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NFL: Early evidence supports Pats using deflated balls

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 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, 2 years 3 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, 2 years 3 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, 2 years 3 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, 2 years 3 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, 2 years 3 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, 2 years 3 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...

Report: 11 of Pats' 12 footballs under-inflated

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Eleven of the 12 footballs allotted to the New England Patriots for Sunday's AFC Championship Game were under-inflated, according to a report. Citing league sources close to the NFL's investigation, ESPN.com reported the 11 balls were each under-inflated by 2 pounds of air pressure. NFL rules mandate game balls be inflated to 12 1/2 to 13 1/2 pounds per square inch...

Extra Points: 'Luck' is never enough against Brady and Belichick

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL will probably be Andrew Luck's league in the next two or three years but that future will only start when Bill Belichick and Tom Brady decide it does. Much has been made of the Indianapolis Colts/New England Patriots rivalry which dates back to the Magic Johnson/Larry Bird-like Brady/Peyton Manning feud but calling the Luck-led Colts a peer to football's dynamic...

Deflate-gate? Report says NFL investigating Pats

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots are reportedly being investigated by the NFL for deflating footballs during Sunday's AFC Championship Game. The Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, at Gillette Stadium in a game that was played in a rainstorm, especially in the second half. A source within the NFL told WHTR.com's Bob Kravitz that the league was...