NFL Finds Patriots’ Footballs Were Two Pounds Too Light — Belichick Might Be A Cheater (Again)
January 20 / Henry McKenna / SportsGrid
The debate over PSI rages on. But it's looking like the nickname Belicheat is nearing relevancy again.
After investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs in their AFC Championship win over the Colts, the NFL found that 11 of the Patriots' 12 footballs were under-inflated by two pounds, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen. NFL footballs must be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds of air (PSI) and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces. We're still waiting to hear what John Brinkus reports, but things don't look good for the Patriots.
Because that much deflation was likely intentional, Bill Belichick and the Super Bowl-bound Patriots will probably see punishment, which could range from a fine starting at $25,000 to the removal of draft picks (which happened during Skygate).
Yup. It was in the 50s at kickoff. RT @tomecurran: Lot of speculation that pressure dropped with elements. But it just wasn't that cold.
That PSI level is a drastic difference, which begs the question: Why didn't the officials notice? And, while the Belichick-hatred is precipitating heavily, could this indicate that Tom Brady was involved, too? Wouldn't he have noticed that the balls were deflated? He was throwing them, after all. Yet, Brady said it was ridiculous a few days ago.
So @mortreport has 11 of 12 balls Pats used underinflated by 2 lbs. so 16 percent flatter. 10.5 or less PSI? And no one noticed? Wow.