I'm sure most of you, if you breathe American air, have heard about the New England Patriots "DeflateGate" or "Ballghazi" or whatever other cool name you want to come up with. So what say you guys? Who is responsible? Did Belicheck order the code red? Brady? Both? A rouge equipment manager? A disgruntled Colts employee? Here's what we do know:
-Belicheck denies knowledge of anything regarding football air pressure. Further, he directly said that would be something Brady would know about.
-Brady denies knowledge of anything regarding football air pressure other than that he likes his balls at 12.5, which is the low end of the prescribed tolerance of 12.5-13.5. Yes, I said balls. I totally meant that innuendo. I'm really a 10 year old in a middle aged body.
-Air temperature did not cause it. Both teams footballs where tested prior to the game. Both teams footballs passed. Both teams footballs were tested at halftime. The Patriots footballs were all at least 2lbs under the prescribed psi range of 12.5-13.5. The Colts footballs maintained the pregame pressure. The Patriots footballs were checked by at least two gauges to ensure accuracy after having been found underinflated.
-At halftime, the Patriots footballs were all inflated back within league standard.
-No Colts player noticed the footballs were deflated. A Colts equipment manager, who received a ball intercepted by linebacker D'Qwell Jackson from him, noticed the deflated football and reported it to Head Coach Chuck Pagano who then ran it up to Colts executives.
-Tom Brady insists he did not see the footballs again after picking the 12 he wanted to use during the game. Those 12 were inspected and passed by NFL officials after he picked them.
-It has been concluded by the NFL that the footballs had to have been altered by a human being and not by temp change or a defect in the footballs, therefore, that means they were altered at some point during pregame warmups or during the brief time they sit in the equipment room prior to warmups.