Hey, Patriots, the "Sesame Street" word of the day is "inflate."
As Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, and sports fans on Twitter noticed, it appears the long-running kids show got in a sly dig at New England's "Deflategate" Friday by airing a 2013 episode that features the word "inflate."
But a representative for the show told The Huffington Post that it's "pure coincidence."
"Inflate" is what the Patriots allegedly didn't do to their footballs when they beat the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game. The team is accused of having slightly deflated the game balls, which makes them easier to catch, and it's become a thing as the Super Bowl approaches. Even Vice President Joe Biden has chimed in on the matter.
In the "Street" clip above, the character Murray introduces the word. Below, Don Cheadle and Elmo celebrate "inflate" with their own moment.
Who knew that "deflategate" would blow up like this?
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