I wonder if the Jets was accused of all of this if it would be a national media story.
Just as I thought the Patriots might have put all of this behind them, early yesterday afternoon the Ted Wells' Report was released and all of New England let out an emphatic moan of disgust. Wells reports that it is "more probable than not" that the Patriots, and more specifically Tom Brady, were "at least generally aware" of what was going on in regards to the deflated footballs.
First off, I just want to say that I think that this entire thing is bogus. I will tear apart the Ted Wells report in a minute, but it is very important to know something right off the bat:
Its really, really, really hard to win in the NFL. Imagine having a room completely full with the best players in all of Division 1 College Football. You have thousands of players, but there is a good chance that most of them will not get drafted, and an even better chance that most of, if not all, of them will never even come close to having the same pedigree as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Drew Brees.
What point am I trying to make?
Because the NFL is so competitive, and everyone is so good at their job, every team is going to do what they have to do in order to reach the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl.
There is no question in my mind that every single team in the NFL does exactly what the Patriots do in regards to the deflation or overinflation of their footballs. Hell, Aaron Rodgers even came out and said that he prefers his footballs to be as pumped up as possible. During a game during the 2014 season it was actually a joke between the two announcers and now it is casting shadow on the greatest quarterback of all time. Wow, guess this is what happens when you win...
Do I think that the Patriots probably push the rules as much as they can in order to get those footballs to Tom Brady's liking? Yes.
Do I think that Tom Brady was obsessed about the conditions of the footballs, as most quarterbacks, never mind the greats, always are? Yes.
Do I think that the Patriots tried to enter balls that were significantly under inflated into the AFC Championship Game? Absolutely not.
Now, lets take a deeper look at the Ted Wells Report and rip this thing apart.
Now in the report, it comments on how the Colts were very concerned about the Patriots footballs in the week leading up to the AFC Championship Game. Personally, I think that Indy should have been worrying about Legarrette Blount and Jonas Grey instead, but thats a different topic for a different day.
The Colts emailed the NFL prior to the AFC Championship Game and voiced their concern about the Patriots using under inflated footballs in their games. Now my question is why didn't the NFL investigate this issue? And, if they did, why didn't they write down the PSI of the footballs prior to the game being played? While Walt Anderson's photographic memory may suffice for the NFL, it leaves me with too many questions to say it is a viable source.
Anderson was obviously told by the NFL that the Patriots were being looked at hard for under inflating their footballs, so why would he let the footballs go out of his sight right before the game starts, then only measure the footballs at halftime? Shady to me...
Not to mention, the pressure gauges that the two referees used came up with two wildly different numbers. I do not understand how two officials can measure the same exact footballs, yet come up with numbers that are close to half a pound different in PSI. Check out the numbers to the left:
Makes sense, right?
The second, and maybe not very public, point that I would like to make was the "independent investigator" that the NFL decided to use. The company is called Exponent Inc., and they don't necessarily have the cleanest record when it comes to being unbiased. Massive companies, such as Toyota, have called in Exponent to weather the messy disputes that their companies have landed themselves in. They are extremely well known for skewing their results to benefit their clients. But you won't hear that on Sportscenter or Felger and Mazz. Just saying...
I have a million points and thoughts on this subject, but I don't want this writeup to be 243 pages of nonsense either by an extremely biased fan.
The Colts obviously thought this was a problem when the Patriots blew their doors off during their regular season matchup. However, that was an away game for the Patriots. McNally, who handles the Patriots footballs, only works at Gillette Stadium in the great state of Massachusetts.
Think about this as we wait for the punishment handed down to Tom Brady:
The NFL has put deflated footballs ahead of domestic violence (Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, etc.), purposely hurting opponents and putting their future well-being at risk (New Orleans), and taking performance enhancing drugs to gain a competitive advantage (Seattle Seahawks).
Roger Goodell should be ashamed of himself and, if the NFL had any integrity, should be fired.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS