The seemingly never-ending saga that is “Deflate-Gate” has now taken another perhaps surprising twist. According to league circles, one conspiracy theory that is being thrown out now is that the Indianapolis Colts deflated the interception football themselves that was caught by D’Qwell Jackson in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. The deflated interception football was then turned into league officials. The other remaining Patriots’ footballs were just a tick under from apparently “natural causes”.
ProFootballTalk had the initial scoop:
"“The new conspiracy theory is that after Jackson’s interception, the Colts took some air out of that football on their own sideline before handing it over to the officials to have it tested.It’s not completely clear where this conspiracy theory started, but it was floated today on Boston radio station WEEI, when Adam Schefter of ESPN was a guest. After the host proposed to Schefter that “The Colts deflated the one ball that D’Qwell Jackson intercepted, and all the other balls were just a tick under,” Schefter said that’s a theory he’s heard.”"
This ranks right up there with Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Easter Bunny. Now, and only now, do I think that I have truly heard it all. The Indianapolis Colts did it?
Would blaming deflated footballs really gain them their dignity back after a 45-7 blowout loss?
What happened to the Patriots official who took the footballs from the game officials office, that seemed like a pretty promising lead?
Even weeks later, the mystery that is “Deflate-Gate” has left us with more questions than answers. The NFL hasn’t revealed any other additional clues that they have uncovered from their apparently ongoing investigation, which leads us to this.
The Colts did it.
Just another conspiracy theory in a world that is littered with them.
Hopefully, the NFL finds something concrete in their investigation regarding evidence. Otherwise, we’re going to be left with, “Colonel Mustard did it with a lead pipe in the conservatory,” at this rate.
Feb 2, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (left) and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick during the Super Bowl XLIX-Winning Head Coach and MVP Press Conference at Media Center-Press Conference Room B. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports