First of all, I have all the respect in the world for Tom Brady. This whole issue on how many PSI is acceptable or not is pretty silly. Let them use whatever they want, as long as it isn’t chemically altered to stick to your hands. Players still have to throw it. Players still have to catch and run with it. It’s not going to help you run faster or tackle better or be more alert.
Tom, I love you, but who are you kidding? Not me. There is no way I am going to believe someone as neurotically detailed as yourself is going to select 12-24 footballs. Give explicit instructions to the crew to work them into your exact specifications. Then simply not notice a marked difference in weight on gameday. That’s a steaming pile of doo-doo. I believe Belichick may or may not have known about what Brady does or instructs his equipment crew to do. I don’t believe he didn’t know that the balls had to be inflated to a certain amount. Coaches, especially Hall of Fame coaches, tend to know all the rules. Case in point, he played around with eligible receivers vs the Ravens in the divisional round of the playoffs. To the point there were some refs saying it was illegal. Bottom line: You have to know the rules if you want to skirt them or push them to the limit.
Brady and Belichick will no doubt be headed to Canton as soon as eligible. They will have gotten there on hard work, strong will, toughness and a host of other great characteristics. They also seem to be trying to gain any advantage possible, even if it means breaking an occasional rule or two.
I don’t believe anyone asked Brady the exact question: Since you carefully pick out the balls, how did you not notice such a severe difference? If they think this is going away anytime soon, they have another thing coming. Monday kicks off the massive media session at the Super Bowl. One thing the media loves to do is beat dead horses.