The Source For The 11 Out Of 12 Deflated Footballs Factoid

I finally found the source for the story about the 11 out of 12 footballs being under-inflated. The Bleacher Report has the story NFL Reportedly Finds 11 of 12 Balls Used in AFC Championship Were Under-Inflated.  Oops, I just noted the word “reportedly” in the headline.

NFL Communications (full version here) released the league’s statement on the situation:

Well the full statement is actually here. The report is what The Bleacher Report posted, but it says nothing about how many balls were measured as under-inflated.

While the evidence thus far supports the conclusion that footballs that were under-inflated were used by the Patriots in the first half, the footballs were properly inflated for the second half and confirmed at the conclusion of the game to have remained properly inflated.

So the operative, definitive statement is still

The NFL has launched an investigation into the amount of air in the balls provided by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. On Jan. 20, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that 11 of the 12 balls used by the Patriots were under-inflated by two-to-three pounds each.

If you follow the above link to Moretenen’s Twitter page, you will find the statement:

NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources.

All roads lead back to Chris Mortensen. What if his balls get deflated?

I wish someone would publish a photocopy of the supposed letter that The Boston Globe said that it was shown. What could they possibly be hiding?

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