Here’s who’s really responsible for deflating those footballs

Can you handle the truth?


Audra Schroeder


Published Jan 25, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 4:53 pm CDT

The New England Patriots gave the Internet a perfect meme this week with #DeflateGate, and started a bigger conversation about the NFL’s history with scandals and cheating. 

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So what really happened during last Sunday’s game? Last night’s Saturday Night Live cold open explained it all. 

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Coach Bill Belichick dispensed with formalities and threw the team’s quarterback, Tom Brady, “under the bus.” Brady stressed the importance of not really stressing out about balls and air and how much air is in footballs. 

He then introduced the “real brains” behind the whole operation, Dougie Spoons. 

Screengrab via Saturday Night Live/YouTube 

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2015, 1:21 pm CST