If I am a quarterback, I might want a softer football; if I am a placekicker, however, I definitely want the football to be fully inflated. Is this the reason that one of the 12 balls remained properly inflated, to be kept aside and passed selectively to an official just prior to a placekick?

The Patriots handled the vagaries of the cold and the rain and the wind better than the Colts to overwhelmingly win this game, as was anticipated.

For a change, this Super Bowl promises to be a great game; it is unfortunate to deflate it with what might be an irrational and irrelevant controversy.

Robert Luke