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Patriots or Deflatriots?

Tom Brady addresses deflated football claims before the Superbowl. Source:
Tom Brady addresses deflated football claims before the Super Bowl.

In the final game before Super Bowl XLIX, the AFC (American Football Conference) championship matchup consisted of the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. The veteran duo of quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick were well-prepared to face rising star quarterback Matthew Stafford and coach Chuck Pagano after coming off a strong 12-4 season. Most NFL analysts and sports fanatics knew that the Patriots had more experience and that they would most likely win and head to the biggest game of the year. After D’Qwell Jackson of the Indianapolis Colts intercepted one of Tom Brady’s passes, he gave the ball to the Colts’ equipment manager. The equipment manager of the Colts noticed that there was a large difference in the balls that he prepared and the ball that Jackson had given him. The ball seemed to have been deflated, and was then given to the referees officiating the game. If the ball was deflated it would be easier to catch in the rainy weather, giving the Patriots’ offense an unfair advantage over the Colts’. The game finished with a score of 45-7, and the Patriots moved on to the Super Bowl. Even though the game was finished, the NFL decided to investigate the situation further. After a large investigation, the NFL concluded that 11 of the 12 balls on the Patriots sidelines were deflated, proving that the Patriots had an advantage over the Colts in the game. According to Huffington Post, after researching the case, the National Football League is close to proving that a Patriot’s locker room attendant was responsible for the deflation. As evidence for this claim, the heads of the NFL reportedly said that an attendant in the Patriots locker room was recorded taking the bags of footballs into a room for approximately one minute. After more investigation, the NFL announced that only 1 of the 12 balls was seriously deflated, and “most of the deflated footballs were just a “few ticks” under the 12.5 required amount,” according to Yahoo Sports. The fate of this scandal remains undecided and the consequence, if there is a penalty, will be announced in the near future.

By Mr. Lakhaney

TOK Teacher

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