I had posted an article last week about the patriots not being fined based on my source, my source stated that the wrong doing wasn’t on behalf of the Patriots. This story today from CBS Sports Radio confirms this. The NFL screwed up and are trying to cover their ass. Hoping something else would arise, even going as far as hiring a team of investigators.
BOSTON (CBS) — The footballs used by the New England Patriots in the first half of the AFC Championship were indeed under the NFL’s allowable PSI , but according to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich, those footballs passed a pregame inspection by officials.
Sources told Rich that the Patriots submitted their 12 game footballs under-inflated prior to the game, but the league did not properly inspect them and approved them for the contest. Rich broke the news Tuesday morning on their broadcast from Radio Row in Arizona.
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. -CBS Boston
Case closed. Is it New England’s fault that the refs just BS with each other before the game, they may pick up a ball while talking to each other, maybe toss one back and forth, thinking nothing of it because it’s a rule but it’s not enforced, like an over curved hockey stick, only checked if called upon. The NFL screwed up and New England deserves an apology for this fiasco. It’s not right and someone needs to get fired, I don’t know who but someone!