Video of Raiders long snapper heating football probably not a violation

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With 1:07 left in Monday night’s game between the Raiders and Eagles and the contest tied at 10, Oakland got the ball back. ESPN then paid tribute to Raiders long snapper Jon Condo for his work with veterans, cycling through several photos of Condo with veterans. Then, after the last one, the cameras showed a live shot of Condo.

Condo was standing with punter Marquette King. And Condo was heating up a football, while arguably looking around to see if anyone noticed.

Plenty of viewers did, and plenty of them remembered an incident from three years ago, when the Panthers (not the Vikings) were warming footballs during a cold game outdoors in Minnesota. The league didn’t punish anyone for that infraction, instead telling all teams to knock it off. Given what the league did to the Patriots in the #DeflateGate controversy, the disparity in reaction provoked some strong opinions from New England fans, and for good reason.

But here’s the thing in this case: Unless the league allows long snappers, holders, and kickers to prepare on the sideline for a field goal attempt by using the actual K balls, the football being warmed up by Condo wasn’t the ball that the custodian of the K balls would be putting in the game for an eventually field-goal try. It’s a far different situation if someone is warming up the footballs that a team’s offense is using during the normal course of play.

So, for now, it’s premature to presume cheating. But it’s further evidence that those who are rightfully still salty about the bungling of the overblown football-deflation controversy are paying close attention to any and every possible hint of cheating by any and every other team.

38 responses to “Video of Raiders long snapper heating football probably not a violation

  1. Long snappers heating balls isn’t uncommon. It happens all the time.

  2. Commentwaitingdeletion your team had to start all this. If they would have followed rules this while time it would of never been an issue. Also no one would know who Belichick or Brady is either if rules were followed there chippy.

  3. vaphinfan says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:49 pm
    Commentwaitingdeletion your team had to start all this. If they would have followed rules this while time it would of never been an issue. Also no one would know who Belichick or Brady is either if rules were followed there chippy

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    Change your name to Vapidfan, it suits you better. Rules were NOT being followed here, so the point is that some other teams get a break, because the whole thing was a made up controversy anyway. But, being a Dolphins fan, you must be stupid, so I guess you don’t get it. Know what else you don’t get? To the post-season.

  4. gauchosporlife says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    But did the PSI drop on the balls? Of course not.
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    No. Heating air raises the pressure.

    Regardless of whether this guy broke the rules, they clearly tampered with the game balls in that Vikings-Panthers game, with absolutely no ramifications. Of course, neither of those teams is a perennial face slap to the parity of the league.

  5. vaphinfan says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Commentwaitingdeletion your team…
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    Happy Holidays chip, don’t forget to have mom check under your bed for The Evil Hoodie tonight

  6. aarons444 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Interesting.

    At least he wasn’t taping practices or texting the deflator.
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    Neither was Brady. What’s your point?

  7. Its a non issue and should be dismissed as such with no further action. That was nonsense going after the Pats but its over. Continuing to carry out more nonsense isnt going to change anything.

  8. patsfan1820 says:

    December 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I am personally ashamed that I root for a team like the pats. Took a lot for me to finally admit it, but this team consists of the biggest cheaters to ever play the game. all the records are tarnished. I wish 2 yard tommy and belicheat would leave so we could end the controversy and start EARNING our titles, rather than cheating to get them!
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    Given what you have said I DOUBT you have ever cheered for the Patriots at all troll!!!!! Pats fan???? Go cheer for the losing team you REALLY back!!!!

  9. Commentwaitingdeletion happy holidays to you too. But the evil hoodie wouldn’t be under my bed. We all know he would just set up cameras to watch. That’s more his style. Yes im pretty sure its illegal but laws dont apply to him chipster.

  10. In the wake of Deflategate I thought the game balls were to be under strict NFL supervision.

    Integrity of the shield!!!

  11. Its ok to heat the ball up, more PSI. Its not ok to let air out and smash your cellphone! LOL!

  12. When are the deflategate whiners going to finally realize THAT penalty was for past transgressions? Of which there are many. Consider yourselves lucky it wasn’t much, much worse. #taintedtitles

  13. Wouldn’t this be a great time for the league to release the PSI measurements they collected in the 2015 season.

    We all know why they won’t of course, and Patriot Hater won’t like the reason.

  14. Now what would happen if a catcher was caught scratching up the balls? You know with a bit of sandpaper in his catching mitt. Or a backup goaltender freezing the pucks with a CO2 fire extinguisher to ensure that they didnt bounce. The NFL is crazy over some things and very slap happy over critical things.

  15. Remember back when Roger Goodell promised to release the PSI of footballs at halftime during cold weather games?

    Remember when he went back on that promise when he realized it would prove he unfairly framed the Patriots?

    When the Commissioner of the NFL is unfair – the game itself is unfair – and many fans are beginning to realize Goodell wants to turn the NFL into the WWE – letting some teams purposefully lose to get the #1 pick – while benching the GOAT on another on a fabricated charge to give other owners a chance to grab the spotlight of the Super Bowl.

  16. Michael LaRocca, Technical Editor says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm
    If I wanted to heat a football, I’d just take a whole bag into the men’s room and stick them under the hand dryer for 90 seconds.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    And what would HEATING the balls do?????

  17. gauchosporlife says:

    December 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    But did the PSI drop on the balls? Of course not.

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    No, the PSI would have increased with the heat. But yes, the PSI did start to drop as soon as the footballs went from inside to outside.

  18. If this was a K ball that was heated this would be another ball tampering violation ignored by the NFL. Last year the Giants illegally stuck a needle in a Steelers ball (which had low, weather-related PSI) and in ’14 famously the Colts tampered with the Patriots footballs by sticking a needle in them on the sideline. And yet the NFL says it keeps referee prepared PSI logs but keeps them secret even after promising transparency. Its almost like the NFL only cares about their image and not about what really happens in real life.

  19. vottorific says:

    December 26, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Its ok to heat the ball up, more PSI. Its not ok to let air out and smash your cellphone! LOL!

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    No actually its illegal to purposely change the PSI in any way after the refs inspect the footballs before the game. Heating raises the PSI and is thus a violation.

  20. slick50kc says:

    December 26, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    When are the deflategate whiners going to finally realize THAT penalty was for past transgressions? Of which there are many. Consider yourselves lucky it wasn’t much, much worse. #taintedtitles

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    There actually aren’t “past transgressions” like you suggest. And aside from that, it would be an insane precedent to set. There would be huge numbers of Super Bowls teams that would need to have fake punishments doled out to them for actual violations.

  21. tomsacheater says:

    December 26, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Making a video is not a violation unless your name is Bill Belicheat.

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    Why didn’t Cowher, Jimmy Johnson or Schottenheimer get punished then? You need to do a little research

  22. When are the deflategate whiners going to finally realize THAT penalty was for past transgressions? Of which there are many. Consider yourselves lucky it wasn’t much, much worse.
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    This argument doesn’t make any sense, which isn’t a surprise. In your mind, New England was caught breaking the rules “many” times over the years, but the league, owners and media looked the other way and did nothing. Then, right before the SB 49, the league and owners decided it was time to make a big deal about something they never cared about before or since and levy a heavy punishment on the Patriots. And they never referenced what these many, past infractions were, but you believe that they were there.

    Here’s the simple truth: The owners thought the spygate penalties would cripple the Patriots and bring them back to the pack. Even those penalties were way out of line when you look at what the league did to the Jets and Broncos for doing the same thing or worse. When NE kept winning, the same owners decided something else must be done. That’s when the league treated the PSI of a football as a critical element of the game for the only time in it’s history, as the NFL looking the other way when the Giants, Colts, Steelers, Jets, Panthers and Raiders are involved demonstrates. Here’s the problem: After another unprecedented punishment, New England has maintained it’s level of success. Do the owner’s and Goodell leave things alone or do they conjure up another controversy to bring down the Patriots and give another AFC team a chance?

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