NFL should release all communications between Wells, Exponent

Regardless of whether the NFL and the Patriots find a way to resolve the #DeflateGate penalties, questions will linger regarding the 243-page Ted Wells report, which relies on an outside firm known as Exponent for the scientific analysis that supported the conclusion that tampering with air pressure happened prior to the AFC title game.

But with the overall circumstances suggesting that Wells at some point morphed from investigator to prosecutor, the question becomes whether Wells wanted from Exponent an honest, objective assessment of the situation or a scientific opinion that matched his subjective belief that tampering occurred.

The work of scientific consultants is only as good as the directions they receive from the persons who have retained their services. It’s one thing to say, “Hey, look into this and tell us what you find.” It’s quite another to say, “Hey, I need you to come to this specific conclusion. Can you do it?”

Shocking as it may seem to the average person, scientific consultants routinely offer expert opinions based not on what the science actually is but based on what their client wants the science to be. That’s what Exponent and many other firms do from time to time.

As noted in this 2010 article from the Los Angeles Times, Exponent at one time provided scientific support for the notion that second-hand smoke doesn’t cause cancer. That opinion undoubtedly was purchased by one or more tobacco companies in litigation based on the claim that second-hand smoke indeed causes cancer, and it was aimed to balance the expert opinion from another company hired by cancer victims and their families that it does.

So what did Wells ask Exponent to do? And what input did Wells’ team have in the analysis and presentation of the Exponent report? If the NFL aims to be truly transparent in this situation, full transparency would entail allowing an assessment of whether Exponent started with a blank page — or whether Exponent had a pre-selected ending spot with a directive to find a scientific path to that location.

Which leads back to concerns previously outlined regarding the roles of the various parties to the NFL’s in-house system of justice. Wells apparently became at some point an advocate for a position, not a truly independent and objective seeker of the truth. And Exponent quite possibly became not an independent and objective source of scientific information but a tool for allowing Wells to connect the dots the way he believed they should be connected.

Litigation routinely entails dueling expert witnesses, with one expert saying things that support the plaintiff and the other expert saying things that support the defense.  In this case, the Patriots could have found plenty of scientific consultants who would have disagreed with Exponent. A truly fair process would have given both experts a voice before a final decision was made.

Alternatively, a truly fair process would have enlisted scientific assistance from an organization that was asked simply for an honest assessment of the evidence. Early in the process, Columbia University was mentioned as a potential source of scientific analysis. A truly transparent process by the league would include full disclosure regarding the reasons for not ultimately utilizing the services of the Columbia physics department.

It’s entirely possible that Columbia couldn’t support the desired conclusion that tampering occurred, which forced Wells to keep looking until he found someone who would.

79 responses to “NFL should release all communications between Wells, Exponent

  1. They should also release all prior drafts and versions of both the Wells Report and the Exponent material. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if version 1 was nothing but a conclusion section that the Patriots must have cheated, and they spent 3 months working backwards from there.

  2. Thank you Mr. Florio, for remaining unbiased and objective throughout the entire ordeal.

    Love the “haters” who come out and slam Florio for his objective articles. This just in – he’s written plenty of articles in favor of Ted Wells/the NFL. Once again, proves that they will listen only to what they want to hear, so long as they can continue to call TB a “cheater.”

    As the dust begins to settle, it’s becoming more and more clear that the Pats did nothing wrong, and this is nothing more than sour grapes. On behalf of the New England Patriots, we apologize for being superior.

  3. It’s a business … and they can do what any business can do. It’s not a criminal or civil court. Just like if GE or General Motors wanted to investigate something. Stop acting as if there are rules and rights.

  4. Spoken like an attorney. But there is no mention of the Patriots withholding information. Nonsense.

  5. Didn’t you guys get the word? They hugged. Can’t believe I’m actually saying this…but can we go back to talking about Tim Tebow and Chip Kelly?

  6. More and more skeletons are starting to emerge … this whole investigation ($1M+) is going to collapse in on itself. Goodell is now giving Kraft a hug … better known as damage control.

    Just Saying

  7. Enough already. The fact that the balls were taken into a bathroom and you have two ball boys (one who called himself the “Deflator”) talking about letting the air out of the balls for “Tommy,” is a smoking gun. Add to that the fact that Brady refused to hand over his texts/phone records regarding those two folks and it is pretty damning that the balls were being fixed.

  8. The pats did nothing wrong. The footballs were not deflated. There is no evidence to suggest so, just random key words pulled from text messages that lack context.

    Take them to court Brady. Soon it will be the National Football League of Brady

  9. I wouldn’t be surprised if Brady already dropped his own hammer on that phone and hard drive…or dropped it in some deep water. Whoops! Brady got the dropsies’ now.

  10. The fact that the Wells report is severely flawed, and the likelihood that the Patriots cheated, is in no way mutually exclusive.

  11. we need to know why the NFL didn’t correct the “11 out of 12 footballs were 2 PSI under” story as soon as it broke. Without a valid reason, it reeks of an agenda.

  12. ” There’s nothing like a scorned woman “, except perhaps a national media which now realizes they’ve been played like kettle drums.

    The smoking gun is the Mortenson’s game ball weight information that was leaked, posted, and left to stand as accurate on NFL. Com to the detriment of one of the NFL’s corporate partners.

    It’s all unraveling very quickly for Goodell and Wells (aka The Moron Twins)
    .

  13. This investigation is failing apart driving trolls of other teams crazy especially Seahawk fans who lost to the GOAT Tom Brady and proved they can’t win the big game without PED’s. Denver fans are pissed since they can’t win unless they cheat the cap. Dolphins fans don’t matter since they haven’t won anything in my lifetime. Steeler fans are pissed since doctor hgh got busted and they haven’t won jack. Yet the patriots have won 4 titles in the salary cap era. We are the evil empire of football and we destroy everyone.

  14. Quit fueling the fire, Mike
    The tail doesn’t wag the dog. Patriots must release ALL records , including Bradys phone. People were cheated, defrauded, stole from, more than once. Justice for 31!

  15. We are always having these conversations…what is the common denominator? Goddell.

    I fully supported his intentions when hired to get on top of discipline and to be tough. Things were ugly with DUI’s and allegations but he’s lost control at this point. It’s always damage control.

    I’m just so tired of this and I don’t see it in other sports.

  16. There’s only one reason why these “working things out” stories are starting to surface, and that’s because it’s becoming crystal clear to Roger Gooddell that the wheels are falling off this “Wells Report” wag that he’s hitched the NFL’s punishment of the Patriots and Brady to.

    He knows that if this goes in front of a neutral party, the jig is upon this sham. It’s more in HIS best interest to settle this, than it is the Patriot’s.

  17. Wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of football on during this time of year? I mean it is great that we get a fully-loaded schedule during the fall and early winter…but it would sure be better to have College and NFL overlap a little less…

  18. The texts that Wells/NFL seems to suggest might have been sent from Brady, would they not be on the phones they examined of the ball boys if they existed?

  19. The whole Exponent science depends on the time it took for the officials to gauge the footballs once they entered the locker room. If you calculate the insulating aspect of the rubberized equipment bag you likely extend the equilibrium time, and hence the time required for testing to achieve the measured numbers.

    Exponent says that if the footballs were tested within 2-3 minutes of entering the locker room environment then the numbers are able to be recreated. However, the testing completely ignores the insulating factor of the equipment bag and the distinct possibility that 2-3 could be easily pushed to 3-4+ minutes. Why NOT test it?

  20. tedwellsmustache says:
    May 19, 2015 11:50 AM

    Thank you Mr. Florio, for remaining unbiased and objective throughout the entire ordeal……

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Couldn’t agree more…..

    The NFL has huge issues with policies and procedures beyond the measurement of PSI with uncalibrated gauges.

    The leaks during SB week, the stunningly biased $5M report from Wells. Bias league VPs that appear to have the ability to drive their own petty agenda’s…..

    All symptomatic of a rotted core within the NYC offices of the NFL

    Unfortunately its going to take a Lawsuit to flush out the rot.

    Lets see if Tommy and Krafty have the balls to do it…..

  21. If the Walt Anderson best recollection gauge is used the Deflator more probally than not deflated his bladder not the balls.

    Exponent used one gauge for the patriots and different for the Colts. If the same gauge was used 3 of 4 Colt’s balls were deflated.

    Wells would have to be clueless not to notice and correct the error .

    If Exponent and Wells were being honest they would have used the same gauge for both teams for their conclusion. A legitimate testing procedures 101 would have eliminated all possible variables.

  22. You Patriots fans are delusional. The “ideal Gas Law” argument completely falls apart because when the balls were re-inflated and used in colder conditions in the 2nd half, they lost no air pressure.

    None.

    At all.

    That plus Brady’s fumble statistics, passer rating and TD/INT ratio after 2007 prove he’s a cheat.

    It’s easier if you just face it now.

  23. “It’s entirely possible that Columbia couldn’t support the desired conclusion ”

    It is more plausible that the Columbia professor rejected the hypothesis that was forced on them.

    Exponent did what most people would try to do — prove their hypothesis. But this is not the way science works. What you try to do is disprove the null hypothesis. And this is why people hate science — it doesn’t work the way their mental model would suggest.

    All that an objective observer could say in this case is:

    There is insufficient evidence to suggest that the null hypothesis can be rejected. As such the findings are inconclusive as to whether air was purposefully and intentionally released from the balls. A proper experiment design could have mitigated this finding.

  24. “Regardless of whether the NFL and the Patriots find a way to resolve the #DeflateGate penalties”

    What do you mean “resolve”? The wording selection reflects media bias toward dropping the penalties.

    Also, your reference to Wells converting from investigator to prosecuter is also a leading argument. It suggests that a finding of guilt could be presented in another way or that he wasnt both at the outset. How is an “investigator” suppose to present evidence that reflects guilt in any other way than in a prosecutorial manner? Unless you’re suggesting that they ignore the evidence and capitulate to Kraft & the Patriots…as you appear to be doing.

  25. For what it’s worth even the notorious Jets fan Mike Greenberg is starting to question that farce called the Wells Report. A Jets fan! Wells is sinking faster than the Titanic.

  26. You Patriots fans are delusional. The “ideal Gas Law” argument completely falls apart because when the balls were re-inflated and used in colder conditions in the 2nd half, they lost no air pressure.

    —————————–
    Balls were not measured at the end of game.

  27. This whole situation is turning into an absolute embarrassment to everyone involved. I have no doubts from everything I’ve read that the Pats were deflating footballs. Brady and Kraft aren’t flat out denying anything, now are they? Any person who is realistic will admit that the Pats almost surely are guilty.

    With all that said…Goodell is once again looking totally inept at his job, and the NFL is looking like Pro Wrestling more and more each day. It almost feels like these stories are fabricated to keep the NFL in the news through the whole offseason. The Wells report is a joke and Goodell’s close relationship with Kraft taints everything.

    We desperately need a new commish asap.

  28. osiris33 says:
    May 19, 2015 12:19 PM
    You Patriots fans are delusional. The “ideal Gas Law” argument completely falls apart because when the balls were re-inflated and used in colder conditions in the 2nd half, they lost no air pressure.

    None.

    At all.

    That plus Brady’s fumble statistics, passer rating and TD/INT ratio after 2007 prove he’s a cheat.

    It’s easier if you just face it now.
    ____________

    …the ideal gas law isn’t an opinion. It isn’t called the “ideal gas suggestion”. It happens. It happened. The numbers prove it out. It had to have happened….unless you’re suggesting that a few centuries of physics and fluid dynamics are wrong….or for some reason don’t apply to footballs. It’s the same reason that, according to the assumptions outlined in the exponent report, 3 out of the 4 colts footballs were also below the legal limit at half time.

  29. That’s absurd. What the NFL and Exponent said is between them.

    You don’t need to be an attorney to figure out why that would be wrong. The only thing relevant is what ended up in the Wells Report.

    What kind of red herring stuff is that?

  30. “The texts that Wells/NFL seems to suggest might have been sent from Brady, would they not be on the phones they examined of the ball boys if they existed?”

    What about the texts to Kraft or Belichik?

  31. Tommy learned from A Hern what happens when you hand over a phone – in any condition.

    These articles are just for fans to practice hitting thumbs.

    Brady’s innocent for all I care, but the Pats deserve suspensions for the Deflator/fat guy nickname alone. That was a crime against intelligence.

  32. Just a thought…

    How do we know the Patri*ts didn’t tamper with the gauges used by the officials? It isn’t hard to re-calibrate a pressure gauge.

    After everything this franchise has been involved in it is not out of the question.

    See Patri*t fan?… anyone can play the “What If” game.

  33. I like looking at the flaws in “test studies” that are clearly paid for by one company to get a desired result. In the case of Exponent, they proved early in their report that vigorously rubbing the balls for 15 minutes raises the air pressure of the ball right around 1 PSI exactly. Then, in their “test study,” they prove that the weather conditions that night could cause the air pressure to decrease about 1 PSI. However, in the test study and later the calculations which determined there was a 99.6% chance that the Patriots ball results were outside of the range, they completely ignore anything to do with the ball rubbing temporarily increasing pressure. They also assume that the air pressure of each ball started at exactly 12.5 but that is neither here nor there. The only thing determined conclusively about Brady’s involvement is that he is obsessive about how his balls are prepared. Is it not likely then, that the Patriots balls were rubbed up right before testing more vigorously than the Colts? Yet they completely ignore this in their calculations, comparing only the decrease in the Pats balls compared to the Colts, whose balls allegedly all started at 13. Even worse, they make no mention of the ball friction after the initial observation that rubbing the ball does increase air pressure, like Bill Belichick suggested at his initial press conference, but seem to be trying to trick people into thinking this is included in their calculations by having a separate study of friction earlier in the report. Now I believe that it is in fact more likely than not that the Patriots tampered with the balls after being checked, but the study done by Exponent does nothing but show how biased the Wells Report truly was. The next person to show me evidence that Brady ordered the Code Red and not Belichick or someone else in the organization will be the first.

  34. Actually, osiris33 is right.. some of the footballs were measured after the game, four from each team.

    The major mistake with his post though is that the Wells Report does not say HOW LONG the footballs had to reach equilibrium in the locker room before they were tested. Throughout the entire appendix, Exponent specifically states that time till measuring, after the footballs are returned to the warmer locker room environment, is KEY.

  35. Whats the matter Patriot Fans are you all maaaaaaaad bro’s. You got caught cheating yet again and the big mean ole NFL league spanked you and punished you. Now you can do one of to things. Suck it up accept it move on or keep crying to DEAF ears pleading your teams case. Cheating is cheating anyway you cut it and the organization that employed these jackwagons are responsible for their actions. Pretty boy Brady knew it. Take your meds and stop friggin cheating. Your team brought this on themselves with the first of many accusations that were confirmed and dealt with in the past. Congratulations your team will forever be known as cheaters. Roger Goodell might not be the best commish for the NFL but he’s having to deal with crap like Wife beaters Gun Hoarders Murderer’s and the constant cheating proved allegations of the New England Patriots. I say HERE HERE Roger dont take know crap off R Kraft T Brady. And by the way I no longer buy Gillet products. jus sayin…..

  36. Can’t imagine a scenario where the league allows that. Kraft is speaking at 1pm EDT, let’s see if he and Goodell are going to surprise us. I wouldn’t want to give an inch if I were in Kraft’s position, but bringing this circus to a close may have Kraft giving ground.

  37. This is why Brady and Kraft have to sue unless Goodell agrees to a neutral arbitrator or overturns this bogus punishment. Seriously, the Ravens get nothing for covering up the Ray Rice situation in the elevator, a tape that both they and Goodell saw before Goodell issued that joke 2-game suspension and yet the Patriots’ get 4 times the punishment for something EVERY team does as AARON RODGERS ADMITTED ON THE RECORD?? Unless Goodell overturns this, we’re headed to court.

  38. osiris33 says:
    May 19, 2015 12:19 PM
    You Patriots fans are delusional. The “ideal Gas Law” argument completely falls apart because when the balls were re-inflated and used in colder conditions in the 2nd half, they lost no air pressure.

    None.

    At all.

    That plus Brady’s fumble statistics, passer rating and TD/INT ratio after 2007 prove he’s a cheat.

    It’s easier if you just face it now.
    ———————————————————–

    If the balls were re-inflated outside (in the cold weather), there would be no serious change (unless the temperature dropped sharply between the time they re-inflated, and the end of the game). The issue here is the balls were inflated inside (room temp or higher), and then taken outside to ~51 degree, rainy weather.

    Star wipe – The more you know

  39. Yeah, but our teams paid 5 million dollars…for this Captain Kangaroo and Mr GreenJeans to investigate and find nothing!

    Winning does not = cheating…Preperation, hard work, film study and dedication are why the Patriots and Brady stay on top! If you can’t see that maybe you need a PSI or two removed from your head???

  40. All you have to do is look at the raw data. Exponents twisted logic says: The Patriots footballs follow science, the Colts don’t, therefore the science is wrong. Unfortunately for Exponent, the science is not wrong or we’d all be driving on flat tires down the freeway. The correct way to analyze the differential is to scientifically explore the physical variances between the two sets of measurements. Since the original report, we have learned that the Colts footballs were stored in a sealed environment (kept in the ball bag). By science and common sense, things kept together in a bag will retain their heat better than things left in the open. Further, the Colts footballs were measured some relevant amount of time after being kept indoors longer than the Patriots footballs. The science does not change for either set of footballs. Exponent never does an experimental or theoretical analysis that takes into account the different environments of the two sets of footballs. If nothing else, Exponent is guilty of lousy science that a smart fifth grader could see through.

  41. Yes, the post game measurements are found on page 73. The really funny thing is.. now it looks like the Colts have cheated!

    Three of the four Colts footballs tested UNDER the 12.5psi limit, with one of them testing under the limit on BOTH gauges! Oh oh!

    Likewise, one of the Patriots four tested ABOVE the 13.5psi limit.. so now what? Shouldn’t this be considered? I mean, the Colts footballs tested low at halftime and then low at the end of the game. By that standard the Colts are equally as guilty right?

  42. I find it hard to believe that there are people who still blindly believe the Ted Wells report is correct after all the new information that keeps coming out. I’ve had people argue with me that other teams were wrongly accused by the NFL- like the Chargers were not using towels with Stick-um, and the Vikings were not using heaters to warm their balls during a cold game- but when I mention that the Patriots were wrongly accused also, they insist they are guilty and have been doing it for years. There is not any proof that they did anything wrong during the AFC game, how can anyone say that they’ve been doing it for years? Face it folks, the Patriots play many of their games in very cold weather, and if their footballs are set at 12.5psi in a 70 degree room, they are going to lose pressure when they get out into the cold. It’s scientific fact. Can we grow up and stop this nonsense of calling Brady a cheater?

  43. The solution for the league and Pats to come together is obvious. Throw Ted Wells under the bus. Say that, after further consideration, they are disappointed in the obviously slanted report.

    Even if the NFL secretly asked for the slant, Wells could never admit that.

    Lawyers are a dime a dozen. They can use new ones next time.

  44. Previous Post:

    Thank you Mr. Florio, for remaining unbiased and objective throughout the entire ordeal.

    Love the “haters” who come out and slam Florio for his objective articles. This just in – he’s written plenty of articles in favor of Ted Wells/the NFL. Once again, proves that they will listen only to what they want to hear, so long as they can continue to call TB a “cheater.”

    As the dust begins to settle, it’s becoming more and more clear that the Pats did nothing wrong, and this is nothing more than sour grapes. On behalf of the New England Patriots, we apologize for being superior.

    ———————————————-

    Well said!

  45. Who is stupid enough to think the Patriot didn’t know anything about Hernandez either. Your star TE, who everyone knows shoots 2 people on the street and it goes unnoticed? I doubt it. He shot a “friend”in the face and no one said boo? I doubt it. The Patriots should be investigated under RICO statutes, not by Ted Wells.

  46. floratiotime says:
    May 19, 2015 11:51 AM
    It’s a business … and they can do what any business can do. It’s not a criminal or civil court. Just like if GE or General Motors wanted to investigate something. Stop acting as if there are rules and rights.
    ==================

    And here is the problem with your opinion in this matter.

    First, when a league is penalizing a team and its players/employees for a violation regarding integrity, don’t you think the NFL should have the integrity to get it right??? If they wanted to pay Ted Wells to manufacture evidence in order to justify the penalties, is that ok? Sure it is, according to you. But you cant be taken seriously if you have no integrity while lambasting others for “possible” integrity violations.

    Second, it just goes to show that many people, apparently yourself included don’t really care if the Patriots actually did anything. You only care that the NFL finds them guilty and punishes them to quench your own hatred. Its like the people who say the Pats should just fess up and accept it like a man. But, what if the Patriots didn’t actually do anything??? Do they stretch the rules and try to gain a competitive edge? Of course they do. But in this specific case, it is becoming more and more clear that they didn’t do anything, and the report proves that. The conclusion in the report is one person interpretation of the information contained in the report, but the report itself seems to conclude the Patriots aren’t guilty of anything

  47. Genius — first, let’s investigate someone who broke the rules. Then, let’s investigate the person who investigated the person who broke the rules just to make sure that they too did not break any rules. Incredibly efficient . We should employ the same process for judges while we’re at it.

  48. I figured once the bloodthirsty haters had their feed and were satiated, we could get down to what’s real and true.

    Brady will be exonerated and he will be issued an apology. He will also be quite angry with the whole process of guilt without proof. I pity his opponents this year. Okay, I really don’t. I cannot wait!

    We’re on to Pittsburgh! #TB12GreatestOfAllTime

  49. How about Goodell and Wells release their emails and phones to an independent investigator selected by the owners to see if the two of them conspired to preselect the results of the deflategate investigation?

    I’d bet every dollar in my bank account they both would refuse to hand over the evidence.

  50. Here’s the enormous hole in your argument: Why.

    Why would goodell want to direct a finding that the patriots cheated ? It’s no secret that he and Kraft are bff. So to make yet another arguement that this process was slanted just makes it apparent that someone is bankrolling you to keep pumping out these red herring articles. How about you show us all financial statements from Kraft to your bank account?

  51. How about if Kraft releases his phones and emails so we can see the extent to which this (and any other) cheating has been going on.

  52. “…Brady’s phone first…”

    Prove the balls were deflated first. If you cannot do that, then it matters not what is on Brady’s phone.

    FYI, the balls were not deflated.

    In my mind Ted Wells gave away the game when he said his evidence of cheating during the AFCC was that the ball boy called himself “the deflator”, once, almost a year earlier. Who cares why, the ball PSI was normal for a cold weather game according to the Ref, the only person allowed to determine the legality of the ball pressure. He says the balls were set to 12.5PSI at the start, OK. He says he used the Logo gauge, OK. No deflation beyond natural physics. End of story.

  53. dumbaseinstien May 19, 2015, 12:23 PM EDT

    “Regardless of whether the NFL and the Patriots find a way to resolve the #DeflateGate penalties”

    What do you mean “resolve”? The wording selection reflects media bias toward dropping the penalties.

    Also, your reference to Wells converting from investigator to prosecuter is also a leading argument. It suggests that a finding of guilt could be presented in another way or that he wasnt both at the outset. How is an “investigator” suppose to present evidence that reflects guilt in any other way than in a prosecutorial manner? Unless you’re suggesting that they ignore the evidence and capitulate to Kraft & the Patriots…as you appear to be doing.—

    BINGO, GIVE THIS MAN A PRIZE!!!!

  54. My opinion is that this is just another red herring thrown in to muddy the waters. This whole issue has long since stopped being about air pressure and has become all about cooperation. The NFL simply CANNOT allow a player to withhold evidence in any investigation. And don’t go throwing the 5th amendment at me; this isn’t a criminal trial so it’s not applicable. This is a work place investigation, and the employer requires complete cooperation. The Ray Rice situation showed this clearly; all the NFL had to do was tell Rice, “Show us the video or you’re out.” That time they didn’t. This time, like it or not, it’s “Show us the messages.” If they exonerate you, suspension and fines gone and draft picks returned. If they condemn you, then suck it up and take your punishment like a man.

  55. I have been engaged by counsel to provide expert testimony in litigation. Let me offer some observations with the full disclosure that I am a Pats fan.

    Most lay people writing on this site have no understanding of civil procedure. Virtually everything the NFL and Wells have said about civil procedure is misleading. Counsel normally gets one shot at a witness, and maybe only a couple of hours at most with a low-level part-time guy like McNally.

    Florio is exactly right when he discusses Wells’ blunders in trying to re-interview McNally. He chose not to talk to McNally by phone or to submit questions to him in writing. Nor does Brady have any obligation to turn over his personal phone to Wells. Wells was given the cell phones of the men he says did the actual deflating. Wells’ accusation that these men didn’t cooperate with him was theater and hyperbole.

    Most telling was how the investigation progressed from what Vincent said would be a couple of days to almost four months. This isn’t Middle East Peace, its checking the air pressure in some footballs and running some controlled tests. A clear indication of a fishing expedition and a prosecutor (excuse me, “independent investigator”) floundering.

    I could go on endlessly but the Keith Olberman’s of the world think the are smarter than the people who do this for a living.

  56. “…Prove the balls were deflated first…”

    Uh, no, examining Brady’s phone is part of the investigation to determine whether there was a plan to deflate the balls. Strutting about with your ultimatum is merely stonewalling the investigation.

    Oh, and citing “civil procedure” is misleading. This isn’t a civil case (yet). This is a case involving a business performing an internal investigation to determine whether one of their representatives was involved in a plan to use an unfair advantage in order to win games.

  57. Exponent’s conclusions are based on some speculations and an assumption. (ass-ump-tions)

    The barometric pressure can and does change over the day. Since no recordings were made with a barometer at the stadium, they speculate that the pressure did not change from over the 2 hours between the first measurements of the balls and half-time.

    If the Ref did use the Wilson Gauge, as he recollects, the PSI of the balls falls withing the predicted range. The 12 balls had an average PSI of 11.49 and the predicted value based on the ideal gas law was 11.3-11.52 PSI

    Brady and McNally are innocent if the the Ref’s recollection is accurate. But Wells ignored this evidence.

  58. Have any of you Pats Haters ever sent a text to a friend?
    You do realize that whatever Brady sent to Jastremski will be on BOTH phones records?
    And Wells had access to Jastremskis phone?

    Why is this so difficult for haters to understand?

    What we really need is the entire body of communication between Kensil, Irsay, Goodell, Anderson and all the other people in on the Sting to set up the Pats.

  59. “It’s entirely possible that Columbia couldn’t support the desired conclusion that tampering occurred, which forced Wells to keep looking until he found someone who would.”

    ________________________

    It’s exceedingly “more probable than not” that Columbia couldn’t support the desired conclusion that tampering occurred, which forced Wells to keep looking until he found someone who would.”

    Fixed it for ya.

    Haters are relying on a “scientific” report from a bought-n-paid-for “scientific” firm that stated out loud ( without snickering, even) that second hand smoke doesn’t cause cancer.
    BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    You haters look like complete morons now, sorry but it’s true.
    Next you’ll be telling us the world is flat and the earth is the center of the universe.

    Sorry Haters, you’re Patriot-HATE house of cards is collapsing

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