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Why #DeflateGate matters: The NFLs deflated balls explained

Why #DeflateGate matters: The NFLs deflated balls explained
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What started out as just another interception http://www.patriotsnflofficialonline.com/Kyle-Arrington-Jersey in just another NFL Championship game has grown - inflated if you will - into the week's biggest sporting scandal, commanding healthy column inches and withering ridicule. It's now a week since Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson intercepted a pass by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and tossed the ball over to his team on the sidelines. There, it seems, the matter of the balls' pressures first came up and conversations were had. Whether the words "deflated", "deflation", "deflating" or any other variant came up in the course of that chat is open to debate. But what almost certainly was not said in the driving rain of Foxboro Stadium was "deflate-gate". That would come later. For those who missed it, let's start at the very beginning... In a nutshell, the NFL is investigating claims the Patriots may have deflated the match balls to give themselves an advantage in Sunday's 45-7 win over Indianapolis that sent them to the Super Bowl. According to reports, 11 of the 12 game balls they provided for the rain-affected match-up were under-inflated by about two pounds per square inch. If you deflate a ball in cold or wet conditions, it provides more grip for the quarterback, in this case Brady. In a statement, the NFL said initial evidence thus far supports the conclusion that under-inflated footballs were used by the Patriots in the first half but were properly inflated for the second half. However, the Patriots have denied any wrongdoing. immediately Earl Thomas III Blue Jersey after the game, and again throughout the week. So if the balls are deflated - did both teams gain an advantage? Strangely, no. Both teams supply their own balls for each game so Colts quarterback Andrew Luck used his own. Twelve balls are presented to the referee by both teams two hours and 15 minutes before the game. NFL rules on the types of ball to be used are painfully specific: "The Ball must be a "Wilson," hand selected, bearing the signature of the Commissioner of the League, Roger Goodell, " the rule in question begins in a faintly ridiculous manner. How the balls could be altered after referee checks The final line of that particular rule states that "a pump is to be furnished by the home club, and the balls shall remain under the supervision of the referee until they are delivered to the ball attendant just prior to the start of the game." This certainly hints at a possible window of opportunity, but the league said on Friday that it could not yet determine whether the deflations were the result of "deliberate action" and certainly no one is pointing fingers at any 'ball attendants'. This sounds like social media gold Of course. The hashtag deflategate has been Richard Sherman Kids Super Bowl Jersey used almost 350,000 times in the last week and has been one of the top trends on Twitter for several days. And if anyone likes to keep track of these things, massrelevance.com has identified the individual who sent the first deflategate tweet as one Ryan Edwards from Aurora, Colorado.

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