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CoverGate? NFL Forced To Refile DeflateGate Appeal Over 'Wrong Color Cover'

BOSTON (CBS) -- If you're one to think the NFL front office is full of incompetent, bumbling idiots, your case just got a hilarious new piece of evidence.

After filing its latest DeflateGate appeal brief, the league was forced to refile after it violated the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) as well as the "court's local rules" because the cover of their appeal was the wrong color.

You can't make this stuff up.

Daniel Wallach later tweeted that the botched appeal filing "not a competitive advantage, but may violate integrity of court rules." Well played, Danny boy.

There are so many ways to turn this embarrassing gaffe by the NFL into a punchline. Is it more probable than not that Goodell was generally aware of the cover color? Did the NFL "misinterpret a rule" in putting their appeal together? Were 11 out of 12 covers the wrong color?

Insert your own silly DeflateGate references in the comments.

Matt Dolloff is a writer for His opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CBS or 98.5 The Sports Hub. Read more from Matt here. Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff and email him at

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