Deflategate football hitting the auction block with $25k starting bid

Thursday June 18th, 2015

Deflategate has become one of the most talked about scandals in sports history and now you can own one of the balls that started it all.

ESPN reports that a pair of Patriots fans were handed a ball by wide receiver Brandon LaFell in the third quarter of the team's now infamous AFC Championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The couple originally believed the ball was a replacement used after the deflated balls were discovered, but when the Wells Report revealed the footballs were simply re-inflated for the game's second half, Laura and Matt Nichols realized they had a piece of history. will be auctioning off the football with a starting bid of $25,000 and chairman Joshua Evans told ESPN it is one of the most interesting pieces the site has ever auctioned off.

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"This is a 'wow' type of collectible. This is one of the best conversation pieces that has ever been sold."

The auction will come to a close on July 17, and someone will be the proud new owner of a very expensive, slightly under-inflated football. -Brendan Maloy

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