Going into the recent AFC Championship game, the New England Patriots were a huge favorite, and I don’t know anyone that thinks the Colts would’ve beat the Patriots were it not for the intentionally deflated footballs. But is that reason enough to look the other way? Or should we demand integrity…and if so—what do we do?
In 2002, Tampa Bay Quarterback Brad Johnson had trouble gripping a wet football, a cold football or a new, out-of-the-box football…so before his appearance in 2003’s Super Bowl XXXVII (37) Johnson actually PAID $7500 to have the balls deflated…. . For the record, Johnson’s team won 48-21 and the opposing (losing) Raiders QB Rich Gannon threw five interceptions that game.
Is a little bit of cheating okay?
A few years ago, New England quarterback Tom Brady said he actually liked using deflated football, per CBS Sports.
The standard procedure is that, before the game, the balls are inspected before the game by the officiating crew…but then handled thoughout the game by the home-team. Following the Patriot Colts game, it has now been confirmed that 11 of the 12 balls were in fact manipulated
The NFL began looking into the issue because doctoring the footballs could provide a competitive advantage, compromising the integrity of the game.
Deflating a football can change the way it’s gripped by a player or the way it travels through the air.[yop_poll id=”10″]