Just read an article saying a Patriots locker room attendant may have fiddled with the footballs. You want to die laughing. Here is a link to the story:
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No way on earth a locker room attendant unilaterally took it upon himself to “deflate” the Patriots’ balls, regardless of what Brady, Belichick or any other Patriot coach, employee or front office executive says.
If the locker room attendant actually was the one to put the needle into the valve to reduce PSI a specified amount, he did it at the direction of either Brady or Belichick, although the message to him may have been passed down via an intermediary as a means to insulate Brady or Belichick, giving them plausible deniability.
Next, they are going to be claiming that a minimum wage Patriot video camera operator took it upon himself to video tape opposing defensive coordinator’s signals and to match those signals with defensive fronts and coverages so that Charlie Weiss could tell Brady via head set exactly what the defensive front and coverage was going to be.
Maybe the locker room attendant and the video camera operator, with all of their brilliant ideas of how to skate the rules, should be running the ball club instead of Belichick.
Well, actually, Belichick has a point when he says: “. . . weather conditions may have affected the air pressure in the footballs.” This may in fact be the case. Simple physics: when temperature decreases in an elastic container, pressure also decreases. If the footballs were inflated indoors and THEN taken to the field, where conditions were colder, the balls would naturally deflate. Naturally. No conspiracy required.
So these non full-time officials have yet another thing to worry about that I
didn’t know about. Air pressure. That’s just great.
Quarterbacks have different sized hands, different grip strengths, some
throw a million miles per hour, others don’t.
Since almost every rule change this millennium that affects scoring favors
the offense, if I were in charge I’d give the teams their 12 game balls and
let them do whatever they want with them. Air pressure to suit the QB, scuff
them up for a better grip, buff them up for longer flight – whatever each
team wants to do and don’t worry about it.
There is a uniform code in place yet players can wear different length cleats,
on frigid days I see some wearing the shortest sleeves they can find while
others wear insulated sweaters, some wear gloves, others not.
Don’t even get me started on the kicking balls.
But they’re so gutless, Lowell. Blaming a guy who has no way to defend himself.
Kraft is just another rich punk. Shameless. (As are his coach & QB….)
Are locker room attendants allowed to stop to pee under NFL rules. I stopped to pee after a medical procedure today, and yes, I locked the door.
If there is a camera in that bathroom then law enforcement may have to be called in.
The week’s lead stories. Nationally: deflated footballs; California: measles “epidemic” (80 confirmed cases in a population of 38 million). Now that’s a good laugh.
It looks like they can pin point the attendant being alone with the footballs for 90 seconds in a bathroom. What happened in the bathroom can only be imagined in the most wildly speculative conspiracy theory forums.
Good grief what an epic non-story smear job on the Patriots this has been.
It’s instructive to listen to Pats’ fans, or NFL apologists, not to mention Robert Kraft try to spin or dismiss this sordid matter.
There is a simple point: Andrew Luck did not have the same advantage as Tom Brady while throwing the ball in the rain, and Brady clearly cheated to get that advantage…unless you choose to believe that a minimum wage employee of the team decided to deflate the footballs without Tom Brady’s knowledge in a championship game.
If that is your choice, I’ve got a bridge for sale that you will love.
Andrew Luck is perhaps the most remarkable pro athlete I’ve ever seen: humble, generous with praise for opponents, and someone who obviously respects the history and integrity of the game. He deserved much better than Brady and his sleazy & cynical bosses.
And if you think this view is naive–well, no doubt you loved the tough guys on Wall Street a few years back just “gettin’ work done.”
One final point; it doesn’t matter what the score was. This argument isn’t about the result. Cheating has no justification–period. And this team has now been caught twice. So notice the arrogance of Kraft, the entitlement, every time he opens his larded mouth.
That’s where you live now. And he & his boys, they own the place: a rigged game, all around.
So here’s to Andrew Luck. And though I never thought I’d hear myself say this, here’s to the Seattle Seahawks as well, taking apart that fraud of an organization and denting the heart of its owner, just a little more.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.