Part of the problem is that we as Christians often do not live up to the standard left by Christ. When we speak vehemently against those with whom we disagree, when we spend more time defending our right to have a weapon than the right of every human being to be given the opportunity and assistance to escape poverty, when we do not love our neighbours and instead wish them harm, we are not representing Christ. I have heard very few people condemn Christ; most accept that His lessons and instructions will lead to a better, more just life for all people. It is only His followers, when we misconstrue His words and disobey His commands, that bring condemnation upon ourselves.
I reject the assertion that this allegedly vilified religion teaches love above all else. There are far too many reasons to suggest this simply is not true. But supposing that it is... why are so many of the supporters of that religion on this site behaving as if "love your enemy" is a punchline rather than a foundational principle?
These people are such poor disciples. Rather than turning the other cheek or reveling in self-debasement and misery, they lash out, threaten, and mock their foes. How can they possibly be Christians - perhaps they are the real atheists.
 January 29, 2015 at 12:40pm
Well it was interesting to see the RINO Joe wake up and say something worthwhile.
January 28, 2015 at 12:48pm
You proved it is possible…now prove who did it.
Also, they say ALL these balls went down to EXACTLY 11 PSI…that means they know they ALL started at a precise level. How did they get that level of accuracy? Who monitored that part of the “test”
This is all BS.
Agreed, there is very little (if any) lose due to spiking the football - however - the point is that if a football starts at the minimum psi (as Brady readily agrees that's how he likes them . . . ANY loss of psi causes the football to become illegal. And Mike, really? The Schrader Valve on you car tires is quite a bit different than the rubber flap of a football. Even so, if you live in the Northeast (or a cold area) check the pressure in your car tires when you get home from work tonight. Probably be around 32-34 psi. Check them again tomorrow. No, it is not magic and, no, it is not cheating.
January 27, 2015 at 5:21pm
I have been asking about the calibration of the gauge(s) form the beginning. The one pound PSI difference is very small.
I Googled “how do the NFL ref’s check the balls and there is a video of them goofing around in the locker room with some balls in the sink and another guy with a gauge taking air out haphazardly and tossing it off saying “that looks about right..”
To be sure things are right they needed to test the Colt’s ball with the same gauge that very day in the same conditions.
 January 27, 2015 at 5:15pm
How about training some dogs to listen for them. I bet it could be done.
OK so based on this assumed set of statements:
A person had possession of all 24 footballs
(Come on guys the fart jokes get old too, right?)
BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS
Good enough? Can we continue?
11 of the 24 footballs were found to have 2 PSI less.
The balls are clearly marked as to which ones are Patriots and which ones are Colts.
The alleged "gotcha" is someone in the bathroom for 90 seconds.
Bathroom ball guy:
Unpacks 24 footballs or digs out 12 footballs from a bag.
Or to give a benefit of doubt, the ball bags are seperate (I said be mature... now hang in there)
We have to agree that the person:
Reached in for each ball individually or dumped them all out
If he reached in for each ball, did he return them after each alleged deflation or did he set them aside? If returned, how many times did he grab one that he already did?
So ok, that alone, lets assume it happened.
To save time he would have had to either had then numbered/designated in the bag
he dumped them all out
Either way, how long does it take to do this? Just reach in or dump out and return?
Next step, needling the football and guaging the deflation:
11 of them were 2 psi left, we agree that this is what is reported?
What are the odds that 11 balls in a row can be deflated manually at the same PSI?
I'd say none. So either the reporting is inaccurate.....
January 27, 2015 at 10:50am
Sure…they are called Islamdians.
 January 26, 2015 at 5:07pm
This is nuts. I live in Ohio and I have an oil well in my front yard that is safe and clean.
Pressure variations with nitrogen filled vessels realize fewer variations due to temperature swings than those filled with air. If the Patriots filled the ball with air and it was tested indoors at say 70 degrees to a pressure of 12.5 psi, then a ball sitting outside at a 45 degree temperature filled with air would then test measurably less.
Some auto maintenance facilities now offer tire filling with nitrogen to prevent the need to adjust the pressures several times per year based on temperature variations.
 January 25, 2015 at 2:19pm
Who calibrated the gauge(s) used to test these balls. Who, and when, checked the Colts balls with the same calibrated gauge? These differences are so small with so many variables the “truth” may never be known.