Was a malfunctioning Surface Pro responsible for the Patriots' loss to the Broncos yesterday?

Was a malfunctioning Surface Pro responsible for the Patriots' loss to the Broncos yesterday?
Back in 2014, Microsoft agreed to pay the NFL $400 million to make the Surface Pro the official sideline computer of the NFL. The tablet replaced the old Polaroid cameras that teams would employ to find weaknesses in certain formations used by the opposition. For the NFL, it brought new technology to the league. For Microsoft, it gave the company a chance to promote its slates to millions over the course of an NFL season.

But there have been problems. One glaring error might be the fault of the NFL and its broadcast partners who can't seen to get their announcers to stop calling the tablet an iPad.  Another problem is that the tablets don't have a good reputation among NFL players. "Those tablets always malfunction," tweeted the New York Giants' guard Geoff Schwartz yesterday.

Schwartz' tweet came after the tablets assigned to the New England Patriots stopped working during the AFC Championship Game. Considering that the winning team goes to the Super Bowl and the losing team goes home, this was not the time for the Surface Pro units to stop working. And you can be sure that red-faced Microsoft executives started at their television sets screaming at CBS announcers who finally got the name of the device right. "Sure, now you call it the Surface Pro," they might have said.

According to CBS sideline reporter Evan Washburn, the Patriots were unable to use their Surface Pro tablets to see the defensive schemes of the Broncos, whose defense did a terrific job holding Tom Brady and crew in check. And while the tablets can't really be blamed for the 20-18 loss that prevented New England from a return trip to the Super Bowl, it is better than blaming someone like kicker Stephen Gostkowski, whose missed extra-point kick forced the Pats to go for a two-point conversion at the end of the game.


For its part, Microsoft blamed "network issues" for the problems with the Surface Pro tablets during the game. Yet, only the Patriots experienced this issue. Perhaps it was simply karma, or payback from the heavens above for "deflategate."



source: AppleInsider

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51 Comments

1. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Here we go with another deflagate comment when all the prominent scientist from various institution has proven that NFL's multimillion dollar investigation is false

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Of course Microsoft is always spying. How else can Microsoft come up with their predictions for game scores.

29. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Or are these "prominent scientists" deflating the findings of the million dollar investigation?!? DEFLATEGATE STRIKES AGAIN!!!

39. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

The Patriots forgot they weren't at home and jammed the wrong network band.

49. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Hahaha, good one! (and so true) How anyone can support a team of proven cheaters is being me.

50. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Not being, 'beyond'.

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Another of Apple Insider's propaganda. Microsoft may lack the experience to coordinate this form of event properly, I am sure they will do better next round.

2. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I read this morning that when the question of who provided the faulty network was raised, that Microsoft had no comment.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Our team on the field confirmed the issue was not related to the tablets themselves but rather an issue with the network. We worked with our partners who manage the network to ensure the issue was resolved quickly. Is this what you're looking for ?

7. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

No. That statement was followed by a question of who own and maintains that network, and Microsoft declined to immediately reply. http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2016/01/25/microsoft-blames-surface-tablets-malfunction-on-network-not-hardware.html

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Who provided the network? Who is the ISP? Who's IT person setup the network? Did they work for MS?

31. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

They worked for the Broncos.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Funny, I seem to remember football teams winning games before tablets even existed...

47. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And we are done here folks.

51. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

Relevant username, here have an upvote.

5. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Apple at work..ms should sue them

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hahahahahahahah...what will happen if it is an Android tablet?

8. Unordinary unregistered

The team would probably get sick from a virus.

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Same can be said about Ios and the iPad.

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The match will stop and will continue next day due to a lag!!!!! Hahahahaha

24. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

It's not an android tablet.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Androit tablet: delayed, waiting for carrier/OEM to push the update iPad: delayed, waiting for version X.3 or X.4 to fix lag/performance issues introduced by new update

37. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Don't forget the lag on the Android tablet, along with lower camera quality compared to other OSes

32. Unordinary unregistered

This comment string is a joke thread....

25. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

On an iPad, Apple Maps would send the receiver to his own end zone.

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

more then likely has nothing to do with the platform and more the software they are using, and the fact that they even 'need' to use that seems...odd to me, on the fly 'changing' of their tactics by keeping an eye on the opponents team? last I checked that's what a trainer is supposed to be doing from the sideline? So trainers are going to be replaced by computers? or maybe they should do what they are there for?

27. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The Surface replaced a book of printouts that came down from the booth after every series so offensive and defensive players could look at formations and plays. The NFL used the printouts for decades, but this was supposed to be less time intensive and more interactive. It's a big deal when one team loses that functionality.

36. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well huh, here I was under the impression that they had a coach/trainer that kept an eye on that, may be just with football (soccer in american terms)? Don't get me wrong electronics are great, but....yes, they can fail, if its something you rely on a lot, you don't use something that can fail, and its regardless of computer, even if it was an ipad it could fail, I mean last I checked stability tests say ipads crash more, so yeah, fully fledged computers such as surface pro might be the best choice in terms of computers.

40. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

There are coaches in the booth above, as well as on the sidelines, but they cannot relay all the formations to players. American football is a lot more structured, regarding formations, than football. It is a pretty big deal to see how the other team reacts to your pre-snap formation. As for Surface, they are in no way more stable than iPad and Android tablets. They have way too many software issues, even though these are tasked to run a single application, and that's it.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

New England lost because the Broncos are better than them. That's the only reason there is.

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