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This is what I said about it as soon as the news hit.
Deflationgate is a disaster for the NFL, the Pats, HC Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady. I do not believe that anyone in the Pats organization even blinks without approval of Belichick. He runs that team with an iron fist. To think that he did not know about balls being under inflated is a joke.
If the AFC Championship game was the first time that it had happened, it could be seen as an anomaly. But we have learned that the same thing happened when the Pats went to Indy to play the Colts. The latest report from NBC Sports is that the game balls used by the Pats in the Indy dome were also deflated.
For those of you that have not been around football, let me make one thing clear—There is no way that an NFL QB can pick up a ball that is 2 pounds per square inch under inflated by 16 percent without knowing that something is different. At 10.5 psi the hand can dig into the ball significantly. It is MUCH easier to grip and throw particularly in bad weather. Brady claims he didn’t realize there was anything different. That is just not possible.
Now the NFL has the Wells report. It makes clear that team personnel violated with intent league rules not only in the Colts game but also in a previous Colts game which was played inside. The questions now are what will the league do and which Pats personnel will be fired or suspended.
Now the league is considering reducing the inflation pressure of game balls.
My bet is that neither Belichick nor Brady will be suspended. If Commissioner Goodell fails to suspend both he should be relieved of his 44 million dollar job. The Pats have violated major rules in the past and have had their fingers pinched by the league. Now it is time to come down hard on the team and those that were involved. If texting during a game was worth a 4 game suspension by the league, how many games should the B boys get for this?
That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.
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