First, as pertains to your gas bag argument, RfM poster "ificouldhietokolob" notes the following in a linked, now-closed thread: "[Although] [t]hose 'physics and engineering professors' showed that deflating footballs probably wouldn't help Brady],] [t]hey didn't show that Brady didn't deflate footballs. Or that he thought it would help him." Moreover, the "gas law" argument was filed as an amicus brief meaning a "friend of the court" attachment only, with no legal standing) and was obviously not persuasive on appeal, given that the NFL ultimately prevailed Brady.
Second, Brady suspiciously eliminated potential evidence by destroying his personal cell phone, which could have provided significant content of private exchanges between him and the Patriots' locker room personnel involved in releasing air from Pat game balls, in explicit violation of the Playing Rules.
Third, you conveniently forgot to mention that the conspiring Pat personnel in this scandal referred in Brady in their private communications between themselves as "the deflator."
Fourth, NFL commissioner Goodell's 4-game suspension of Brady was upheld on appeal.
Fifth, as noted in the Wells report, Brady had a history of possible cheating prior to the 2015 AFC Championship Game, as duly noted by sports columnist Chris Chase (per mention in this thread's OP).
Sixth, past is prologue. The Patriots' head coach has a notorious and well-known track record of flagrant cheating against opponents, which had resulted in severe sanctions being imposed by the NFL on the Pats' organization.
Seventh, you're a BBB, a Brady Blind Believer--the NFL's version of a TBM.
As to the Baltimore Colts, keep in mind that the Pats had a sordid history of cheating against them (as well as other NFL teams) prior to Deflategate:
"ESPN report: Patriots cheated against Colts before DeflateGate:,
New England allegedly was videotaping Peyton Manning's hand signals when he was the Colts quarterback.
By Dsna Hunsinger Benbow
9 September 2015https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2015/09/09/espn-report-patriots-cheated-colts-deflategate/71875228/
"The assignment to Matt Walsh, a former videographer with the New England Patriots, was different this time.
"Instead of homing in on defensive signals as he'd been ordered to do against other NFL teams, focus on offensive signals.
"More specifically, take close-up video shots of Peyton Manning's hand signals.
"It seems the Colts, too, were a victim of Spygate, the 2007 scandal in which the Patriots were disciplined for videotaping an opponent's signals. Which means the Patriots' alleged cheating against Indianapolis started long before DeflateGate.
"In an extensive ESPN report titled 'Spygate to DeflateGate: Inside what split the NFL and Patriots apart,' a myriad of cheating allegations against New England are outlined.
"Bell: Have the Patriots become the new Raiders?
Not just videotaping hand signals and deflating footballs, but stealing other team's playbooks and playlists from locker rooms and disguising videographers as NFL workers to tape opposing teams' walkthroughs.
"The story cites many unnamed sources. ESPN writers Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham say they interviewed 'more than 90 league officials, owners, team executives and coaches, current and former Patriots coaches, staffers and players, and reviews of previously undisclosed private notes from key meetings.'
"The Colts are mentioned several times in the report, including the following:
"• Walsh recalls the time he was asked to cheat against Indianapolis.
"'The cameramen's assignments differed depending on the opponent. For instance, Walsh told investigators that against Indianapolis he was directed to take close-ups of the Colts' offensive signals, then of Peyton Manning's hand signals. Mostly, though, the (other) tapes were of defensive signals.
"'Each video sequence would usually include three shots: the down and distance, the signal, and, as an in-house joke, a tight shot of a cheerleader's top or skirt. The tape was then often edited, sources say, so that (they) contained only the signals, in rapid fire, one after another.'
"• Former Colts GM Bill Polian confirms that several teams complained that the Patriots were taping signals of their coaches during the 2006 NFL season.
"In November 2006, Green Bay Packers security officials caught (video assistant) Matt Estrella shooting unauthorized footage at Lambeau Field. When asked what he was doing, according to notes from the Senate investigation of Spygate that had not previously been disclosed, Estrella said he was with Kraft Productions and was taping panoramic shots of the stadium.
"He was removed by Packers security. That same year, according to former Colts GM Bill Polian, who served for years on the competition committee and is now an analyst for ESPN, several teams complained that the Patriots had videotaped signals of their coaches. And so the Patriots — and the rest of the NFL — were warned again, in writing, before the 2007 season," that videotaping opponents was illegal.
"• NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted in a private meeting that the Patriots began their taping operation in 2000 and notes from those tapings were destroyed beginning as early as 2002.
"'I wish the evidence had not been destroyed because at least we would know what had been done,' Polian said. 'Lack of specificity just leads to speculation, and that serves no one's purpose — the Patriots included.'
"• Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri is mentioned as part of a Patriots Super Bowl win.
"'There were regular rumors that the Patriots had taped the (St. Louis) Rams' walk-through practice before Super Bowl XXXVI in February 2002, one of the greatest upsets in NFL history, a game won by the Patriots 20-17 on a last-second Adam Vinatieri field goal.'
"• The tip from the Colts about the Patriots' use of deflated footballs came to a league official the night before the AFC Championship game.
"And then, on the eve of the AFC Championship Game, as (Patriots owner Robert) Kraft hosted Goodell at a dinner party at his Brookline, Massachusetts, estate, a league official got a tip from the Colts about the Patriots' use of deflated footballs.
"Even the language of the tip seemed to echo suspicions shaped by the Spygate era. Ryan Grigson, the Colts' general manager, forwarded to the league office an emailed accusation made by Colts equipment manager Sean Sullivan: 'It is well known around the league that after the Patriots game balls are checked by the officials and brought out for game usage, the ball boys for the Patriots will let out some air with a ball needle because their quarterback likes a smaller football so he can grip it better.'",
Those Patriots, I tell ya. To them, cheating is the highest virtue. Again, we let "USA TODAY" sports columnist Chris Chase cut to the chase:
"The defenders of New England have been even more laughable than they were during the videotape controversy of 2007. 'It doesn’t even help that much!' Sure it doesn’t. That’s why they were doing it. Of course it helps. Deflating gave Brady an easier grip on the ball . . . .
"This isn’t to say I don’t have a grudging respect for the Pats. It’s not cheating if you don’t get caught and they weren’t caught during the game. They somehow got around the biggest mystery of this controversy — how the officials, who handle the balls in between every play, didn’t notice the changes — with ease.
"But I’ll happily blame the Patriots for being skeezy once again. I’ll blame [Patriots head coach Bill] Belichick because . . . the head coach is supposed to know what’s going on with his team. I’ll blame Tom Brady who clearly knew the balls were deflated but is getting off scot-free in this controversy because he’s the Golden Boy and is handsome and is married to a supermodel. (It’s amazing how no one criticizes Brady. He’s just as guilty as the others.) But there’s blame for others too.
"How on earth does the NFL, which regulates everything from shoe color to the way players gyrate in the end zone, let teams keep 12 footballs in their own possession during the game. That’s like a teacher leaving the room during an exam.
"It doesn’t matter, though. The NFL will turn a blind eye once again. There will be minor sanctions, this controversy will dominate the news cycle for a few days and then fade into the ether and we’ll move onto something else. But in the here and now, if the report is true, the New England Patriots should be hit hard. But they won’t and the Pats legacy will grow even more.
"With a Super Bowl win . . . , people will be inclined to say Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time. But at what?"
("The Patriots Should Be Disqualified from the Super Bowl,"
Nun Chris Chase, 21 January 2015, http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/01/patriots-deflate-ball-super-bowl-disqualified-penalties-sanctions/amp
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