A Boston bakery is bringing a little levity to New England Patriots’ Deflate-gate with its less-than-full football cookies.
Amid reports that 11 of the 12 balls the Patriots used in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were underinflated, the Boston Common Coffee Company decided whip up the treat.
“Looks like our pastry chef let a little too much air out of these cookies to make them regulation cookies. But come on down and get them before Roger Goodell,” the shop wrote on its Facebook page.
Manager Wawa Toyloy told FoxNews.com that the limited-supply cookies, which sell at a deflated price of $1 each, are a going fast at each of its four stores.
On Wednesday, the company’s co-owner, Peter Femino –a Patriots fan — said they decided to punt, despite the risk of angering fans.
“They were made, and I said, ‘Let’s put them out.’ Just like anything else, customers can decide — we aren’t forcing people to buy them. We are just making light of a bad situation. It’s a sport; it’s a game,” Femino told Boston Magazine. “I’ve never been one to brush something under the couch or under the rug.”
Some Facebook followers cried foul, saying the bakery was making light of the situation, but most were supportive.
Toyloy says that the orders are rolling in as Deflate-gate grows. On Thursday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick denied knowing that quarterback Tom Brady was throwing deflated footballs.
But the Boston Common Coffee Company is the only company to capitalize on the pigskin controversy.
From now until Super Bowl Sunday, Boston’s Cask ‘n Flagon bar is offering free appetizers to diners who bring in a new regulation-size football (either deflated or inflated), which will be given to the Good Sports, a nonprofit organization that gives sporting equipment to disadvantaged youth nationwide.