Search for “new information” about #DeflateGate should include NFL’s next 333 games

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Yes, the Patriots opted not to appeal the punishment levied against them by the NFL for the team’s role in #DeflateGate, even though the scientific evidence remains sketchy and unpersuasive. With Commissioner Roger Goodell openly committed to reviewing “new information” regarding the situation, an appeal from the team shouldn’t be needed to trigger further review on one very specific, critical aspect of the case.

From the beginning of pro football through January 18, 2015, the NFL tested precisely 15 total footballs at halftime of a game to determine the internal air pressure of the balls. Ignoring both the science and the fact that the NFL never had treated internal air pressure like a science, the league officials who were involved in testing the 15 footballs at halftime of the AFC title game apparently concluded that, because the readings were below 12.5 PSI, tampering must have occurred.

The Ideal Gas Law provides an alternative explanation for the drop, forcing Ted Wells and hired-gun Exponent to strain statistics and science to cobble together a words-and-numbers salad aimed at supporting what many believe was an express or implied directive to find the Patriots guilty of tampering with the footballs used in that game.

Regardless of whether the Wells report is or isn’t accurate on the scientific analysis, shouldn’t the NFL be curious about whether and to what extent the operation of the air pressure inside the Patriots footballs compares not to the four Colts footballs that sat in the locker room with their internal pressure changing as the 11 New England balls were tested twice and reinflated but to the footballs that will be used in every 2015 NFL game.

With 65 preseason games, 256 regular-season games, 11 postseason games, and the Pro Bowl, that’s 333 total NFL games to be played between now and the time the Patriots lose their first of two draft picks. With 22 balls provided by the teams for use on offense in each game, that’s 7,326 total data points that can be harvested by the NFL to compare pregame inflation to halftime inflation and postgame inflation, based on all ambient conditions and any other relevant factors.

To that end, league employees at every game should have the responsibility of: (1) logging all air pressure before kickoff; (2) testing all footballs at halftime; and (3) testing all footballs promptly after the end of the game. From ambient temperature to precipitation to normal use (especially of footballs used in domed stadiums), those 7,326 measurements give the NFL much more evidence for deciding whether or not the scientific evidence suggests that tampering actually occurred on January 18, 2015.

With the draft-pick penalties delayed until 2016 (first-rounder) and 2017 (fourth-rounder), there’s no reason not to gather the data and hire truly independent experts to analyze the numbers, trends, expansion, contraction, etc. in comparison to the Patriots footballs. If Goodell is committed to “new information,” that information would definitely be new — and it would be far more comprehensive than the limited glimpse the NFL got from four Colts footballs that were readapting to the warmer temperature of the locker room while the 11 Patriots footballs were tested twice and reinflated.

Sure, none of this explains the text messages exchanged by John Jastremski and Jim McNally. But those text messages don’t show that tampering actually happened on January 18.

Besides, if McNally were indeed taking air out of the Patriots footballs, wouldn’t the raw numbers measured at halftime have more obviously reflected that? They didn’t, forcing Wells to explain that the smoking gun came from the relative decline in pressure between the 11 Patriots balls and the four Colts balls, ignoring the fact that the balls used by the Colts had time to adjust to the warmer temperature of the locker room before being hastily tested as the second half of the game was close to kicking off.

More importantly, if Jastremski and McNally were indeed participating in a scheme of deflating footballs, should Wells and his high-priced team of lawyers been able to extract a confession from one of them? The fact that they didn’t suggests either that Wells and company aren’t as good as advertised or that there was no confession to extract.

Either way, the science cries out for more data, and the NFL has an easy way to expand the pieces of evidence from four to 7,330 before making any final conclusions about whether the air pressures measured at halftime suggest tampering. With the issue having a degree of importance fueled by the manner in which the NFL has handled it, the NFL arguably has an obligation to the integrity of the game to conduct that study.

79 responses to “Search for “new information” about #DeflateGate should include NFL’s next 333 games

  1. But Mike Kensil “weighed the balls” so the Patriots got in big —-ing trouble!

    Who knows science better than this guy?

  2. Agreed.

    And when they find that the behavior of those footballs was typical… the picks come back to the team and all is well.

    🙂

  3. “More importantly, if Jastremski and McNally were indeed participating in a scheme of deflating footballs, should Wells and his high-priced team of lawyers been able to extract a confession from one of them? The fact that they didn’t suggests either that Wells and company aren’t as good as advertised or that there was no confession to extract.”

    –Or Jastremski and McNally have a million reasons not to confess. And due to it’s limitations, the Ideal Gas Law doesn’t really apply. The Patriots admitted guilt. It’s over.

  4. Yes, EXACTLY!!!

    Mike Reiss (ESPN) asked Goodell this key question at his Super Bowl press conference, and Goodell was not aware of the NFL ever measuring PSI in footballs at halftime of any other game.

    So how can there be any claim as to the balls being outside of the “expected range” at halftime, when no baseline of an expected range had ever been established!

    Kudos to Mike Florio for being one of the few media members to have an open mind with all this.

  5. The NFL will never do that.

    They lied for two months about the most important part of this whole thing and claimed they did it for “Integrity”.

    Lying to preserve integrity. That’s about all you need to know about the NFL front office.

  6. Florio… I applaud your zeal in this matter… It think it is clear that #deflategate has nothing to do with justice for the Patriots or Tom Brady or accountability of the League Office in conducting a fair investigation.

    This was a clearly staged “sting” orchestrated at the highest levels of the NFL (and certain owners) to put the hammer to the Patriots organization for perceived and continued transgressions. (real or imagined)

    The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.

  7. Mike I applaud you for making this suggestion.

    Sadly the NFL and Roger Goodell have absolutely NO interest in finding out the truth because the truth will make Goodell and his $5 million witch hu…..err ‘investigation’ look foolish.

    Same reason why Brady will get suspended even though there is absolutely NO proof he did anything wrong.

  8. Can it be argued that losing the draft picks is more damaging than Brady missing 4 games. I know it could play into home field advantage for the playoff seeding but the Pats should still make playoffs at 0-4. It would be something if for some crazy season they end up 3-13 and don’t have that 1st rd pick to use…… Ouch.

  9. My guess is that Brady wants the footballs to be at the minimum pressure at the start of the game, and let physics do the rest. If the NFL is providing balls at the middle of the range that kind of makes sense.

    Any way you look at it, the NFL has botched this from the beginning, where they should have just mentioned it to NE and none of this would ever have happened.

    One other thing – the pressure gauges used to measure have to be calibrated and traceable. The .5 lb differential between the two gauges is enough to invalidate any measurement made.

  10. Watch and see how that data would be used. Goodell would conclude, based on the preponderance of collected data, that the integrity of the game could not be assured as long as any games are played in outdoor stadiums. So from that point on, all teams would have to build climate controlled, domed stadiums. And of course, Goodell would have exclusive rights to applicable design and construction royalties.

  11. OR… The league admits what we already know – it doesn’t care about the psi of game balls, it has never cared about the psi of game balls (other than to discard one during a game that felt funky and get a new one) and does not want to care about the psi of game balls in the future.

    It gives the Patriots back its draft picks and declares that from now on referees will simply measure the balls at the beginning of each game, have an official walk them out to the field, and let them be.

  12. Need to stop trying to find technicalities to get the issue thrown out. Maybe the “proof” can be spun, but there is enough circumstantial evidence to show something went down. It happened. Be punished. Move on.

  13. So, you’re asking the NFL to “do the right thing”? Sure, because the NFL has a loooooong history of doing just that.

  14. It becomes clear as more info comes out that the NFL has nothing on Brady or the Patriots and were so desperate to have them take the fall for something that they phonied up the Wells Report to make it look like the Patriots were guilty. It seems like a feeding frenzy, with all the other owners jealous of the Patriots and out for blood and the NFL was just giving them what they wanted, regardless of the facts. This could really be the end of Goodell if he were indeed throwing the Patriots under the bus here using faulty facts and faulty science. From the beginning, this appeared to be a sting to me. Everyone involved has a beef with the Patriots, from John Harbaugh to the Colts to Mike Kensell to Troy Vincent, who levied the punishment. He’s a former Carolina Panther who lost to the Patriots in the 2004 Super Bowl. You think he’s not looking to settle some score? This could indeed end up being the NFL’s biggest fiasco ever by a long shot.

  15. “none of this explains the text messages exchanged by John Jastremski and Jim McNally”

    until you, Brady, and the Pats explain the texts in some manner other than the insulting to our intelligence explanation that “deflator” has to do with the guy’s weight, all of the rest of your argument is worthless.

    also, it’s well documented that Kraft and Goodell are BFFs. so why would he target his team and the golden boy unless something malacious happened with the balls? again. you and Kraft’s paid posters have done nothing to explain this.

  16. I like how the league kept the intercepted ball, locked up in an office somewhere, like it’s some valuable piece of criminal evidence.

    That ball was measured three times with the same gauge — more data points than any other ball — but analysis of those measurements was ignored by the Wells report.

    It took the AEI report to point out that ball was right where it should have been as predicted by the IGL.

  17. Logic and correctness is something the NFL has trouble with. It was a hatchet job from the beginning. If the league does this and finds that all footballs change pressures due to game conditions and if you start at 12.5 on a cold day it will be below minimum during the game they should give back the Patriots cash and picks. That will never happen though. the truth doesn’t matter to them.

    Integrity??? The NFL and Goddell have none.

  18. This is Roger Goodell you’re talking about Mister Florio! Appearance not logic is what he cares about.

    “Oh I didn’t know there was security footage when you knocked her out Mr. Rice! In that case let’s increase the suspension”

    Goodell will not budge. He got chopped off at the knees by Paul Tagliabue in the Saints suspensions and I think he would rather lose a finger than look like he caved.

  19. The facts are increasingly showing that this is all just as Boomer said – petty games between Harbaugh who Brady called out on not knowing the rule book, and his former coordinator Colts coach Pagano and a jilted former Jets president Kensil, along with a Goodell who at the very least wanted to change the Rice/Peterson headlines:

    “You can say whatever you want about DeflateGate, and who said what, but to me this is about how the NFL operates: it’s back stabbing, it’s insecure and it’s childish,” Esiason added. “‘You want to call me out? I’m going to call you out. You want to embarrass me? Guess what I’m going to embarrass you.’ I’m telling you, this is the way the NFL works.

    “At the end of the day, Tom Brady is the one who’s got the last laugh. He’s got his third Super Bowl MVP trophy and his fourth Super Bowl.”

  20. It amazes me how time changes people’s attitudes. Any lawyer can target a shoddy part of any investigation, and completely take the focus off of key information.

    I don’t think there is much doubt at all that the trainers were deflating the balls. It sure looks like Brady was part of it. He was unwilling to give up his phones messages to the trainers. Why?

    Only one reason IMO. Does that mean the science was sufficient, no. Can we still reasonably conclude the Pats were doing something a bit shady, YES. Have the Pats been caught doing shady stuff before, YES.

    Should the NFL be monitoring air pressure and headset information at all games from here out, yes. Should the teams have access to any of it, NO.

  21. moxicity says:
    Jun 24, 2015 10:29 AM

    Need to stop trying to find technicalities to get the issue thrown out. Maybe the “proof” can be spun, but there is enough circumstantial evidence to show something went down. It happened. Be punished. Move on.

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    i’m not so sure that’s always the best play. considering richard sherman’s pee cup technicality defense worked in spite of the league’s empirical evidence, brady should have a pretty good shot here.

  22. The context of McNally and Jastremski spending months texting about football prep is easily understood if one reads the detailed “Eli Manning’s Footballs Months in the Making” in the NY Times.

    The Giants Deflators even say they make sure they don’t leave prepared footballs unattended for a SECOND (and yes that would include going to the men’s room for 120 seconds)

    …and note that the officials couldn’t even find the time to TEST let alone perfectly deflate all the Colts footballs in 10x that amount of time, even if a hater wants to argue that the Laws of Physics don’t apply to the NFL

  23. They cheated. My kids have brought footballs outside and left them there for days before they showed any signs whatsoever of getting soft. You have emboldened these dopey pats fans to believe that as soon as you take a football outside, magical gas forces starkly drop psi. Where’s the report from, oh, anyone with a B.S. To say the I.G.L. Takes more than 2 hours to take effect?? That’s all you need

  24. Mike,
    You seem to have come full circle on this issue, initially repeating the false ESPN lie of 2 psi drop but now recognizing that science explains well what happened with these footballs.

    Thanks for having the capacity to actually weigh the Facts and change your mind, hopefully Goodell has that same ability.

  25. justintuckrule says:
    Jun 24, 2015 10:48 AM

    They cheated. My kids have brought footballs outside and left them there for days before they showed any signs whatsoever of getting soft. You have emboldened these dopey pats fans to believe that as soon as you take a football outside, magical gas forces starkly drop psi. Where’s the report from, oh, anyone with a B.S. To say the I.G.L. Takes more than 2 hours to take effect?? That’s all you need

    —————————————————-

    You lie. I did it myself. the effect is almost immediate. If you put one in the freezer it drops 2 psi in 15 minutes.

  26. More importantly, if Jastremski and McNally were indeed participating in a scheme of deflating footballs, should Wells and his high-priced team of lawyers been able to extract a confession from one of them?
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    This is just complete nonsense. They were grilling them in a room with a good cop / bad cop scenario going on? There was no threat of jail time for lying. What motivation did they have for telling the truth? Being fired?

  27. There already is a rule against measuring the footballs during games, which the Colts violated to kick off DeflateGate. Look for the NFL to remind and even strengthen this rule so that no footballs are measured at halftime or any other time besides the referees official pregame check. This is how totalitarian regimes operate. The NFL and Goodell will not be embarrassed.

  28. Is this in reference to the Patriots fumbling data? Yes, I agree the games in the coming years are likely to show the Patriots not only cheated, but yes actually gained a significant edge by reducing their fumbling rate (among other benefits of playing with a deflated football). This evidence will come to light as the Pats fumbling rate returns to league average levels in the coming years, much like they were prior to 2007 when Jim McNally became “the Deflator”.

  29. I have felt all along that the Patriots attempted to do something (backed up by the text messages), but they didn’t have the evidence to prove it (too many unknowns regarding the test methods).

    They can test all the balls they want, but if they don’t have a standard procedure then it’s meaningless. This would need to address, at a minimum: use of calibrated equipment with sufficient accuracy, determining the human error in taking measurements, temperature correction (both for the gauge and balls) and allowing time for balls to adjust to a normalized temperature (so the interior is the same temperature as the exterior).

  30. The public tuned out on this topic a week after the report came out. The damage is done. My mom (and millions like her) now thinks Brady is a cheater because that’s what they told her on Good Mourning America.

    Brady’s legacy will forever be tainted regardless of how many games he is suspended. He needs to just put it behind him and move on. He’s still one of the best of all time, has more money than God, and is married to a supermodel. He will be fine.

    The majority of sports fans thought the Patriots were cheaters before all this happened, and deflategate only further cemented that fact in their minds. Nothing is ever gonna change that at this point. Pats fans still have the banners though, and the players still have their rings. So ultimately what does it matter that the majority of fans think they cheated? Just move on already!

  31. Secretary of Insight says:
    Jun 24, 2015 10:36 AM

    Or you could just ask the “deflator,” under oath, why he took the footballs in the bathroom.

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    I think the bigger question is, did he wash his hands after? Because if not, that’s just nasty.

  32. Science does not lie, Ted Wells, Kensil, and the rest of the Park Ave. Boys Club do. Remember the line “Gentlemen gentlemen, we must protect our phoney baloney jobs”.

  33. Two points:

    a) I’ve been saying this for months.

    b) the Ideal Gas Law (or at least the relevant part here, the Gay-Lussac Law) is over three hundred years old. It really doesn’t need to be verified yet again.

    But doing this kind of experiment would be a useful way for the NFL to demonstrate that it’s reasonable to conclude the Patriots are innocent.

    The league office created this mess when they (a) rushed to judgment, and (b) refused to admit they’d made a mistake.

  34. justintuckrule says:
    Jun 24, 2015 10:48 AM

    They cheated. My kids have brought footballs outside and left them there for days before they showed any signs whatsoever of getting soft. You have emboldened these dopey pats fans to believe that as soon as you take a football outside, magical gas forces starkly drop psi. Where’s the report from, oh, anyone with a B.S. To say the I.G.L. Takes more than 2 hours to take effect?? That’s all you need

    ======================

    The pressure does drop off quickly when the balls are moved into the cold, look for example at the transient curve Exponent experimentally determined (p. 42 of the Exponent section of report).

    The misconception is that the balls will feel noticeably different. Early on in this story we had tests to see if people would notice a full 2 psi difference which wasn’t obvious.

    But we are now supposed to believe Brady is so sensitive that he could tell the difference in about a half psi under the 12.5 limit and instructed his guys to go to great lengths to achieve that.

  35. Mike you forgot to mention the need for accurate, tested and cailbrated measurement equipment. The fact that the two gauges used were off by almost .5 psi from each other should give some indication to the significance of the absolute accuracy of the pressure in footballs.

    As for those haters blathering on about how this is a technicality, I would say that it is the principles behind this issue- How would any of you like to be prosecuted based on hearsay evidence and shoddy police work? The NFL is doing just that, and is stubbornly sticking to its guns despite the fact their forensics and logic have holes large enough for Florio to drive Gronk’s party bus through them.

    The bigger issue is that Goodell has made this a bigger issue. What a waste of time and money all around.

  36. “Yes, I agree the games in the coming years are likely to show the Patriots not only cheated, but yes actually gained a significant edge by reducing their fumbling rate (among other benefits of playing with a deflated football).”

    There is no evidence either that the Patriots tampered with footballs or that tampering with footballs affects a team’s fumbling rate.

    There is plenty of evidence that fumble rate varies from player to player, and for a given player it can vary depending on whether they “learn” how to hold onto the ball better. (See, for example, Tiki Barber.) There is no need to conjure up a theory involving hidden variables to explain the Patriots’ low fumble rate. Indeed, there is no reason to expect the Patriots’ fumble rate to be at or near league average any more than there is any reason to think Peyton Manning’s interception rate should be at or near league average.

    Insisting that your two pet theories prove each other is nonsensical.

    Amateur statisticians really need to put aside the notion that a high-school or college-level course is sufficient to justify continued smear campaigns based on nothing more than theories they pulled out of thin air.

  37. I agree but we all know the NFL will go right back to ignoring ball pressure like it did for the last 100 years. Thousands of games were probably played without compliant footballs and nobody cares because it doesn’t matter. Besides, the mustache-twirlers in the league office need a new hook to punish successful teams. Maybe cleat length, or overly reflective bleacher materials in the home stadium? God forbid anyone just enjoy this sport for entertainment value.

  38. Secretary of Insight says:

    Jun 24, 2015 10:36 AM

    Or you could just ask the “deflator,” under oath, why he took the footballs in the bathroom.
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    Would you rather him leave them outside the bathroom unattended?

    Clown question bro.

  39. “What motivation did they have for telling the truth? Being fired?”

    Don’t you mean what motive did they have for lying? Apparently none.

  40. “You have emboldened these dopey pats fans to believe that as soon as you take a football outside, magical gas forces starkly drop psi. ”

    Even the Wells report admits that cold weather causes a drop in air pressure in footballs. There are plenty of charts and graphs in the report detailing exactly this phenomenon.

    Are you calling Exponent and Ted Wells liars?

  41. Another great piece from Florio. I can’t wait for Belichick to cook up some more legal formations that only the NFL rulebook knows about and piss off even more coaches and fans of opposing teams (see Ravens playoff game whiner Jim Harbaugh).

    I’ve learned to embrace the hate and jealousy. Goodell, Wells and the NFL look more and more foolish by the day. Can’t wait for that Indy game in October.

  42. Belichick is smart enough to figured out it …. Hmmmm lets see.

    Deflate the balls after the kickoff … Call timeout before halftime to fill the balls up … that was easy.

  43. Amazing how much the tides have turned in the court of public opinion. Pats win again I guess. Their ability to stay focused and win the Super Bowl with this BS going on is an amazing accomplishment. I mean think about it. The league they play in tried to bring them down and failed! The back peddling coming in the next few weeks/months is going to be priceless. The league funded witch-hunt failed, now we should see the NFL and participating parties with their tails between their legs very soon.

  44. This all started when Belicheck and Brady decided to gain the upper hand. What should be interesting is the number of fumbles the Patriots have over those 333 games. I’ll bet they return to normal levels.

  45. I want to hear fans of other teams on this? Would fans be ok with this resolution?

    Do 2015 study on Weather impact of PSI for every 2015 game. If results show ideal gas law is impacting balls drop charges. If there is no impact, Pats and Brady pay fine and sit 4 games etc?

  46. joe6606 says:
    Jun 24, 2015 10:33 AM

    until you, Brady, and the Pats explain the texts in some manner other than the insulting to our intelligence explanation that “deflator” has to do with the guy’s weight, all of the rest of your argument is worthless
    ====================

    a quick google search on deflate belly weight should dampen the insult.

  47. justintuckrule says:
    Jun 24, 2015 10:48 AM

    They cheated. My kids have brought footballs outside and left them there for days before they showed any signs whatsoever of getting soft. You have emboldened these dopey pats fans to believe that as soon as you take a football outside, magical gas forces starkly drop psi. Where’s the report from, oh, anyone with a B.S. To say the I.G.L. Takes more than 2 hours to take effect?? That’s all you need
    ooooooo

    I have personally noticed the effects of temperature on the psi of a cylinder – a scuba tank. Having dealt with thousands of tanks over the years as a (former, now retired) PADI Scuba Instructor, the effects are quite noticeable.

    Boyles law (one half of the ideal gas law) dictates that the absolute pressure of an object will remain a constant (in an inverse relationship) to its volume provided that there are no changes to the external pressure or a change in temperature.

    The effects of taking a warm(er) cylinder of compressed air and putting it in a cold solution (ie water) are quite instanteous. If one monitors their pressure gauge, a diver will see a noticeable decrease in the psi of the tank.

    So its a Scientific Law. This isn’t a theory. This is a proven documented fact. No one needs to provide an independent report on this “phenomena” because it has already been scientifically proven through testing.

  48. Are the Pats being punished for deflating game balls or for a cryptic text message? If it’s the 1st reason, and science disproves it, why, other than wanting the Pats to be guilty of SOMETHING do the texts even matter?

  49. Why is a log of pregame balls important? The Refs. test them all that should be good enough. And if you implied the pats balls being all over as some sign of not being deflated. Well some might not have been gotten to in time. Two or three were in the gas law standings that go with the Colts balls. And if a pin was used as many suspect it may not be easy to have them all uniform.

  50. Packernet says:
    Jun 24, 2015 10:13 AM
    “… And due to it’s limitations, the Ideal Gas Law doesn’t really apply. ”

    —-

    Don’t be an ignorant twit. IGL always applies- you can’t turn it on or off like a switch.

  51. Either way, the science cries out for more data, and the NFL has an easy way to expand the pieces of evidence from four to 7,330 before making any final conclusions about whether the air pressures measured at halftime suggest tampering. With the issue having a degree of importance fueled by the manner in which the NFL has handled it, the NFL arguably has an obligation to the integrity of the game to conduct that study.
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    Well said, Mike, but it’s cute how you think Roger Goddell is serious about the NFL’s “integrity”.

    If he was, we wouldn’t have ever heard the word “Deflategate”

  52. Aside from common courtesy, what is stopping Tom Brady from saying “I really think we need a new NFL Commissioner” every time a reporter jams a mic in his face for the rest of his career?

    Pull a Marshaun Lynch, no matter the question, just keep repeating this mantra so that its on PFT and Sportscenter daily until Goodell leaves.

  53. fanofpft says:
    Jun 24, 2015 12:06 PM
    Why is a log of pregame balls important? The Refs. test them all that should be good enough. And if you implied the pats balls being all over as some sign of not being deflated. Well some might not have been gotten to in time. Two or three were in the gas law standings that go with the Colts balls. And if a pin was used as many suspect it may not be easy to have them all uniform.

    Because, clearly the Refs word is not enough. Let’s take Walt Anderson’s ‘best recollection’ for example. His best recollection is using the logo gauge. Exponent and Wells chose to ignore his best recollection when formulating their hit piece.

    So clearly, if the Refs had ‘done their job’, this wouldn’t be an issue.

  54. It is a great idea to establish a body of scientific observation regarding football pressures. Our common sense is more likely to be wrong than right.

    Pressures fall after being set (pump up and deflate to a desired pressure) as the football re-establishes equilibrium. Football pressures decrease non-elastically with intense activity. Wet footballs can be cooler (reducing pressure) than ambient air temperature because the water is cooler than the air. These possibilities are contrary to the “common sense” that underlies the current DeflateGate discussion.

  55. So, it’s the Refs’ fault Brady cheated. Yah, that sounds like solid New England logic.

  56. It’s not in the NFL’s interest to tell the public the depths of Patriot cheating.

    Just like destroying spygate evidence.

  57. So far, those who have responded to my comment are pats fans talking about balls in freezers and scuba tanks. Add that to the – deflator means the guy is losing weight position and can’t you see why the rest of the world outside NE can’t believe a word you all have to say??

  58. It’s not in the NFL’s interest to tell the public the depths of Patriot cheating.

    Just like destroying spygate evidence.

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    Evidence was destroyed because videos showed other teams doing same thing. Goodell protected rest of league.

  59. There will be no study since the results might make the NFL and Pats Haters look bad. There is no place for truth in a witch hunt.

  60. Good analysis and great suggestion. Thanks for doing the number crunching.

    And that is several other detractors major issue with the whole investigation, if the NFL really sees the inflation level of a game football as a serious aspect of the integrity of the game, why are they not managing the entire process instead of allowing teams to use them prior to the games?

  61. I’ve been writing this since the beginning: you can measure footballs all day long – it means nothing if you don’t calibrate the gauges according to ASTM standards immediately before testing the footballs.

    If there is no Standard Operating Procedure including gauge calibration, then there are NO reliable measurements.

    It is really that simple.

  62. Patriots fumbles:
    2000-2006 once every 42 touches
    2007-2014 once every 74 touches

    Brady’s QB Rating
    2000-2006 88
    2007-2014 106

    Statistics show something good happened for the Pats after Brady lobbied league for rule change in 2006. If this was a Federal discrimination case the Pats would lose as our federal government has no trouble using statistics to charge the private sector (“Disparate Impact”)

  63. RegisHawk says:
    Jun 24, 2015 1:24 PM
    So, it’s the Refs’ fault Brady cheated. Yah, that sounds like solid New England logic.
    =================================
    Where did you dream that up? If you’re from your team’s home state, you should be getting concerned about the long term effects of inhaling.

  64. I didn’t have to dream it up, unlike the Pats-homers. Why don’t you bother to read and you might have noticed.

  65. It still amazes me that conjecture and speculation trump science in the vocal minority’s “mind”. It ammuses me that people who claim to care about integrity are OK with the league going short of planting evidence to prove guilt. You aren’t a Pats apologist if you are willing to look at the Wells Report with a critical eye. It just means you are interested in all the facts being displayed accurately.

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