Warning: The post you are about to read is incredibly juvenile
Tom Brady held a press conference Thursday afternoon to address what the media has, quite unfortunately, dubbed ‘DeflateGate.’
For those not up to speed: 11 of the 12 Patriots game balls in Sunday’s AFC championship game were found to be significantly under the NFL’s pressure standards. It’s a serious matter, and it is currently being investigated by the league.
There is a certain nuance to diffusing potentially serious situations with humor, and Tom Brady is clearly a master at it. His press conference was packed to the brim with the sort of ballsy innuendo that would make 12-year-old boys everywhere proud. It
Obviously the Internet ate it up.
I understand if you don’t want to scroll any further. Frankly, I’m a little embarrassed having written this post. For those of you who keep scrolling, you won’t be disappointed.
Do not touch or rub them
Tom Brady likes the balls
Some guys like old balls
Big ones! Small ones!
Twitter practically tripped over itself to make jokes
If nothing else, this entire incident has proven that at heart, we're all children who snicker at the word "balls". #DeflateGate
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) January 22, 2015
The @TheDailyShow supercut of cable news personalities saying the word "balls" is going to make all of this worth it.
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) January 22, 2015
Only Brady can say "I don't squeeze the balls" with a straight face. #DeflateGate
— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) January 22, 2015
If you can't laugh about someone talking very seriously about balls on television you are dead inside
— Ian Boudreau (@iboudreau) January 22, 2015
The reaction to Tom Brady’s repeated use of the word balls is demonstrating that Twitter is indeed nine years old.
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) January 22, 2015
All of Twitter right now:
"Heh heh heh, he said balls."
"Yeah! YEAH! BALLS! heh heh heh BALLS!" pic.twitter.com/FeZXxQ1Csc
— MBA Having Cubs Fan (@Aisle424) January 22, 2015
OH on the newsdesk: “I want all of the balls references."
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 22, 2015
As discussions about your balls should be pic.twitter.com/xCwITXCe8S
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) January 22, 2015
And then there is NFL ESPN analyst Mark Brunell, who seemed to be on the verge of tears.
It’s just a game, man!