We all knew this particular news long before it became official, the Ravens tipped the Colts off about the Pats possibly using deflated footballs.
Ravens assistant Jerry Rosburg called Colts head coach Chuck Pagano to warn him about the Pats letting air out of the footballs.
Colts equipment manager Sean Sullivan emailed the Colts general manager, Ryan Grigson, confirming the Ravens was indeed the team to tip them off about the Patriots footballs.
Basically, this surprises no one as the Ravens head coach John Harbaugh cried all the way home about how the Pats outsmarted them with trick plays to beat his precious team and send them home and called a good coaching game “cheating.”
Nobody will ever accuse John Harbaugh of losing with dignity and the same goes for the Colts.
Fact is, the Pats beat the Colts badly in the 2nd half with regular footballs and won the Super Bowl with regular footballs, so cry all you want, the Pats won fair and square.
Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh spoke to the media today to say the Ravens did NOT tip the Colts off about deflategate, even though it’s in emails.
“We’ve answered questions directly and honestly and straightforwardly from the start,” Harbaugh said following the Ravens’ training camp practice. “That’s the way we’re going to do it. So the rest of it, I could care less about it. I haven’t cared at all about deflated footballs or whether [the Patriots] did something wrong. We’re on to 2015. We stand by every word we say.”
He said the emails got it wrong.
“The guy got it wrong. Jerry Rosburg did not talk to Chuck Pagano about deflated footballs if that’s what the email says,” Harbaugh said, acknowledging that he spoke to Pagano last night and the Colts head coach also indicated that what was said in the email wasn’t true. “I’m not sure the wording on it. I promise you I believe what Jerry Rosburg said and I believe in what Chuck Pagano said.”
Sure, you two, I “totally” believe you.
Harbaugh did admit his consultant Randy Brown texted Colts head coach Pagano about the kicking balls and to pay attention to how they are rotated during the game.
“Kicking balls are a whole other issue. Kicking balls, our kickers were telling me during the game were terrible. We found out that they didn’t get our kicking ball in the game for some reason. There was a whole story about it. Go back and read the Wells Report and learn all about the kicking balls, OK? It’s a whole different, separate issue. I think I said that: the kicking balls were hard or cold or whatever they were and our kickers were talking about it,” Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh made it clear he doesn’t care about deflategate.
“We know what we did, we know the story, we know what we didn’t do, we know what we didn’t know or didn’t say. We don’t care. We never cared,” Harbaugh said. “It didn’t make any difference in our game. I don’t care what happens. I don’t care if he plays, who plays, doesn’t play, whatever, unless it’s in our game. That’s the only game we’re thinking about. We’re focused on practice, man. We’re excited to be out here. We’ve got our guys flying around. We’re into football.”
He also said, “we love a good fight. If somebody wants to pick a fight with us, we say bring it on.”
“Our yes is yes. Our no is no,” Harbaugh said. “That’s how we do it around here.”
Okay, Harbaugh, sure thing, but I bet you hope the Pats don’t pick a fight with you in Foxboro in January, especially after this.
The Ravens also released a statement denying their involvement in deflategate.
“Prior to the AFC Championship game, no one from the Ravens talked to the Colts about deflated footballs,” the Ravens said in a general statement. “We knew nothing of deflated footballs. John Harbaugh has been consistent in his answers to reporters about this since he was first asked on NBC-TV at the Super Bowl.”
This will make the rivalry between the two teams even better because the Pats won’t believe them and the Ravens won’t care.