huh. Ok.

    Please

    When you get dominated by the Pats year after year there just has to be reason than that you don’t have Beligenius or Tommy Terrific on your side!

  14. Let the Patriots deflate the footballs this weekend. They will need all the help they can get against the Bills. RocktheRalph Baby!!!

  15. I was interested in the article until I realized it was Bob Kravitz. I give him credit, he is consistent. He is so focused on the Patriots that I’m surprised he knows who the coach is in Indy…

    Anyways, problem with this story is, the Official, or Kravitz, is making it seem that he worked a dozen or so games, and McNally was a bit of a weirdo in all of them. Problem is, the number of games he worked with McNally were about 1/4 that number.

    And when did it become a crime to be a bit strange? And who died and gave this dude the power to determine what is or isn’t weird?

    All we need is that dope Mortenson to chime in that 11 of the 12 games he worked in Foxboro, McNally did weird stuff, like ask for the game balls (gasp), or stand on the sideline near Belichick, the horror…

    Next thing we are gonna hear is that those danged Patriots play loud music during warm ups…

  16. No matter what the size of the footballs, the Colts had no chance to win that game. I hate the Patriots as much as anyone, but this has gone on long enough.

    #StopTalkingAboutFlatFootballs

  17. Lol at you Pats fans. Please tell me what a neutral 3rd party has anything to gain out of this? Aka what reason does he have to lie? Sorry but your team cheated

  18. There’s no doubt that this idiot was doctoring balls for tommy the cheater.
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    Wells report says balls should have been at 11.5 PSI according to IGL. They averaged 11.3. Explain how this is proof Brady cheated again?

  19. From Kravitz’s reporting…

    He (McNally) was always worried about the footballs,’’ Baltz said. “Always. It was very odd. I reported him to the league, but never got any reaction from them. I don’t think they thought it was a big deal at the time.
    ….

    I rest my case.

  20. Dude only officiated 3 games in Foxborough. What else is he lying about? Kravitz got suckered again.

  21. They got away with taping, delfating and paying off Walt Coleman and god only knows what else but the world knows they are dirty and it will follow them for eternity. Their fans can’t even go to bars and watch games outside of New England. Hell I didn’t care if Brady got suspended or not but Goodell screwed the pooch in Spygate. Belichick should have gotten a years suspension at least. God how I miss Paul Tagliabue

  22. Forever an *.

    Your legacy, Mr. Brady, will be for how often you tried to cheat. Not for being the best ever. New England under Billicheat will forever have an * on any achievements.

  23. The more time passes, the more evidence surfaces of the Patriots unsportsmanlike conduct. I don’t doubt other examples and evidence will turn up turn up. Its only a matter of time.

  24. patriotinvasion says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:32 PM

    Some were a FULL 2 psi under, and thats IF they started at the very lowest limit of 12.5, which accroding to Tom Brady- he’s never heard the term “psi” and had no idea what the legall range was for PSI. So the balls could have been set at 13.5 and apparently Tom Brady wouldnt have know- cuz that seems feasible.

  25. danceformemarionetteboy says:

    Remember when Brady wasn’t sure he even knew who McNally was?
    ============================

    ah, from the NFL headlines, not accurate, but why bother, you believe what you want to believe.

    for the record, Brady never heard the term “deflator”, and why should he, it was used once in a text after a Jets games, when the integrity refs gave Brady a ball blown up to 16 psig.

    No evidence that Brady asked for balls set to below 12.5, NONE

    Guess what, in the rain at 12.5 three TD’s, i guess his hands grew?

  26. What a cheap shot from Balz. If he was going to say something, he should if done it at the beginning of deflategate. To say it now after McNally has been reinstated is just cheap. Sounds to me like McNally wanted to be on the team and feel important. To make a suspicion known now is cowardly.

  27. Baltz tells Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com that the Indy-based head linesman reported McNally to the league “six or eight years ago.”

    ———————-

    NFL…. produce the report.

    6 or 8 years ago? Can’t be more accurate then that?

  28. brenenostler says:

    Lol at you Pats fans. Please tell me what a neutral 3rd party has anything to gain out of this? Aka what reason does he have to lie? Sorry but your team cheated
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    ref from Indy, Neutral?

    fame for 15 minutes.

  29. He reported him, FOR WHAT? He doesn’t say. He reported him for being “a strange dude?” FOr wanting to get the balls out to Tom Brady for a last minute pitch and catch to see how the balls feel? That would be a good idea since we now know that the refs were intentionally OVER INFLATING the balls to almost 17 PSI!!! ANd he did this what, 6 years ago? Eight years ago? Is it 10 years ago? It sounds like he can’t remember. Give it a rest “dude.” You only came out with this after we saw the video of the Indianapolis Ball Boy going ballistic trying to get a ball back from a Bills player after Luck was intercepted. Now that’s strange behavior. Is it a coincidence we hear about this nefarious “report” now? Sounds like the timing is meant to distract from what Indianapolis is doing with Luck’s balls.

  30. Quite an ebb and flow on these comments. First – the Cheater apologists, then – the Cheater bashers.

  31. Let me check with the trusted Patriots, and their ‘in context’ reporting. Got it!

    1. He was asking suspicious, because he was irritable. You always get that when on a diet (deflating).

    2. He was asking for the balls early, because his bladder always turns on him during the critical 15 minutes of his work week. He can’t hold it any longer, and he likes to have the balls with him.

    3. This is all irrelevant because Brady has never seen this man before in his life. Really, never, no idea who the guy is.

    Boom, there it is. Drinking your tears haters!!!

  32. So a low-level employee trying to keep his job for a team led by a QB who is pretty much completely uncompromising about his standards and a coach with no hesitation about letting you go if you don’t fit with the program is racing around in a panic, making sure the balls are just right for his extremely particular boss?

    Someone will have to explain to me how that is surprising, or even really suspicious.

  33. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A liar, a cheater and a murderer walk into a bar, the bar tender says “I guess the Patriots are in town”.

  34. Kravitz is the worst type of media. Trying to justify his home town teams involvement in this ridiculous witch-hunt. Go away Bob. You have no credibility.

  35. How about focusing on the Colts cheating when 3 of 4 Colts balls tested were under the pressure limit.

    How about suspending Luck for being generally aware? Why the blatant favoritism for the NFL’s new golden boy?

  36. You almost would think the Patriots organization is keeping these types of stories in the media as it gets other teams so distracted in thinking they have to take time during the game week to prepare for some type of foolishness. It’s all a mental game and the Pats are thriving at this part of it.

    These teams are not cheating. They all are trying to win games on the field. Every team tries to gain an advantage. Every team watches hours and hours of films just to pick up one sign or formation tendency ,so they can gain an advantage. If there were an elaborate cheating scam going on,with so much turnover in the NFL, somebody would have spilled the beans. All teams will bend the rules as far as possible as will players until they are told not to do that again,and its on to something else. Wins =money, and money is nice.

  37. “I probably did 10 to 15 games up there [in Foxboro] and those first few times, he’d always ask.”

    He only did 5 games there since 2000. One in 2007, 1 in 2008, 2 in 2010, and 1 in 2011.

    When did McNally get hired? Anyone know?

  38. jamaltimore says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:39 PM
    There’s no doubt that this idiot was doctoring balls for tommy the cheater. The question is did it have that big of an effect on the game. Probably not but Brady is totally Lying that he knows nothing about this. Great to see more thoughtful research on the subject by the NFL never ever responding to this ref.

    —————

    Yes no doubt at all…..except there is zero proof whatsoever. And ask yourself this, why would Brady order anyone to remove 0.2PSI from each football?

  39. If he reported him 6-8 years ago (2007-2009) then he only saw McNally 2 times before reporting him.

    Something doesn’t add up!!!!

  40. This is the McNally guy Brady wasn’t sure even existed.
    Reality is that McNally is NOT just a ball boy. He has been a part of an intricate web of cheating that’s gone on for many years.

    Tom Brady is bigger than the game.

    Get used to it.

  41. And Baltz somehow decided to speak out now? After 8 months? Really? And to of all people Bob Kravitz??

    And he reported that McNally was really interested in the footballs….that’s it?

    I was hoping that at some point the mind numbing stupidity would stop….but I guess not.

  42. I have it on good authority that Irsay told Grigson to order Pigano to seek out this ref and pay him to make these accusations. All this in effort to take the spotlight off why Irsay and Grigson thought it was a good idea to draft a WR with their first round pick when they need to draft a DL.

  43. kevpft says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:53 PM
    So a low-level employee trying to keep his job for a team led by a QB who is pretty much completely uncompromising about his standards and a coach with no hesitation about letting you go if you don’t fit with the program is racing around in a panic, making sure the balls are just right for his extremely particular boss?

    Someone will have to explain to me how that is surprising, or even really suspicious.
    —————————-
    On top of that, he has to sneak into the other teams locker room to snag their playbook. It’s too much for any dude trying to lose weight. It’s not even worth the new kicks and autographed balls after a while.

  44. danceformemarioneetteboy, Brady didn’t know his name was Jim McNally – he knew him by his nickname bird.

    Did Ted wells show him a picture of mcnally, ask him if he knew someone that goes by the name “bird” or just say: “Do you know Jim McNally?”

    We’ll never know because this “independent” and “transparent” investigation denied Brady’s request to release their investigative notes.

  45. Kravitz is a, and always will be a small time scribe writing for a small time market with let’s face it w/not ever to much worth writing about! Also the fact that deflecting what is going to be a horrendous season for the miniature horsy’s you can understand him never being relivent & attempting to be! Btw in doing some simple “fact” checking blah blah Blatze or whatever the smucks name is, only officiated 3 Pats home games!

  46. He was always asking for the balls early…………then he’d run out onto the field and play catch with Tom Brady…….Who wouldn’t ask for the balls early and run out on the field if they were gonna be able to toss a ball around with Brady!

  47. Stopped reading at “Bob Kravitz”. But I do think the fact that ESPN will have to endure multiple Colts blowouts on MNF this year is poetic justice.

  48. I only wish the Colts win “Bleeping” zero superbowl in the Luck Era. They get man handled by the patriots why do they still dwell on these kinda stories. Move on the football and focus on beating the patriots rather than doing this silly things. These silly things didn’t work last year. The Patriots won the superbowl inspiteof all the allegations against them at that time. Not like the colts to suck for Luck and ride with that. The Pats are a classy organization, the colts are cheaters and cheated one year to get Luck from the draft.

  49. “I always thought he was an unusual dude,’’ Baltz said. “Most locker room guys, they sit there and if you need something, they got it for you. When you left the locker room, you’d lock the door and they’d stay right there. The other 31 teams, that’s what they would do. That was his job.

    “But McNally, he was running all around like a chicken with his head cut off. Asking for the balls early. What I specifically reported him for several years ago, and I thought this was really unusual, he’d run out on the field with the footballs before the game and the next thing you know, he’s playing pitch-and-catch with [Tom] Brady. Then, next thing, he’s on the sidelines right next to [Bill] Belichick, like he’s a [bleeping] assistant coach or something.”
    ______________________

    So, what you are saying is that 31 teams treat their equipment guys like untrustworthy temps beneath their notice whereas the Patriots treat them as a valuable part of the team?

    How dare the Patriots treat lower level employees with respect!

  50. I’m so angry at this cheap shot, I keep thinking of new things! Don’t you think if this was true the NFL would have jumped on the fact and released the info for all to see “McNally has been reported for suspicious ball behavior before”…it just doesn’t ring true.

  51. I’ve said this before, and pointed out that the NFL has had their eye on the Deflator since ’04 for handing “non-approved practice balls to a game official”during a game against the Jets. That’s what cracks me up, there’s clear PRECEDENT for Deflategate. It wasn’t anything new.

    Keep on laughing it off Pats fans.

  52. Keep the paranoia coming…you db’s supporting the Ravens,Dolphins,Steelers,Colts, and Jets can’t get enough of this comic book material…your team ain’t good enough and y’all looking for a reason to be jealous.

    In the end your team will still be looking up at the Patriots…

  53. The fact that this guy ran straight to #1 Colts shill Bob Kravitz with this “scoop” tells you all you need to know.

    Give it up, you jealous haters…you lost.

    New England Patriots – Super Bowl Champions.

    DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!!!

  54. So what? He was just running around like that to get a little cardio in on his weight loss program.

    This is “The Deflator” we’re talking about. I’m waiting for him to be the new spokesperson for Jenny Craig!

  55. dualprime says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:58 PM
    From 1999 to 2013, Baltz officiated 13 Pats games, 6 in NE. Does the Deflator travel to road games?
    ——————
    Hence the word probably, and a general range.

  56. This is the same guy that was on Outside the Lines months ago when Kelli Naqui had a big scoop about a kicking ball that Mc Nally gave to the Ref. Shefter checked and that ball was given to Mc Nally by the NFL staffer who got fired for selling balls. Kelli has not been heard from since.

    This is old news.

    Wonder why Kravitz is bringing this up again now.

  57. Do either Baltz or Kravitz have any thoughts on that Colts ball boy who was caught on video fighting a death match with a Buffalo DB for a loose football last Sunday?

  58. 11 of 12
    10 or 15
    Bob Kravitz

    Some folks are pretty thick.

    He reffed 2 games while Brady was playing and one in 99. This stuff is so easy to look up on the Google I can’t understand how Kravitz could go with this without looking it up. I can understand lazy minded fans not looking it up but a guy who already is know for putting out bad info on this exact story? After Mort got suckered? Kelly Naqi anyone?

    I rest my case.

  59. daytontrianges says:

    So, what you are saying is that 31 teams treat their equipment guys like untrustworthy temps beneath their notice whereas the Patriots treat them as a valuable part of the team?
    ___________________________

    The Patriots SHOULD! Their equipment guys help them cheat to win. That’s VALUABLE!

  60. Just the fact the Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone makes him guilty. Someone with nothing to hide would never do that.

  61. Nothing that comes out of indianapolis ever surprises me. This clown already got exposed lmao.

    Next they will use jim irsays pill provider to implicate the pats.

    Oh by the way colts ballboys seen with needles up their sleeves, 3 of 4 balls underinflated and a ball suspiciously jumping on a balll after an int. where is ted wells?

  62. Thankfully, we’re in season and this is just a side show now.
    Sadly, the Pats creamed the Steelers with real balls.

  63. So, as others have pointed out it’s likely Baltz only saw McNally about 3 times here, big difference from 10-15 I guess.

    So Baltz is going senile in his retirement or he’s in full control of his mental abilities and is simply another liar in a long list of liars around this scam called deflate gate.

  64. drgreenstreak says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:58 PM
    This is the McNally guy Brady wasn’t sure even existed.
    Reality is that McNally is NOT just a ball boy. He has been a part of an intricate web of cheating that’s gone on for many years.

    Tom Brady is bigger than the game.

    Get used to it.
    ———————————————

    Yep, yep…caught ’em. Consistently tampering to release a negligible 0.2 psi out of footballs. Do you even hear yourself?

  65. It comes from Bob Kravitz? I’m sorry, but I’m immediately suspicious that this guy didn’t

    1. say these things earlier

    2. choose the one guy that started the ball rolling on Framegate to do his “shocking new information” interview. I’m not sure whether this is real or just the next “weird new tip from a local mom”.

  66. bartor1544 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:01 PM

    danceformemarioneetteboy, Brady didn’t know his name was Jim McNally – he knew him by his nickname bird.
    =================

    And here I thought his nickname was “deflator” for, you know, his weight loss efforts.

    LOL – you guys should get your stories straight.

  67. let’s see, hang around the officials locker room and get Porky the Zebra a shoehorn? or get the balls early and go throw them around with Brady? I’d run out of there asap too.

  68. So, the NFL has at least one of these anti-Patriots smear jobs queued up for every week?

    Please remind me of exactly which individual was proven to be a liar in Judge Berman’s court? Hint: sounds like Dodger Couldsmell.

  69. It must have something to do with some Biggest Loser workout challenge with Jillian or something. I mean it must be right? He was trying to lose weight at the time correct?

    Brady just should have pulled a Costanza when confronted with sleeping with the cleaning woman at work. “Was that wrong? I mean if someone had told me that was wrong I wouldn’t have done it” .. Well I guess that was the defense that got him off wasn’t it.

    Brady will need to borrow that cashmere sweater with the spot on it to try and rub off the tarnish.

  70. This just in : Baltz also reported that the Patriots D linemen were all-fidgety-like with their constant shifting and moving before each snap…..almost like they were nervous and had something to hide.

  71. You know what else was SUSPICIOUS?

    The COLTS sideline staffer DIVING for a loose ball last Sunday, tearing it away from the Bills player who had nearly picked it off.

    Caught on camera and everything.

  72. “What I specifically reported him for several years ago, and I thought this was really unusual, he’d run out on the field with the footballs before the game and the next thing you know, he’s playing pitch-and-catch with [Tom] Brady. Then, next thing, he’s on the sidelines right next to [Bill] Belichick, like he’s a [bleeping] assistant coach or something.”
    —————————————————-

    I find this one most interesting. This is odd, sure, but isn’t this the guy Brady really “didn’t know”? Just like Belichick couldn’t be bothered with “little” details like psi or knowing the peons either. Yet another thing that makes you go “hmmmm.”

  73. “If he reported him 6-8 years ago (2007-2009) then he only saw McNally 2 times before reporting him.

    Something doesn’t add up!!!!”

    Goddell has been bending the rules for the Patriots and his ole pal Kraft for years.

    (He destroyed and conspired to destroy evidence in SPYGATE* , He Created The Tuck Rule* for ole Tommy Boy and Let Tommy Alter Balls*, He Obviously fumbled the ball with Deflategate*)….Please it goes on and on.

    **** CHEATERS ****

  74. Give it time. NE Cinderella is going to be huge smashed pumpkin
    And probably the reason why the NFL will take a hard fall

  75. .
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    I always notice that as soon as a hatchet piece is released, the immediate comments on profootballtalk.com are full of vitriol. It is almost like a planned and staged attack by the NFL employees. Here, release this, and then we will comment pounding the Patriots and Brady into dust. This definitely looks like a concentrated effort to tarnish the Superbowl Champions over and over. And that is a shame.
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  76. joker65 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:55 PM

    “I probably did 10 to 15 games up there [in Foxboro] and those first few times, he’d always ask.”

    He only did 5 games there since 2000. One in 2007, 1 in 2008, 2 in 2010, and 1 in 2011.

    When did McNally get hired? Anyone know?

    —————-

    He must have complained in 2007 or 2008 given his “six or eight years ago” comment. Of course Brady didn’t play in 2008, so maybe lets see if he complained in 2007. Find the actual complain submission.

  77. Just love that people continue to obsess over an unproven allegation made by a proven liar and his scientifically illiterate colleagues about an irrelevant amount of ball deflation less than the margin of error between the two gauges used by the referee.

    Seriously, if you think 0.2 psi is relevant, maybe you should focus your attention on the measurement process and not the delusional fantasies cultivated by mining archives of text messages.

  78. Thats weird, and Indy based official who got his officiating start there talking to a crackpot Indy journalist…what a shocking development.

  79. Jim McNally wasn’t working the sidelines until 2008. Baltz did 3 games in New England over the period he claims he did 10-15 games.

    Also, this is the same stuff he spewed on the Kelly Naqi Outside the Lines report that was proven wrong and destroyed her career.

  80. I find this one most interesting. This is odd, sure, but isn’t this the guy Brady really “didn’t know”?

    ====

    They’re like zombies, repeating lies that were debunked six months ago.

    Not knowing a person’s name isn’t the same as not knowing a person. Especially when everybody refers to him by his nickname.

    Of course you don’t know that because the Patriots’ explanations weren’t included in the Wells report because it wasn’t an “independent investigation” but a hit job.

    It’s much easier to write a report when you know what the outcome is supposed to be.

  81. Blatz was never a head referee. He was a head linesman. He would never have the authority to give the balls to the attendant no matter when they were requested. This was quite a lie but nothing like the whopper he told about how many games he did in Foxboro.

  82. so Mcnally was known as Bird or The Deflator? which one is it?

    #weboflies

    ===

    “Bird”. The only person who claimed otherwise was Ted Wells.

  83. It was “six or eight years ago” … well, maybe ten or four. Anyway, it was around the time I discovered that the horse I was beating started smelling really bad. The vet told me he had been dead for a long time.

    Did those other 31 locker-room attendants all handle the balls the same? Exactly the same?

  84. I always knew the Pats couldn’t be this good. Same as roid boys McGwire and Bonds hitting 70+ homeruns… had to cheat.

  85. defscottyb says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:11 PM

    Just the fact the Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone makes him guilty. Someone with nothing to hide would never do that.

    ——————–

    Someone who was never going to turn over their phone because they believed they couldn’t be suspended for not turning over their phone (which turned out to be true btw) would do what ever they wanted with their phone.

  86. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:07 PM
    I’ve said this before, and pointed out that the NFL has had their eye on the Deflator since ’04 for handing “non-approved practice balls to a game official”during a game against the Jets. That’s what cracks me up, there’s clear PRECEDENT for Deflategate. It wasn’t anything new.

    Keep on laughing it off Pats fans.

    —————–
    Explain one thing to me. McNally started working for the Pats in 2008…..so how did he do that in ’04?

  87. And there you go. The NFL never responded to complaints about McNally. If the league considered ball maintenance so important, why didn’t the league maintain control of the balls rather than leaving them in the hands of the teams?

    No … Goodell prefers to ignore complaints rather than quietly changing protocols, then create a huge media drama that makes the entire league appear incompetent. The problem isn’t with any one team; it’s with the administration of the league itself.

  88. I’m pretty sure this ref is blind…Not sure I’d put a lot of stock into what he’s seen.

    Also – Is it really that odd for a guy trying to do his job to do it early? Especially if it means he gets to play pitch and catch with Tom Brady? No brainer to me…

  89. I always assumed the Pats cheated but reading this gave me pause. McNally sounds exactly like an equipment manager we had one year in hockey. The guy had down syndrome and would obsess over our hockey sticks. Loved the game more than the players.

    Than I remembered his texts. Dude was deflating balls after they where checked.

  90. chadsmith013 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:21 PM

    i find it amazing that you pats homers know exactly how many games this man officiated at Foxboro…did you count or something?

    ====

    It’s called research. Some reporters do it. And when they do, the blast away at bad reporting on Twitter. Which is where Pats’ fans read it.

  91. It was the referee’s job to check the PSI of the footballs wasn’t it? Did he even do his job?

    I give up and agree with iseek11 above. Let’s get on with it or just take away the New England franchise and burn down the stadium.

  92. Didn’t this guy already pitch the story to Outside the Lines? I remember hearing something about McNally playing catch with Brady around the time of the Naqi Report which was immediately rebuked and debunked.

    My first question is why go to Kravitz? That is a political decision and obviously meant to stir up trouble rather than shed any light on the truth.

    My second question is if this guy was running around telling this story years ago how come he never shows up in the Wells Report? Ted Wells was so desperate for incriminating evidence that he cut and pasted text messages and hired a firm that specializes in phony science yet he can’t find this guy and include his testimony? Something here smells pretty fishy.

  93. Here’s the problem

    This official only worked 6 games in Foxboro, not 10-15, and only 4 of them were after McNally became locker room attendant, and only 3 of those were when Brady was playing.

    So more lies from someone accusing the Pats.

  94. daytontriangles says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:04 PM

    So, what you are saying is that 31 teams treat their equipment guys like untrustworthy temps beneath their notice whereas the Patriots treat them as a valuable part of the team?

    How dare the Patriots treat lower level employees with respect!

    ————————————————-

    I don’t think you’re getting it. It’s the things the Patriots say themselves that make this all look so shady. Belichick was on TV the day after the deflated balls story broke pooh-poohing it all and assuring us he couldn’t be bothered with little stuff like psi’s. It’s just so, like, inconsequential, he doesn’t get involved. THEN you find out the “lowly” ball boy, the guy Brady said he kinda didn’t know, hangs around with both guys before games and seems to be like some “assistant coach.”

    It’s just the team contradicting itself yet again. If Tommy and Bill hadn’t said this stuff, dude, I could understand your sarcasm. But they did, and this looks kinda shady really.

  95. The Patriot games were definitely rigged. I’m suing the sports books in Vegas to get my money back.

  96. Than I remembered his texts. Dude was deflating balls after they where checked.

    ====

    His texts never say such a thing.

    They do say that Brady wanted a copy of the rulebook handed to the officials.

    People who think the texts are “proof” of anything are just weird. Gratz on your confirmation bias.

  97. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:48 PM

    Some were a FULL 2 psi under, and thats IF they started at the very lowest limit of 12.5, which accroding to Tom Brady- he’s never heard the term “psi” and had no idea what the legall range was for PSI. So the balls could have been set at 13.5 and apparently Tom Brady wouldnt have know- cuz that seems feasible.

    ====

    Literally every claim you made is wrong. None of the balls were a full 2 PSI under. Not one.

    Separately, Brady never claimed that he didn’t know what the legal range for PSI was at at the time of the AFCCG. He claimed that he didn’t know prior to the Bears game, earlier in the year, then went and looked up the allowable range because he was mad about the balls being inflated up to 16 PSI.

    You can make up all the nonsense you want, but you can’t expect to not be called on it.

  98. We’re all wondering why this guy wasnt called upon to testify. Who knows ? A few tickets , sneakers , jerseys , and we’d probably have how long this was going on , who ordered it , when , etc….. Still can’t get over how the Patriots and their fans are still trying to sell us on the reason he was called ” The Deflator .” Oh yeah , almost forgot . Weight loss. Yeah , that’s it.

  99. Let’s not worry about the Patriots anymore in the NFL – just like Hendrick Motorsports in NASCAR, there is no point in trying to wonder why these horrific organizations can cheat while others are supposed to play by the rules.

    The sooner you just go on about your business the sooner all will be well in the NFL and NASCAR.

    Heck, NASCAR ran a totally illegal car, the Chevrolet SS, for the first year of its introduction in the States despite not one consumer edition had been sold until 8 months after the season had started and all races run up to that point – all build up to the Chase and at least half the Chase races had been run with a car that did not comply with production and sales rules. No one in the media went with this story and thus we should not care now whether some cheat because they do and will.

    The best we can hope for is Karma payback on all cheating and complicit parties.

  100. jhein23 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:49 PM

    Why is a ball boy talking to the head coach right before the game?
    —————————

    Who said he was? The article just said he was standing next to him.

  101. Correction from my prior post. He’s done 5 games in Foxboro. 1 was started by Bledsoe. One by Cassel. 3 by Brady. He’s lying. Period. Seriously. Period. Liar.

  102. NFL is rigged, the Refs completely controlled the ATL vs Eagles game on Monday night making sure they called enough calls to make the Eagles would not cover or go over 56. NFL is basically WWE now.

  103. Tom Brady claimed he didn’t even know who McNally was. Now we find out he was playing pitch and catch with him prior to games? Huh.

  104. Another thing about Baltz. Not only did he lie in claiming to have worked 10-15 games in Foxboro, his home town is, you guessed it, Indy.

  105. restoreintegritytonfl says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:33 PM
    CHEATING for YEARS!!!!

    SINCE 2007….. check the fumbling data!

    Yeah the fumble story has been debunked over and over again.

    #CRYBABYNATION

  106. Enough the world knows the Patriots have cheated since Belicheck arrived and Kratz has been in on it or to stupid to realize it. Either way he’s guilty by association. Now for Brady he had early success, liked the power and found away to keep it happening by following Bill. When Belicheat leaves you will never hear from this franchise again. If your a fan and you believe in their innocence your also pathetic. Had they been my team they wouldn’t be now.

  107. rascalmanny says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:39 PM
    I bet we find out that Goodell and the Pats were in on the fix together. I wish the DOJ would investigate it.
    ——————————————————————

    LMAO

  108. “so Mcnally was known as Bird or The Deflator? which one is it?

    #weboflies”

    He wasn’t *known* as the deflator. He only called himself that once, and it was in May, in a conversation that apparently had nothing to do with football.
    There is no record of anyone else ever calling him that.

  109. defscottyb says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:11 PM

    Just the fact the Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone makes him guilty. Someone with nothing to hide would never do that.
    ————————

    If he had something to hide, why would he tell Boss Goodell about it? He could of just said he dropped it in the toilet.

  110. The crew that Baltz worked with most often was the one that blew the balls up to 16 psi at the Jets game last year. I don’t know if he worked that game; but, you gotta wonder.

  111. Belichick was on TV the day after the deflated balls story broke pooh-poohing it all and assuring us he couldn’t be bothered with little stuff like psi’s. It’s just so, like, inconsequential, he doesn’t get involved. THEN you find out the “lowly” ball boy, the guy Brady said he kinda didn’t know, hangs around with both guys before games and seems to be like some “assistant coach.”

    ===

    Huh?

    Belichick went on TV and said he was embarrassed by the whole process, as everybody associated with the NFL should be. He said he took care to make sure the balls in practice were as bad as could possibly be. He said that he’d experimented with some footballs, working them up as the team usually does in a pre-game situation, and found that in cold weather, the balls would drop below 11.5 psi.

    Now if we hadn’t all been lied to by Mike Kensil via Chris Mortensen, that would have been the end of it. But Kensil told everybody the balls were at 10.5 psi, not 11.5 psi.

    “James McNally” is the full name of the equipment manager. Brady knows him by his nickname, “Bird”. It’s not a contradiction to say that he doesn’t recognize the name and to see him hanging around with the guy before game time.

    I’m sure Baltz thinks tossing a football to Brady makes McNally an “assistant coach.” Rest assured nobody else thinks that.

  112. Too bad the Colts can’t build a roster as well as they can make up lies & excuses… Where’s the running game, the defense, another WR to compliment TY….keep blaming the other team #coltsareajoke

  113. restoreintegritytonfl says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:33 PM
    CHEATING for YEARS!!!!

    SINCE 2007….. check the fumbling data!
    ==========================================

    IKR, how about all those fumbles (a whopping one fumble by a scatback who got greedy, big whoop) and horrifically inaccurate throws/INTs by Brady in the rainy opener… Wait.

    Just stop embarrassing yourself. lol

  114. Patriots are a national disgrace. Patriot fans are an embarrassment to the country. The media who refuses to do anything to force the Patriots to be penalized are a joke. NFL is becoming WWE. Its time for a new football league, without the likes of the Pats, Cowboys, Niners or Ravens.

  115. greymares says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:48 PM
    Enough the world knows the Patriots have cheated since Belicheck arrived and Kratz has been in on it or to stupid to realize it. Either way he’s guilty by association. Now for Brady he had early success, liked the power and found away to keep it happening by following Bill. When Belicheat leaves you will never hear from this franchise again. If your a fan and you believe in their innocence your also pathetic. Had they been my team they wouldn’t be now.
    —————–
    More proud to be a Pats fan then ever! They’ve shown class and integrity throughout this whole witchhunt!

  116. So which is it? Did he do 6 games?? 3 or 4 games? Just 3? Who is going to be the first to say 1?

  117. On top of that, he has to sneak into the other teams locker room to snag their playbook.
    ===

    As former Patriot Matt Chatham has said, the locker rooms at Foxboro have one door. Guarded by the visiting team’s security guard. Nobody is “sneaking into” anything. Just more lies put out by people who hate the Patriots and cannot admit to themselves that they keep losing for the simple reason that they’re not as good at what they do.

  118. Maybe, just maybe, if you and the other leftist media bunch had made enough noise, the progressive-liberal judge would have so acted. Just read in other media of another case of his; he is so socialistically grounded. Oh, well.

  119. I’d like to point out something to those who are calling this ball inflation level cheating.

    1) The referees, the league’s own rules and regulations police, gave the balls over to the equip guy when he asked for them. Obviously, they did not care.

    2) The former official who is raking this muck even concluded that it wasn’t a big deal to the league (because they never responded to his report.) The League did not care.

    3) Why is this guy, a lone voice, from Indy of all places, speaking up about this now? I would really like to know.

  120. steelerfanjo says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:53 PM
    Patriots are a national disgrace. Patriot fans are an embarrassment to the country. The media who refuses to do anything to force the Patriots to be penalized are a joke. NFL is becoming WWE. Its time for a new football league, without the likes of the Pats, Cowboys, Niners or Ravens.
    ———————————————————————

    Sure, but let’s leave the Steroid Steelers in there, not like that franchise ever violated a rule or anything

  121. whispersd says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:26 PM

    so Mcnally was known as Bird or The Deflator? which one is it?

    #weboflies

    ===

    “Bird”. The only person who claimed otherwise was Ted Wells.
    ======================

    Uhhh, no.

    He called HIMSELF DEFLATOR IN HIS TEXTS and the Patriots, in their desperate attempt to cover it up, said it was his nickname due to weight loss.

    Again, get your stories straight.

  122. Another garbage dump from Indiana. Why is your ball boy grenade- jumping the ball during the Bills game? What’s the Colts hiding? Scared of somebody doing what you did with the Pats football?

    This bum can’t even weave a credible lie.

  123. billsfanattick says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:42 PM
    Let the Patriots deflate the footballs this weekend. They will need all the help they can get against the Bills. RocktheRalph Baby!!!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    As a Pat’s fan I could neither like nor dislike your comment, but I did appreciate it!

  124. Bill Belichick and the Patriots encouraged a culture of cheating and skirting the rules.

    All of this and the other (gates) are just the tip of the iceberg.
    Seriously, think about all the things we really don’t know about. Things not investigated that they probably got away with.
    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

    Patriot fans can ridicule these things all they want, but the rest of the league knows that all of their Championships are tainted, one way or another.

    I would prefer, and far more proud of, one single clean Championship to all of the Patriot suspect ones.

  125. “Tom Brady claimed he didn’t even know who McNally was. Now we find out he was playing pitch and catch with him prior to games? Huh.”

    No, he didn’t claim to not know who he was. He was asked if he knew the guy by his full name, which he didn’t. He knew a guy he saw 8 times a year for a few hours by his nickname, “Bird”. This has been explained over and over and over and over again. Have you been paying attention?

  126. Balz worked SIX games at Foxborough.
    THREE games where Tom Brady and Jim McNally were both involved.
    THREE!!!
    Mr. Balz must be suffering from the NFL concussion syndrome.

  127. Where is the psi data ?Oh,I forgot they are only going to check a random amount of balls on a random day , at a random stadium in front of a random crowd .If the psi is going to become the equivalent of the launch code for a nuclear IBCM.
    Shouldn’t the NFL data be at least complete as well as accurate ?.
    No Data ,No fine
    Return the picks .
    No Data ,No fine
    Return the picks

    Roger the Dodger must go

  128. flash1287 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:48 PM

    restoreintegritytonfl says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:33 PM
    CHEATING for YEARS!!!!

    SINCE 2007….. check the fumbling data!

    Yeah the fumble story has been debunked over and over again.

    #CRYBABYNATION
    ====================

    What debunk?

    Look them up yourself.

    When the rule changed, the long and very consistent fumble rate of the Pats dropped by almost 50% in one off season and stayed there ever since.

    Same coach, same QB.

    Those are facts.

    #CHEATERNATION

  129. quizlingclinic says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:46 PM
    Correction from my prior post. He’s done 5 games in Foxboro. 1 was started by Bledsoe. One by Cassel. 3 by Brady. He’s lying. Period. Seriously. Period. Liar.
    ————–
    You’re absolutely right. There was a post above that said this Balzt’s son works for the Colts, anybody know if that’s true?

  130. NEW GAME: “Guess the Pats fans response!”

    1. Must be a rogue official with a vendetta against New England.

    2. “Former” official must mean he was terrible and corrupt.

    3. All of the above.

  131. Steelers fans really looking worse everyday
    Be careful you are starting g to look worse than Raven and dare I say it
    Colt fans!

    I tho k it’s time the colts relocated out of that minor league town
    Unless they can show some big league actions

  132. Shocked. SHOCKED I say that an Indiana guy would, after the fact falsely accuse McNally. Have these people no shame? He’s the same dope that accused the Pats of trying to slip in a K ball at Indy. Probably a back up plan to the deflategate witch hunt but little did the league know they had a theif amongst them so that too blew up in their face when video clearly showed the truth.

  133. Hmmm, let’s see…

    1) Former (possibly disgruntled?) NFL employee

    2) Indy based

    3) Inaccurate information provided in past – see above as he worked only 3 games in Foxboro; also see OTL

    4) Pats want draft picks back!!! Even if they did it – and I am in the camp they did not – it is a misdemeanor on level of stick ’em violation being treated as felony.

    5) And for those who are crying 2nd offense – read up on Spy Gate and learn what they did wrong. Also see Jets with multiple tampering violations, Broncos with multiple salary cap violations, and 49ers with stick ’em, silicone on shirts, and head phone manipulation all either getting minor penalties or no penalty at al.

  134. steelerfanjo says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:53 PM

    Patriots are a national disgrace. Patriot fans are an embarrassment to the country. The media who refuses to do anything to force the Patriots to be penalized are a joke. NFL is becoming WWE. Its time for a new football league, without the likes of the Pats, Cowboys, Niners or Ravens.

    ————

    The Arena Football League already exists. Go watch it.

  135. “Patriots are a national disgrace. Patriot fans are an embarrassment to the country. The media who refuses to do anything to force the Patriots to be penalized are a joke.”

    ===

    Patriots were just docked a 1st round pick and a 4th round pick. For an accusation that was never proven to have happened.

    Because legions of fans of other teams are “certain” of things that have never been proven. Like, for example, the Patriots “got away with it.”

    Only one franchise has been docked a 1st round pick, and it’s happened to the Patriots twice.

    There have been four cases in which teams have been punished for tampering. In the first three cases, the offending team was forced to swap draft picks with the victim team. In the most recent case, the Jets only had to pay a $100k fine. No draft pick swap there, nope. A pittance of a fine, compared to the size of Revis’s contract. And the Jets were the only of the four teams to actually get the player they wanted as a result of their tampering.

    Lots of teams get away with all sorts of shenanigans in the NFL. The Patriots don’t. They cannot even get the NFL to enforce rules properly. This crap isn’t going to end until Kensil, Vincent, and Goodell are all replaced.

  136. RE LEE says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:58 PM
    Another garbage dump from Indiana. Why is your ball boy grenade- jumping the ball during the Bills game? What’s the Colts hiding? Scared of somebody doing what you did with the Pats football?

    This bum can’t even weave a credible lie.
    ——————–
    I lived in Indiana for 7 years (longest years of my life). My family and I could not believe that none of them cared that Irsay canned Peyton, none of them cared that they were tanking for Luck…I never heard so much as one person stick up for Peyton and question them getting rid of him……they are just weird—I think there’s something in the water.

  137. Yeah bring this evidence to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Goodell and see where that gets you.
    What a joke. I always used to think that the desire for your individual 15 minutes of fame at least came with the expectation that you would be viewed positively, even if only for 15 minutes. Obviously I misjudged. Who knew?

  138. Wells Report, p. 42:
    “Jim McNally is the Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots. He has been
    employed by the Patriots as a seasonal or part-time employee for the past 32 years and during the 2014-15 season worked for the Patriots on a part-time/hourly basis only on the days on which the Patriots had home games. He first worked as a ball boy, and explained that his role evolved over time to supporting the equipment staff and helping with the game officials. He has held his current title since approximately 2007.”

    Baltz seems to have officiated in six NE home regular season and playoff games in his career. (Couldn’t find stats on preseason games.) See Pro-Football-Referencecom

    If McNally was locker room attendant since about 2007, then Baltz would have only encountered McNally in that capacity five times. Of those five, Brady would have played in four games: 1 in 2007, 2 in 2010/2011, 1 in 2011. Cassel was the starter in 2008.

    1999-09-19 Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots

    
    2007-10-28	Washington Redskins @ New England Patriots
    
    2008-12-21	Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots 
    
    2010-10-17	Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
    
    2011-01-16	New York Jets @ New England Patriots 
    
    2011-11-06	New York Giants @ New England Patriots
  139. danceformemarionetteboy says:

    Uhhh, no.

    He called HIMSELF DEFLATOR IN HIS TEXTS and the Patriots, in their desperate attempt to cover it up, said it was his nickname due to weight loss.

    Again, get your stories straight.
    ———————————

    Uhhh, no.

    He called himself Deflator in ONE TEXT, EIGHT MONTHS BEFORE THE AFCCG, WHILE TALKING ABOUT THE JETS AND THEIR 16.5 LB BALLS.

    Again, get your story straight.

  140. When the rule changed, the long and very consistent fumble rate of the Pats dropped by almost 50% in one off season and stayed there ever since.

    Same coach, same QB.

    ===

    So, what you’re saying is that after Tom Brady lobbied to get a rule change so he could control his footballs, make sure they were roughed up as much as he wanted them to be, legally, he stopped fumbling as much as he used to?

    And this is somehow evidence of cheating and not merely benefiting from the rule change that he pushed through?

    There really isn’t any pretense of a control data set here, is there?

  141. NFC north fan here. I honestly can’t believe the comments I am reading. I understand the need to stick up for your team. Come on, this is getting ridiculous, Belicheck and Brady have been cheating for years. How do you even let your kids look up to these guys??

  142. Some ref says “unusual dude” and loser nation dusts off it’s cheater chant. Patriots are still Super Bowl champs and the best team in the league until further notice.

    Whatever.

  143. For all those who doubt Baltz and Kravitz are liars…….

    Baltz was a linesman, not a referee. Nobody would have requested balls from him because the referee has that authority.

    Baltz said he did 10-15 games “up there”. He did six, here they are….
    9/19/99 Colts at Pats (no Brady, no McNally)
    10/28/07 Red Skins at Pats (yes Brady, no McNally)
    12/21/08 Cardinals at Pats (no Brady, Yes McNally)
    10/17/10 Ravens at Pats (yes Brady, yes McNally) but this game was after Blatz said he “reported” McNally.
    1/16/11 Jets at Pats (yes Brady, Yes McNally) again, after the “report of McNally.
    11/6/11 Giants at Pats (yes Brady, yes McNally) prior to the “report”

    Any questions? There are no games that McNally was present with Brady prior to when Baltz said he reported McNally.

    Liar

    debunked

  144. I’ll be very interested to see Tom Brady’s completion percentage at the end of the year now that the league is watching him.

  145. What is so difficult about this for you haters to comprehend? Look at what Mark Baltz is stating:

    First:

    “He always asked for the footballs way, way before he was supposed to get them,’’ Baltz said. “If he could get them 10 or 15 minutes before he was supposed to get them, instead of the usual two minutes before the game.”

    Second:

    “he’d run out on the field with the footballs before the game and the next thing you know, he’s playing pitch-and-catch with [Tom] Brady.”

    So Tom Brady likes to toss the ball around on the field with the equipment guy on the field before the game. But, obviously, only if there is time to do so. If he waits until two minutes before the game, there’s no time to toss the pigskin around with one of the greats of the sport.

    All of you, put yourself in his position. You are an equipment guy for your team. Your starting QB is willing to toss the ball around in the stadium with you before the game if time allows. Are you going to go get the balls 10-15 minutes early and make the time?

    Damn right you are! Every single last one of you would do the exact same thing!

  146. theneedforspeeed says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:15 PM
    danceformemarionetteboy says:

    Uhhh, no.

    He called HIMSELF DEFLATOR IN HIS TEXTS and the Patriots, in their desperate attempt to cover it up, said it was his nickname due to weight loss.

    Again, get your stories straight.
    ———————————

    Uhhh, no.

    He called himself Deflator in ONE TEXT, EIGHT MONTHS BEFORE THE AFCCG, WHILE TALKING ABOUT THE JETS AND THEIR 16.5 LB BALLS.

    Again, get your story straight.
    ———————————

    So, use logic, and follow through on your comment:
    He was the deflator, due to a ball being over inflated. This would be illegal tampering, regardless of PSI. Then, months later, he’s suddenly decided to live by the rule book? It strains ones sensibility.

  147. Baltz did 12 New England games while Belicheat was the coach…

    2002-12-16 New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans
    2005-12-11 New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
    2006-10-30 New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings
    2006-12-10 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    2007-10-28 Washington Redskins @ New England Patriots
    2008-10-12 New England Patriots @ San Diego Chargers
    2008-12-21 Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots
    2010-10-17 Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
    2011-01-16 New York Jets @ New England Patriots*
    2011-09-12 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    2011-11-06 New York Giants @ New England Patriots
    2012-11-22 New England Patriots @ New York Jets

    Baltz was the Head Linesman in each of those games.

  148. restoreintegritytonfl says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:33 PM
    CHEATING for YEARS!!!!

    SINCE 2007….. check the fumbling data!

    —————-

    The fake fumbling data. The real data shows them good but not appreciably better than other good teams.

    Why did a prominent Federal judge make a clear and forceful decision against the league? Why did NYU Law professor do a 60 minutes segment claiming the NFL , not the Patriots cheated? Wake up and smell what Roger Goodell is cooking

  149. The pats are rogue and the NFL is letting them take the once proud league down, collusion to get richer and let the evil flow

    Where is Mark Cuban ?

    Spot On

  150. So the one and only verifiable fact in all of this–the number of games that he officiated in Foxboro with McNally as ball boy and Brady as QB–is a clear and unambiguous lie.

    It was 3 games, not 10-15, and only ONE game before it was “reported” to the NFL, supposedly because of suspicious behavior on “multiple” occasions.

    This guy lied like crazy, a TOTAL WHOPPER, about the one thing that’s provable!

    This could have been fact-checked by that hack Kravitz in five minutes.

    It is pretty easy to assume that he’s lying about everything else too.

  151. Ok time to move on, anyone who looks at this objectively knows that the balls were tampered with, how much of an advantage did it give them? not sure, but Goodell botched this investigation from the beginning, first this guy reported them, then the Ravens then the colts and the only thing Goodell did was send out a letter…it took a call during the game to get someone to do something and the Pats dream team systemically picked apart the collection of the evidence OJ style….Brady won now lets move on…..I just hope they have systems in place to catch him if he is stupid enough to continue this practice, my guess is they moved on to something else….

  152. nfceast fan we know the 2 1/2 games the Patriots did not have control so far Brad has thrown for over 700 yards, 10TDs and 2 ITs vs 3 of the better teams in the league.

    Do you expect that to drop vs the likes of the Titans, Jaguars, Dolphins, Jets, Giants, and Red Skins?

  153. erictheactor143 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:06 PM

    NEW GAME: “Guess the Pats fans response!”

    1. Must be a rogue official with a vendetta against New England.

    2. “Former” official must mean he was terrible and corrupt.

    3. All of the above.

    ————–

    How hard would it be for the guy to make an accurate accusation. He could have easily checked how many games he officiated in Foxboro, checked when he submitted the complaint and checked who he submitted it to. Saying this fluff publicly is bogus.

  154. Brandon Baltz: LinkedIn

    Sponsorship Sales Account Manager
    Indianapolis Colts
    August 2007 – October 2009 (2 years 3 months)
    Sold advertising, marketing, sponsorship and hospitality elements for the Indianapolis Colts, the RCA Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium.

  155. rickeyp says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:28 PM

    Baltz did 12 New England games while Belicheat was the coach…

    2002-12-16 New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans
    2005-12-11 New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
    2006-10-30 New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings
    2006-12-10 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    2007-10-28 Washington Redskins @ New England Patriots
    2008-10-12 New England Patriots @ San Diego Chargers
    2008-12-21 Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots
    2010-10-17 Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
    2011-01-16 New York Jets @ New England Patriots*
    2011-09-12 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    2011-11-06 New York Giants @ New England Patriots
    2012-11-22 New England Patriots @ New York Jets

    Baltz was the Head Linesman in each of those games.

    ———–

    The Patriots only have their ball boy at home.

  156. Baltz was the Head Linesman in each of those games.
    ===
    Half of the games you list are road games, to which McNally doesn’t travel. He only works in Foxboro.

    Again: if the Colts though the balls were deflated in their own building, it wasn’t McNally doing it because he was at home in New Hampshire.

  157. The contradictions in this story boggle the mind.

    1. The ref said at most stadiums you lock the door to the room, and the room attendant stays in there. Then how in the world is the ballboy supposed to pass out balls to the on-field refs during the game? He’s locked inside the ref’s room? Does this guy Baltz have people confused?

    2. He said that McNally repeatedly asked for balls early several times until he learned not to ever ask him again. Yet he only worked 3 games since McNally became a ballboy in 2008?

    ABSURD!!!!!

  158. “Baltz did 12 New England games while Belicheat was the coach…

    2002-12-16 New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans
    2005-12-11 New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
    2006-10-30 New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings
    2006-12-10 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    2007-10-28 Washington Redskins @ New England Patriots
    2008-10-12 New England Patriots @ San Diego Chargers
    2008-12-21 Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots
    2010-10-17 Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
    2011-01-16 New York Jets @ New England Patriots*
    2011-09-12 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    2011-11-06 New York Giants @ New England Patriots
    2012-11-22 New England Patriots @ New York Jets

    Baltz was the Head Linesman in each of those games.”

    Fantastic. Now, here’s the part where you learn McNally is a game day employee for HOME games. He never travels with the team. So, 7 of the games on your list are irrelevant. Secondly, Brady was injured for all of 2008. That leaves 4 home games which would have involved Brady and McNally. Not 10 or 15. This guy is lying his arse off.

  159. Baltz did 3 New England home games since 2008, when McNally became ball boy, with Brady as QB (he missed 2008):

    2010-10-17 Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
    2011-01-16 New York Jets @ New England Patriots*
    2011-11-06 New York Giants @ New England Patriots

    10-15 is not 3

  160. Yea, sure, an INDY based ref is saying this? Enough said about that credibility. Just want to get yourself in the spotlight because “you” called this guy out years ago. Right.

  161. If the October 2014 game against Jets is any indication of what referees do to Brady’s footballs prior to a game, then you can rest assured this guy did everything in his power not to see those balls inflated to an ILLEGAL 16 psi.

    Tom wants them at 12.5. He gets them at 12.5

    Second half of Colts game, Super Bowl, and week 1 of this season are all indicative of that.

    Move on.

  162. rickeyp says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:28 PM

    Baltz did 12 New England games while Belicheat was the coach…

    2002-12-16 New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans
    2005-12-11 New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
    2006-10-30 New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings
    2006-12-10 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    2007-10-28 Washington Redskins @ New England Patriots
    2008-10-12 New England Patriots @ San Diego Chargers
    2008-12-21 Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots
    2010-10-17 Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
    2011-01-16 New York Jets @ New England Patriots*
    2011-09-12 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    2011-11-06 New York Giants @ New England Patriots
    2012-11-22 New England Patriots @ New York Jets

    Baltz was the Head Linesman in each of those games.

    ———–

    The Patriots only have their ball boy at home.

    ————————————————————–
    ……and Brady didn’t play in ’08.

    That brings Baltz’s stated “15” games down to 4.

    This one is going to be too easy.

  163. If this was true I’m sure he would have said something about 8 months ago and he’s a Colts employee.
    Trying to take the heat off of the Colts agressive “ballboy”?
    Now it looks like he only Ref’ed a couple of the Pats home games. If Kravitz or ESPN is doing the reporting we know they’re lying especially if a Colt’s employee is the source!

  164. As soon as I saw the headline my only thought was…. here come the Patriots fans BS.

    Hopefully somebody in Boston makes a website about this retired official slamming him for being less than honest.

  165. LOL @ butthurt Bob Kravitz still pushing his agenda and all his minions still trumpeting his libel and innuendo.

    Look at the bright side Colts fans, you still have the best team in the AFC South. You will likely lose to every AFC East team this season, but you still have the best team in the AFC South.

  166. It’s just too bad that those 10-15 times he’s talking about were actually 4!! Cmon florio! Usually you do your homework with crap like this!

  167. No matter what the haters come up with nothing will ever take away the memories pats fans have been so lucky to be a part of the last 15 years. I keep remembering the joy in my family last Feb when Butler stole the ball. It was the ultimate swing of emotions from we are going to win, then oh no another fluke catch by Kearney to the THRILL OF VICTORY!!!

  168. nfceastfan says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:24 PM

    I’ll be very interested to see Tom Brady’s completion percentage at the end of the year now that the league is watching him.

    ———

    So far after 2 games with the most properly inflated footballs in history his completion % is 75.6.

    All of last year he was 65.2.

    Keep watching, but I don’t think you will like what you see.

  169. Now that Baltz has been proven to be a liar will that fraud kravitz give a retraction? NFL records show 3 times this lying ref was in foxboro. Even the NFL didn’t want this idiot around any longer. Kravitz has proven PT Barnum correct, there is a sucker born every minute.

  170. thebrownsrclowns says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:56 PM

    I cant wait to see Brady throw for 8 TDs against that weak Colts D in a few weeks.

    Go for 2 everytime Hoodie. And when youre up 60-0 keep piling it on

    —————-

    If Luck stinks the joint out like he did against the Bills and TY Hilton is still out it the Patriots could get 75.

  171. faulkana says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:55 PM

    The Patriots only have their ball boy at home.

    ________________________________

    Oh I see, NFL teams travel without their equipment managers to handle the tons of equipment they need for every game.

    Nice try, lol.

  172. “That brings Baltz’s stated “15” games down to 4.”

    And if he reported it 6-8 years ago,

    (let’s make it six).

    That brings Baltz’s stated “15” games with McNally working and Brady at QB down to ZERO.

    Yes, ZERO!

    as in ZERO CREDIBILITY!
    as in Bob Kravitz!

  173. Two touchdowns – per half – for the last five halves. And Mortensen did not break this story? There is no story, never has there been one. But is it not amazing that this non-issue gets more comments than anything of a real-life non-fantasy football story.

  174. Children. Please read

    McNally wasn’t a ball boy, an officials locckerroom attendant.

    He really wasn’t supposed to touch the balls at all

    Seems that NE made sure their nefarious deeds would be covert forever

    You can fool some of the people some of the time

    Vacate NE Titles ****

  175. ashleyschafferbmw says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:48 PM

    Patriots fans, how can you believe that is not at all suspicious behavior? How are you justifying stuff like this?

    ———-

    Why are you believing this guy? It’s like the Panthers suddenly remembering that they thought the Patriots had their plays after the Patriots were falsely accused of taping practices in 2007. Revisionist history.

  176. ashleyschafferbmw says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:48 PM

    Patriots fans, how can you believe that is not at all suspicious behavior? How are you justifying stuff like this?
    ——————-

    3 games, 6-8 years ago? What does it matter?

    You haters need to build a bridge and get over it already.

  177. Another lie debunked. 10 to 15 games in Foxboro? Sorry haters..Now you guys have to slink back under the rocks. Take Kravitz with you.

  178. rickeyp says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:09 PM

    faulkana says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:55 PM

    The Patriots only have their ball boy at home.

    ________________________________

    Oh I see, NFL teams travel without their equipment managers to handle the tons of equipment they need for every game.

    Nice try, lol.

    —————-
    The home team ball boy handles all the footballs for both teams after they have been inspected.

  179. keylimelight says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:57 PM
    I’d like to point out something to those who are calling this ball inflation level cheating.

    1) The referees, the league’s own rules and regulations police, gave the balls over to the equip guy when he asked for them. Obviously, they did not care.

    This right here is why I thought nothing would ever come of Deflategate. Figured any report would just reveal gross incomptence. Giving the balls to this guy was a mistake. Refs need to be held accountable and should get fined/suspended as well.

  180. guadalahonky says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:01 PM

    From the article:

    ‘…..the next thing you know, he’s playing pitch-and-catch with [Tom] Brady.’

    Tom Brady has said he does not know McNally.
    —————————-

    He said he didn’t know the name “McNally”, since the guy was known as “Bird”. Brady thought it was “Burt”.

  181. From Indystar….

    Baltz moved to the Indianapolis area in 1980 and for years he was the lone NFL official to call Indiana home. That has changed with Greg Bradley relocating from Louisville to Carmel and Dana McKenzie from Lima, Ohio, to Zionsville.

    “You have a 119-man staff (17 crews of seven officials) and three guys at the same position right here in Central Indiana,” Baltz said. “We all of a sudden have three NFL head linesmen who live within five miles of each other.”

    “Really, really good official, well-liked and well-respected by everyone,” said Bill Polian the often-combative former club president of the Indianapolis Colts.

    “To me, he’s a guy who is always on top of his job but he never had to be the star,” said former Colts coach Tony Dungy, “He’d do his job in an understated and very professional way.”

  182. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:07 PM
    I’ve said this before, and pointed out that the NFL has had their eye on the Deflator since ’04 for handing “non-approved practice balls to a game official”during a game against the Jets. That’s what cracks me up, there’s clear PRECEDENT for Deflategate. It wasn’t anything new.

    Keep on laughing it off Pats fans.

    Hey Smuck the “deflator” wasn’t working for NE until 07!
    LOL!
    Report comment

  183. rickeyp says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:09 PM
    faulkana says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:55 PM

    The Patriots only have their ball boy at home.

    ________________________________

    Oh I see, NFL teams travel without their equipment managers to handle the tons of equipment they need for every game.

    Nice try, lol.
    ————
    Game day employees only work home games. Balls are handled by the home team—for both teams.

  184. It’s so funny how everyone…..I mean EVERYONE who has something negative to say abut the *Pats is wrong. Really NE fans? Really? No way at all your team broke the rules? Really?

  185. Wow, these stories about the Patriots are imploding faster than ever! What was the shelf life of this one … a few hours?

    When Belichick writes his memoirs there is going to be a great chapter where he describes how the success of the Patriots drove many people over the edge into fruitloopland.

    Too funny!

  186. There’s one issue to Baltz’s story. A quick check to ProFootballReference.com says Baltz only worked six games at Gillette Stadium, not the 10-15 that he said. Furthermore, he only worked four games that McNally was a locker room attendant for, as per reports McNally didn’t get that job until 2008.

  187. realnflfan2015 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:24 PM

    Patricheat fans, please go away. Football used to be fun.
    ——————

    It still is for everyone that isn’t a hater! Ratings are higher than ever, and the Patriots-Steelers game one of the highest!

    All of your delusional doom-and-gloom has been for nothing!

  188. danceformemarionetteboy says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:05 PM
    flash1287 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:48 PM

    restoreintegritytonfl says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:33 PM
    CHEATING for YEARS!!!!

    SINCE 2007….. check the fumbling data!

    Yeah the fumble story has been debunked over and over again.

    #CRYBABYNATION
    ====================

    What debunk?

    Look them up yourself.

    When the rule changed, the long and very consistent fumble rate of the Pats dropped by almost 50% in one off season and stayed there ever since.

    Same coach, same QB.

    Those are facts.

    #CHEATERNATION

    ——

    Look it up! its been debunked multiple times

    Not sure what the “same coach same QB” has to do with anything???

    Tiki Barber fumbled 36 times over a 3 year period

    The next 3 years he only fumbled a total of 9 times

    SAME HEAD COACH, SAME QB

    The debunked article also did not take into account how many different RB they had and for all those seasons

  189. patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:33 PM
    McNally working for pats since he was a teenager

    I love the cheats fans

    Uh NO stupid! That would be JJ
    Not McNally.

    Love the idiots who try and talk shiz and don’t know what they are talking about

    #crybabynation

  190. Of course their was guilt to spare on the Pats but now the balls are going to be for sure the right psi so if Brady keeps his qb rating or improves it then those under inflated balls really made no differnce.

  191. Mmack, Brady testified that he only knew McNally by face and did not know who he was or what he did. Both JM and JJ testified otherwise. The stuff about only knowin as Bird or But came from the Patriots’ response to Wells Report. Brady totally denied knowing his name, any name he went by but only he knew the face.

  192. going to love when NFL has to explain how/why Baltz’s son Brandon was employed by Colts 2007-2009 and Colts went 8-1 in gamesBltz was officiating in during that time. Or why no record of this “complaint” Baltz said he filed, when his supervisor at the time Jim Daopolus says he was unaware of aany report/complaint by Baltz.

  193. patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:09 PM

    Children. Please read

    McNally wasn’t a ball boy, an officials locckerroom attendant.

    He really wasn’t supposed to touch the balls at all

    Seems that NE made sure their nefarious deeds would be covert forever

    You can fool some of the people some of the time

    Vacate NE Titles ****
    ————————-

    From the article that you didn’t read:

    “He always asked for the footballs way, way before he was supposed to get them,’’ Baltz said. “If he could get them 10 or 15 minutes before he was supposed to get them, instead of the usual two minutes before the game — and there were some crews that let him do that — he would do it.”

    That would imply that he was supposed to handle the footballs.

    Thanks for playing.

  194. love all the crybabies on here….sorry your teams are soft & can’t compete with the greatest QB and Coach ever….your tears are so sweet…and there are no * in the recordbooks no matter how much you whine about it! lol

  195. limakey says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:49 PM

    Mmack, Brady testified that he only knew McNally by face and did not know who he was or what he did. Both JM and JJ testified otherwise. The stuff about only knowin as Bird or But came from the Patriots’ response to Wells Report. Brady totally denied knowing his name, any name he went by but only he knew the face.
    —————————-

    Your side lost. Time to build a bridge and get over it.

  196. Just heard this clown did 5 games in New England. One is in 1999 and Brady was at Michigan then. One is 2008, and Brady was out with a knee injury. I don;t know yet when McNally was hired but it seems this guy had much less experience interacting with McNally and Brady than he says he does. PLUS BALTZ’S SON WORKS FOR THE COLTS!!!!!!! Don’t let a little bias get in the way there fella. And Kravitz never lets fact get in the way of a good story. What a turd that guy is. I thought he had crawled into a hole some where once the real facts on “Deflategate” started surfacing.

  197. frankfortschooldropout says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:50 PM
    Patriots fan will attack anyone’s character.

    Just keep making excuses, it will get to the point where even you won’t believe them anymore and only then will this finally be done.

    ————
    This post is dripping with irony. This entire thing has been nothing but a bogus attack on Brady’s character.

  198. revelation123 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:30 PM
    Let’s be honest; “the deflator” probably deflated balls for years, not just once.

    ————
    And yet the NFL admitted that they cannot even prove he or anyone else even deflated them below the legal limit even once…

  199. Three comments why I call bs:

    1. I thought all he needed was 100 second in a bathroom, not 10 or 15 minutes.

    2. “I don’t think they (the NFL) thought it was a big deal at the time.”

    3. Story by Bob Kravitz, WTHR Sports

    The Colts were expected to be 3-0 to start the season and they now have a better chance of being 0-3.

  200. Hey Pat’s fans…for the umpteenth bleepin’ time. It’s not the PSI, it’s the conspiracy.

    If you rob a bank, it doesn’t matter you walk out the door with no money.

    Bleepin’ cheating *** organization and looney tunes fans!

  201. Florio, a modicum of due diligence reveals that Markk Baltz moved to Indiana in 1971.

    I rest my case.

  202. They won’t get it, they think it was ok to win with conspiracy

    They think it’s jealousy and a witch hunt.

    Nfl appeal filed today
    New deflator story today
    More investigation and people coming forth. van Natter says today

    I guess the football gods are very angry

  203. Mmack, my side won. The Patriots paid their fine and will lose draft picks. Brady was not cleared of anything. Even if the NFL loses their appeal, it will be on procedure issues and Brady didn’t know the penalty so therefore he should not be punished. Or since no other player was suspended for destroying evidence in a case, Brady can’t be. No my side won hands down. Your side lost.

  204. You’re kidding me; Baltz’s son works for the Colts?

    What a clown car the Colts and the NFL are when it comes to this story.

  205. byrnestj7 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:56 PM
    Where there’s smoke…..

    —————-
    Ever consider it could be a smoke screen?

  206. patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Sep 17, 2015 7:01 PM
    @flash

    Read the wells report

    Edumucation in the back bay is
    —-

    This is for you little guy

    McNally is 48-years-old has worked at Gillette Stadium for Patriots games for a decade. A “decade” would be 10 years. That would put him at 38.

    Let me know if you need help with anything else.

  207. “zombiepatriot says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:36 PM
    There’s one issue to Baltz’s story. A quick check to ProFootballReference.com says Baltz only worked six games at Gillette Stadium, not the 10-15 that he said. Furthermore, he only worked four games that McNally was a locker room attendant for, as per reports McNally didn’t get that job until 2008.”

    Excellent work, sir.

    The haters embellish and believe it is okay. They engage in character assassination and believe it is okay.

  208. bullcharger says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:40 PM
    rickeyp says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:28 PM

    Baltz did 12 New England games while Belicheat was the coach…

    2002-12-16 New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans
    2005-12-11 New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
    2006-10-30 New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings
    2006-12-10 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    2007-10-28 Washington Redskins @ New England Patriots
    2008-10-12 New England Patriots @ San Diego Chargers
    2008-12-21 Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots
    2010-10-17 Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
    2011-01-16 New York Jets @ New England Patriots*
    2011-09-12 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    2011-11-06 New York Giants @ New England Patriots
    2012-11-22 New England Patriots @ New York Jets

    Baltz was the Head Linesman in each of those games.

    ———–

    The Patriots only have their ball boy at home.
    ————————-

    The Deflator traveled with the team in the years listed. So, the chances he bumped into him 10-15 times is pretty high. If he was suspicious, and he reported it to the NFL, if it was 8 times or 10 times that they crossed paths, it doesn’t matter. Just stop with this silliness.

  209. Brady testified that he only knew McNally by face and did not know who he was or what he did. Both JM and JJ testified otherwise. The stuff about only knowin as Bird or But came from the Patriots’ response to Wells Report. Brady totally denied knowing his name, any name he went by but only he knew the face.

    ———————————

    Per the testimony in the Pash/Wells report and repeated by Brady at the Appeal: Brady didn’t recognize the name Jim McNally. He knew him as “Bert”. He was called Bird by everyone on the organization. The name “Bird” is known because that’s how his name appeared on Jastremski’s text messages.

    McNally’s and Jastremski’s testimony was left out of the Nash/Wells report. We don’t know what they said. The Text messages are the ONLY vestage of either in the Nash/Wells report. Neither were invited by the NFL – which had total control of the Appeal – to the Appeal hearing.

  210. limakey says:
    Sep 17, 2015 7:19 PM
    Mmack, my side won. The Patriots paid their fine and will lose draft picks. Brady was not cleared of anything. Even if the NFL loses their appeal, it will be on procedure issues and Brady didn’t know the penalty so therefore he should not be punished. Or since no other player was suspended for destroying evidence in a case, Brady can’t be. No my side won hands down. Your side lost.
    ————
    You’d have a case except for the judge saying “there’s no evidence that Mr. Brady deflated balls or that he told anyone else to deflate balls”……oh, and the pesky little thing, that we Pats fans got the thing we wanted most, Brady playing.

  211. McNally has worked for a decade, by only since 2008 as an officials lockerroom attendant.

    If this ref reported him 8 years ago, that wuld be 2007, BEFORE HE WAS an officials lockerroom attendant.

    If this ref reported him 6 years ago, that wuld be 2009.

    He reffed ZERO Patriots home games in 2009. Yes, ZERO.

    He reffed ONE Patriots home games in 2008. Tom Brady did not play.

    So his claim of “10-15” games seeing McNally act weird and interact withTom Brady is…

    A FABRICATION, BECAUSE IT DID NOT HAPPEN, WITH COMPLETE CERTAINTY.

    If “6-8 years ago” means “2 years ago”, then his claim of “10-15” games is AT MOST 3 games.

    He has some ‘splainin’ to do

  212. muffedpunts says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:43 PM
    chris mortensen now reporting that 11 of 12 games baltz worked in foxboro were significantly fictional

    7 0
    —————-
    You, sir, win the Internet today…

  213. Being a Pats fan, I have not read any of the comments because I’m sure many of them use the words “Patriots” and “cheated” but I’m really tired of these smear jobs by people with an ax to grind against the Patriots, like Goodell, like Mike Kensil, like Troy Vincent. It should be pointed out that Mark Baltz’s son, the ref who’s making this claim about McNally, his son worked for the Colts from 2007-9 if no one has pointed that out already. So it would seem this family has an ax to grind here which is no surprise. If you can’t beat em, smear em.

  214. The Deflator traveled with the team in the years listed. So, the chances he bumped into him 10-15 times is pretty high. If he was suspicious, and he reported it to the NFL, if it was 8 times or 10 times that they crossed paths, it doesn’t matter. Just stop with this silliness.

    Wrong

    He is a game day employee he ONLY works home games.
    He NEVER traveled with the team

  215. Did Baltz, by chance, work the game that Brady complained had balls with 16.0 psi?

    Just a question.

  216. If he reported him 8 years ago, that’s amazing since McNally didn’t have the job them. That’s some kind of prescient thinking there.

  217. McNally started working with the Pats in 2008.
    Brady was hurt in 2008.

    This head linesman said he reported McNally 6 or 8 years ago. Either in 2009 or 2007.

    Home game in Foxboro
    Oct. 17, 2010
    January 16, 2011
    June 11, 2011

    Where’s Waldo?!
    He wonders why the NFL did nothing about his complaints.

    Why is the head linesman giving out the balls?

  218. realnflfan2015 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:24 PM
    Patricheat fans, please go away. Football used to be fun.
    That’s your legacy.

    ————

    There’s no way you are a real NFL fan like your handle says.

  219. Going back eight years, including game one of this season and all the regular season and playoff games back to 2007, New England went 110-34. So there you go Colts fans, Ravens fans, Jets fans, etc. 110 excuses, readymade. You’re welcome.

  220. Jim “Bird” “The Deflator” McNally – The unsung hero behind the Patriots success. Does anyone have a photo of him? I have to see this guy.

  221. One of Baltz’ former bosses, ex-NFL supervisor of officials Jim Daopoulos, defended McNally as “one of the really good guys who worked in the locker rooms in . . . the league” and added: “I really don’t know what Mark’s agenda is right here.”

  222. restoreintegritytonfl says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:33 PM

    CHEATING for YEARS!!!!

    SINCE 2007….. check the fumbling data!
    _______________________________________

    Thanks for the suggestion. I did check the fumbling data, and it was very revealing.

    From 2007 through 2014 (the dates you provided), the Patriots fumbled on 1.14% of offensive plays at home and 1.08% of offensive plays on the road. Since the home team provides the ball attendant for both teams, the Patriots would only be able to cheat and deflate footballs when they were at home. So if they were deflating footballs to reduce or eliminate fumbles, they would have fumbled less often at home and more often on the road. But they were actually fumbling more often at home and less often on the road when their footballs were handled by attendants provided by their opponents.

    So, you’re absolutely right. The fumbling data is very revealing, and it provides clear evidence that the Patriots weren’t tampering with footballs.

    Thanks again for your suggestion. The data is clear and convincing … the Pats weren’t deflating footballs!

  223. Remember when the colts pumped in crowd noise at the rca dome when playing the patriots in 2007 (and who knows how many other times)?

    The difference here is that the patriots don’t care that the colts cheated, but the colts personnel/media will forever be hung up on this fabricated scandal in spite of the fact that they were simply manhandled by a superior team.

  224. guadalahonky says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:01 PM
    From the article:

    ‘…..the next thing you know, he’s playing pitch-and-catch with [Tom] Brady.’

    Tom Brady has said he does not know McNally.
    ________________________________________

    He didn’t know him by name. He knew him by his nickname.

    Not unusual. I’ve worked with someone for over 5 years and just today matched his face to his name. I’ve seen reports with his name on them, I’ve seen him in the office….but never matched the name and face until today.

  225. So, on Sunday we had the Colts ball boy scrambling to get an intercepted ball before the Buffalo player could take it. Now we have a ref in Indy claiming he worked ten or fifteen games with McNally and a quick check has proven he only work 4 games with McNally and one of those was with Cassel at QB.

    the stench of deflategate is settling in heavy around Indy. Starting to think the Grigson/Kensil conspiracy theories may actually be right…and the end game was an attempt to knock Goodel out of power.

  226. tigerlilac says:
    Sep 17, 2015 7:47 PM
    Did Baltz, by chance, work the game that Brady complained had balls with 16.0 psi?

    Just a question.
    ——————–
    While he frequently worked with the crew that worked that game, according to csnne Baltz was fired from the NFL in 2013–so he wouldn’t have been in that game.

  227. mrmcdougle says:

    The Deflator traveled with the team in the years listed. So, the chances he bumped into him 10-15 times is pretty high. If he was suspicious, and he reported it to the NFL, if it was 8 times or 10 times that they crossed paths, it doesn’t matter. Just stop with this silliness

    —–Really? So the reports that he’s a game day home game only guy are incorrect?

  228. “We ALL know it occurred. Those are the facts.”

    ——————-

    That is actually the very definition of non factual. You just KNOW, right?

    There is, and always has been in this ridiculous saga, only one fact: you want and need it to be true because it’s the big, bad Patriots in your head, where they never left, after beating you on the field, yet again.

    Good luck with that.

  229. nhpats says:
    “And yet the NFL admitted that they cannot even prove he or anyone else even deflated them below the legal limit even once…”
    ————————-

    Brady ‘coincidentally’ destroying his phone on the day of the investigation probably didn’t have anything to do with that either, did it. Just like “the deflator” had nothing to do with deflating balls.

    ^ These of course are both highly unlikely.

    Not to mention the fact that Brady was never proved innocent of cheating. Never. What was proved is that the NFL doesn’t have the legal authority to suspend him for destroying the evidence.

  230. addair154 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:01 PM
    Kravitz is a, and always will be a small time scribe writing for a small time market with let’s face it w/not ever to much worth writing about! Also the fact that deflecting what is going to be a horrendous season for the miniature horsy’s you can understand him never being relivent & attempting to be! Btw in doing some simple “fact” checking blah blah Blatze or whatever the smucks name is, only officiated 3 Pats home games!

    __________________________
    If things go really bad for the Colts, little Bobby K can go cover the Indiana Hoosiers. Oh wait, the Hoosiers are bad again (what else is new?).

  231. Anyone care to guess what team Baltz’s son worked for? It is a team with a horseshoe on their helmet. Surprise, surprise!

  232. ashleyschafferbmw says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:48 PM
    Patriots fans, how can you believe that is not at all suspicious behavior? How are you justifying stuff like this?

    well most of that story is just made up, already been proven factually inaccurate. When you know that , why would you believe the rest of what he says is accurate? That’s really not something an educated person should do. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice….some of you keep getting fooled over and over though, believe every negative thing that comes out, something that makes the league or sources like this look bad or exonerates the Pats …nobody seems to notice or if they do noticethey DONT believe that, or it’s a cover up…always something. Even tho ,most of this has been proven false people keep eating it up. Everytime…And we’re the delusional ones lol.

    then there’s the fact it’s coming out of Indy…the question is how does Kravitz justify running with another bogus story about this?

  233. Finally, after all the dozens of mere unsubstantiated accusations and unproven suspicions, we have proof positive.

  234. I work at a facility with a pro hockey team. There’s staff that I’ve seen there in the locker room that I know by face but couldn’t tell you their names after 10 years. Not unusual if you actually understand what working at a sports facility is really like. The equipment guy had had a nickname that I knew and only found out his real name when he left after 7 years. It’s astounding how people who think they know something are completely clueless.

  235. McNally wasn’t a ball boy, an officials locckerroom attendant.

    He really wasn’t supposed to touch the balls at all
    ===
    Part of the job of the attendant in the officials’ locker room is to carry the game balls to the field.

    How can we be nine months past this and people who want to bury NE can’t even get the principals right?

  236. The Deflator traveled with the team in the years listed. So, the chances he bumped into him 10-15 times is pretty high. If he was suspicious, and he reported it to the NFL, if it was 8 times or 10 times that they crossed paths, it doesn’t matter. Just stop with this silliness.
    ===
    That’s not what TWR and the Game Operations Manual say.

    Officials’ locker rooms are attended to by employees of the home team. Those are the employees that carry the balls to the field.

  237. dispozblcopy says:
    Sep 17, 2015 8:56 PM
    Finally, after all the dozens of mere unsubstantiated accusations and unproven suspicions, we have proof positive.
    —————
    What is this proof positive of which you speak?

  238. And mmack, love how you dodge the lies of Brady. JM and JJ just bury Brady.
    ===
    Only in your key lime sized mind. In reality: they don’t bury anyone because no one actually cared enough to ask them anything.

  239. revelation123 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 8:46 PM

    Not to mention the fact that Brady was never proved innocent of cheating. Never. What was proved is that the NFL doesn’t have the legal authority to suspend him for destroying the evidence.
    ——————————

    Brady wasn’t suspended for cheating, so he doesn’t have to prove he didn’t.

    He was suspended for maybe being aware that two other guys might have been deflating footballs. Since everyone that isn’t an idiot knows that the footballs weren’t deflated, and those two guys have been reinstated by the NFL with zero punishment, those same people, that aren’t idiots, know that nothing happened.

  240. skawh says:
    Sep 17, 2015 7:12 PM

    Hey Pat’s fans…for the umpteenth bleepin’ time. It’s not the PSI, it’s the conspiracy.

    If you rob a bank, it doesn’t matter you walk out the door with no money.

    Bleepin’ cheating *** organization and looney tunes fans!
    —————————-

    Hey Cheathawk fan, the PSI is the conspiracy, so when there is no deflation, there is no conspiracy.

    Your team lost the Super Bowl fair and square. Time to build a bridge and get over it.

  241. crybabysayscheatertoomuch says:
    Sep 17, 2015 9:01 PM
    I work at a facility with a pro hockey team. There’s staff that I’ve seen there in the locker room that I know by face but couldn’t tell you their names after 10 years. Not unusual if you actually understand what working at a sports facility is really like. The equipment guy had had a nickname that I knew and only found out his real name when he left after 7 years. It’s astounding how people who think they know something are completely clueless.

    Brady would have to be pretty stupid to try to lie about it when it was going to be so easily found out. I like to believe he’s not that dumb.

  242. “Apparently in your world accusations are fact. ”
    ———————–

    No. In fact I’ve said the exact opposite on this site many times.

    There are Patriots fans acting as if Brady never cheated due to the suspension being lifted. Therefore it it’s prudent to point out the fact that he was never proved innocent of cheating.

    It was only proved that the NFL didn’t have the legal authority to suspend him for destroying the evidence.

    Legal loopholes aside, those who apply critical thinking to this situation pretty much have no other choice but to believe the chances are high that the Patriots have been cheating for years.

  243. flash1287 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 7:23 PM
    patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Sep 17, 2015 7:01 PM
    @flash

    Read the wells report

    Edumucation in the back bay is
    —-

    This is for you little guy

    McNally is 48-years-old has worked at Gillette Stadium for Patriots games for a decade. A “decade” would be 10 years. That would put him at 38.

    Let me know if you need help with anything else.

    ————–

    You poor guys weren’t even fans until 2001. McNally has been a patriot employee for a long time, since he was a teen, started being love room guy as it’s been stated but he has been doing “work” for Cheats since the Grogan era.

    Get a clue flash. All you sad saps are looking for validation for your empty titles. You’ll find no solace anywhere . Below is the Deflators resume with NE****

    “McNally moonlights as a game-day employee at Gillette Stadium. He started his relationship with the organization as a ball boy, and has been involved with the club at some level for 32 years. His regular job is as a beer distributor, according to the Telegraph of Nashua.

    On game days, McNally’s primary responsibility was to prepare the locker room where officials readied for games. He tended to their needs before and during games.”

  244. “He always asked for the footballs way, way before he was supposed to get them,’’ Baltz said. “If he could get them 10 or 15 minutes before he was supposed to get them, instead of the usual two minutes before the game — and there were some crews that let him do that — he would do it.”

    “and there were some crews that let him do that — he would do it.”

    How would he know?

    bullspit

  245. @ flash

    That would make the Deflator 16 years old ern he first became employed by NE

    Weepeth into the bay son

  246. patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:38 PM
    Fumbling data after week 1

    Pats in middle of pack

    1 fumble
    kid that hasn’t played since 2013 and a rainy night

    I’m convinced!

  247. Don’t forget McNally was also involved with a ball issue in 2004. Before they changed the kicking ball rules

  248. Via Comcast sports

    ….One of Baltz’ former bosses, ex-NFL supervisor of officials Jim Daopoulos, defended McNally as “one of the really good guys who worked in the locker rooms in . . . the league” and added: “I really don’t know what Mark’s agenda is right here.”

    [Umm. He’s from Indy and his son worked for the Colts.]

    Daopoulos said he never received any complaints in the league office about McNally, whose work he strongly defended.

    “In all my years working with locker-room attendants, Jim McNally, without a doubt, is probably one of the most professional of all the locker-room attendants in the National Football League,” he said. “And that can be attested by all the officials working in the National Football League.”

    As to Baltz’ complaints about McNally, Daopoulos explained:

    “After the footballs are checked, they sit in the locker room and then it was the responsibility of the head linesman and the referee to bring the footballs out. Some officials let the locker-room attendant carry them out. As I said, it was never an issue. It’s never been an issue in the past. ”

    [muchado about GARBAGE]

  249. patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:38 PM
    Fumbling data after week 1

    Pats in middle of pack

    ———–
    Using the cherrypicking technique employed by your statistics manipulating champion, that would be zero fumbles. Why? In order to try to make his case he only counted fumbles LOST. And gerrymandered the dates, and didn’t look at home vs. away, or run vs. pass plays, or take into account that special teams use different balls…..and so on.

  250. tigerlilac says:
    Sep 17, 2015 7:27 PM
    “zombiepatriot says:
    Sep 17, 2015 6:36 PM
    There’s one issue to Baltz’s story. A quick check to ProFootballReference.com says Baltz only worked six games at Gillette Stadium, not the 10-15 that he said. Furthermore, he only worked four games that McNally was a locker room attendant for, as per reports McNally didn’t get that job until 2008.”

    Excellent work, sir.

    The haters embellish and believe it is okay. They engage in character assassination and believe it is okay.
    ————————————————————
    Speaking of character assassination – Baltz started working as a Head Linesman in 1989. The PFR records that ZombiePatriot checked only date back to 1999. I would have thought a Patriots fan would have understood the need to check their facts before smearing someone’s reputation.

  251. revelation123 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 9:45 PM
    “Apparently in your world accusations are fact. ”
    ———————–

    No. In fact I’ve said the exact opposite on this site many times.

    There are Patriots fans acting as if Brady never cheated due to the suspension being lifted. Therefore it it’s prudent to point out the fact that he was never proved innocent of cheating.

    It was only proved that the NFL didn’t have the legal authority to suspend him for destroying the evidence.

    Legal loopholes aside, those who apply critical thinking to this situation pretty much have no other choice but to believe the chances are high that the Patriots have been cheating for years.
    ————–
    Chances are high? Aside from a completely flawed Wells report and testimony of a few very suspicious characters, whom certain non-fans takes as gospel, no one has ever proven he cheated. The best they could come up with was “at least generally aware”.
    How did we enter the bizarre world where accusation and innuendo espoused by those who clearly have a long term vendetta as a result of having been beaten like a drum for 15 years is fact and actual facts are dismissed as excuses?

    Critical thinking? How many lies will you look past to continue on in support of what is clearly a bogus charge?

  252. mathprof84 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 11:22 PM
    patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:38 PM
    Fumbling data after week 1

    Pats in middle of pack

    ———–
    Using the cherrypicking technique employed by your statistics manipulating champion, that would be zero fumbles. Why? In order to try to make his case he only counted fumbles LOST. And gerrymandered the dates, and didn’t look at home vs. away, or run vs. pass plays, or take into account that special teams use different balls…..and so on.
    ——
    Somewhere along the way someone decided that fumble data was the end all and be all to this argument. When that data does not support your claim it’s dismissed. When you show that comparative data from other team/players renders this analysis non- sequitur it’s also dismissed. That sir is cherry picking defined.

  253. This pretty much explains why Bellichek would bring up the…we need to stop disputing super bowl passing stats, etc…..

    Brady is taking the heat for something that was caused by Bellichek. Bellichek created the advantage with the deflated balls. Brady was involved but not the mastermind. Brady takes all the heat to save Bellichek and Brady from getting suspended. Bellichek feels it from Brady. Bellichek uncharacteristically defends passing stats.

  254. patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Sep 17, 2015 10:47 PM
    Don’t forget McNally was also involved with a ball issue in 2004. Before they changed the kicking ball rules
    —————
    Tell the whole story please. Guess who accused McNally of that bogus charge? Baltz…..see a pattern?

  255. swagger52 says:
    Sep 18, 2015 7:58 AM
    This pretty much explains why Bellichek would bring up the…we need to stop disputing super bowl passing stats, etc…..

    Brady is taking the heat for something that was caused by Bellichek. Bellichek created the advantage with the deflated balls. Brady was involved but not the mastermind. Brady takes all the heat to save Bellichek and Brady from getting suspended. Bellichek feels it from Brady. Bellichek uncharacteristically defends passing stats.
    ———-
    Might as well try that route since everything else you’ve claimed has been blown out of the water.

    Let us know how that works out.

  256. So basically more innuendo. He just looked suspicious and acted weird. Oh and he had a sideline pass so standing next to the the coach clearly means Belichick masterminded this whole thing.

    “… Whether he was going somewhere and letting air out, I’m definitely suspicious, but I don’t know for sure.’’

    This sums up the Wells report findings and just about every other person that has spoken out on this. It sums up Bountygate and bullygate as well. You don’t need proof. You just need to sway the court of public opinion.

    Meh. Whatever. Just about done with the NFL anyway.

  257. revelation123 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 9:45 PM
    “Apparently in your world accusations are fact. ”
    ———————–

    No. In fact I’ve said the exact opposite on this site many times.

    There are Patriots fans acting as if Brady never cheated due to the suspension being lifted. Therefore it it’s prudent to point out the fact that he was never proved innocent of cheating.
    ————-
    You could more properly say that Brady was never proved guilty of cheating. Vincent and Goodell’s ruling, as the Judge very clearly stated was fundamentally unfair and flawed in process. He, as you well know, also said there was no evidence that Brady deflated or told anyone else to deflate balls.

  258. With Dorito DInk and Deflator back, it means they weren’t firing them and makes either Belichick (who passed the buck to Brady) to not get banned or most likely Brady and BB directing this nefarious activity for many many years.

  259. I always felt from the get-go that the Colts were breaking an unwritten rule… and that rule is that you don’t rat on another team for dinking with their footballs because EVERYONE else is doing it too. When Rodgers and other past guys came out and said “Oh yeah, we doctored them.” I thought that was more apparent than ever. Apparently not many other picked up on that.

    The NFL and everyone knew this was happening and they didn’t care… and as a fan why do you care? All the teams were doing it, Indy just happened to try blowing the lid off the whole thing and it kind of backfired a bit. Eitherway, the Patriots and go nanner nanner nanner and go polish their trophy.

  260. The more the scab is picked, lets get those titles vacated……New first task of new commish after teh NFL has to re-organize to save face of losing $$ and antitrust for being a fixed league……

    Clean it up….Goodell and Kraft will be made to hang

  261. well Tip of the Iceberg

    There is Judge Berman’s decisions which is scathing of the NFL

    There’s NYU law professor Robert Blecker who tears apart the NFL’s legal and Scientific case on 60 Minutes…google it.

    There is the AEI report which tears apart the Wells Report (or as Berman called it the Pash/Wells “Independent” Report). A Yale Dean who shows rips appart the statistical analyses.

    There’s the Nobel winning scientist who rips the NFL science apart.

    So you are correct when the scab is taken away much is revealed…but it’s against the NFL/ESPN and their other media trolls

  262. The only thing I’ve enjoyed as much as 4 Super Bowl wins is watching the Ray Lewis Apology League twist themselves into a knot trying to make something, anything up to try to discredit the greatest dynasty in pro football history.

    I can understand their angst. I’d feel that way if my team had been up by 14 twice in a playoff game because they couldn’t figure out a play that’s used in D3 college games.

    Add to that the total abject failure of their pathetic attempts to use the Colts as their frame up monkeys.

    Kinda slaps the swagger right outta ya, don’t it now?

  263. envybreedsidiocy says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:41 PM
    “Indy-based head linesman”

    I see.

    Going on Kravitz’s show?

    Uh huh. Ok.

    Please

    When you get dominated by the Pats year after year there just has to be reason than that you don’t have Beligenius or Tommy Terrific on your side!

    ***

    By your logic NY based judge Bergman should have upheld the suspension. Grow up. A better user name for you would be ignorancebreedsstupidity

  264. mmack66 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 9:37 PM
    skawh says:
    Sep 17, 2015 7:12 PM

    Hey Pat’s fans…for the umpteenth bleepin’ time. It’s not the PSI, it’s the conspiracy.

    If you rob a bank, it doesn’t matter you walk out the door with no money.

    ——–
    Perhaps in the Bible you can be guilty of infidelity on your heart but I’m not sure the Almighty was involved in the NFL’s rules committee. And for the record, you can continue to scream conspiracy because your team lost and you’re having trouble getting over it, but that doesn’t make it a fact. Aside from one overplayed and misinterpreted text please, break down the conspiracy.

  265. Dude only officiated 3 games in Foxborough. What else is he lying about? Kravitz got suckered again.

    _________

    Disagree. Kravitz did not get suckered.

    He lies intentionally.

  266. Just love that people continue to obsess over an unproven allegation made by a proven liar and his scientifically illiterate colleagues about an irrelevant amount of ball deflation less than the margin of error between the two gauges used by the referee.
    ————————————————————

    This is the greatest comment in the past 3 months.
    That the science was just dismissed shouldn’t be shocking in current ‘Merica, but from people that run a billion dollar enterprise not being smart enough to understand and dismissing it…sad.
    Of course they react the same way almost word for word when it came to concussions and CTE research.
    But hey, like that case, they go out and find scientists they can buy and support their findings.

  267. It’s not so. U have about the deflation but the obstruction NE and Brady did

    cheaters forever

  268. The real conspiracy is how the ball boys sabotaged Brady. Look at Brady’s numbers from the second half of the AFC Championship, the Super Bowl, and the first two games this year. Brady’s recent performance is further proof that this is the most overblown NFL controversy of all time.

  269. hahahahh. he said he did 10-15 games up there, WELL it is a good thing there is such a thing as record keeping….the RECORD shows he only did 3 games with Brady and his ball boy being McNally….
    Damn it don’t you hate it when facts get in the way of real good made up story….

  270. This whole thing has been Kravitz’s ticket to the national spotlight and he can’t let it go. I suspect he’ll be coming up with these highly dubious nuggets for years to come.

  271. Look, I don’t claim to know what McNally did or didn’t do with the footballs, I just know that the NFL has no actual proof that he did anything illegal – despite having a suspicious nickname (rolling my eyes).

    But all this guy’s got is that McNally “didn’t act like other ball boys”? So what? He reported him…because he played catch with Brady and stood next to Belichick? What kind of nonsense is that?

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