There was a stat when all this came out that after Peyton and Brady lobbied the league to change the rule to let visiting teams bring their own footballs, the Patriots' turnover margin dropped ridiculously, especially in bad weather games. It was such a change that when you compared it to the team with the next fewest turnovers, it wasn't even close.
Just judging by your interactions here in this thread, maybe the problem isn't Ed wanting to be a celebrity but more you were probably a dick to him during those 6 interactions. It seems to be your thing.
People act like this "bathroom break" is the only time it could be done. They act like the balls go from the officials to the field for the start of the game. I think people are forgetting pre-game warmups. You know, the time when the QB's and everyone else are feeling the footballs. The refs most likely aren't watching the ball boys and they are also probably not recording pre-game warmups to check any tapes. Ample time for someone to deflate some footballs.
I like how Cimini still put a negative spin on the Texans #5 ranking. He is constantly harping on them not finding late round gems, like it's so common. I think we would all be happy if the Jets just hit on the 1st and 2nd round picks. That's not always a given with our team.
Isn't it ironic how these stats suddenly went to ridiculous levels the year after Tom Brady lobbied for the new football rule in 2006. It's not hard to connect the dots and come to the conclusion that they were probably doing this since 2007.
So the rule was put in place in 2006, SpyGate was in 2007, and I think it's safe to say that Brady's been deflating the balls since then. People always ask me why I hate him and I tell them that he's a phony and I can see right through his bullsh*t act. His PC today was the final piece that shows he's nothing more than a liar and a cheat. Pats fans don't see it, but so many other people do now.