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Report: Under-inflated balls were approved by refs prior to AFC Championship game

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BOSTON — Referees approved the footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, even though they were under the NFL’s allowable PSI prior to the game, CBS Boston reports.

According to CBS Boston, sources said referees approved 12 game footballs prior to the game, and the under inflated footballs were perhaps not inspected properly.

From CBS Boston reporter:

One thing that has been reported this last week, as we’ve been learning about how footballs are treated before a game is that before every game, a referee measured with a pressure gauge each football to see if the pressure in each one is between 12.5 and 13.5 PSI.

But that apparently isn’t always the case. As a matter of fact, from what I’ve been told, many times the refs don’t test the pressure of each ball with a gauge at all. Sometimes refs hold the ball, squeeze it, briefly inspect it, then sign off on it. Next ball. It’s never been a problem before. This is apparently a well known fact in the NFL.

 Now according to my sources, The Patriots turned in their footballs to the ref at a pressure just below the allowable PSI.

If it’s a situation where the refs DID use a gauge, the refs would see the balls were under inflated, and inflate them to the proper size. But in this case, the balls were approved and given back to the Patriots under-inflated.

Thus, the under-inflated balls. The Patriots, according to my sources, played with league approved deflated balls.

This is just the latest turn in the bizarre saga of Deflate-gate.

On Monday, the NFL reportedly interviewed a locker-room attendant who may have had contact with the footballs after they were handled by the refs.

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16 comments

  • Forrest Rees

    let’s see, that this is true. If it is true, then why didn’t they just come out and say that a week and a half ago, when this whole thing started? Something smells fishy, or should I say piggy!

    • first and ted

      I think it took them that long to come up with a way to remove the Pats from the discussion. “The referees said it was OK!!! And I agree with you, they knew this a week ago, so why not say it then? Not to mention, when Brady was directly asked, ‘Did you have anything to do with this?’, he could have just said no,…. but he didn’t….. O_o

      • Dan Gillette

        HaterGate has hit full stride. Even after the Patriots are exonerated and proven to have been victims of false accusations that have disrupted their Super Bowl preparations, several of the first batch of comments jump straight to “cover up”. You are all truly pathetic. The people who leveled the charges have retracted, but you spent a week believing what you wanted to (without any evidence) and you don’t want to give that up because that’s just what you want to believe (Why? Because your team lost? Pathetic!)

    • David

      No…it’s quite possible that the balls simply hadn’t been checked by ANYONE in some time. I own an NFL game ball that was quite inflated when I got it. I’ve never used it and despite remaining in the same room, its now quite deflated.

  • bernard

    That a bunch of lies to make the refs take the fall in order to remove the cloud from over the Patriots and most importantly the Super Bowl.

  • Dan Gillette

    HaterGate has hit full stride. Even after the Patriots are exonerated and proven to have been victims of false accusations that have disrupted their Super Bowl preparations, several of the first batch of comments jump straight to “cover up”. You are all truly pathetic. The people who leveled the charges have retracted, but you spent a week believing what you wanted to (without any evidence) and you don’t want to give that up because that’s just what you want to believe (Why? Because your team lost? Pathetic!)

    • Cdubman007

      Nothing has been proven and nobody has been exonerated. This article cited unnamed sources that might clear the Patriots. No different than the unnamed sources that leveled the charges against the Patriots to begin with.

  • Patrick W

    This is BS propaganda from the villainous commissioner Rodger Goodell. Teams have 2 hours alone with the balls. The Patriots cheated, so there for need to be punished, Marshawn Lynch gets fined for grabbing his balls,and nothing happens to the Patriots for diddling with thier balls??? Come on man.

    • Richard Lecuyer

      The BOO HOO birds are singing. I heard Lynch’s balls are over-inflated as is his head and his opinion of himself. He may not have any balls after the game.

  • Thom Mayovsky

    This whole thing is playing out exactly how Goodell and Kraft have it planned… Every day we’re getting small leaks that are slowly pointing any guilt away from Belichick or Brady… Just wait and see… Makes me sick!!!

  • Greg Cunningham

    You can say anything you want blame whoever you want. The fact remains only new englands balls were under inflated. And one of their ball boys gave the blind men 1 unmarked ball ? Study history.