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Report: Video shows Pats moved game balls

By The Sports Network, 1 year 6 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Surveillance video shows a New England Patriots locker room attendant moving game footballs from the officials' locker room into another room at Gillette Stadium before bringing them out to the field for the AFC Championship Game, according to a report. The NFL has been investigating whether or not the Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC title game against...

Extra Points: Belichick doubles down on denial

By The Sports Network, 1 year 6 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots have a pretty important game to prepare for in just over a week's time so Bill Belichick took to the podium on Saturday for a surprise press conference designed to move things along from DeflateGate, the NFL's sting operation designed to see if the Pats intentionally deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. Communication isn't Belichick'...

Extra Points: The crass meets the ignorant

By The Sports Network, 1 year 6 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - If you got the feeling Bill Belichick wanted to go all Col. Jessup in his DeflateGate press conference, you're hardly alone. "Your @#$-damn right, I deflated those footballs," I pictured Belichick screaming after getting sufficiently frustrated by a bunch of know-nothings who just don't understand what goes on in the NFL. Unlike Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men,"...

NFL: Early evidence supports Pats using deflated balls

By The Sports Network, 1 year 6 months ago
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL issued a statement Friday regarding its investigation into allegations the New England Patriots used underinflated balls during the AFC Championship Game and said the early evidence supports the initial conclusion but that the process is ongoing. The Patriots rolled to a 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday in a rain-soaked game at...

Belichick was 'unaware' of football deflation issue

By The Sports Network, 1 year 6 months ago
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he was "completely and totally unaware" of the situation involving his team's reported use of underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis. Speaking at a regularly scheduled press conference on Thursday before the Patriots begin preparations for the Super Bowl, Belichick made a...

Brady: 'I didn't alter the balls in any way'

By The Sports Network, 1 year 6 months ago
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Brady spoke of his involvement regarding the deflated footballs used during the AFC Championship Game on Thursday. And like his head coach, Brady pled ignorance. "I didn't alter the balls in any way," said Brady, who did not have a prepared statement and instead took questions from the media on the issue. "I've always played within the rules and I...

Ranking the 15 Greatest Plays in Super Bowl History

By Braden Gall, 1 year 6 months ago
What defines a great play? Degree of difficulty? Gravity of the moment? The greatness of the players involved and their place in NFL history? Entertainment factor? How about all of the above. Game-winning touchdowns, heroic out-of-body experiences, historic moments and even some hilarious gaffes — looking at you Garo Yepremian — all make the Super Bowl the greatest sporting...

Extra Points: Deflating the Patriots' critics

By The Sports Network, 1 year 6 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - It's no "Perry Mason moment," but it's becoming pretty clear that those dastardly New England Patriots got their hands caught in the cookie jar again. "Deflate-gate," though, is a less-than-inspiring sequel to the blockbuster that was "Spygate." Nonetheless 11 of the 12 footballs the Patriots provided for this past Sunday's AFC Championship Game rout over...

Report: Ravens tipped Colts about Patriots

By The Sports Network, 1 year 6 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - A new day brought another wrinkle in the controversy over the balls the New England Patriots used in Sunday's AFC Championship Game. While the NFL continues to look into the matter, FoxSports.com reported Wednesday that the Indianapolis Colts were tipped off by the Baltimore Ravens that the Patriots might be doctoring the air in their footballs. The league has been...

Everybody Relax: Patriots deflating footballs didn't matter

By Braden Gall, 1 year 6 months ago
A headline from a well-respected columnist about the New England Patriots' latest scandal reads: “On scale of 1-10, it’s 11 for Patriots in deflate-gate mess.” For an organization that once gave a multi-million dollar contract extension to an alleged murderer, I’d say that’s a bit of an overreaction. Like most, Yahoo!’s Dan Wetzel needs to...