If you thought deflategate was officially dead, guess again. It will not die while the NFL is still coming after Tom Brady in court.
It was right around this time last year that discussion of footballs and their level of inflation were being discussed. First by the Ravens, who informed the Colts prior the AFC Championship game about the Patriots and the PSI of their balls. And so the beginnings of deflategate were underway.
The Colts took the information from the Ravens and shared it with the NFL. The AFC Championship game became a sting operation by the NFL. They attempted to "catch" the Patriots redhanded.
What happened was a misrepresentation of the facts and a botched investigation led by the NFL that became known as deflategate. While it did give us a crying former player and months and months of debate, it was short on facts.
The New York Times, of all places, posted a story about an actual independent investigation. The investigation was conducted by John Leonard, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And before you rip him and the investigation apart he's not a Patriots fan. His team is the Philadelphia Eagles.
What Mr. Leonard found was that Exponent, the so-called scientists who prepared the scientific report for the Wells Report, made a bunch of basic mistakes. And based on his investigation he concluded that the Patriots never deflated any football's, "I am convinced that no deflation occurred and the Patriots are innocent. It never happened."
Not only that but the Patriots are back, even under a microscope, back in the AFC Championship game. The Ravens and Colts didn't even make the playoffs.