According to sports.yahoo.com, the controversy with the New England Patriots using under-inflated footballs during the AFC championship game started when Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted a pass from Tom Brady. As the story went, Jackson noticed the ball was flatter than usual, and that news moved to the equipment manager to the coach to the general manager to the NFL to the game officials, who swapped out the under-inflated balls after halftime.
Jackson said he just wanted a souvenir and wanted to keep the ball. That’s common. Many players save balls after scoring touchdowns, or defensive players save interception balls, to put in their trophy case. Jackson reportedly did not know that it would lead to the story of the week in the NFL.
“I made a great play on a great player, so I handed (the ball) off and next thing I know, I’m in the middle of DeflateGate,” Jackson said to the Indianapolis Star. “I don’t know how that happened.”
Jackson reportedly said he didn’t know there was a controversy until the next Monday morning, the Star said.
On the ride home from the airport, his driver told him there was a growing controversy about the Patriots and under-inflated footballs. That was supposedly the first he had heard about it.
Jackson told NFL.com the only odd thing he noticed was that the Patriots were using the Colts’ footballs late in the first half. He had no idea why – he just found it strange and assumed the Patriots had run out of their own footballs to use.
The publication Chicago Now states:
“It doesn’t matter if the Patriots would have won the game anyway. If they cheated, they cheated. Don’t agree with me? Let me ask you something: if you and I were to play a game of poker for money and I took you for, say, a few grand, and later it was found out that I had cheated, you would want your money back, wouldn’t you? I sure hope so. Even if I only cheated on one hand and it really had little bearing on my overall haul, you’d want your money back.
“It’s not that I believe the punishment for cheating in this case should directly mean elimination from the Super Bowl, but I do believe that if they are found guilty of cheating — and let me take this moment to say that my personal belief is that they did cheat — in a game that they ultimately won, then they should have to forfeit that win.”
According to AccuWeather.com, tens of thousands are without power in New England due to a storm.
The storm battered New England on Wednesday night as widespread damage was reported. Tens of thousands of customers were without power across Connecticut, New York, Maine and Massachusetts.
The worst part of the storm will continue into early Thursday in New England and into Thursday night in the maritime provinces of Canada, and it will strengthen while moving up the Atlantic coast into Friday.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was penalized by a game official when he knelt to pray after scoring a touchdown Monday night. However, the penalty was mistaken, said an N.F.L. spokesperson on Tuesday.
Abdullah, who is Muslim, intercepted a pass by Tom Brady and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown against the New England Patriots.
After he entered the end zone, he slid on his knees and bowed forward in prayer. He was given a 15-yard penalty for “unsportsmanlike conduct.”
An N.F.L. spokesman said Tuesday that Abdullah should not have been penalized. “Officiating mechanic is not to flag player who goes to ground for religious reasons,” Michael Signora, the spokesman said.
The Chiefs won regardless, 41-14.