Why is an under inflated #football considered cheating?

Question

Why is an under inflated #football considered cheating?

Answer

Advantage for quarterback and receivers because you can grip better, meaning that they have more hand on the ball to be able to throw further which is a HUGE advantage. Less likely to fumble. When it’s cold the hand can’t grip as hard and an under inflated ball allows players to grip tighter.

This week, according to league sources, the NFL found that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the Patriots in a 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game were significantly underinflated. A move, I suppose, that was meant to give the Patriots an advantage in a game they probably could have won using just 10 players on a side while spotting the Colts a touchdown, or two. Still, if it’s true this latest accusation of cheating (and make no doubt, that’s exactly what it is) is the epitome of paranoia, insecurity and arrogance — and while the crime seems silly, the punishment should not be. There have been so many bizarre scandals with this franchise, moving forward we should just start referring to them as the New England Gatetriots.

Source: http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2014/story/_/id/12206633/when-bill-belichick-others-caught-cheating-deflating-all-flem-file

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Questions regarding the under-inflated ball scandal involving the Patriots.

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