New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick held an impromptu and amazing news conference on Saturday to address the "Deflategate" scandal his team has been dealing with ahead of the 2015 Super Bowl, during which he defended the way their footballs are prepared, talked science and referenced the movie My Cousin Vinny.
The NFL recently said that the team had last weekend used several underinflated footballs during a game against the Indianapolis Colts, who lost, and have launched an investigation. Belichick said at Saturday's news conference, which lasted about 22 minutes and referenced the term "ball" 70 times, that the Patriots had carried out their "study" into what happened. He said the team "followed every rule, to the letter" regarding the inflation of their footballs.
"The atmospheric conditions as well as the true equilibrium of the ball is critical to the measurement," he said. "At no time were any of our footballs prepared anywhere other than in the locker room or in an area close to that."
Belichick had previously said he had "no knowledge whatsoever" about the underinflated footballs and was "shocked" about the allegations. Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady told reporters on Thursday that he "didn't alter the ball in any way." His team will face the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona. Kickoff time is at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.