Rich Levine

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First things first. Let me just reiterate a fun little fact that’s been percolating in the atmosphere since late Sunday night: The Patriots are Super Bowl Champions.

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Well, here were are again.

Glendale, Arizona.

The Super Bowl.

And there it is.

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It’s time for the Super Bowl! OK, fine. It’s almost time for the Super Bowl! OK, fine. There’s still more than 100 hours until the Super Bowl — and we need a distraction.

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Thursday was an ugly afternoon at Gillette Stadium. It was a rough day for the Patriots, for the NFL, for the media and society in general.

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Baffled as to what actually happened -- and why it happened -- in this sordid tale of deflated footballs? Rich Levine has some ideas:

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