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Deflated football? That was the controversy in a 1925 Boys' Latin-Friends game, too

Deflated football? That was the controversy in a 1925 Boys' Latin-Friends game, too

Even if the New England Patriots did steal some air from the football, the AFC championship wouldn't be the first game ever played with a deflated pigskin. Ninety years ago, in a hard-fought private school contest, Friends defeated Boys' Latin on a touchdown scored with a ball as flat as roadkill. And the losers went to their graves believing they'd been duped on a play as strange as any, then or now. "They talked about that game until the day they died," Mac Kennedy said of the Boys' Latin players who were beaten, 9-0, by Friends in 1925. At their 50th reunion in 1976, said Kennedy, director of alumni relations at the school, "five of those guys...

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