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#Deflategate: NFL reportedly found 11 of 12 Patriots footballs were deflated

Official game balls for the Super Bowl XLIX sit in a bin before being laced and inflated at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio.
Official game balls for the Super Bowl XLIX sit in a bin before being laced and inflated at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio. The Associated Press

This will come as a surprise to almost no one outside of, say, Massachusetts, but multiple news outlets were reporting that the Patriots had deflated footballs during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

NFL rules state that footballs are required be inflated between 12 1/2 and 13 1/2 pounds and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.

ESPN reported that 11 of their 12 footballs allotted to the Patriots were under-inflated by 2 pounds. That was according to “league sources either involved or familiar with the investigation.”

There’s a local connection to the story:

Naturally, the Patriots got buried on Twitter:

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