What astonishes me about this deflated football affair with the New England Patriots is the fact that each team is allowed to supply a dozen of its own game balls.
Yes, the referees have custody of the balls until 10 minutes before kick off. But if this is an issue then why not have the refs supply and keep custody of the balls during the entire game just as umpires do in baseball?
Yet this raises another question. If teams can supply their own balls and deflating them makes it easier to pass around then why haven’t more teams done this before?
I mean pitchers aren’t supposed to scuff baseballs, but it doesn’t stop them from doing it or at least make hitters think they are doing it.
Honestly, I think this is much ado about nothing. The Pats were better than the Colts, deflated balls or no deflated balls. If the Seahawks are as good as everybody thinks they are then this shouldn’t bother them at all. But if visions of deflated balls get in the heads of the Seahawks then the Pats will prevail.