New England Patriots: Five Thoughts On Deflate-Gate Madness

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Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) passes the ball during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

3. Colts’ Under-Inflated Footballs

This whole investigation is about the air pressure in footballs. That in itself is ridiculous, and I will get into that in just a minute. But going along with that theme, the Wells report showed that three of the four Colts’ footballs tested at halftime were below the 12.5 PSI minimum. Based on the logic of some morons, shouldn’t the Colts be under investigation? Should Andrew Luck be suspended, and have his career permanently tainted? No, but it brings to light just how stupid this whole thing is.

This also brings about a bigger issue, which is how terrible the NFL’s procedures are, and how bad Walt Anderson handled the situation. Here is the list of things the NFL/Anderson did wrong throughout this process: Did not record the initial PSI of the footballs (making everything from there on out pure speculation), forgetting which gauge he used, losing the footballs (!!!), having the two officials that tested the pressure of the balls get their measurements way off from each other, over-inflating Tom Brady’s footballs to 16 PSI in the Jets game, and only measuring four of the Colts’ footballs at halftime, because they were “running out of time.”

Give me a break.

This whole ordeal reflects just how bad the NFL is in handling situations like these, and they would have looked much better if they just let this thing be.

Next: Some Perspective