11 of 12 Pats' footballs under-inflated

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  1. Humongous

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    Updated: January 20, 2015, 11:12 PM ET

    The New England Patriots had 11 of their 12 allotted game footballs under-inflated by 2 pounds of air (PSI) as required by NFL regulations, according to league sources either involved or familiar with the investigation of Sunday's AFC championship game when the Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 to advance to their sixth Super Bowl.



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    The Patriots had 11 of their 12 game footballs under-inflated by 2 pounds of air as required by NFL regulations during the AFC championship game against the Colts, according to league sources.


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

    Troy Vincent, the league's senior executive vice president of football operations, said earlier Tuesday that the NFL expected to wrap up its investigation in "two or three days."

    Yet to be determined is what, if any, penalties may be imposed upon Patriots. One source described the league as "disappointed ... angry ... distraught," after spending considerable time on the findings earlier Tuesday.

    Part of the investigation that still needs further vetting is how the 11 footballs became under-inflated. The game balls provided to each team for preparation were required to be inspected and approved by referee Walt Anderson two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff before they were returned to each team. No alteration of footballs is allowed once they are approved, under league rules and regulations.

    The balls are required be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.

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







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    It's the Patriot way.
     
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    Surprise, Bilicheck is still a cheater.
     
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    yay
     
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    They check the Colts' balls?
     
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    That's my question as well. If they were similar, then this is a non-story.
     
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    This story is about to blow up
     
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    How big are your balls?
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    "Yes, did they Robin?"

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    If there was such a difference how do the refs that handle the ball before every play not notice?
     
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    Should lose all their draft picks.
     
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    this.... Cheating against an inferior team is fucking wacky as fuck..

    maybe Bill is still mourning over the fact that his daughter looks like Richie Incognito

    with a wig.. that has to be tough

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    yea we are about to learn all that shit in the days to come
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    are they saying the refs never checked them pre-game as they were supposed to?
    or that they were tampered with during the game? (if so couldnt that be seen?)
    and are they re-checked after half time?

    and why is there a variance of a full lb, if less is better then everyone puts them at 12.5?

    i feel if it was on purpose, it wouldnt be 2 lbs under, because people would easily notice it.
    a smart cheater may do like .5 less

    and since the league wants scoring because fans want scoring, why not just lower the regulation lbs for all teams?

    of course pats win even if they used nerf footballs, however they should get a loss if they really did cheat.
     
  16. Boomer

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    Solution: NFL supplies balls. No teams brining their own shit.
     
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    No way were the Colts winning that game no matter what they make it out to be. Hey, no NHL team has ever gotten in trouble for slightly warming up/"sloshing up" their side of the ice on defense in the playoffs? It's the game of sports. :snicker:

    NHL rinks have multiple chillers. Each one can be controlled temperature wise.
     
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    2 lbs sounds insignificant... but when you are talking about pressure... its a huge amount.
     
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    Go figure, Pat's owner Robert Kraft is friends with the Wig and attended the bday bash

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    dude .. no one is saying that they would have won.. cheating is cheating...
    the NFL has rules.. why should one team be allowed to get away with shit like this?
     
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