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  • So what’s the big deal about deflated footballs?

    Portland Press Herald - 01/22/2015

    The basic fact of the “Deflategate” controversy is this: NFL sources have told national news outlets that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the Patriots in the first half of Sunday’s AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated, meaning they had less air than required under league rules.

    Big deal, a non-sports fan might say. But to a sports fan who sees the games as an escape from everyday troubles, it’s a huge deal.

    “People look to sports for so many things, for a deflection of their own problems, for heroes, to see what leadership looks like. We are a society that loves to elevate people to hero status, and we take a great interest when they fall,” said Dan Lebowitz, executive director of The Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University in Boston. “When we find that these heroes have the same human fallibility as the rest of us, we overblow those instances.”

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