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Super Bowl 2017: What to tell your kids about 'Deflategate'

January 26, 2017
in Kids

Charles Rex Arbogast The New England Patriots' NFL Super Bowl LI game ball is finished with the team's logo affixed to it at the Wilson Sporting Goods factory Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Ada, Ohio. The Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas on Feb. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) The subject of Tom Brady's alleged manipulation of his footballs is a sore subject in New England. 'Deflategate' is a taboo word your kids may hear multiple times during the Super Bowl broadcast when the Atlanta Falcons face the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. Even football manufacturer Wilson trolled the Patriots with a tweet this week: So what's the lesson to kids (or impressionable adults)? In January 2015 the NFL began an investigation into the possibility that the Patriots played the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts with partially deflated footballs. New England coach Bill Belichick denied any knowledge of the deflated footballs. He explained that normal use and air conditions during the game may have caused the air leakage. He reiterated the Patriots set the balls to the proper air pressure, but “Once the balls were on the field for an extended period of time ... they were down approximately...

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