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

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. 

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

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 

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.