Deflated Egos The Patriots Peril

In the wake of Superbowl 49 the New England Patriots have to deal with a menacing issue now known as “Deflategate.” The name comes as a result of Spygate in which the New England Patriots were videotaping defensive signals of division rival the New York Jets. Upon further review the Patriots have been videotaping opposing team’s practices and walk-throughs since 2000. Ironically since Spygate surfaced September 9th of 2007 the Patriots have not won a Super Bowl. Coincidence??? who knows you be the judge of that. As a result of Spygate Coach Bill Belichick was fined the maximum amount allowed by league rules of $500,000 and the team was fined $250,000 dollars plus they lost there first round pick in the 1st round of the 2008 draft, which was the 30th pick. Funny thing the team still managed to keep a pick they acquired via a trade that resulted in the selection of stud linebacker Jerod Mayo as the 10th overall selection.

The Patriots won Super Bowls in 2002, 2004, and 2005. In 2008 they loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl 42 failing to complete a perfect season of 19-0. Then flash forward four years later they loss again to the Giants in Super Bowl 46. Now they are back in the Super Bowl and now Super Bowl would be official without some type of storyline for the media to run with to add to the hype of the all ready epic clash. “Deflategate” first surfaced after the schlacking of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game 45-7. Deflategate is an allegation initiated by the Colts which stated that the Patriots purposely used game balls that were under the pressure mandated by the NFL. The official size of the air in the pigskin should be between 12.5 PSI and 13.5 PSI. Each team provides their own game balls that is inspected by the refs prior to kickoff. Subsequently as the game plays each team uses their official game ball.

Tom Brady throwing the “deflated” football in the AFC Championship game

 

We later find out that during halftime of the Colts game the referees noticed the under inflated balls and used the 12 backup footballs that met league requirements instead of the 12 the Patriots originally used during the first half. It is important to note that each offense started using their own balls starting in 2006 were prior to the home team provided the footballs. Moreover than that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were solely responsible for pushing the new rule currently in effect.

Here are the advantages to having a ball inflated at let’s say 10 PSI which is 2.5 PSI (pounds per square inch) under the league’s norm. An under inflated football makes it easier to grip, throw, and catch. It also makes it harder to fumble especially in the rain and cold which was the weather condition of the AFC Championship game versus the Colts. Reportedly earlier in the season the Ravens and Colts suspected the Patriots of foul play with their footballs. Tom Brady the main face behind the scandal denies any knowledge of knowingly deflating footballs or knowing of any Patriot staff member do the bidding. New video evidence has surfaced from an undisclosed source that shows a Patriot attendant walking into a restroom with a total of 24 footballs, 12 belonging to each team for approximately 90 seconds. Sounds like foul play to me but you can bet your bottom dollar the footballs to be used in Super Bowl 49 versus the Seattle Seahawks will be under close surveillance and I expect some gamesmanship from the Seahawks after each key play. -BoSo

Mark Brunell gives his expertise on Deflategate and a NFL Football

Mark Brunell’s reaction to Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” Press Conference.

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