- Nov 29, 2016
Oh god teams are so weird about their footballs too. I've had D1 head coaches tell me that they don't want their footballs handled by the ballboys of the home team, and that they've specifically brought personnel to handle the balls.The last point on DeflateGate. I have always thought that is beyond weird that teams bring their own balls at the NFL level. I get that it happens at every level (mainly because of the cost of footballs), but at the pro level you would think that they would bring 25 balls, put them on the table and let the QBs or coaches pick the game balls. And I do understand that this adds to the hypothesis that the league doesn't really care about the game balls, but at the bottom of all of this, it's just a weird thing. The league should have a pool of like 500 balls to start the season and then just play those balls out through the season, swapping them around the league, etc. Ball prep and all of that should not be a factor in the game, largely because it is stupid.
I'm waiting for the time the visiting coach says he brought his own chain crew.