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Goodell: NFL won't share this year's PSI numbers

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Goodell: NFL won't share this year's PSI numbers

SAN FRANCISCO -- You are Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner.

You allowed more than $10 million of your bosses’ money to be spent on an investigation, court proceeding and appeal that left you looking like you didn’t understand seventh-grade science. You’ve also put an important portion of the Collective Bargaining Agreement in jeopardy as regards to discipline and cemented an already well-earned reputation for bullying and twisting the truth.

You now have numbers in hand that will either prove you were right all along, that the Patriots footballs measured (haphazardly) last January dropped so precipitously the results couldn’t be duplicated. Or you have numbers in hand that prove you threw up all over yourself.

What do you do with these numbers?

You pretend you never wanted anyone to see them.

On Tuesday, Goodell appeared on The Rich Eisen Show and, when asked about the PSI checks, replied, “What the league did this year was what we do with a lot of rules and policies designed to protect the integrity of the game, and that’s to create a deterrent effect.

“We do spot checks to prevent and make sure the clubs understand that we’re watching these issues,” he added. “It wasn’t a research study. They simply were spot checks. There were no violations this year. We’re pleased that we haven’t had any violations and we continue the work, obviously, to consistently and importantly enforce the integrity of the game and the rules that are designed to protect it.”

It’s funny, because in October, when I reached out to the league to ask about this, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league hadn’t decided yet how to disseminate its findings.

Not “if.” “How.”

This notion of “spot checks” was never even broached before Goodell opened his gob today.

Here’s how the NFL described its plan for checking footballs back in August:

“At designated games, selected at random, the game balls used in the first half will be collected by the [kicking ball coordinator] at halftime, and the League’s Security Representative will escort the KBC with the footballs to the Officials’ Locker room. During halftime, each game ball for both teams will be inspected in the locker room by designated members of the officiating and security crews, and the PSI results will be measured and recorded.  Once measured, those game balls will then be secured and removed from play.”

Does that sound like a damn spot check to you? Because, to me, it sounds like data gathering and evidence preservation. Spot check would be goosing every 33rd ball a ref comes in contact with every couple of weeks, giving a thumbs-up and tossing it back into play.

So the NFL got the numbers in its "spot checks" and Goodell is “pleased to report there are no violations this year.”

Reptilian.

How many were under 12.5? How much did they deflate in similar conditions to last January’s AFC Championship Game? How much did they inflate in the heat? Did any get into the 10 PSI range on really cold days?

This stuff was really important last January through September. Studies commissioned, investigations launched, reputations dragged along behind the NFL bus. Was it all worth it?

Of course it wasn’t. And that’s why you keep it all in the dark. 

Robert Kraft is at the NBA All-Star game with Mike Rubin

Robert Kraft is at the NBA All-Star game with Mike Rubin

As Celtics guard Kyrie Irving gets set to start for Team LeBron in the 2019 NBA, Robert Kraft appears to be in attendance with his friend Mike Rubin. 

Rubin is a co-owner of the 76ers, New Jersey Devils and an executive chairman for Fanatics, among other companies. He and Kraft have been friends for years, most notably when they both visited Meek Mill in prison and became outspoken on the United States' criminal justice system. 

Kraft and Patriots coach Bill Belichick are known for attending Celtics games from time-to-time so it's not new for the Patriots to have a presence whenever the Celtics are involved. 

The NBA All-Star game tips off at 8 p.m. EST in Charlotte. 

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2019 Daytona 500 highlights: Watch Julian Edelman wave green flag to start race

2019 Daytona 500 highlights: Watch Julian Edelman wave green flag to start race

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman's exciting offseason continued Sunday when he waved the green flag to begin the 2019 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Edelman is the latest NFL player to serve as the honorary starter at the "Great American Race." Check out a video of him waving the green flag in the Instagram post below:

It was just two weeks ago that Edelman and the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The 32-year-old veteran caught 10 passes for 141 yards and was named Super Bowl MVP -- the second Patriots wide receiver ever to win the award.

In the time since that victory, Edelman has gone to Disney World with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, he got his beard shaved on the "Ellen" show and he started NASCAR's most prestigious race in style.

It's safe to say Edelman is enjoying the spoils of victory following the Patriots' sixth Super Bowl title.

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