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The NFL has found 11 of the 12 footballs used by the Patriots were deflated

QB Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game. (Photo By: Keith Nordstro)

QB Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game.
(Photo By: Keith Nordstro)

The NFL has found that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots were deflated by 2 pounds per square inch below NFL’s requirements, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. 

The NFL isn’t saying anything.

“We are not commenting at this time,” said Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications.

Sources describe the league as “disappointed angry distraught.”

I’ve also heard that the NFL is more mad because it’s an integrity thing.

The rules say the team will be fined 25 k for this, but the commissioner can hand out stiffer punishments if he chooses.

Some have said the Pats could lose some draft picks, which stinks, but fine by me as long as they don’t suspend Belichick for the Super Bowl.

The NFL is trying to figure out how the footballs became deflated.

The footballs are inspected by ref  Walt Anderson 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff and no team or personnel is allowed to do anything to them afterwards.

“We have been in complete cooperation with the league and will continue to do so,” Patriots spokesman Stacey James said.

The refs figured out they were deflated at half time and gave the Pats regular footballs to play with in the 2nd half.

The Pats scored 17 points in the first half with deflated footballs, but 28 points in the 2nd with regular ones.

The Pats didn’t cheat to win, they may have tried, but they didn’t because they were better and scored more and destroyed the Colts with regular footballs. This is more a question of morals and doing the right thing.

 


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