John Clayton of ESPN spoke with the boys about Deflategate. He thinks that although Bill probably DID have a role in balls being deflated, he doesn't think the league will punish the Patriots.

[0:02:02] ... it down as opposed to continuing. Would you what do you think Gary Kubiak would want because it's almost like gift. If Pete Manning stays it's almost a Super Bowl or bust me to go the Sioux boy go the champs of game with John fox and sort of comes Gary Kubiak candy really. Nothing less than a suitable would really work in that town. So what do you think he would prefer based on you know the the only guy they have now would be brought us Weiler. Yeah not think that he thought it would wanna have Payton back I know the patent not going to be the rule out quarterback that works so well Gary Kubiak offense but. If he can make the adjustments that what you can do with the scheme the I think that you probably ...
[0:06:49] ... get the ball in. So you know if that's a loophole that Bill Belichick took advantage company had that a bit but now they'll have to be closed. Jun oh stories coming out here obviously Aaron Rodgers names popped up in this because she openly admitted a push the limit. I'm much here he wants the football he wants ...
[0:07:32] ... of what the quarterback wants to. When your quarterback is good as Aaron Rodgers I mean you won a certain way but at least before the game they have to be a specific. PS I guess ...
[0:09:31] ... jump up and use that left apartments sold. Now what you haven't. Bill Belichick and I'll put together camps can't flirt playing with a bad hip that gonna need surgery after the season. So now three members of the legion of boom are gonna be studied by Bill Belichick and he's gonna see what they can test and what they kept us at that. But the advantage built effort to weekly ...






Rodney joined the show to preview Super Bowl 49.

[0:00:04] ... being the baloney Crist or eight events that's always on a Tuesday Rodney Harrison joins us on the eighteenth he hotline right now. Talk about the Super Bowl between Seattle and New England have the championship ...
[0:00:48] ... chance doesn't I would Brady looks really comfortable or relaxed. And then Tony Dungy even Seattle is yet do all the got out there but. I'm looking forward to a man what a great matchup between ...
[0:03:23] ... witness on the AT&T hotline premiums have doubled in the patriots and Seattle Seahawks to follow up and Iran and the safety play of course some people thought I was Seattle all the time Thomas and ...
[0:04:43] ... their pass rushers but the teams that have had success at the Seattle Seahawks. They have been able to run the ball I don't know what happened with Green Bay while they went a week from that I know you wanna put the ball at your best players can't but in Aaron Rodgers but when he's injured. You can continue to lead neutralized his defense by running the full body and very disappointed that they didn't do that. I Rodney here's the here's just one million dollar question I know the whole propaganda story. Recently has been that deplete deep right you know that you. You know patriots play with that deflated ball like they're doing it on purpose he got me to Michael Strahan on Good Morning America and all these morning cells talking about it. Just what's your opinion of it you did it any ...






When the Patriots played the Packers in November, Phil Simms spoke about a conversation he had with Aaron Rodgers. In the story, he told listeners that Rodgers prefers the football to be OVER-inflated since he has big hands. He also mentioned that Aaron will routinely play with a ball that's over-inflated and simply wait for the refs to notice.

[0:02:41] ... the officials the fixes though you could push the emblem just like Aaron Rodgers didn't. Antsy to get caught and keep on officials finds it fixes it. They don't get what's so it's been that is why as usual John Clayton said. What's gonna happen they'll be fine when they lose draft picks I don't know about that. John was dismissive of the penalty being. A fifth round pick. Let alone having them removed from the Super Bowl like Michael well on suggest yeah it sounds like no gimme gimme a break. Honest to god just put that Cisco the ...
[0:03:44] ... What's vital to get a ref on and asked them okay if Aaron Rodgers is saying that he over inflates the ball from time to time we've never heard about this. It took the colts complaining ...
[0:04:51] ... right at thirteen we need one to be a little bitter like Aaron Rodgers and a little under like Tom Brady's. You just need to go out there to whatever some sports market order Dix or sports authority and get one of those gauges that. Will mean that you. Point do you think you go and no you who would you argue and we thought well. You look for next order Gillette's theological definitely doable if tiger is that it would be illegal to operate for him he can't. Here's the ball on the Super Bowl he's don't want them to bring them over. Her right up receivable ball. No don't use Super Bowl ball that's different this different is not a monogram not depression which target thirteen in Africa Albany pressure beats. Is it just read your heart and yet there about Aaron Rodgers C what a touch and feel well. Yeah I thought the strategy I thought when I heard about this Rogers wanna do that because they play in such cold conditions alt on the Green Day you make it about half a proper square inch over. And about time to get out there it compresses it feels a ...
[0:07:28] ... get to the point where it would suspend Belichick coaching in the Super Bowl unless they say it's even come out now. I don't and to answer your question specifically like what are the define punitive ...






Someone wished that a sniper would shoot Dan Dakich. Mike Salk cried when the Seahawks won the NFCCG. A young Packers fan cried when the Packers LOST the NFCCG.

[0:04:21] ... boy. Watching the Seahawks celebrate on the field after they beat the green bay Packers and pay close attention Dugard at one point. You'll hear what he's really upset about it. I even I didn't. Didn't. Yeah ...
[0:04:51] ... And yeah. But the mom taught these sort editor Scioscia thought about Michael Bennett a deeper tackle for the starting around popped up neck cop bicycle riding around the stadium. So she here's this little kids ...
[0:06:53] ... world to me that day yesterday was just incredible and cry yeah. Epic game. Ultimately lead partner. Oh Brock Huard. And it's in a note read about it in India look like how we didn't. You ...
[0:10:26] ... like rabbits and that thing that act like a man that actually. John Clayton the national taken of late. Coming up next at present and Iberia. Bunker at a north ago America really I looked over ...






Merloni Investments had a great week, (albeit, after a very bad one) and MFB makes a case for both the Patriots and the Seahawks as Vegas favorites for Super Bowl 49.

[0:00:29] ... outside the for the official introduction of the Maloney investments line a Super Bowl. As we all know it doesn't matter what's going on in Vegas it doesn't matter what your foot yacht that Warner doesn't matter what you find online that. The only line that matters for the upcoming patriot games in Maloney investments line and we've got a lot of discussion already about the Super Bowl line and how quickly moved. All over the place and first few. Hours after the patriots beat the colts and still had already won against the Green Bay Packers in his start off in two and a half went down to pick them. It is still a lot of three. What ...
[0:03:23] ... and a half whatever it is. You know that the underdog in Super Bowl is lost to play caller even if they were fourteen in two during the season if they're going up against team it's ...
[0:05:40] ... no I've during the game of the Green Bay packer game the Green Bay Packers TLC Oxley bothered to do an onside kick them like they're done there's just what two minutes and made five seconds left ...
[0:08:38] ... they just try to figure out. You know who's gonna play the Super Bowl and out of the embassy 1234567. Out of the seven. People that the that they polled. Two of those seven have the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl the other two out two other ones have. The New England Patriots another guy has a green bay Packers and as some things fans in there also but. Listen from the beginning of the season everybody was assuming. Predicting that the ...






Lou, Christian and Tim start the show off by responding to an article written by SI.com's Michael Rosenberg about, what else, Spygate the perceived pattern of deceptive behavior by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

[0:10:30] ... you tell me as a pass catcher did you know. The first Aaron Rodgers cannot sell like the football over inflated. Members said that in advance of the Dallas game. I don't know I don't know ...
[0:12:26] ... we do know and uttered those guys talk about Good Morning America Michael Strahan with the balls and inflated everything else to talk about forever. The regulations at twelve and half the thirteen and a half ...
[0:13:49] ... deep right ram back in inning game the second bowl halftime when D'Qwell Jackson complained about it it went to put Gado. And it he called this general managers beautiful by the way at halftime we are down seventeen to seven. In this is what's going on in their locker room on this goes back to the call that we took yesterday with the guys at the the colts have been thinking about this since the indoor game with a sleazy nap this is what's going on in their locker room. Isn't that beautiful obtain tickets I select tickets raises sensitive we talked about this last night the Comcast. It's because that legitimate you know ever was questioning it. You heard Ray Lewis talk about the tuck rule spy gate you hear all the time from the haters then it was an eligible eligible guys ...
[0:18:02] ... So far behind the times in Pittsburgh Christian we don't have Internet Aaron Rodgers cheats because he Olmert late. His ball. So that given him an advantage. Betsy he likes his ball over inflated wasn't the ...






Russel Wilson says (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Russell Wilson says God set up his four-interception comeback win. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

MMQB - In the Seahawks‘€™ locker room, maybe 45 minutes after the NFC Championship Game ended, I stood and looked around.

A story in every corner of the room. …

Then, in middle of the lockers in the corner of the room, Russell Wilson, his face still streaked with tears and eyeblack, the happiest guy in the room. …

‘€œThat may be one of the best games in NFL history,’€ said Wilson.

I found Wilson afterward, and asked him about the four picks, and going from the worst game of his life to the most exhilarating in the span of eight minutes of game time.

‘€œThat’€™s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special,’€ he said.

I like Russell Wilson. In my unconsidered, too-lazy-too-do-the-research opinion he’s the best quarterback to be drafted since probably Ben Roethlisberger. Wilson is smart. He takes care of the football (Sunday being the rare exception). He proved last year the moment doesn’t get too big for him. He can drink from my canteen anytime.

And as a Catholic who’s “practicing” only in the sense that one of those spring training drills where the pitchers stand around where spitting sunflower seeds can be considered “practice,” I would never question Russel Wilson’s faith.

But as a Patriots fan? I couldn’t be happier about this. I’ll take an opponent who thinks it was God’s will that he throw four terrible picks over one who’s driven and intense any day of the week and twice on Super Sunday. I want Russell Wilson to believe with all his heart that starting out 1-for-8 with three giveaways was all part of the Almighty’s grand plan. I want him going into the Super Bowl believing that God’s great bucket list reads:

  • Create the universe
  • Make the Earth
  • Adam & Eve
  • Invent animals
  • Noah/Flood
  • Have a Son
  • Create Tim Tebow
  • Make Russel Wilson throw interceptions against the Patriots

…and there are check marks next to all but the last one.

Meanwhile, I’d rather have my quarterback be a guy who takes accountability, hates when he makes a mistake and treats every turnover like it’s a mortal sin that he’d rather walk into hell wearing a flammable suit than ever commit again. I’m fine with athletes like Russell Wilson believing their god guides them. I just prefer guys who believe that god is on the sidelines in a gray hoodie.

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SportsGrid – File this one under ‘€œNo need to apologize, but oh well’€: NBC Nightly News showed footage tonight of WR-and-sometimes-QB Julian Edelman in the locker room, discussing ‘€œDeflateGate.’€ Edelman was rocking a pretty epic ‘€œTRUST NOBODY’€ shirt featuring Tupac flipping double birds.

Your New England Patriots. I’d love to say, “let ye who has not worn a t-shirt of a dead rapper giving the State Bird of Massachusetts cast the first stone,” but I can’t. This behavior has gone far enough.

When they’re not cheating, lying, covering up, building giant replay screens, deflating footballs, running up the score and unfairly out thinking opponents, they’re poisoning the minds of our youth with their potty mouths and obscene t-shirts. They truly are history’s greatest monsters. Seattle better win the Super Bowl because I don’t know if America can survive a band of thugs like this becoming champions.

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NewsdayPatriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he will cooperate with an NFL investigation into whether the Patriots used footballs that were not fully inflated during Sunday’€™s 45-7 win over the Colts …

According to a person familiar with the background of the matter, the Colts first noticed something unusual after an interception by Colts linebacker D’€™Qwell Jackson in the second quarter. Jackson gave the ball to a member of the Colts’ equipment staff, who noticed the ball seemed underinflated and then notified coach Chuck Pagano.

General manager Ryan Grigson was notified in the press box, and he contacted Mike Kensil, NFL director of football operations. Kensil then told the on-field officials at halftime, when the Patriots led 17-7. The Patriots erupted for 21 points in the third quarter, although it is not known if any of the balls were improperly inflated after halftime.

And there we have it. The Colts’ case irrefutable video proof that the Patriots tampered with the football.

Of course, that is not what the Patriots would have you believe.

So what really happened that day? Let’s just for a moment speculate shall we? We have the snap of the ball at 9:21, distracting the officials and making it easier for the ball boys to move into their places. Brady’s pass is is close and on a flat low trajectory. Rob Gronkowski is between the two safeties and D’Qwell Jackson. Three defenders. Three spotters. The triangulation of fire that Chuck Pagano and his coaches discussed all week. It’s gonna be a turkey shoot. At frame 161, Brady releases the ball, causing Gronk to turn his head slightly to the right. Frame 225, Jackson emerges from the shallow zone. Frame 232, he grabs the ball and holds onto it, which is impossible if it’s been inflated to 12.5 PSI. At frame 313, we see Jackson squeezing the interception and his hands going back and to his left. Back and to the left. Totally inconsistent with the a properly inflated football.

So what happens then? Pandemonium

Congratulations to the sleuths on the Indianapolis Colts for this fine detective work. I’m glad they’re taking the time to explain being on the business end of a 38-point playoff blowout with wacky conspiracy theories about football pressure gauges instead of — I don’t know — asking why their owner was driving around high as a lab rat on pills with $29,000 in his pocket, their linebacker is assaulting women, their offensive lineman is blowing off team flights, they’re piping crowd noise into their stadium and they think nothing of tanking an entire season just to get the No. 1 draft pick.

No, let’s focus on the pounds per square inch of the ball. Because that is one magic football:

Coming up later this week: How Patriots team photographers killed Princess Diana, their trainers killed Michael Jackson, Mr. Kraft is keeping the world from having the 100 MPG car engine, and Belichick uses technology from the crashed area 51 UFO to spy on opponents.

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Michael Rosenberg, SI.comDid the Patriots really illegally deflate footballs in the AFC Championship Game, as the NFL is investigating? Well, put it this way: There have been a lot of unbelievable NFL stories this season.

This is not one of them.

This? This is totally believable. Around the NFL, people wait for stories like this to come out of New England. They wonder when Bill Belichick‘€™s team will get nailed again. This is not as simple as saying, “Hey, they got caught for SpyGate!” It runs deeper than that.

The Patriots are suspected of cutting so many corners, their home field should be an oval. It starts in the parking lot, extends to the locker room, goes right to the field of play, and makes opponents look all over Gillette Stadium, wondering what Belichick will pull next. …

And if any coach would try it, it’€™s Belichick. He has earned his reputation for doing anything to gain an advantage. There are well-founded whispers in the NFL that the underlings who supply towels in the visiting locker room sometimes run back to the home locker room to share what they heard.

The Patriots supposedly stopped videotaping opponents’€™ defensive signals when they got caught in 2007, but opponents wonder if they are still stealing them. Smart opposing coaches put locks on every entryway to the locker room, so nobody from the Patriots can walk in, “accidentally” grab a play sheet or two and “inadvertently” bring it back to the New England coaches.

Even before the ball-deflating allegations, Belichick skirted the rules in the playoffs. Just last week, he declared certain players “ineligible” and gained a bunch of yards with that formation in a tight win over the Ravens. He confidently said afterward that it was all legal. The NFL concurred.

Well, look closer. This is a pretty good window into how Belichick operates. …

They switched their eligible receivers and gave Baltimore no time to adjust. The league officiating office might have sniffed this out with a few days’€™ notice, but Belichick counted on his ability to confuse and probably intimidate [referee Bill] Vinovich. …

Belichick prides himself on being a football historian, and a lot of this is only “legal” if you come from the old-time “if you ain’€™t cheating, you ain’€™t trying” school of ethics. That doesn’€™t make it right, or fair.

How ingrained is the culture? On one end of Gillette Stadium is a lighthouse, the stadium’€™s signature architectural feature. But if you sit behind the opposite end zone and look at the lighthouse, you will notice something else: An enormous television beyond the lighthouse, in the parking lot.

Officially, this allows people in the parking lot to watch TV. Is it a coincidence that you can see that TV from the Patriots’€™ sideline, but not from the opposing sideline, making it easier for the Patriots to watch replays and decide whether to throw the challenge flag?

Belichick can get away with a lot in the moment. The code of silence in New England is legendary, and almost comical — Sunday night, a few players were wary of talking to me about getting together and drinking kava, a drink that is symbolic in Polynesian cultures. The drink is non-alcoholic, and it has nothing to do with football, but players understand: In New England, you don’€™t say nothin’ about nothin’. …

Are the Patriots favored sons? When defensive players get flagged for a helmet-to-knee hit on Tom Brady, Brady has been known to remind them: ‘€œThey made that —-ing rule for me!’€ And it’€™s true: After safety Bernard Pollard injured Brady in 2006, the NFL did change its rules to protect its star quarterbacks.

These are your AFC champions: incredibly talented, expertly coached and very comfortable crossing lines that other franchises wouldn’€™t dare cross.

It’s over. This whole Patriots run of success is over.

The organization was built on a foundation of deceit and Bill Belichick has sat upon a throne of lies, but after 15 years of unprecedented excellence, they’ve finally been exposed. The Patriots under Belichick are the Nixon White House, and this Michael Rosenberg is both Woodward and Bernstein.

I don’t know how he knows, but he knows. Rosenberg has gotten to the bottom of the whole sordid mess:

He found the Patriots’ special unit of highly trained towel boy spies. He probably even knows how Belichick buys them from human traffickers and tells the kids they need to bring him intel on when the Jets plan to run the read option if they ever want to see their parents again.

He caught onto the way Belichick pulled the Jedi mind trick on poor, hapless ref Bill Vinovich to confuse him into allowing this obvious cheating tactic in the Ravens game. The subtle nuance of the way he said, “This is not the formation you’re looking for …” escaped millions watching on TV, but not Michael Rosenberg. And even though Vinovich gave Baltimore time to line up and literally told them not to cover Shane Vereen doesn’t mean he wasn’t intimidated. After all, the trick only works on the simple-minded.

He’s exposed the diabolical way Belichick and Mr. Kraft conspired with the architects of Gillette Stadium (opened in 2002) and CBS Scene (opened in 2007) to cleverly place a poorly angled video board an inconvenient 200+ yards away from the Patriots sideline to give them a distinct advantage over the coaches sitting in the booth in front of high definition replay monitors.

He cracked the code of silence on that whole kava cover up because obviously if Patriots players don’t want to get together with Michael Rosenberg over a nice symbolic, non-alcoholic, Polynesian drink, it has to be because they’re hiding something, and not just because he’s a dink.

But most tellingly, he somehow managed to get to the bottom of the whole “Tom Brady” rule conspiracy — he said the Patriots got the NFL to change the way quarterbacks are protected when Bernard Pollard went helmet-to-helmet on Brady back in 2006. Now granted, the league changed the rules after Carson Palmer got knocked out of the playoffs in the 2005 season, and Pollard hit Brady in the knee in 2008. But why bother checking facts? Never let the truth get in the way of a good hatchet piece.

So to Spygate and Deflategate, we can add towel boygate, ineligible receivergate, CBSSceneTVgate, Kavagate and Carson Palmer‘s rule is really Tom Brady rulegate. Bill Belichick‘s Patriots are a spying, ball-deflating band of cheating liars and lying cheats. And thanks to the dogged pursuit of the truth by the intrepid reporter Michael Rosenberg, they’ve been exposed at last.

Because when you’re a trolling click-baiting fraud like this guy, some stories are just too good to fact check.

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