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Deflate? More Like De-Flatulence...
What we know at this point
If you've been following the NFL playoffs at all, you already know the story.
After the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts, reports surfaced that the Pats used footballs with less pressure. Less pressure supposedly gives QBs a better grip which could help them make a throw more accurately in the rain as well as giving WRs a better chance to catch a pass.
The latest news, or reports, from Chris Mortensen:
"NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources."
These reports have led to huge uproars from most, to say the least. It is another reason, in what seems to be a long list of reasons, to attack the Patriots for cheating.
We know that, 2 hours before game time, the referees inspected and approved the conditions of the Patriots' footballs. And, as mentioned, we know the footballs did not have the acceptable pressure after the game ended.
What we don't know
We don't know HOW the Pats' football ended up this way.
But, obviously, that doesn't stop Patriots haters from attacking the organization as soon as any report comes out claiming that NE cheated (the 1st report arose from Indiana......seems like it would be an objective report.....that was sarcasm).
Some say deflation could be due to cold weather, but most side with the idea that the Patriots did it themselves to gain an advantage.
What do I think?
If Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots knew what was happening with the pressure of their footballs, or intentionally lessened the pressure of them to gain an advantage, there is nothing I can argue.
The accepted pressure levels of footballs are clearly stated in the rules and the Patriots' footballs were not within those accepted levels.
And, if they did it intentionally, that would suck because the final score of the game shows the Patriots didn't need any extra advantage against the Colts.
I am withholding my judgement until all the facts are presented, that is, HOW the footballs got this way.
I will say that it didn't look like Tom Brady and the Patriots had any extra advantage on their grip of the football.
Brady, twice, came up short on deep passes to Shane Vereen and Julian Edelman.
But, it's another notch on the Patriots' "cheating" belt. And now, it looks like there is another notch to discredit New England for their success.
However, knowing the organization's intent for "integrity", I hope this wasn't intentional. As mentioned, it would be completely unnecessary as the Patriots dominated the Colts.
The NFL will, undoubtedly, get to the bottom of the situation before the Super Bowl. Until then, I am not judging the Patriots rightfully or wrongfully.
But, I do think it's stupid that, instead of discussing the most important game of the year, we are talking about deflated balls....so much fun!