The Daily Scoop: 1-20-2015

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NFL confirms deflated football investigation

The Super Bowl XLIX matchup is set! It will be Seattle and New England playing for the title on February 1st, but after crushing the Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship on Sunday, the patriots are in hot water.

The NFL is investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their game victory over the Colts. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday morning that he cannot provide any other information. The inquiry was first reported by the website for WTHR in Indiana, citing an unnamed source.

According to the NFL rule book, “it is the responsibility of the home team to furnish playable balls at all times.” The rule book also notes that people who alter footballs or allow an unapproved football to be used in a game can be disciplined with fines or other punishments.

The Patriots have come under scrutiny with regards to NFL rules in the past, most infamously when they were punished for videotaping sideline signals used by the New York Jets during a 2007 game.

Oregon driver lucky to be alive after truck is crushed between two semis

The phrase “lucky to be alive” is an understatement for a driver who came close to being crushed on Saturday in a 26-vehicle pileup in Oregon. This is a photo of Kaleb Whitby trapped in his pickup, crushed between two semis.

It happened before dawn on an ice-slick Interstate 84 in Baker City. The tractor-trailer Whitby was following went into the median. He collided with the first big rig, then another came up behind and sandwiched him in between. Whitby never lost consciousness, and in fact, he walked away from the wreck with only cuts and bruises.

Bystanders helped him get free from what was left of his truck after about 30 minutes. Whitby says he didn’t feel safe until he got home to his wife and two-year-old son. A dozen people were taken away from the accident scene in ambulances with minor to serious injuries.

Tiger’s toothless grin goes viral
Tiger Woods surprised girlfriend Lyndsey Vonn by making the trip to Italy as she nabbed her record 63rd World Cup win Monday. However, he was missing a little something.

The pro-golfer reportedly had one of his two front teeth accidentally knocked out by a member of the media. According to Woods’ agent, a photographer turned while standing next to Woods at the Awards Ceremony and hit him in the mouth with his camera.

Video taken after the ceremony where Woods surprised Vonn showed Wood’ covering up his missing chomper with a ski mask.