|Blown up versions found below.|
Without making any speculation as to why the footballs each offense used appear differently (Sources: NFL Game Replay and NFL.com photos, Packsers.com and other photo sources) in fact, they look to be two different shades of brown, one more reddish and normal, like is seen in 99% or more of all NFL games and the other dark, a shade not
Surely, Lighting and other things could be among
Some might even take color samples via Photoshop or other graphics program to see the red-green-blue
With the verve in the NFL about deflation and other "gate" that have dogged the New England organization, this is simply more information and it will not cause a longer or shorter suspension of Tom Brady. That wasn't by design, it is just when the article was ready for print.
Now, If the balls are different shades, it begs the question of why? Prior to the rule that allowed the visiting teams to bring the balls they wanted to use this couldn't have happened. Now, it seems something happened to the football the Patriots were using. But if a fair-minded person concluded they are different shades of brown, then to that same fair-minded person the "why" question does become important.
During deflate-gate around the Championship games and the Super Bowl both Brady and Belichick said the Patriots preferred used footballs, likely used the practice during the week, and that those were the ones they take to away games. Fair enough, this practice is well within the NFL Ru
So with no further delay, here are some shots if the
|After a Patriot carry, ball |
|Closeup of ball color Patriots used. Credit: NFL.com|
|Closeup of ball color |
Compare this to
|After a Packer carry, ball |
|Ball look like normal Auburn brown. Credit NFL Replay.|
|Still in 2nd Quarter, |
More clear shorts from NFL.com
And you ask if there are other games? Yes. But only sometimes
Difference in colors, but more later on that. .
|Patriots versus Colts. 2014. Credit: NFL.com|
After speaking to several former NFL players (including one who kicked) and coaches there are varying theories among those who do agree that the shades of brown differ and that, again, PFJ will get to soon. But proceeding carefully is important because this may be a case of using a normally weathered ball that week, which, as long as it passes NFL referee inspection and air pressure is legal to use, Or there could be one more example of a team who seeming likes to cut corners doing it here for some advantage.
And my opinion? The kicking ball held by the official in maroon coat is, according to the chart above is "cinnamon". The
Update II 5/13/2015
What’s with this dark ball thing?
|This ball AJ Green is |
|The footballs Brady and Dalton are holding here look to be |