PTI's Michael Wilbon joined us to discuss deflate-gate.

[0:05:07] ... of this. But it's as punishment is that meted out before the Super Bowl it's going to be the only story you. Out in Arizona would you agree Michael and don't have to get past this ...
[0:08:35] ... cities. And probably the majority of sports fans are relishing in this Bill Belichick shabby Freud today. And though. And it could be beak I think it would be the right side of the bitten again. ...
[0:09:08] ... could do. We. Both the best and the brightest out the area. Bill Belichick not qualify. You don't think scared of gaga Michael. It. Got a lot of well a guy who could be our corporation ...
[0:09:47] ... next week is going to be only about this is a great Super Bowl we know that but it's only going to be about the deflated football that's going to be the most. In the media culturally we operate it now yeah I think that becomes a history now. To the leak it you've got no help protect the league with a couple. If it would avenue conversation. They certainly had to be having this conversation they they whatever yet in the dirt we should be at the cabinet today. They I would think. And there's so protective coveted Super Bowl a big game. Ill people go to work distraction you know even quicker than Belichick himself well. I gotta think they're gonna ...






 

 

ESPNThe NFL has found that 11 of 12 of the New England Patriots game balls were inflated significantly less than the NFL requires, league sources involved and familiar with the investigation of Sunday’s AFC championship game told ESPN.

The investigation found the footballs were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air less than what’s required by NFL regulations during the Pats‘ 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, according to sources. …

Yet to be determined is what, if any, penalties may be imposed upon Patriots. One source described the league as “disappointed … angry … distraught,” after spending considerable time on the findings earlier Tuesday. Part of the investigation that still needs further vetting is how the 11 footballs became underinflated. The game balls provided to each team for preparation were required to be inspected and approved by referee Walt Anderson two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff before they were returned to a ball attendant before the game.

Right now, as we sit here, Deflategate is in the “We know what we don’t know” stage.

We don’t know if Chris Mortensen’s report is correct, or if his source is someone with a vendetta against the Patriots fully invested in making them look bad. Certain brain-addled, pill-popping billionaire team owners, perhaps.

We don’t know how, assuming Mortensen is right, the balls came to be underinflated.

We don’t know if they were inspected the way they’re supposed to be.

But we do know a few things. For starters, we know that from the time the balls were handing to the ball attendant until the confetti cannons were going off, they weren’t just supervised by some zit-faced high school kid. They were supervised by league officials, dozens of TV cameras, NFL Films and 70,000 people holding cell phone cameras in a TMZ world. The idea that the ball boy somehow in the middle of all that surveillance slipped a needle into the ball when no one was looking would be laughable if it wasn’t so preposterous.

We also know that after every play those balls got handled by officials more than Rob Gronkowski‘s at a bachelorette party. Julian Edelman goes out of bounds. He hands it to the side judge. He flips it to the line judge. He tosses it to Walt Anderson. If in all that not one of them noticed that the ball seemed a little saggy, then they are the worst officiating crew in the history of football and should’ve been fired at halftime.

We know that quarterbacks go past the league specs on air pressure all the time. And when a media darling like Aaron Rodgers does it, it’s harmless fun and the world has a big chuckle about it:

 

 

We also know that after D’Qwell Jackson picked off that Brady pass, decided the ball felt a little squishy and brought it to the attention of his coaches, this happened:

Tom Brady in the first half: 11-for-21, 52 percent completions, 95 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 60.6 passer rating

Tom Brady in the second half: 12-for-14, 86 percent completions, 155 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions, 157.3 passer rating

Patriots in the first half: Outscored the Colts 17-7

Patriots in the second half: Outscored the Colts 28-0

We know that none of this will shut up the fundamentalist Patriots-haters. IndyStar’s Gregg Doyel went on Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning and not only doubled down on his ridiculous idea the Patriots shouldn’t go to the Super Bowl, he said Green Bay should go. The same Green Bay that just lost to Seattle and whose MVP quarterback’s penchant for overinflated balls had Jim Nantz and Phil Simms giggling like schoolgirls.

And we know that this is just a decimal point followed by a half dozen zeros of what we’re about to hear. The world will want Bill Belchick suspended for next year. Or suspended for the Super Bowl. Or lashed in the streets of Glendale like a Saudi Arabian blogger. No one will stop at the demand for fines or forfeited draft picks. They’re out for blood.

I say bring it on. Embrace the hatred. I’m semi-retiring from the business of defending Belichick and the Patriots and now I’m going all in on accepting their inherent evilness. It’s time to go from arguing with the anti-Patriots cyberbullies to going all wrestling heel on everybody’s ass:

Did the Patriots cheat? Hell yeah! Damn right they cheated! What about it, Indy? Are you going to cry now? They always cheat! They cheated when they ran the ineligible receiver play. They cheated when they messed with the clock in the 2011 championship game. They jam your quarterback’s radio. Videotape your signals. And you’re damn right they figured out a way to let the air out of balls with the whole world watching. What are you going to do about it, NFL? Cancel the Super Bowl? Send the Colts and be a laughingstock? There’s nothing you can do except sit back helplessly and watch the most hated team in all of sports win a trophy they’ll all call “tainted” but will look exactly like the trophy everyone else has ever won and no one in the six New England states (minus parts of Connecticut) will care. We cheat, but we cheat to win and nobody can stop us! Bwahahaha! Deflate that, America!

Because at this point, until we know what happened here, what else can you do?

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Gregg Doyle on the latest allegations against the Patriots.

[0:01:09] ... was busted for spying opposing teams it's run by the same man. Bill Belichick either you are or you're not willing to cheat like guests that argument and I guess the ability to point fingers at Bill Belichick. Just got X exponentially stronger. Oh yeah on the ability of its manifesto it I mean you have to meet you look ...
[0:01:46] ... that story lacked yeah the advocate good what was behind. That's yes golf course we did that two days ago Greg we left the that'll. Why they so here we are now. Either pay. Your egg ...
[0:04:40] ... the real penalties. I'm not a draft pick not going to the Super Bowl modifying. Is much much worse that's the forever tainted tarnished legacy of this coach and this franchise this is almost something you ...
[0:05:34] ... by now the pictures and cigarette you'll come back. Are you go Super Bowl Greg. Operator I what he's going to be in the right they're funny you're gonna get a chance to ask Belichick question ...






Gregg Doyel on the latest allegations against the Patriots.

[0:01:09] ... was busted for spying opposing teams it's run by the same man. Bill Belichick either you are or you're not willing to cheat like guests that argument and I guess the ability to point fingers at Bill Belichick. Just got X exponentially stronger. Oh yeah on the ability of its manifesto it I mean you have to meet you look ...
[0:01:46] ... that story lacked yeah the advocate good what was behind. That's yes golf course we did that two days ago Greg we left the that'll. Why they so here we are now. Either pay. Your egg ...
[0:04:40] ... the real penalties. I'm not a draft pick not going to the Super Bowl modifying. Is much much worse that's the forever tainted tarnished legacy of this coach and this franchise this is almost something you ...
[0:05:34] ... by now the pictures and cigarette you'll come back. Are you go Super Bowl Greg. Operator I what he's going to be in the right they're funny you're gonna get a chance to ask Belichick question ...






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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Avalanche, 10 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Merrimack at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
NBA: Thunder at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UMass at St. Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Wake Forest, 7 pm. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Memphis at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marquette at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Butler, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: SMU at Tulane, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Following Chris Mortensen’s report that 11 of the 12 game balls used by the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC championship game were underinflated, the Twitterverse weighed in on the latest Deflategate news — and there weren’t many people giving the Pats the benefit of the doubt.

NFL legend Jerry Rice checked in quickly, tweeting: 11 of 12 balls under-inflated can anyone spell cheating!!! #Just Saying.

Bob Kravitz, the Indianapolis columnist who broke the story late Sunday night, called for Bill Belichick to face harsh punishment.

Wrote Kravitz: If morts report is on target, and I’m sure it is, belichick should be suspended from the Super Bowl. My opinion.

Added Kravitz: If bob kraft is a true man of integrity he will take it out of the leagues hands and fire belichick. Not holding my breath.

Colts punter Pat McAfee wondered if his team should step in if the Patriots are suspended. Wrote McAfee: If New England was to be DQ’d.. We’d be their replacements right??… I should probably lay off these strawberry marts.

Joked Panthers kicker Graham Gano: Looks like someone’s gonna be in trouble for not deflating that 12th ball…

However, Gano also appeared to provide a defense for the Patriots, noting in a series of tweets that the weather can affect the balls.

Wrote Gano: When checking the game balls, the refs check the psi indoors. This is frustrating bc the ball loses some pressure in cold weather. During our home playoff game this year I asked the official if he could check the psi outside again bc the ball felt flat and said he could not. I guess you can’t blame the official for that. Rules are rules. Maybe the league will make some changes this offseason. Sucks kicking a flat ball tho.

— The Ravens moved quickly to replace Gary Kubiak, tabbing Marc Trestman as their new offensive coordinator.

Trestman was fired last month after two seasons as head coach of the Bears. Chicago was a disappointing 5-11 this season.

Under Kubiak, who left Baltimore after one season to become head coach of the Broncos, the Ravens set team records for points (409) and yards (5,838).

Trestman becomes the Ravens’ fourth offensive coordinator in four years, and all four were previously head coaches. (Cam Cameron and Jim Caldwell were the first two.)

— The troubles continue for former Seahawks player Jerramy Stevens and his wife, U.S. Olympic soccer goalie Hope Solo.

Stevens, 35, was arrested early Monday morning for DUI after being pulled over for driving without headlights in Southern California. Police said Stevens refused to submit to a breath test, forcing a blood test. He was released on $5,000 bail.

Solo was in the car with Stevens and reportedly became belligerent. According to TMZ, police came close to arresting her for disorderly conduct but did not.

Only days ago, Solo learned that charges were dropped in a domestic violence case in which she was accused of attacking her nephew and sister while in a drunken rage.

Stevens was arrested in 2012 for assault after an incident with Solo, but charges later were dropped.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 21, 1954, the NBA All-Star Game went to overtime for the first time. Which Celtic scored 10 points in the extra session and was named MVP after leading the East to a 98-93 victory?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “For a fan, you want to know that everything’s equal. The integrity of the game is so important.” – NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, on the league’s investigation of the Patriots’ role in Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 11 – Games of their last 12 in which the Bruins have picked up at least one point, following Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over the Stars

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Thunder star Kevin Durant throws down a monster dunk on Heat forward Chris Andersen.

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin shatters the lens of the net cam with a slap shot against the Oilers.

German soccer player Julian Koch, playing for FC St. Pauli in a friendly against Swiss club FC Winterthur, steals the opening kick and scores from midfield just five seconds into the game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bob Cousy

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Edwin Starr, who died in 2003, was born on this day in 1942.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
the guys discussed the latest news regarding deflate-gate to open the show.

[0:04:57] ... because I heard some of sin that the colts knew listened to D'Qwell Jackson picked the ball yes that's some evidence. And they in Mike Adams Mikey member tend went over there and make sure. D'Qwell Jackson didn't spike the ball rolled up in the stands or inning and they brought it carefully sideline that is not the case ...
[0:07:57] ... about it you know you've seen yet which. Like Jessica tweet from Tim Hasselbeck entities. All ready to exonerate bill bell estimates that the authors do he says no way build nuke the condition of the ...
[0:19:16] ... will be good sport today and tomorrow or until the NFL but Troy Vincent said 23 more days on this that yes which it was yesterday we took the plane touched down in Arizona will be great sport is listening to the Tonys. Somehow run to the patriot and bill Belichick's defense in this issue we got to wonder how do you do body to do it and do what what might add some says not the chips fall that's what Tim Hasselbeck said that too and he's certainly no patriot toady. He'd but I think we all agree that Belichick is the smartest man ...
[0:22:34] ... two old pounds. We're not commenting it is time to Greg Aiello Troy Vincent told pro football talk dot com the NFL expect to wrapped up its investigation in two or three days. The bleep has ...






Chris Mortensen, ESPN, reports on Twitter that the "NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources." He went on SportsCenter to talk about his report. Mut and his callers reacted to the breaking news

[0:01:28] ... do so in the meantime. We'll await the no it away with Troy Vincent who's the senior executive vice president of football operations said the investigation should be up in about two or three days. But ...
[0:02:13] ... but some. They knew we were we've heard talk this guy like Aaron Rodgers like two goals as you all over inflated. So you hear talk about this but they'll buy league regulations. That each team ...
[0:08:08] ... hall eat played are you or. Or you know them discussing our Aaron Rodgers told them that you like to balls or burned sweetie yup. So back off thinking. You've heard these inspections are bogus before. ...
[0:14:37] ... target I'm sure it is. Bella checks should be suspended from the Super Bowl my opinion. Get ready folks. He thought was bell will bond said take the pats out of the Super Bowl. You thought it was Allan Gregg oil that it. Get ready. This story is not going anywhere this is the continuation of ...






Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Erin are taking more calls about deflategate and the Patriots history of alleged cheating.

[0:08:23] ... Sure but I doubt we'll tell appellate packets out of Pakistan and Aaron Rodgers had instigated in from the eyes and I and I think the Packers used a deflated football in the first half an ...
[0:09:30] ... bit more below that last error there. I was reading on line Aaron Rodgers actually videotape saying that he tried put more air. Anyway yes so all he has said that you know always that of ...
[0:10:23] ... looking at this is where the reigning champs while we are the Seattle Seahawks. One of the champions. They're gonna try to take it away from us that you know we were fortunate to win that ...
[0:11:18] ... the NFC yeah they are or were they given the NFC Astaro Green Bay Packers oh court. Defend his save their asses so when I tried twice at that game. The patriots beat the Oakland raiders in the snow in my and they barely got bikers the tuck rule and a great kick monetary Wright didn't stop them ...






Mikey and Mut continue to talk about the Colts allegations that the Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship game. Also, we introduce Erin, one of our new textresses.

[0:00:17] ... NFL officials in Foxboro today. Meeting with the team on the issue Rodney Harrison among those pointing at patriot haters nation Obama comes to this topic you listen that on demand at. At WEEI dot com he's on the station earlier today. Gary Kubiak officially introduces the new head coach of the Denver Broncos mark Pressman the former head coach in Chicago. Introduced as the new ...
[0:08:09] ... Howell. It is reporting how this happened it was a colts player D'Qwell Jackson who intercepted the ball for Brady and said something. Doesn't feel right he went to forgot open Ghana went to the equipment ...
[0:09:46] ... little softer. At the same time a little more cutting for the Seattle Seahawks way hate I hate that seem to hate anything about him. There's nothing like what the Seahawks he thought in like the ...
[0:17:11] ... do all that and coming up after the break. The other entice Seattle Seahawks on that show go viral. ...