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I'm only going to say this once.
I am absolutely sick and tired of hearing about the deflated balls in the AFC Championship game. The balls that were considered lower in weight by the refs were discarded by the refs at the end of the second quarter after Brady got picked off. It was 17-7 then. The Patriots then proceeded to beat the Colts like they owed them money with balls that were deemed the correct weight by the refs.
This whole issue is completely absurd.
How did the refs not notice this before the end of the second quarter? They handle the football before and after each play. You mean to tell me that a trained official can't tell the difference between 2 pounds per square inch and a defender who barely touched the ball this season could? It's insanity. Why even bring it up? After that, they beat the absolute Jesus out of Indy. The problem was corrected and they STILL lost.
I know that ESPN and the rest of the media are going to spin this wildly out of control. They love to make it a clear choice between the good guys and the bad guys. Leave it to them to make the Seahawks to be considered the good guys in this situation. It makes me physically ill.
This is a classic case of success breeds hatred. Tom Brady and the Patriots could have had beach balls full of tiger blood out there in inclement weather and still beat Indy 7,319 to 7.
This doesn't take away from the Patriots legacy as well. Brady and Belichick are still the greatest coach player combo in football history, regardless of the overall outcome of this. There could be a million reasons why and how this happened and still as a fan, you go along for the ride. As a fan, you stick by the decisions made by your team. Personally, I'd follow Belichick into Mordor if he said to. The man is a born leader.
Also, if you say the word "deflategate" in my presence, I might just put you in the Sharpshooter. It's easily one of the worst phrases ever created. Stop it.
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>The Patriots used 12 backup footballs for the second half of Sunday’s AFC championship game after issues were found with most of the original 12 balls used by the offense in the first half, an organizational source told WEEI’s Joe Zarbano.
>Team spokesman Stacey James confirmed to WEEI.com that the team had 24 footballs available, 12 of which were tested by the officials pregame and another dozen stored inside as backups.
>After the officials found that the majority of the balls used in the first half were below the acceptable PSI as mandated by the NFL, the backup balls were brought in. According to the source, the backup balls were tested and found to be at the correct levels, and subsequently put into play — just barely in time, as the second half already had started by the time the testing was completed. This is why the officials stopped play and swapped out the kicking ball on the first play from scrimmage of the second half.
>ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported late Tuesday night that 11 of the 12 game balls were underinflated. WEEI.com’s source recalled either 10 or 11 balls being a problem.
Proceed with your incessant whining.