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Saturday Night Live expertly handles Tom Brady’s balls in cold open


You want the truth about Deflate-gate? You can’t handle the truth about Deflate-gate.

Clueless Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, played by cast member Taran Killam, tries to put the football controversy to rest forSaturday Night Live‘s cold open on Jan. 24. “I don’t know things. I’m not a banker. I’m not a science computer,” he says in the sketch.

Instead, Brady hands off the blame to assistant equipment co-manager Dougie Spoons, played by cast member Bobby Moynihan, who protects the QB better than an offensive lineman.


Hat tip:  MASHABLE


Deflategate: The Plot Thickens!

Since 2010, New England Has the Lowest Fumble Rate in the NFL

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One of the many questions surrounding “Deflategate”—the controversy that has engulfed the New England Patriots—concerns what advantage an NFL team would gain from using a deflated football. Numerous players have said a softer ball is easier to grip, and a ball that’s easier to grip is harder to drop

New England coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady both denied ever purposely using footballs that were inflated below the NFL minimum. But on the basis of the allegations, the Count looked at the fumble rate of the Patriots compared with the rest of the league.

New England has had an uncanny ability to hold on to the football for quite some time. According to data compiled by Warren Sharp of Sharp Football Analysis, the Patriots fumble far less than any other team that plays outdoors, where the elements can make the football harder to handle. Beginning in the 2010 season, Patriots players have fumbled (whether lost or recovered) once every 73 touches from scrimmage, which is 52% better than the league average. The next best team is the Ravens, who have fumbled once every 55 touches.

Additionally, according to Stats, LLC, the six players who have played extensively for the Patriots and other teams in this span all fumbled far less frequently wearing the New England uniform. Including recovered fumbles, Danny Amendola, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Wes Welker, Brandon LaFell and LeGarrette Blount have lost the ball eight times in 1,482 touches for the Patriots since 2010, or once every 185.3 times. For their other teams, they fumbled 22 times in 1,701 touches (once every 77.3).


Of course, Belichick is strict disciplinarian when it comes to holding on the football, frequently benching running backs who dare to put the ball on the ground. But other NFL head coaches aren’t exactly cavalier about the practice.

And it’s not only ball carriers who can potentially benefit. Quarterbacks are frequent fumblers when sacked. But while the average passer fumbles once every 7.3 sacks, Brady’s rate is once every 9.1, an improvement of nearly 25%.


Source:  The Wall Street Journal



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NFL has another no-win situation with under-inflated balls

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The 2014-15 season has not been good for the NFL.  Off the field, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy have caused PR nightmare after nightmare for the league and cast a damning shadow over it’s players.  Now, with the controversy surrounding the under-inflated balls in New England, the problems are spilling onto the field.

A league investigation is still underway into the issue, in which the New England Patriots allegedly under-inflated the footballs that their team would be using on offense.  This would make balls significantly easier to catch, and more difficult for the Patriots to fumble.  Some reports are now creeping out that the Baltimore Ravens also questioned the inflation of the balls in their kicking game one week prior in Foxboro.

In total, the NFL has reportedly found that 11 of 12 balls in the AFC Championship game were inflated at least 2…

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Belichick hung Tom Brady out to dry

Bill Belichick spoke to the media on Thursday for the first time since Deflategate — the controversy over whether Belichick’s New England Patriots intentionally deflated balls for the AFC championship — turned into a full-fledged national scandal that’s transcended sports. The coach was defiant, unapologetic and not forthcoming in his 11-minute presser. Here are the seven biggest takeaways.

1. Belichick hung Tom Brady out to dry.


Not directly, of course, but by saying he had nothing to do with the deflation of the balls, Belichick insinuates that his quarterback did, especially by delivering this damning quote:

“Tom’s personal preference on his footballs are something he can talk about in much better detail than I can possibly provide.”

Et tu, Brutu-chick?

Brady was supposed to talk to the media on Friday, but that press conference/confrontation has been moved to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The quarterback certainly got no cover from his coach prior to his chat with the press. When asked a question about whether Brady handles the footballs before the game, Belichick demurred, saying that was a question that could be answered by the league. Time and again he was given the opportunity to defend his quarterback. He never did.

The coach also kept saying he was speaking from his perspective, an implication there’s another perspective to be had: Brady’s. This was a “save my legacy” press conference, not a “defend my team” one.

2. He dressed somewhat nicely.


I mean, I’m not saying he’s Tom Ford, but at least there was a collar, long pants with no holes in them and a lack of hoodie. It was almost as if Belichick wanted people to gain a positive opinion about him. All that was missing was the homemade cookies for the press.

3. He says his coaching philosophy is to make footballs bad in practice so his team is always prepared …


“Make things as difficult for players in practice. With regard to footballs, I’m sure that any current or past player of mine would tell you that the balls we practice with are as bad as they can be: wet, sticky, cold, slippery, however bad we can make them, I make them.”

4. … but said he has never talked about ball pressure before.


“I can tell you that in my entire coaching career I have never talked to any player, staff member about football air pressure. That is not a subject I’ve ever brought up.”

So does he make the footballs as “difficult” as possible or is he just learning about the “inflation range situation?” Seems to me that someone so concerned with making balls “wet, sticky, cold and slippery” would occasionally want to make the balls harder or softer in practice so his team can operate in every conceivable situation. But that’s just one man’s opinion.

Belichick also had this hyper-specific quote about how the Pats will now inflate the balls to the maximum levels so they don’t dip under the 12.5 PSI minimum. “If a ball deflated 13.2 to 12.9 it wouldn’t matter, but if it deflated from 12.5 to 12.3 it would.” Does that sound like someone who’s never talked about football pressure?

5. Belichick didn’t know about the footballs on Sunday.

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“I had no knowledge whatsoever of this situation until Monday morning,”  he said, almost as if he was practicing for a Senate hearing.

6. He’s told you everything he knows, he’s told you everything he knows, he’s told you everything he knows, he’s told you everything he knows, he’s told you everything he knows, he’s told you everything he knows.

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In the course of the 11-minute press conference, Belichick said “I’ve told you everything I know” (or some slight variation) a total of six times. Even more impressively, most of those came during the short Q & A session with reporters, meaning his pace at the time was probably one “I’ve told you everything I know” every 45 seconds.

7. He doesn’t have an explanation for what happened, he doesn’t have an explanation for what happened, he doesn’t have an explanation for what happened, he doesn’t have an explanation for what happened, he doesn’t have an explanation for what happened.


Belichick’s lack of explanation was only mentioned five times. I can’t explain why and have told you everything I know about the situation.