All of MFB hypothesize as to what type of punishment will be levied after the dust settles from Deflategate.

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[0:04:56] ... Raised not gonna get touched with this and as relates to the Super Bowl this week. I think it's any change what so now patriots going to the Super Bowl this week because everything that they do. Will be appealed by the patriots. An optical ruled appeals process. Before the super dope ...





Stephen A. Smith, ESPN, spoke about his feeling when heard the news about "Deflategate." Although he's a proud New Yorker, and subsequent Giants fan, he always hated when people would diminish the Patriots recent successes because of Spygate. With this new revelation, he thinks that if Bill Belichick was responsible, than he should be suspended for the 2015 season.

[0:01:16] ... organization. For the leadership of rob his craft the great that the Bill Belichick of course the greatness of Tom Brady and Vick consistent success or wouldn't be here. I thought that you don't utterly ridiculous to look at I gave you what ...
[0:02:16] ... not still don't want to believe. Nor do I really believe that Bill Belichick are all the lies this condones this all the sources directly. What if you had any day. To do with it. And ...
[0:03:05] ... game would be tantamount to that it indeed we would cover. That Bill Belichick had direct knowledge of all of this and OK eight the that would warm out I used to but keep exe. Yeah ...
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Warren Moon spoke about his preferences and experiences with footballs. He also compares Russell Wilson and Tom Brady, and talks about the injured members of the Legion of Boom, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman.

[0:00:03] ... pro bowler. Pro football Famer and also the color commentary GAAP these Seattle Seahawks broadcast Warren all right thanks for joining us from Boston. There are real show or Christiane are you would allow Orwell the ...
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[0:02:48] ... Warren you know Russell Wilson cover him. Do the broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks are you tell us give any idea what his preference is as Selig and Aaron Rodgers got the likes a little bit big Jersey Tom Brady guy who likes to. Have the football beef related have you actually talked to him about this at all. I think you ...
[0:04:12] ... the Pro Bowl again. And it everybody out here is looking at Tom Brady trying to figure out how long he can play. Ray he says he's gonna play until we sucks. Mean when I went here and you can suck at least you played even after went to Kansas City didn't have his. As many starts obviously but at 41 years old and your child then you were spit in that thing. When you look at Tom Brady and in the way the NFL protects the quarterback's. What do you think his shelf like this. Yeah I think the way ...






Tom Curran joined the show to talk about how easy it would be to take 2 pounds of pressure out of a ball, and what type of punishment could be levied against Belichick and/or the team.

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[0:08:32] ... curry favor with the integrity owner. We're probably come down hard on Bill Belichick and open about saying. I certainly approach to pop a goat if if this happened then the result will be a Belichick. ...
[0:09:25] ... quarterbacks and their footballs. And here eight years ago it would be Arizona Cardinals that would patent signaled its duplicated signal well Louie. But the patriots success. And bill Belichick's. Completely unveiled. Discussed in this thrust into a Little League offices. Make them have to take a harder hit from the league whenever anything happens it will. You can twist in the wind I talked to guys in the league office. Who revel in all failures. That Bill Belichick experiences. Because they don't like him and you don't like them so. It's a combination between success and bill Belichick's. Persona. And dislikes the league and perceived arrogance on their part. It really feeds into that. We don't care for everybody else is doing it the patriots are and you know really the narrative in this interest in and Christians. Q Bill Belichick Buehrle entertaining. Speaker. The 2011 Super Bowl he got there humans turn it all right yeah he was great all week. And ...






Former Steeler, Jerome Bettis, was on ESPN yesterday talking about the Patriots tactics and repeatedly called them "felons."

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[0:04:59] ... but how much. They do that Tom Brady. How many coaches a Bill Belichick how many tight end Rob Gronkowski. Ugly couple and that the risk though my upper wrist not now given city. Who does ...
[0:06:25] ... will do will do it anyways at a tells what to do. Eric Mangini knows about it he says listen don't do it I don't you guys do don't do it he tells a listen he ...






The sports world is in a frenzy after Chris Mortensen's report that the NFL found that 11 of 12 balls that the Patriots used during the AFCCG were under-inflated.

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[0:14:09] ... What if there award. The look Gulfport. Now we keep hearing that Mike Adams intercepted a ball to. In week eleven against the patriots and he felt at that point the vehicle equipment manager he felt that opens deflated the radar was up. The D'Qwell Jackson set the ball he brings the silence to check another ball. So after a week eleven if you feel like the pages ...
[0:16:59] ... giants you made it well. As we know that we know from Aaron Rodgers they're more they'll look at his ball and make sure it's not over thirteen and half and they will earlier in the ...
[0:17:38] ... pick. I'm a little overboard well look here is the audio that Aaron Rodgers. Gave to ESPN radio 540 in Wisconsin this is a follow up. They heard the same thing we did from CBS everybody ...






According to a report in The Denver Post, Peyton Manning will return to the Broncos next season if he passes his annual physical examination.

Manning, 38, was noncommittal following his team’s loss to the Colts in the AFC divisional round on Jan. 11. Reportedly slowed by a leg injury, Manning struggled as the Broncos suffered the upset. Coach John Fox was fired shortly thereafter, replaced by Gary Kubiak.

Manning missed the entire 2011 season, his last as a member of the Colts, following neck surgery.

The Broncos need to know Manning’s status before March 10, when his $19 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Eli Manning does a lot more to his footballs than just underinflate them. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Eli Manning does a lot more to his footballs than just underinflate them. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

NY Times, November 2013When Eli Manning drops back to throw his first pass Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, the football in his hands will be as familiar as an old friend. 

That is because the ball has been scoured, scrubbed, soaked and seasoned, a breaking-in process that takes months and ensures that every ball used by the Giants in a game will meet Manning’€™s exact preferences. The leather will have been softened, the grip enhanced and the overall feel painstakingly assessed. 

For every N.F.L. game, each team has 12 to 20 balls that it has meticulously groomed and prepared according to the needs of its starting quarterback. The balls, brushed and primed using various obvious and semisecret techniques, bear the team logo and are switched out from sideline to sideline depending on which team is on offense.

That means that from series to series, the ball in play can feel wholly different, but each team’€™s quarterback always has a ball prepped by his equipment staff the way he likes it. … If a coach looking for a ball at practice should unwittingly approach one of the bags, the team’€™s equipment director, Joe Skiba, will pounce: “Get away, those are Eli’€™s game balls.”

Skiba added: “No one is allowed to touch those balls. They’€™re precious jewels. Too much work has gone into them.” …

Manning said he has never gotten the wrong ball in a game.

“I would know,” he said.

Let’s review, shall we?

Quarterback A, let’s call him Aaron, admits he likes footballs that have more air pressure in them than the NFL allows and defies the officials to do anything about it. This story is repeated by a network’s No. 1 broadcast team as a funny little anecdote in the middle of a Patriots game, but no one can remember hearing it because it just wasn’t that important. Aaron remains an adored media darling and his coach and team are revered throughout the land.

Quarterback B, let’s say his name is Brad, confesses he shelled out $7,500 in bribes to doctor up the 100 footballs he used when he won a Super Bowl. The universe shrugs and the coach he won it with is the toast of the football broadcasting world.

Quarterback E, Eli, if you will, has equipment guys scour, scrub, soak, season, fold, spindle, mutilate and guard his footballs with their lives. He and his coach are the heroes of a nation for the two times they vanquished the evil menace known as …

Quarterback T,  for Tom, may or may not have started the AFC championship game with non-conforming footballs, but once they were removed from the game he went 12-for-14 for 155 yards, two touchdowns and 28 points in a half without them. For that, he and his coach are the cheatingest Cheatriots that ever cheated and there’s talk they should be killed with fire, their fields salted and their families banished from the land.

Is it unfair? Is there a double, quadruple and probably even googletruple standard at work here? Absolutely. But like I said before, I’m over wanting the world to like the Patriots. Embrace the hate. Brady doctors the footballs just like every other quarterback doctors the football. But he does it better. He does it winning more games, more playoff games, throwing more postseason touchdowns and God-willing winning more Super Bowls than anyone else. As a wise man once said, if you ain’t cheating by messin’ with the football, you ain’t tryin’.

When Brady does it, it’s a scandal. When the rest of the world does it, there’s nothing to see here. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Brad Johnson is an admitted Super Bowl cheater. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Brad Johnson is an admitted Super Bowl cheater. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Pro Football Talk Former Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson has admitted to paying a bribe to have the footballs tampered with before the 2003 Super Bowl.

Johnson, whose Buccaneers beat the Raiders at Super Bowl XXXVII, said he paid $7,500 to some people he did not identify so that they would scuff the balls set to be used in the Super Bowl, making them easier to grip. According to Johnson, there were 100 footballs set aside for the game, and the people he bribed tampered with all 100, to Johnson’€™s specifications.

“I paid some guys off to get the balls right,” Johnson told the Tampa Bay Times. “I went and got all 100 footballs, and they took care of all of them.”

That’€™s a shocking admission — Johnson is confessing that he cheated to help his team win the Super Bowl, and that people who work for the NFL accepted a bribe to help one team cheat in the Super Bowl.

Jon Gruden, who coached the Buccaneers in that Super Bowl, said today on ESPN Radio that he was aware that Johnson was concerned about being able to grip the balls in that game, but Gruden did not say whether he was aware of Johnson breaking the rules to get an advantage. …

The NFL is already investigating whether the Patriots cheated. Now the NFL should broaden its investigation, find out who Johnson bribed, and make sure nothing like that ever happens again.

We could sit here and argue about who did or did not put underinflated balls in the game Sunday or overinflated balls in the NFC championship game or how much Brad Johnson tampered with the balls in Super Bowl XXXVII all day long. But I don’t want to be accused of saying “Everybody does things to the ball” just because so many Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks admit to doing things to the ball.

No, the bottom line here is that Johnson and Jon Gruden cheated. Johnson flat out admits to cheating in the most direct way possible. And there’s only one recourse for the NFL to follow to make this thing right.

Fine and suspend Bill Belichick, take away his draft picks and put a big old asterisk on all his championships and send the Colts to Super Bowl XLIX.

What’s fair is fair.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Bob Kravitz on his treatment from Boston fans and the latest on deflate-gate.

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[0:03:59] ... Bowl is the only fairway you know forget about public perception. Bought Tim Hasselbeck. Told me this morning that the Cordoba the the coaches out of the loop on this this is between quarterbacks. I may ...
[0:04:59] ... a very hard time believing that. It. He came from anybody but Bill Belichick a lot about educator I you know I think the guys the best of what he does in any sport. And you ...
[0:06:10] ... I keep hearing closest game with we're with Minnesota Carolina was called Aaron Rodgers likes the big difference to me Bob within the stories. There's a chance the patriots manipulated this. We in the game and the opposing team. File charges against it one other thing I did were you aware. What had happened with Mike Adams whatever was 68 weeks ago that there was sort of certain you market you're aware of that that. I was not aware ...