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The NFL Left the Air Gauges at the Hotel Before Chiefs-Patriots, So They Got a Police Escort to the Game
As a result of all the deflategate shenanigans that came about after last year’s AFC Championship Game, this year the NFL instituted stricter rules and procedures concerning the handling of game balls and the measurement of air pressure.
Unfortunately, rules and procedures are only as good as the people following them. And it turns out that the people following them prior to last weekend’s Chiefs-Patriots playoff game were total crap.
You see, when the NFL officiating crew left their hotel for Gillette Stadium on Saturday, they forgot to bring the special air gauges and league-provided “K” balls with them. So the NFL called the hotel, and the hotel called the police so the balls and gauges could get a police escort.
The NFL would probably have preferred to keep this gaffe on the d-low. However, the Massachusetts State Police went and issued an official statement about it:
At approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Massachusetts State police at Logan airport were notified by the Hyatt Hotel on airport property that the officials at Gillette Stadium for that afternoon’s Patriots’ playoff game had left official, specially designated footballs and pressure gauges behind at the hotel,” Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said. “The hotel had been contacted by the NFL after it realized the equipment had been left behind.
State Police contacted an NFL security official at Gillette Stadium. NFL security requested State Police assistance in bringing the footballs and gauges to the stadium. The footballs in question are referred to as K-balls, short for kicking balls. They are the official footballs provided by the league for use in kicking plays.
A hotel employee retrieved the equipment. State Police Detective Lieutenant Thomas Coffey, who was on duty at Troop F that afternoon, along with the hotel employee, drove the K-balls and gauges to Gillette Stadium, arriving at approximately 3:30 p.m., and turned them over to the NFL.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]