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Richard Sherman: ‘People somehow get a skewed view of Tom Brady’

01.21.15 at 8:17 pm ET
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Richard Sherman is ready to take on Tom Brady again in the Super Bowl. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Richard Sherman is ready to take on Tom Brady again in the Super Bowl. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

One of the biggest matchups of Super Bowl XLIX will be Tom Brady and Richard Sherman, especially given their history from the last meeting between the two teams.

Everyone recalls Sherman’s “You mad, bro?” comment towards Brady following the 2012 game in Seattle when the Seahawks came back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Patriots, 24-23. Sherman said Wednesday Brady was the one who actually started the trash talking.

“He was pretty much saying that we were nobodies,” Sherman said Wednesday via ESPN.com. “And we should come up to him after they got the win. He said stuff like that throughout the game. So we should just take that pretty well? Sure, can I get your autograph, too?”

The Seattle cornerback says the public perception of Brady is actually a lot different than what the 37-year-old Brady is like on the field.

“I think people somehow get a skewed view of Tom Brady,” Sherman said. “That he’s just a clean-cut guy that does everything right and never says a bad word to anyone. We know him to be otherwise.

“In that moment of him being himself, he said some things and we returned the favor. Unfortunately, he apparently didn’t remember what he said. I’m sure also in those moments when he’s yelling at the ref, he’s just saying, ‘Good job. You’re doing a fantastic job. Keep it up.'”

On Monday morning on Dennis & Callahan, Brady was asked of Sherman’s trash talking and the quarterback said at the time he didn’t even think he was trash talking him.

“Truthfully, at that time, I thought he was coming up to say, ‘€˜Good game.’€™ That’€™s all I thought it was,” Brady said. “It was loud after that game so I didn’€™t really hear anything. And then I went into the locker room after the game and everyone said that whatever it was the next day, that he said he was, I don’€™t know, talking trash to me. I just thought he came up and said, ‘€˜Good game.’€™ So that was all a bit of a surprise to me.”

As for the game next Sunday, Sherman is looking forward to it. Being one of the top cornerbacks in the league sometimes opposing quarterbacks are afraid to throw his way –Sherman hopes Brady goes after him.

“I don’t care,” Sherman said. “I hope so. It will give me more opportunities to get the ball. He had me in his sights before.”

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Read More: 2015 NFL playoffs, Richard Sherman, Super Bowl XLIX, Tom Brady

Source: Patriots used backup balls in second half of Sunday’s game

01.21.15 at 4:01 pm ET
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The Patriots used 12 backup footballs for the second half of Sunday’s AFC championship game after issues were found with most of the original 12 balls used by the offense in the first half, an organizational source told WEEI’s Joe Zarbano.

Team spokesman Stacey James confirmed to WEEI.com that the team had 24 footballs available, 12 of which were tested by the officials pregame and another dozen stored inside as backups.

After the officials found that the majority of the balls used in the first half were below the acceptable PSI as mandated by the NFL, the backup balls were brought in. According to the source, the backup balls were tested and found to be at the correct levels, and subsequently put into play — just barely in time, as the second half already had started by the time the testing was completed. This is why the officials stopped play and swapped out the kicking ball on the first play from scrimmage of the second half.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported late Tuesday night that 11 of the 12 game balls were underinflated. WEEI.com’s source recalled either 10 or 11 balls being a problem.

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John Harbaugh: No issues with footballs in divisional game against Patriots

01.21.15 at 3:38 pm ET
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Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that he didn’€™t notice anything odd about the state of the footballs in their divisional playoff loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium earlier this month.

“We did not notice anything,” Harbaugh told reporters. “We never had a ball that they used or anything like that on offense, so we don’€™t know anything about that in our game. We didn’€™t have a chance to handle any of their offensive footballs.”

The Patriots are reportedly under investigation for under inflating footballs in last Sunday’€™s AFC title game against the Colts.

Earlier in the week, CBS Sports reported some Ravens were questioning the kicking balls used in the game after Baltimore’s€™ kicks and punts did not travel as far as usual. Harbaugh said there was an explanation for it.

“As far as the kicking balls, it was 20 degrees out, so the balls were softer,” Harbaugh said. “Our guys told us during the game, and I just chalked that up to the fact that it was cold and that both teams were kicking the same kicking balls, so I didn’€™t think really anything of it during the game. Other than that, it’€™s not something we’€™ve really given any thought to at all.”

Read More: 2015 NFL playoffs, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, John Harbaugh

Via Twitter, Brandon Browner weighs in on Deflategate

01.21.15 at 3:14 pm ET
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Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner didn’t speak with the media on Monday, but he offered some thoughts about the deflated football flap on social media on Wednesday afternoon.

Read More: 2015 NFL playoffs, Brandon Browner, Deflategate,

Ravens reportedly believe kicking balls were deflated in playoff loss to Patriots

01.21.15 at 1:45 pm ET
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On the heels of the Deflategate controversy comes a report from Fox Sports’ Jason La Canfora that some members of the Ravens felt that the footballs they used to kick and punt were not properly inflated during their playoff loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 10.

The report credits league sources as questioning the balls after the Ravens’ kicks and punts were not traveling as far as usual.

The balls used for the teams’ offenses are treated differently than the ones used for the kicking game.

An NFL spokesman told Fox that he had no knowledge of the Ravens filing a complaint.

Read More: Deflategate,

Stephen A. Smith on MFB: ‘Patriots’ legacy may very well be on the line’

01.21.15 at 1:07 pm ET
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Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith joined Middays with MFB on Wednesday to discuss Deflategate and how it will affect the legacy of Bill Belichick and the Patriots. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Smith initially defended the Patriots, but the news that all but one of the 12 offensive footballs were underinflated had him questioning the situation.

“I’m not going to lie to you: It devastated me,” Smith said. “Anybody that knows me, first of all I’m a native New Yorker. I am no Patriots fan, per se, in terms of being a team from Boston. I’m a New Yorker. I root for the Yankees. I root for the Giants. People like that. I love the Steelers, too. But not the Patriots. I just have such profound respect for the organization, for the leadership of Robert Kraft, the greatness of Bill Belichick, and of course the greatness of Tom Brady, and their consistent success over the years.

“I thought that it’s utterly ridiculous to look at Spygate and what transpired years ago and then try and say, ‘Well, you know what, it delegitimizes everything that they’ve accomplished over the years.’ I thought that was utterly ridiculous. But you make those arguments, you think about the haterism, for lack of a better phrase, that’s thrown out there toward them, and then you wake up this morning and see that 11 of 12 balls were deflated to some degree. Clearly there appears to be intent to that, which brings into question fair play and the Patriots’ willingness to engage in it, which all of a sudden brings all that old stuff back to the forefront, combined with questioning who they are and what they stand for now. And I find that to be incredibly unfortunate.

“And I’m of the mindset that I still don’t want to believe, nor do I really believe, that Bill Belichick authorized this, condoned this, oversaw this directly. But if he had anything to do with this and that can be proven, to me, his egregious error in that regard would be tantamount to what Sean Payton did with the NFL that got him suspended for the entire year [for his role in the Saints’ Bountygate scandal].”

Smith said Belichick should miss a full season just as Payton did if he is found to have played a role in Deflategate.

Said Smith: “If we are to discover that Bill Belichick authorized this and was directly involved — which I don’t believe, but partially because I don’t want to believe he would do something like that. If we are to find that he was directly involved, and that when he spoke to you guys in Boston after whipping Indianapolis’ butt Sunday and flat-out told y’all he didn’t know anything about it until he heard about it the next morning … If he did that and lied about it, to me that’s just as egregious as what the NFL proclaimed Sean Payton did, and he should be suspended for the entire 2015 season.”

Smith said he does not agree with those who use Spygate to devalue the Patriots’ previous success, but he noted that a loss to the Seahawks will look bad.

“I believe that the Patriots’ legacy may very well be on the line. Because if you lose this Super Bowl, that makes you 0-3 in Super Bowls since Spygate. … With all the heat being brought down upon them in light of those allegations, assertions or findings, you’ve got a Super Bowl to go up against the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, with a defense known as the Legion of Boom, who is elite. And if they ramrod you the way that they ramrodded Denver last year, this is definitely a black mark on the Patriots organization. Because the people are going to surmise that when the field of fair play was established, they didn’t know what to do with themselves.”

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Read More: 2015 NFL playoffs, Deflategate, Stephen A. Smith, Super Bowl XXXIX

Report: Officials properly checked footballs before game

01.21.15 at 12:33 pm ET
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According to a report from Pro Football Talk, the NFL reviewed its game officials’ actions Sunday and determined that they properly checked the footballs before the AFC championship game.

It was later determined that 11 of the 12 footballs the Patriots were using on offense were substantially deflated from the minimum accepted pressure of 12.5 pounds per square inch (PSI).

The Pro Football Talk report, which credits a league source, also indicated that the two-pound difference in PSI would not be obvious to an official handling the ball unless specifically looking for it.

The Colts reportedly alerted the officials to the issue during the first half, and the balls were tested at halftime and reinflated to the proper amount. It did not have a detrimental affect on Tom Brady and Co., as the Patriots outscored Indianapolis 28-0 in the second half en route to a 45-7 victory.

Read More: 2015 NFL playoffs, Deflate Gate, Super Bowl XLIX,

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