Video: What Just Happened?

My one caveat on this video, is that the one “fact” isn’t even fully confirmed. The original Chris Mortensen report looks shakier every day.

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Belichick will not be so lucky. He doesn’t have (Jimmy) Johnson’s personality, which can be as jovial and charming as a snake oil salesman’s. Worse, this Patriot team isn’t going to win two Super Bowls any time soon…

— Ron Borges, Boston Globe 11/22/01
  • Tony time

    That clip is the best and thoughtful thing a have seen since the Pats Colts game.. Good job to who ever did it. I doubt I’ll see it on tv

  • mediablowhards

    Good read http://espn.go.com/espn/print?id=12250363&type=story

    This article is about the Patriots hiring Jack Easterby away from the Chiefs and what his impact has been on various NFL players. He serves as a “Character coach”.

    Money line:

    after the Pats missed a fourth-and-inches in a blowout win, Belichick griped to the players, “Fourth and the size of my d— and we can’t get the first down?”

    BB is the best…

  • latetodinner

    To recap because I think we need to recap on a regular basis, here is where we are going into the SB this weekend:

    On Deflategate Dean Blandino has pretty much admitted that the NFL did not record the pre game pressure readings for either the Pats or Colts balls. All we know is Walt Anderson certified the balls (either with a gauge or by squeezing) and that there is no witness to how he did it. We know that a Pats employee disappeared with the balls into a bathroom for 90 seconds where it is alleged something nefarious happened…although whatever that nefarious thing was it did not effect the game at all as the Pats destroyed Indy by 35 points. We also know that Bob Kraft threw down the gauntlet on the NFL and sided with his guys firmly..we speculate he did this because he knows there is nothing to the story.

    In the meantime we learned the following other things:

    – In Denver Mike Shannahan had an illegal speaker system wired into OL and RB head sets during the two Super Bowl wins by Elway.
    – That Early Thomas is complaining to any and all that it is unfair that he has to take an HGH test after he miraculously recovered from a pretty severe back injury and bragged about said recovery. This coming on the heals of 10 Seattle players being linked to PEDs last year and Pete Carroll having a history of cheating (see USC) following him where he has gone.
    – We learned that ex-players are so jealous of the Pats success that they want the penalty for deflate gate to be more severe than it was for bounty gate. Which also means we learned a good deal of the football media has no concept of proportionality.
    – Seattle has a DB who does not think Gronk is a very good TE. And so it begins.
    – Lastly , we had it reiterated that Roger Goodell is far and away the worst Football Commissioner ever and is in line with Bud Selig to be the worst Commissioner of any sport.

    If I missed anything please add it to my list.

    • mediablowhards

      The Pats ‘conspired’ to sheppard Blount through the waivers process, as only they can.

      • latetodinner

        Good one…forgot about that and I only made 10 posts on a thread about it yesterday. I am old and white and a male!

      • Jmarsh4036

        Quite obviously BB used a Jedi-mind trick to stop 31 other teams from claiming him off waivers.

      • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

        THE BRILLIANCE OF ERNIE ADAMS!

    • Tony C

      LTD, I’m sure you know that the “well, everybody does it” excuse is perfectly acceptable to use when explaining away Carroll’s proven transgressions at USC (emphasis on the proven). It’s probably why we NEVER hear about it anymore, and have hardly even heard a peep about it since he left the Men of Troy is such a God-awful mess to flee back to the NFL after the 2009 season. Said excuse is only not acceptable when Pats fans try to excuse the team’s alleged nefarious behavior (emphasis on the alleged).

  • smack_libs_around

    As an aside, I am quite shocked to see how many of the national sports prognosticators are choosing the Patriots to win this game. The ‘Experts’ over on ESPN, for example, are HEAVILY skewed toward New England. Over at SI.com it is more balanced, but still in favor of our ‘Cheaters.’

  • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

    My kids won’t learn science from antiquated stuff like Mr. Wizard or anything else. 140-in-1 science kits? Outdated garbage.

    Instead, I will require that every sports scandal and murder case that was decided by forensics will be their teaching guide.

    We will learn about DNA from the OJ case.
    We will learn about air pressure and temperature thanks to Ballgazi.
    We will learn about the physics of firearms via the Aaron Hernandez case.

    Learning can be fun!

  • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

    I’m not in PR and not really a fan of it, but it seems like every Goodell presser is becoming teaching tape for what NOT to do. At least the mouthpieces who run Whitehouse Pressers are trained well in the art of bull-hitting.

  • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

    Gotta get the Redzone-style breakdown of Goodell’s presser!

    http://i.imgur.com/kAQeHor.jpg

  • Snuffy Smith

    Deflategate is over. All the usual suspects have been rounded up…

    • Jmarsh4036

      I knew Sully from Rozie had a hand in this.

  • mediablowhards

    “​Horrigan recounts how (Paul) Brown was approached by a couple of inventors in Cleveland who told him they could put a radio receiver inside the quarterback’s helmet. Brown was all-in.

    “This was at a time when transistor radios were considered really neat,”Horrigan says with a laugh. “And these guys had a radio receiver they wanted to show Brown. The coach listened, which was probably more than the rest of the sporting world would’ve done.”

    The inventors built a prototype for Browns quarterback George Ratterman, then went to testing.

    “One day, the inventors wanted see what the range was for the device,” Horrigansays. “So one of the two inventors got into his car and started heading off in one direction while the other stayed at the home base. The receiver started picking up police calls. And the policemen were picking up the inventor’s calls. So, ultimately, a strange guy in a football helmet got pulled over. When he explained what he was doing for the Browns, he asked the cop to keep the secret.”

    So secretive was the coach about the project that, when he finally put it to use in preseason games, he would hide on the sidelines as he would call in the play.

    “It took a few games before the team on the other side picked up that something was happening,” Horrigan says. “And finally, around the third game, they were exposed. So the other team, the St. Louis Cardinals, was instructed to smack the helmet around when they had the chance. They didn’t know what was going on, but they knew something was up.”

    Horrigan says that a couple of teams soon tried to come up with their own answers to this system before Bert Bell, the commissioner, declared the devices illegal.”

    http://www.si.com/edge/2015/01/30/nfl-high-tech-innovations-paul-brown-cleveland-browns

  • Charlotte Marks

    Glazer on EEI claims it isn’t the media’s fault, it’s the NFL’s fault. CYA in full activation mode.

    Also says the Patriots share some blame because they had press conferences. So remember folks, if you’re ever accused of anything illegal, do NOT defend yourself. It will just mean it’s your fault.

    • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

      “Well, my NFL source that would stop being my source if I didn’t report, verbatim, what they leaked to me..”

      Oops.

      No secret how it works with Mort, Schefter, Glazer, Rap, etc.

  • Jmarsh4036

    What’s really bugging me is that there was potentially a ball below psi in every game ever played, but no one has measured psi mid-game before. So the Patriots have been branded cheaters for something that could happen in every single game, especially cold weather games. It absurd. PS. I really like the explainer video.

    • Tony time

      Very nice observation and very true .That no ex player of media hack have even thought of or wanted to state the truth.

      • Jmarsh4036

        Thanks Tony.

  • QuantumMechanic
  • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

    Finn wrote about the presser yesterday.

    I know he’s not one to throw bombs, a la Mike Reiss, but I absolutely loved this line:

    An occasional meetup with Peter King for chili does not count as talking to the media.

    I really wish more in the media called out the bad ones–and not just when it has to do with bias (political) like Deadspin.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/touching_all_the_bases/2015/01/roger_goodell_is_a_humble.html

    • Tony time

      Finn is really a well thought writer. Who needs a bigger platform.

      About the comish and the lackeys that work in the nfl office I only wish I worked there and be fucking up on my job all day like them and getting paid.

      The only other job I wanted was to be the guy carrying the umbrella around for Michael Jackson. Jackson barely went out during daylight hours. I found out that guy made$200000 a year

      • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

        Yeah, I like Finn. I might disagree with him but I think he approaches his stuff with veracity, which I always appreciate. (I throw Charles Barkley in the same boat here.)

  • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

    One of the worst “deflategate” propagators looking like he admits defeat (pot calls the kettle black) :

    https://twitter.com/BartHubbuch/status/561945558642737152

    Have to consider some type of award, between him, @mortreport, Bob Kravitz, Florio, and others.

  • DryHeave

    all you need to know about ESPN and their lust for DRAMA… How long are they going to MILK the death of Stuart Scott?… one of their own, for God’s sake. PATHETIC how they set it up…. no offense but it’s been weeks since he passed yet every few days there is another “tribute” with bawling ESPN anchors. They have no shame. #DeflateTHIS

  • Oswee Larvey Hald

    Patriots 41

    Seahawks 13

  • JFP

    I absolutely can’t believe that ending. Almost another miracle defeat. Unreal!!!

    They seem legitimately sad on ESPN post game.

  • JFP

    Checking reaction from around the internet. Skip Bayless tweet:

    How does it feel to be deflated, Seattle?

    I’m a Pats fan, but what an unreal troll.

  • StoJa

    How f###king sweet is is. WOW.

  • markmass

    Can’t wait for tomorrow’s contrarian viewpoints on the game – “but Brady threw two picks” “the Seahawks lost it, Pats didn’t win it” etc. If there’s a way to suck the joy out a great win Shaughnessy and F and M will try. And they’ll take no responsibility when all their bs is proven absolutely false.

  • JFP

    This pretty much sums it up from the Seattle Times:

    Matt Pentz: So much can happen in such a small amount
    of time. Super Bowl XLIX hadn’t been lacking for drama even before Tom
    Brady and the New England offense got the ball back with 6:52 to go. In
    less than seven minutes, we got The Drive, The Catch and The Call. In
    less than seven minutes, we got the craziest finish in Super Bowl
    history.

  • Oswee Larvey Hald

    Boston sports media? Never heard of it. Just gonna bask in the glow of a championship 10 years in the making. For a LONG time.

    • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

      BUT DOES IT COUNT IF YOU ONLY BEAT TOMATO CANS LIKE THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS?

  • Tony C

    I’m so glad that NBC didn’t come in to their Super Bowl coverage with an agenda or anything (sarc/off). I would be embarrassed if I worked for that network over the way they constantly brought up what appears to be a rapidly crumbling “scandal” (based on Rappaport’s and other’s articles on Sunday, if true). For the love of God, the confetti was still cascading down, the trophy hadn’t even been awarded yet, and the sideline reporter was already grilling Kraft about Deflategate, and then Al Michaels was talking about the Pats’ “complicated legacy” should the Wells report not fall in their favor (because, you know, the NFL’s investigations over the past few years have been so reliable and fool-proof). And Collinsworth was his usual, insufferable self—hardly surprising, since he was one of the first mediots to scream “there’s no doubt it’s cheating” when camera-gate broke. I’m avoiding Felger and the rest of the contrarian DBs this week, because they will no doubt just chalk this one up to “luck” and bad coaching by Pete Carroll–and completely ignore the fact that Seattle was only knocking on the door at the end of the game because of yet another miracle play going against NE in a Super Bowl. Thank God for Deion and Michael Irvin on the NFL Network. They keep me sane, even though watching them also means watching Faulk the Patriots hater, too.

  • JFP

    ESPN will never stop. Scandals everywhere. Here’s the latest:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/160747/inside-slant-julian-edelman-looked-concussed-was-he

    Includes this:
    “But we know this: A wild NFL season concluded with a key player lurching
    around the field, unattended to by medical officials based on all
    available evidence. Stay tuned on this one.”

    • Tony C

      Unreal. He was lucid enough to get up after being clocked and run another 15 yards downfield (called back for being ruled down by contact) on the very same play on which he was allegedly concussed. ESPN is a freakin’ joke. Their Pats hatred is palpable, and truly puzzling.

    • StoJa

      You know you’ve written a piece of trash article when the mouthbreathers in the comment section at ESPN are calling you to task.

  • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

    So, I am not sure when CBS went to Amy Lawrence, but WEEI decided to be live all night:

    @ChrisVillani44 You know damn well none of you are going to bed, so tune into @WEEI from 2am-6am & talk about a 4th Lombardi for the Pats, 617-779-7937

    Not sure the decision there but I would have had someone on all night.. (maybe it loses $)

  • http://i.imgur.com/yuJmRLU.png bsmfan

    IF ONLY THE PATS LISTENED TO THE BOSTON SPORTS MEDIA.. WE MIGHT HAVE WON A SUPERBOWL THIS YEAR.

    KRAFT SHOULD SELL THE TEAM
    BB SHOULD BE IN GITMO
    BRADY SHOULD RETIRE

    — Ron Borges notes he has to stash for yet another year..

    • mediablowhards

      The Broncos won the Pre-season Super Bowl ~ awarded in April 2014, by D & C & Kirk, Mutton Lou, ThanksDad Benz, Fred “We make fun of the Lodge, but 99.9% of our opinions are identical to theirs” Toucher and Rich, Jackie McMullan, Felger and YAARM, Adam Jones, Shank, Volin, Borges, Karen “The Window is Closed” Guregian, Gary “The Window is Closed” Tanguay, Adam Kaufman and Flynn, etc…