Then again, maybe the Patriots aren't really responsible. The head of the physics department at Boston College argues that it's theoretically possible that the balls were properly inflated, indoors, at room temperature, but then deflated naturally after being moved outside to the much colder playing conditions at Gillette Stadium. Without the precise meteorological details, we can never know the truth.
The "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" Defense:
Like most of his teammates, Indianapolis tight end Dwayne Allen doesn't feel he was robbed of a Super Bowl opportunity. Soft footballs don't lead to five extra touchdowns, especially when both teams are using the same equipment.
New England's Super Bowl opponents from Seattle are similarly unconcerned.
On Thursday, Belichick finally addressed the controversy during a tense press conference, broadcast live by several networks. He attempted to deflate #DeflateGate by saying he'd never had relations with those footballs, and doesn't even really know how they get their air anyway. He can't vouch for his quarterback, but he's "told you everything I know."
The Seahawks Cheated, Too:
In an effort to demonstrate that football in built on a culture of lawlessness, it was briefly proposed that Seattle, New England's upcoming opponent, also cheated their way to the Super Bowl, with an illegal formation on a pivotal onside kick play that was part of their stunning comeback over Green Bay. (Spoiler alert: It wasn't actually illegal, as those who actually read the rules quickly attested.)
Someone Thinks of the Children:
The entire saga may have finally peaked when Tom Brady, New England's golden boy quarterback and Prime Suspect No. 1, held his own press conference. In front of an eager audience on TV (and Twitter), Brady denied tampering with the balls, ignored a demand from a reporter to apologize to his fans, engaged in lengthy digressions about his ball pressure preferences, denied again that he mishandled the balls in anyway, wore a silly beanie cap, and then referenced ISIS. Fans understandably lost their minds, the assembled media members did not acquit their profession well, and there are still 10 more days left until the actual Super Bowl is played.