Goodell on Deflategate II: We’re comfortable protocols were followed

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The NFL continued its effort to keep Deflategate II from becoming a major issue during Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference at Wednesday’s league meeting in Irving, Texas.

The Giants informed the league that two balls used by the Steelers in Week 13 were underinflated after the team tested them on their sideline following turnovers. The league said that there was no “formal complaint” filed by the Giants regarding the situation and that “official game ball procedures were followed,” which was the same message that Goodell sent when asked about it on Wednesday.

“We went back to look to make sure the protocols were followed properly. They were,” Goodell said. “The Giants had asked us about it during the game. We went back, we checked that. They were properly followed.  All of the league protocols being properly followed, there’s no further followup on that. The teams didn’t follow up, we didn’t follow up any further because we were comfortable that the protocols were followed.”

Goodell said that the officials tested the balls before the game and that the officials maintained possession of the ball before they were put into the game. He added that the Giants’ tests were done with a different device than the one used by the game officials, which is not part of the protocol and why the league feels comfortable with how everything was handled in Pittsburgh

Giants owner John Mara and Steelers owner Art Rooney both said the issue of underinflated balls is “much ado about nothing.” That certainly seems to be the league’s feeling — this time, anyway — as well.

129 responses to “Goodell on Deflategate II: We’re comfortable protocols were followed

  1. The Giants obviously put needles into the Pittsburgh balls to come up with those PSI readings. How in the world is that ‘within the NFL protocol?’ They modified the opposing teams game balls after the refs approved them.

    Pittsburgh’s balls losing air pressure is exactly what happened in NE (even though the NFL refuses to use the words Ideal Gas Law). BUT what NY did actually violates the protocol.

  2. I don’t care what anyone’s opinion of Tom Brady is. Goodell is truly contemptible. He’s as dishonest a human being as you’d ever meet.

  3. They were under-inflated because it’s December and cold. But sure, let’s bite….

    If it’s really is much ado about nothing, unlike with the Patriots, then put your money where your mouth is…give the Pats their lost draft picks, fine, and compensation for a bogus suspension.

    Yeah, didn’t think so…..then you must go all the way with this investigation as well. Ted Wells reports, fabrications, and the whole nine yards….where’s Mort?

  4. Classic Roger Dodger. He doesn’t say that the NFL is comfortable that there were no balls with low PSI. He doesn’t say that the NFL is comfortable that no rules were violated. He doesn’t explain what a “formal complaint” is, or how it differs from Kensil being in the locker room handling balls at halftime. He just spins it to cover his own ass and do what he wants. No “integrity of the game” review is necessary.

    Truth is that this story is a non-issue, but Mr. “Integrity of the Game” Goodell makes it a story with his constant spin doctoring. Bad for the game, and the fans and owners know it.

  5. So it is part of the protocol for teams to use a gauge during the game on a game ball. This would seem to me to break the chain of custody…. Of course the NFL has always made up rules on the fly……

  6. When typed into google translate “We’re comfortable protocols were followed” in commi$$ioner speak translates to: “These aren’t the droids we’re looking for”

  7. If the protocols were followed, and failed to detect the fact that the balls were under-inflated, then there’s something wrong with the protocols.

  8. Brady isn’t done with Roger and the league office just yet.

    Teams are allowed to test game balls whenever they want? Why aren’t Teams such as the Patriots testing game balls and releasing that information to the public?

    You would think the league office would want the integrity of the game upheld by releasing all information in regards to game equipment to let fans know everyone is using proper equipment each and every game/play.

  9. “So it is part of the protocol for teams to use a gauge during the game on a game ball”

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Good point. That is in fact a violation of the rules.

    The Giants should have been disciplined for it, just as the Colts should have been in 2014.

  10. .
    If you keep using the word ” protocols ” again and again, then you don’t have to explain why the balls lost pressure. No one has questioned the league’s protocols, just the PSI levels of the balls.
    .

  11. So, if protocols were followed, how did the balls become deflated on a cold December day in Pennsylvania?

  12. So, Roger in order for a valid test the same gauge must be used -agreed .Then how come the Wells report refused to take at face value the recollections of the official who claimed which gauge was used.
    Could it be that it would lead one to conclude that
    no tampering had taken place .
    This has played out perfectly for those of us in the northern part of I-95.Unless you are the most biased of fans than you realize the Wells report and subsequent appeal were a bag job .If data is biased than the outcome will be predetermined .Robert Kraft should have known just because you are invited to dinner that does not mean you are part of the family.

  13. Well then. (Whew!) Thank goodness for Roger’s leadership, wisdom and firm guiding hand in this situation …or [shudders] who knows what might have happened from such a potential integrity violation as cold weather??

  14. They are pointing to the different gauges used as to why the pressures measured below 12.5!

    Will they ever GET it?

    A gas-filled container, like an inflated football, loses pressure as temperature drops. We known this for hundreds of years, people.

  15. Why have the Colts not been fined, and made to lose draft picks, along with Luck serving 4 games. Facts, the Colts had more deflated footballs than the Patriots.

  16. Giants owner John Mara and Steelers owner Art Rooney both said the issue of underinflated balls is “much ado about nothing.”
    ==================================So why were underinflated footballs a BIG DEAL @ Gillette Stadium in January? Do the laws of physics not apply to Foxboro , Massachusetts??

  17. So the Giants illegally stick a needle into 2 game balls after ref inspection and yet the league considers everything fine? Whatever, wouldn’t expect anything more from them…

  18. Sounds like the Gints Should be fined for illegal air gauges and violation of the protocols

    Mr Brady, Mr. McNally, would you like to step up and and clear up this obvious trend you’ve started ?

  19. It’s now official…the NFL now has decided to ruin the integrity of the game and the NFL shield is now stained from its own corruption.

    Did Roger Goodell happen to mention the PSI numbers that were collected during the 2015 season?

    Maybe Roger Goodell needs to be be asked about releasing the PSI data very time he addresses the media from now on.

    Guess everyone now knows why the NFL needed to tell “56 nfl deflategate lies” during Deflategate 1.

  20. It was a witch hunt, always was, and thats that. If you cannot understand that fact you probably believe Hillary won the election. They are both bottom feeders and will do anything possible to get their way. Goodell is gonna have to give the Pats the trophy despite his best efforts to remove a drat pick, removing Brady 4 games and still suckers look…
    Its as plain as the nose on your face…witch hunt.

  21. Come on, Roger. Everyone knows there are no protocols. There is nothing to go back and check on.

    The fact that they are making such a little effing deal about this should tell any rational person that psigate was nothing more than a fraud.

  22. I live in South Florida, and once in awhile we get some cold weather down here…My tire inflation system told me on 12/6 that my tires needed air…And I’ve got to believe that it was colder in Pittsburgh than down here…

    It’s either that or Brady and that deflater guy sure get around! I wonder what a ball inflated to 12.5 PSI would measure out too in 90 degree weather?

  23. Why are teams checking the opponents ball air pressure during the games? That shouldn’t be allowed. If anything, the Giants should face a little backlash from it. Their word against anyone else’s. Let a little air out and then check the PSI. Seems fishy.

  24. Deflategate 1 wasn’t about PSI; it was about the Patriots screwing Rodgers “league parity.”

  25. What is not being considered is the level the Giants’ footballs were at. New York checked two Steelers balls but now if their own, and the NFL checks them all. I’d bet the Giants balls were underinflated as well.

    Actually the Steelers played in a snowstorm in Buffalo last week, those footballs were probably underinflated for both teams too. Until the NFL starts reinflating balls during the game, ALL footballs for games played in cold weather will always get more underinflated as the game goes along.

  26. If we accept this statement as true we should also then accept it was possible, if not plausible, that the footballs used by NE also deflated naturally.

    I can’t stand the Pats, but I increasingly think they got jobbed. I don’t believe anything the commissioner has to say about anything.

  27. Two multi-billionaire owners both agree to break the rules, the whole issue will disappear, and everything is fine in Goodell’s world.

    Glad that the GOAT has put this thing behind him, it’s a positive for the entire team, very mentally strong to be able to do that.

  28. After Ted Wells said that it was more probable than not that Patriots fans were generally aware of this news story, The League Office penalized the Patriots saying that they can now place only Nine players on the field at one time.

    Asked for Comment, Belichick said, “We are on to Denver”

  29. So now it looks like the NFL:
    • Rigged the 2016 draft (see Patriots stolen 1st round draft pick)
    • Tried to fix 4 of the Patriots games. (was successful in fixing one).
    • Obtained 1 million dollars under false pretenses.
    • Plans on rigging the 2017 draft (see Patriots stolen 4th round draft pick)

  30. In other words he didnt answer the question that was asked. In other words, yeah balls deflate in cold weather so he fines the Pats $1 million suspends Brady 4 games, and spent millions of dollars on the same thing that jist happened.

    Got it

  31. Might want to check the clubhouse video tapes. If the balls didn’t go into the bathroom, we’re good! If they DID go to the bathroom………………………………………………………………….

  32. Lying Rodger has officially turned the NFL into the WWE, with a league office interfering in fair play and picking favorites. And then the wonder why no one watches the NFL anymore.

  33. Goodell and the league owners, except for Kraft – one of the screwee’s, are foolish hypocrites. They worship at the alter of greed.

    Time to revive the usfl.

  34. As far as I’m concerned this settles it. The Patriots were punished for balls that lost pressure naturally. That’s what Goodell is saying under what he thinks he’s saying.

  35. I do not believe him.

    As a matter of fact, I’m not sure I would ever believe anything he says. Anything he says needs to be regarded with a high amount of skepticism.

  36. So…..two gages were used…like in New England…..and the league is comfortable that a ball can be under inflated during the game. Hmmm. So, does this mean that their secret experiment measuring football air pressure in 2016 revealed that yes, pressure varies with temperature? Or is it not science, but cheating?

  37. He added that the Giants’ tests were done with a different device than the one used by the game officials, which is not part of the protocol
    ————————————————–
    Interesting because the Colts measurements of the intercepted ball were also no ‘protocol’ yet that didn’t stop Kensil from measuring all balls at halftime and then going to the Pats and telling them they were ‘in f-ing trouble’.
    Interesting to note that the ball intercepted by the colts measured the same psi as the ones intercepted by the Giants. But of course nothing to see here.

  38. A wave of relief swept through the nation today — Ginger Roger is comfortable with his protocols.

  39. So that just leads me to ask if all the protocols were followed how come the balls were under still inflated?

  40. It’s a shame that the NFL didn’t understand science and then when they were informed about it the NFL decided to double down on stupid and lie about it. Now the NFL is tripling down on stupid.

    It’s also a shame that the NFL has decided to continue to dupe all the gullible people by not releasing the PSI information that was collected during games in the 2015 season.

  41. The Jets and Indy will be home for the playoffs. The Patriots are favorites to make it t Houston as the AFC representative in the super bowl. Goodell ruined his reputation for nothing. Brady brandished his reputation by fighting back against Goodell and stepping up his performance when he returned from his unjust suspension.

    That’s poetic justice.

  42. mrloser444 says:
    Dec 14, 2016 5:57 PM
    Might want to check the clubhouse video tapes. If the balls didn’t go into the bathroom, we’re good! If they DID go to the bathroom………………………………………………………………….
    ————
    How did that impact the pressure of the footballs?
    It didn’t, the attendants could have taken the balls to Cleveland, the bottom line is they were within specification based on the weather conditions, period, everything else (texts,etc.) doesn’t mean a hill of beans.

  43. So Roger expects us to believe the Giants’ gauge was a minimum of 1.1 psi lower than the officials gauge, and that’s assuming the balls were 12.5 to start.

    Right. It was probably the same gauge the Giants used to check their ball before bringing them to the officials

  44. With these statements Goodell, Rooney and Mara have restored Brady’s reputation and legacy while putting a major black mark on their own.

    Only the most tiny minded, irrational people will still claim Brady cheated.

  45. THE BIG ADMISSION!!!!! NFL Ball Protocols just CONFIRMED that properly inflated balls pre-game and kept under control of the league officials became underinflated in the cold game conditions. Wait ’til ol’ Integrity Roger hears about this and publicly apologizes to Brady…

  46. If you still not generally aware that footballs will always lose PSI when take outside on cold days you really should invest 12 minutes in watching the video titled: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

    You can find it online by searching for the title. Learn something before people question your ability to understand 7th grade science.

  47. So protocols were followed but that pesky science still found the footballs outside on a cold day and was able to lower the PSI in the footballs without any air being removed.

    The same science that can be seen crushing an empty soda can at 6:15 in the online video titled: “The Ideal Gas Law: Crash Course Chemistry #12” (Crash Course).

    The same science that triggers the low tire pressure indicator on my cars dashboard at least once per year when the weather changes from warm to cool.

  48. It’s the Steelers, nothing was going to happen and Mara won’t say anything unless a Division rival was involved

  49. Stinks for the player and college that were cheated out of the 1st round draft pick status and associated money or recruiting capital when the Patriots 1st round draft pick was stolen for the 2016 NFL draft.

  50. Now only people on the extreme left side of the Bell Curve still believe that Brady cheated.

    Those people will never understand the truth. They simply are not capable of understanding anything more than what they were spoon fed by reading tabloid headlines while they were standing in the supermarket check out lane.

  51. So the Giants inserted a gauge in game balls, during the game. THATS FOLLOWING PROTOCOL?

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    Or maybe the Giants stole a football belonging to the other team during a game — and it was following protocol to gauge it because it was not going to be used in the game again.

  52. The referees used 2 different needles during the Deflategate. The Colts lied on who reported that the ball seemed deflated. The player who intercepted the ball did not say that he thought the ball he intercepted was deflated. So the Colts just inserted the needle for no reason then reported the Patriots to the referees. The NFL honchos on cue were there to accuse and lie about the Patriots. It’s Framegate.
    The Giants themselves reported the Steelers. There was no lie.
    Goodell really should apologize to Brady and the Patriots. That’s the honorable thing to do. But Goodell has no honor and no integrity.

  53. If you keep using the word ” protocols ” again and again, then you don’t have to explain why the balls lost pressure. No one has questioned the league’s protocols, just the PSI levels of the balls.
    =================

    “Protocols” is the new “integrity.” Just say it a lot and people will think you know what you’re talking about, in theory.

  54. joker65 says:
    Dec 14, 2016 5:19 PM
    So, if protocols were followed, how did the balls become deflated on a cold December day in Pennsylvania?

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    The funny thing is that ‘the protocols were followed’ is the lie in that statement. As soon as the Giants stuck those needles in the protocols were no longer followed.

    And of course that other statement he made about how the chain of custody was never broken..if those balls are off in the hands of Giants assistants who are sticking needles in them without the refs around, the chain of custody was very broken.

    As far as “no violations”…lets face it, he is right on that one. 11.6 and 11.4 may be outside allowable limits but they are not violations IF (and only if) you are considering the ideal gas law and how it would have changed those balls that were legal when Pittsburg brought them onto the field. Goodell is actually getting the answer right this time to not charge Pittsburg with anything. It was the first time he was wrong. (And lets face it, his words in this actions this time are the admission he is not man enough to just stand up and give)

    Yes the Giants are guilty of the one and only violation in all this, but really was it a big thing? Frankly, if I was the giants and about to hand over balls I think are suspicious (and I felt I have witnessed dishonesty from the party I was about to hand them to) I would want to record my own measurement of what I handed over to them before I did. Completely understandable. So not charging them is the right call too.

    As far as what good a second deflategate would do…thats none. Its sickening for all to listen too. New England is not getting anything back, thats done. Tom Brady was forced to watch his team go 3-1 while chilling on a beach in southern Italy with a supermodel. No way anyone can take that back. New England fans have heard more than enough on it and been sickened by it enough. So they need this less than anyone.

  55. I’m so sick of Goodwill and NFL OWNERS…is anything in America not corrupt?

    I’ve watched zero NFL this season. I won’t until Goodell is gone. I’m hoping for the collapse of NFL actually.

    Congratulations to Lying Roger, NFL owners and a corrupt system. You win, I’m out. I wish more would join me.

  56. flaccojumpball says:
    Dec 12, 2016 12:48 PM

    Unlike the Baltimore organization teams beneath us in the pecking order like the sorry Steelers and Patsies have to cheat to gain an advantage. The only reason the Patsies finally beat the Ravens in 2014 is well documented. The Pats had under inflated footballs the entire game and used illegal formations. The Steelers…well lets face it…we own both of these sorry teams. Great win tonight for the Ravens. Now on to the Superbowl beatdown that the Ravens will give the Cowboys. Steve Smith will get his ring this year. Its already done. We already won this year. All that needs to be completed is the parade route.

    —————————————

    We can agree to disagree about why the Patriots beat the Ravens in 2014. But can you tell me why the Patriots beat the Ravens yet again last night?

  57. It would be awesome if teams just started measuring opposing teams air pressure on the reg, since apparently the league doesn’t car when you blatantly violate this rule

  58. Of course it’s the’Roony’s’ we are talking about here. The refs get the travel with this team on the team playing to visiting games. Stole Super Bowl from the Seahawks. The funniest thing is the NFL thinks no one notices or cares.

  59. Imagine that, there was no foul play and balls lost pressure during a cold game in inclement weather. Lol. Freaking joker.

  60. Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post spotted Goodell the Fraud early on, and she has called out Football Orange Orca (not to be confused with Political Orange Orca) on this obvious gaffe, too.

  61. Roger isn’t exactly the Mona Lisa Vito of consistency, tranparency, or honor. Disgraceful is too kind a word.

  62. Looking at it from a slightly different perspective, This is another area where the NFL has unnecessarily complicated the rules.

    The NFL only allowed the QBs to prepare their own footballs because they, along with the QBs thought it would promote better quarter back play.

    Then they botched all the rules around chain of custody all while allowing every ball to be prepped differently including roughing up the ball, wetting and drying it , etc. Basically no rules.

    The NFL could have just said “NO”. They could have just prepped all the balls the same way. Both teams using the same ball. That’s how every other sport does it.

    Then they could have done away with pressure gauges. Just squeeze it. It’s ok to have a recommended PSI, but it doesn’t have to be exact. if the officials think it’s good, then it’s good. If teams complain, then cycle the ball out.

    Refs can do the same throughout the game.

    Keep it simple and fix the game.

  63. kenmasters34 says:
    Dec 14, 2016 8:29 PM
    So the Giants inserted a gauge in game balls, during the game. THATS FOLLOWING PROTOCOL?

    ————-

    That’s a good point. Those balls are coming off to be kept by a player I guess. Not supposed to cycle back into the game, but it seems like something that isn’t managed particularly well.

  64. Mara and Rooney’s statement “much ado about nothing” is basically correct. But only because of the shear incompetence of the NFL.
    The revised, post-deflategate NFL policy about football pressure only requires that the balls submitted to be used as game balls, must have a pregame pressure between 12.5 and 13.5 psi. Pregame. That’s all that’s required. For those “random” games where first half balls are selected for remeasure, all first half balls are taken out of service after being remeasured.
    There is no requirement that the balls stay within the starting range throughout the game. And so, the “nothing” component of their statement.
    It just shows that the NFL doesn’t care. About their procedures, their players, their fans. Nothing.
    They are despicable.

  65. The mind-numbing 2 year-long social experiment to see how influential a bunch of spoiled rich men can be over the entire league in an attempt to inject “parity” has failed. The GOAT QB and GOAT coach are what dictate results on the field. How are they doing? #1 in the league again you pompous mofos. I take an enormous of amount of pleasure in seeing how fruitless it eventually all was. All the money and influence in the world doesn’t mean squat when its only ever about how you deal with the man lined up across the field from you. Brady knows the truth, and he’s out there slingin’ it better than ever at 39. The rich scum that chose to push the witch hunt to the extreme probably never worked harder or risked as much as those men on the field did to get where they are. 1st in the AFC as now, and Brady being considered for MVP?
    You can’t buy that kind of success, no matter how important you think you are. It has to be earned.

  66. Goodell is sick and tired of taking nothing but heat for trying to make the game fair while keeping the cheaters at bay. Steelers are obviously copying NE’s playbook in every way, right down to deflating their footballs so Bell doesn’t fumble. Expect Bell to be carrying a pigskin sack on Sunday. Oh, they’ll call it a football, but it will have so little air in Bell will be able to tie it in a knot.

  67. dccrescenzi says:
    Dec 14, 2016 5:19 PM
    So, Roger in order for a valid test the same gauge must be used -agreed .Then how come the Wells report refused to take at face value the recollections of the official who claimed which gauge was used.
    Could it be that it would lead one to conclude that
    no tampering had taken place .
    This has played out perfectly for those of us in the northern part of I-95.Unless you are the most biased of fans than you realize the Wells report and subsequent appeal were a bag job .If data is biased than the outcome will be predetermined .Robert Kraft should have known just because you are invited to dinner that does not mean you are part of the family
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    If that’s true it might have made sense for Exponent to use the same gauge as well. Just sayin.

  68. mrloser444 says:
    Dec 14, 2016 5:57 PM
    Might want to check the clubhouse video tapes. If the balls didn’t go into the bathroom, we’re good! If they DID go to the bathroom………………………………………………………………….
    ======================
    That would be a fine start!!!

  69. 345snarkavenue says:
    Dec 14, 2016 7:14 PM
    So Roger expects us to believe the Giants’ gauge was a minimum of 1.1 psi lower than the officials gauge, and that’s assuming the balls were 12.5 to start.

    Right. It was probably the same gauge the Giants used to check their ball before bringing them to the officials
    =============
    HA! Too true. I don’t the people who gobbled up the Exponent report can even begin to comprehend the meaning in this.

  70. The protocol wasn’t broken. Ok Fraudger. What was the starting PSI of the Steelers\Giants balls? Keep pretending there is even a protocol to be broken. Bleepin liar.

  71. Only an issue because all the Whining Patriots Fans can’t let it go. You’re still a great team regardless of what Goodell did to you. That’s revenge enough. Let it go.

  72. fujoeboo says:
    Dec 15, 2016 9:40 AM
    Only an issue because all the Whining Patriots Fans can’t let it go. You’re still a great team regardless of what Goodell did to you. That’s revenge enough. Let it go.
    =========================
    Not really. It’s an issue because the NFL should be investigating this and are not. It really has nothing to do with Patriots fans at all. It stands on its own.

  73. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    Dec 15, 2016 7:41 AM

    Goodell is sick and tired of taking nothing but heat for trying to make the game fair while keeping the cheaters at bay. Steelers are obviously copying NE’s playbook in every way, right down to deflating their footballs so Bell doesn’t fumble. Expect Bell to be carrying a pigskin sack on Sunday. Oh, they’ll call it a football, but it will have so little air in Bell will be able to tie it in a knot.

    =======

    Well the Steelers are in Cincinnati on Sunday with high forecasted to be 25 degrees, so yea, there’s a great chance the football will be below 12.5. And Bell has 3 fumbles (tied for 9th most in NFL) and yet missed 3 games.

    And if Goodell is as worried about fairness as you say, why didn’t the Giants or Colts get in trouble for illegally inserting a needle gauge into an opponents football during the game?

  74. fujoeboo says:
    Dec 15, 2016 9:40 AM

    Only an issue because all the Whining Patriots Fans can’t let it go.
    ————————

    No fan of the NFL should let go of the fact that Roger Goodell perpetrated a fraud.

  75. fireroger says:
    Dec 15, 2016 10:07 AM
    fujoeboo says:
    Dec 15, 2016 9:40 AM
    Only an issue because all the Whining Patriots Fans can’t let it go. You’re still a great team regardless of what Goodell did to you. That’s revenge enough. Let it go.
    =========================
    Not really. It’s an issue because the NFL should be investigating this and are not. It really has nothing to do with Patriots fans at all. It stands on its own.

    ***************************
    Give it up already. Tom Brady is going down in history beside Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. It has nothing to do with Roger Goodell. Tom Brady got caught cheating. Period.

  76. tonebones says:
    Dec 15, 2016 10:21 AM
    Give it up already. Tom Brady is going down in history beside Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. It has nothing to do with Roger Goodell. Tom Brady got caught cheating. Period.
    ***************************
    No doubt about his legacy. You are wholly incorrect that it has nothing to do with Goodell. Everybody now knows his legacy was tarnished by wholesale fraud.

  77. If “protocols followed” gives the exact same [psi] results as “protocols not-followed”, because there weren’t specific protocols or oversight, then clearly the Patriots are exhonerated.

    There was simply no other evidence to the contrary.

    Patriots fans, and science students, have known this all along… that when measurements were made and publicized, that the lower psi results would be proven to be simply a result of cold weather.

    but I guess science is just an “opinion” for some people these days.

    Bring back science education and critical thought!!

  78. Just go ahead and restore the stolen first round pick this year (two in the first round), the stolen fourth round pick, the $1M fine, and vacate the suspension, and we can move on.

  79. So since ” protocol was followed ” and the NFL still had footballs below regulation, it’s clear to everyone (with a brain )that there was no tampering @ the AFC championship game.
    TB12 is guilty of one thing, and one thing only: being the GREATEST to play the game.

  80. Non issue….. as it was when Brady was under the gun for it. So why was Brady suspended? Non compliance? But everyone says it was for cheating…. So what is it? Meanwhile one of the NFL’s marque stars plays under a cloud of taint. Doesn’t THAT “taint” the NFL shield?
    No matter how you slice it, Goodell himself is guilty of incompetence…. and I’m smiling.

  81. tonebones says:
    Dec 15, 2016 10:21 AM
    Give it up already. Tom Brady is going down in history beside Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. It has nothing to do with Roger Goodell. Tom Brady got caught cheating. Period.
    *************************************
    You have no clue about history my friend. Pretty much right from the beginning the unending flow
    of revelations like this keep dropping in the NFL’s lap and each time they do it isn’t Brady that gets hurt. The growing narrative you seem clueless about is the one shaping the pettiness and incompetence of the NFL and the cabal of the teams that created this mess in the first place. Brady’s will always be hated my the likes of you but to many others his stature is growing even as the “other guys” diminishes.

  82. Lol Pats homers. You think Goodell gives a crap about you? He’s sitting in his million dollar mansion while you chowderheads sit in your 1.5 bedroom ranch style house wonder when you’ll get to eat based on the fresh catch of the day.

  83. LOL at the people gobbling up the protocol nonsense. The same protocols that were in place originally are the same ones in place currently. The exception being random PSI checks. Goodell is on record saying no changes were needed only to continue to be enforced. None of which excuses the fact the NFL spent over 5 million dollars originally to determine if protocol was broken. This time they can do it with a single phone call. Weird.

  84. So, if you beat not only every other team on the field,

    AND

    you expose the NFL front office as frauds,

    as the great Tom Brady has done, and is doing,

    does that make you THE SUPER G.O.A.T.?

  85. If the best “assumption” you can try to try to pass off on people is that someone you spent $5 million investigating was “generally” aware of something, doesn’t that mean that you are ADMITTING that you have NO EVIDENCE to say that he was “specifically” aware of that thing?

    And if all you can conjure up is supposed “general” awareness, does that not mean you failed to prove any actual “conduct detrimental” at all?

    Face it kiddies, Ted Wells’ “assumptions” = EPIC FAILURE

    Ted Wells will NEVER get hired by the NFL again. Book it.

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