The officials also meet the press at each stop, where local media are given a presentation outlining each new rule. Needless to say, given the new protocols the league is putting in place regarding football inflation levels, this years presentation in New England was guaranteed to be far more entertaining than the snoozefest I personally sat through last year.
The local media has been quick to point out the inconsistencies in the league's handling of "Deflategate" and they didn't disappoint at today's presentation. When pressed by former Patriots linebacker and current NESN analyst Matt Chatham, official Gene Steratore admitted that he, like us, has no idea what will happen if a ball is tested at halftime and found to be under the legal limit of 12.5 psi.
Steratore says they're not sure what happens if the balls fall below 12.5 at halftime. Said it's a football ops question.— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) August 7, 2015
So, in other words, after turning ball deflation into one of the biggest "scandals" in NFL history, the league still hasn't fleshed out to it's officials what to do if a ball is found to be under the legal limit? We're still in "make shit up as we go" territory on this? Isn't that how we got here in the first place?
As Chatham notes, at least Steratore is deflecting the question to capable hands...
Deferred that Q to Troy Vincent...who didn't consider science. Wonderful https://t.co/6UZw0UKJGa— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) August 7, 2015
Well, the only thing consistent throughout the entire "Deflategate" process has been the incompetence of the league. It sure looks like that won't be changing anytime soon.