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Bill Belichick news conference has everyone confused or making ‘My Cousin Vinny’ references

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick held another news conference Saturday to discuss the latest on DeflateGate.

Some of the highlights from the chat with reporters about the talk of deflated football in the AFC Championship Game:

▪ Belichick said the Patriots followed the rules 100 percent

▪ He said the team did its own investigation and simulated a game-day situation in terms of the preparation of footballs.

He said his quarterbacks, including Tom Brady, tested the footballs, sometimes being able to tell a difference between footballs, but not always.

“A couple ones they could pick out, but they were also wrong on some others,” Belichick said, according to The Boston Globe. “I can’t tell the difference. I’m not a scientist. I’m not an expert.”

▪ According to USA Today, Belichick said the Patriots’ footballs were prepared according to quarterback Tom Brady’s preferred texture before the game — a process that included what Belichick described as “vigorous rubbing” that resulted in the balls’ PSI being raised by 1 pound.

▪ Belichick also made a reference to the movie, “My Cousin Vinny.”

There was more Twitter fun, of course.

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