Block & Tackle: How I learned to stop worrying and love Deflategate

Block & Tackle is John Teti’s column about pro football.

Deflategate, football’s frenzied media maelstrom of posturing and hurt feelings, nears its end this week. Yesterday the NFL released the Wells Report, the findings of a months-long investigation to determine how footballs came to be under-pressurized during the AFC Championship Game this January. The report “concluded that it is more probable than not that Jim McNally (the Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots) and John Jastremski (an equipment assistant for the Patriots) participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee.” Investigator Ted Wells and colleagues at his elite law firm also wrote in the report’s executive summary that it’s “more probable than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and …

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