Don’t think that Tom Brady was the first to use underinflated footballs

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Please do not become violent as I bring up Deflategate one more time.

Yes, we’re sick of it, violently so, but don’t forget how important to winning those underinflated footballs might have been for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady through the years.

Start with this: if you think the 2014 AFC Championship game against the Colts was the first time Brady and his henchmen used those devious balls, you probably believe in Donald Trump’s hair.

We may never know for sure about any of this, but there is a video of former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell holding an under-inflated ball.

“This is an advantage to use in an NFL game, without a doubt,” says Brunell. He then says, “Simply because of the grip here, I can hold onto this ball. I can be more accurate. I can throw the ball further because I can dig my hand into it. For quarterbacks, it’s an advantage.”

Then there is licensed professional engineer Warren Sharp of, who has done analysis that indicates the Patriots, and Brady, have done wildly better with turnovers since Brady and Peyton Manning successfully lobbied the NFL in 2006 to let visiting teams provide their own footballs on road games, rather than having to use the host team’s footballs, which was the rule before.

Regarding the Patriots reduction in fumbles after the rulechange, Sharp says the odds of it being due merely to coaching or hanging onto to the football tighter are beyond miniscule. ”The data (indicating cheating) is jaw dropping,’’ he concludes.

Then there is Brady’s own lobbying quote from 2006: “The thing is, every quarterback likes (the football) a little bit different. Some like them blown up a little bit more, some like them a little more thin, some like them a little more new, some like them really broken in.”

Some like them hot, folks.

Those Patriots are something, aren’t they?

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