Long story short on the NFL investigation of the Patriots: the NFL does not have measurements of t…

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Long story short on the NFL investigation of the Patriots: the NFL does not have measurements of the balls from when the officials examined them, and they have no serious evidence that anyone actually let any pressure out of the balls after that, but the NFL still really really wants to believe that the Patriots did something wrong.

The only evidence that even remotely implicates the Patriots are some text messages between staff that, to me, appear more like jokes than anything else -- and at one point they talk about how referees illegally overinflated some balls -, but even if taken seriously do not imply that Brady was aware of the actual acts taken.  Remember your science, folks: the pressure during the game, depending on the temperature, can be a lot different from what it is when measured.  QBs around the league can tell you whatever they want about how much they like it, but the fact is that a ball inflated to 12.5 psi indoors before a game is going to feel completely different in a cold weather game, and a warm weather game.

So even if McNally was deflating balls in violation of the rules, there's no reason to think Tom knew, or could even tell the difference when he finally got the ball on the field.

So the bottom line, again, is simple: there's no evidence showing the Patriots coaches or players knew anything about it, even if it happened, and there's little evidence that it even happened.

Which is what we've been saying all along. G+

Long-awaited deflate-gate investigation implicates Pats, Tom Brady

Ted Wells' investigation into the possibility that the Patriots were involved in deflating footballs has found that it's more likely than not some of the Patriots were guilty.

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