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After Crushing Loss, Indianapolis Colts Present Evidence That the Grass at Gillette Stadium Is Fake

tom bradyNFL investigators met Tuesday with Patriots officials to determine whether footballs used in New England’s 45-7 victory against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game were not properly inflated, according to a person familiar with the league’s handling of the situation. And while the league indicated it may wrap up its investigation by week’s end, ESPN reported late Tuesday night that 11 of the 12 footballs that were used by the Patriots were under-inflated. An NFL spokesman, Michael Signora, said the league had “no comment at this time” about the report, which stated that the footballs were under-inflated by 2 pounds per square inch. Under NFL rules, game balls must be inflated to between 12.5-13.5 PSI. In-game officials inspect footballs two hours before kickoff and only give the balls to the respective teams 15 minutes before kickoff. Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations, told The Associated Press that the league’s “investigation is currently under way and we’re still awaiting findings.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Manager Says Hyatt Is Losing Money Because of Old Port Bar Noise, Not Because It Looks Like a Soviet Prison. It’s Totally Not That

portland maine hyatt hotelPORTLAND — A Portland hotel says its losing business because of noise from bars in the Old Port. The manager of Hyatt Place, Alen Saric, says he’s receiving noise complaints from guests. “It’s coming from the, typically from the speakers put outside, from the doors being left wide open and having the bass blast inside the clubs,” Saric said about the noise. He’s asking for changes to Portland’s sound ordinance. Right now the city allows up to 92 decibels. According to Purdue University, 90 decibels is about the sound of a lawn mower or a nearby motorcycle. “Boston allows 70 decibels during the day,” Saric said. “And from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. they only allow 50 decibels.” Some local bar owners say the hotel could have prevented any issues with more soundproofing, knowing that this was an entertainment district. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Wiscasset Interim Pastor Lauded as Perfect for a Congregation That Just Doesn’t Give a Shit Anymore

wiscasset church pastorWiscasset First Congregational Church’s new interim minister Susan Craig believes mission work can be done anywhere, close to home or far away. For 11 years, she served with an evangelical reform church in Honduras that built a medical clinic and that helped provide people with housing, clean water and nutrition. The New Jersey-raised, longtime pastor is now focused on helping members of the First Congregational look to the church’s future. That’s a key function of the interim post. John Potter retired as minister in November 2014; Craig gave her first service there Jan. 4. Craig comes to the pillared church on the hill after serving as associate conference minister for United Church of Christ’s Maine Conference. Before that she spent about 20 years as a church pastor in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. She welcomed the opportunity to serve in a local church again with the position in Wiscasset. It’s a type of work that she has great affection for, she said. It’s a temp job, but likely a lengthy one. She anticipates serving a year to a year and a half, long enough for the church to determine what it’s looking for in its next minister and find that person. “Interim ministry is very exciting work and very important work, as a church gets ready to take a next step in its history. So I was thrilled to have a chance to do it. (read more at Wiscasset NewsPaper)

Hollywood Casino Revenue Dips When A Guy Pays His Rent Instead

hollywood casinoBANGOR, Maine — Coming out of 2014 with a slight drop in net revenue, Hollywood Casino tried a 10-day experiment in which it kept its doors open around the clock. The test run didn’t yield the results casino officials hoped for, so the gambling facility has returned to its normal 19-hour day. “The biggest takeaway from our 24-hour experiment was that customers in Eastern Maine are content with our existing hours of 8 a.m.-3 a.m. daily at Hollywood Casino,” casino General Manager Jose Flores said in an email earlier this week. “Those who did come during the late-night hours we are not normally open had a great time, but the vast majority of our customers visit during our normal operating hours.” The trial run stretched from the day after Christmas through Jan. 3. Flores declined to say how many patrons the casino saw during those off-hours, or how much the casino brought in between the hours of 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. compared to normal hours of operation. Hollywood Casino’s main competition, Oxford Casino, which is about a two-hour drive south on Interstate 95, has been a 24-hour operation since it opened for business in the summer of 2012. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Bill Belichick Asks League for Permission to Stroke an Angora Cat During The Conference Championship Game

bill belichickOne of the more heavily discussed topics in the aftermath of the Patriots’ 35-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday was New England’s use of a four offensive linemen formation in which a skill position player lined up on the line of scrimmage and reported himself as ineligible. The tactic — used on a touchdown drive that brought the Patriots to within 28-21 in the third quarter — angered Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who complained that his team wasn’t given enough time to identify the ineligible receivers. He also added that the strategy had never been used before. Asked about the origin of the set of plays during a conference call, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he pulled the idea from another team in the league.”It’s a play that, it’s a situation that I saw another team use, kind of,” Belichick said. “We talked about it and thought about ways to put some pressure on the defense with that type of, that concept of having more receivers on the field than were actually eligible. To make them ineligible instead of ineligible guys eligible, go the other way around, so we came up with a few ideas.” He added: “The origin of that play was from the NFL. What they did, it sparked some ideas so we did what we did.” Belichick bristled at the notion that the league could look into the matter further and have that type of play officiated differently, as Harbaugh suggested after the game. “Like what?” Belichick said twice when asked how adjustments could be made in that regard. (read more at the Boston Herald)

Police Say Man Struck Caribou Woman With His Truck. Wow, I Thought There Were Laws Against Mating With Those Things

moose. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorSTOCKHOLM, Maine — A Caribou woman suffered significant injuries Friday evening after she was struck by a vehicle in Stockholm, according to the Maine State Police. Maine State Police Sgt. Brian Harris said Sunday that the accident occurred just after 11:30 p.m. on Main Street. According to Harris, Garth Johnson, 19, of Caribou was traveling on Main Street in a 2006 Chevrolet pickup and had stopped at a traffic light before the bridge spanning the Little Madawaska River. As Johnson started across the bridge, he failed to see Reighel Waugh, 26, walking in the road in time to avoid striking her because she was wearing dark clothing, Harris said. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Ravens Coach Says It’s Not Fair That Sometimes Brady Only Pretends To Hand Off, And Then Throws It Anyway

john harbaugh whines to officalsFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh objected to what he called a “substitution trick” by the New England Patriots in the third quarter of Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game, saying it was “clearly deception” that he hopes the league examines. The Patriots dug into their bag of tricks on their second drive of the third quarter, lining up just four offensive linemen and declaring a normally eligible receiver as ineligible to keep Baltimore off balance. Ravens players were confused about which Patriots to match up with in coverage, and Harbaugh drew an unportsmanlike conduct penalty for running onto the field and screaming in objection. Harbaugh said after the game that the officials “didn’t understand what was going on.” “We wanted an opportunity to be able to ID who the eligible players were,” Harbaugh said. “What [the Patriots] were doing was they announce the ineligible player and then Tom [Brady] would take them to the line right away and snap the ball before we had a chance to figure out who was lined up where. That was the deception part of it. It was clearly deception. (read more at ESPN)

Augusta To Ring In New Year With Ball And Property Value Drop

augusta maine new years ball dropAUGUSTA — Artists spinning balls of fire, a homemade version of the famous ball dropped each year in Times Square, and live music will help bring the new year into downtown Augusta on New Year’s Eve. For the second straight year, the owners of Gagliano’s Bistro plan to have their own festive ball drop at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s with a ball fashioned by Jason McFarland, husband of owner Helena Gagliano. They’ll drop the ball from the front corner of the restaurant’s building at 287 Water St., about 45 feet up. But McFarland said they want to step it up a notch this year, so he plans to add a green strobe light to the ball, which is made of wire, LED Christmas lights and a spotlight, to ramp up the ball itself and to bring live performers outside the restaurant for the festivities. “We’re trying to do a little one-upmanship from last year,” McFarland said Tuesday as he prepared to install the ball and the system of pulleys and wooden supports used to lower it. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Ellsworth-Sumner Football Team To Remain In The League For Scrawny Pale Kids With Inhalers For At Least Two More Seasons

ellsworth-sumner high school football teamELLSWORTH — After three winless seasons, the Ellsworth-Sumner cooperative varsity football program will likely remain in Class D East for another two years.The two schools’ combined enrollment would have bumped the team up to Class B next fall, but the Maine Principals’ Association’s football committee decided to make an exception for the Eagles. “It takes a long time to build a football program,” said Ellsworth-Sumner coach Duane Crawford. “Especially when you’re facing teams who have been in existence since the ’40s and ’50s, where football is ingrained in the community.” The MPA football committee convenes biannually to classify its member schools into four classes by enrollment. On Monday, Dec. 8, the panel recommended allowing both the Ellsworth-Sumner and Camden Hills football teams to continue playing in the smallest school division. The committee’s proposal to offer these schools a hand has raised some questions about what’s a realistic timeframe for a new program to grow and when should the MPA decline intervention. (read more at the Ellsworth American

Two Reporters Volunteer To Keep Reviewing All The Hot Cocoa In Bangor Until The Fudge Review Gig Opens Up

bangor fudge reviewsBANGOR, Maine — Snowflakes flutter through the air. The sun begins to set about 3:30 p.m. The air is crisp. You’re bundled up in coats and hats, scarves and gloves, and you find yourself in downtown Bangor. A stroll through the park sounds lovely, but wouldn’t something to warm you up cradled in your hands be even lovelier? Hot chocolate (or its sister hot cocoa) it is. More so than any other hot beverage, it’s redolent of winter. So where’s the best place in downtown Bangor to get it? BDN staffers Emily Burnham and Sarah Walker Caron — who in the past have bravely sampled chili and tacos in Bangor and sometimes beyond to find the best around — took to the streets of downtown to sample hot chocolate. Or hot cocoa. (Yes, there’s a difference — it has to do with ingredients.) The parameters: We limited our hot chocolate tour to downtown Bangor to allow for everything to be within walking distance of one another. We also kept it to only hot chocolate and hot cocoa made by hand, in house, and not from a just-add-water mix, and not from national chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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