Report: Random PSI testing at New England on Sunday

AP

The #DeflateGate scandal prompted the NFL not to test halftime and postgame PSI levels for all footballs in every game, but to implement a random procedure for testing footballs throughout the season.

That random procedure has arrived in New England for the first time.

Via CSNNE.com, NFL Network producer Lisa Kraus Edwards reports that the NFL will measure PSI levels before the game, at halftime, and after the game.

The measurement of football air pressure is a given before every game. The difference here comes from the plan to test the footballs at both halftime and at postgame. Because the process is supposed to be random, the NFL probably isn’t thrilled that one of its employees let the cat out of the bag; for a random process to be truly random, the teams involved shouldn’t know about the plan to test the PSI during and after the game. In this case, the report emerged before kickoff.

At designated games, selected at random, the game balls used in the first half will be collected by the [kicking ball coordinator] at halftime, and the League’s Security Representative will escort the KBC with the footballs to the Officials’ Locker room,” an August 2015 memo from the league explained. “During halftime, each game ball for both teams will be inspected in the locker room by designated members of the officiating and security crews, and the PSI results will be measured and recorded. Once measured, those game balls will then be secured and removed from play. . . . At the end of any randomly selected game, the [kicking ball coordinator] will return the footballs to the Officials’ Locker Room where all game balls from each team will be inspected and the results will be recorded.”

It’s unclear how often PSI measurements have been taken this year, and the league has declined to acknowledge whether the PSI measurements will be released publicly. Which has caused some to think that the league will release the numbers if they support the notion that the Patriots cheated during the AFC title game — and that the league never will disclose the numbers if they undermine the scientific findings of the Wells report.

36 responses to “Report: Random PSI testing at New England on Sunday

  1. Given her report that balls were going to be “weighed” combined with the knowledge of who used that specific terminology before, the belief here in New England is that old friend Mike Kensil is at it again.

  2. They apparently took them at the last game in Foxboro and no one in the league office liked what the results were.

  3. This makes me nervous. Can’t trust anyone employed by the NFL. And it’s mind boggling they still don’t seem to believe science is real. 300 year old “law” but the NFL isn’t sold? They are going to conduct their own “random” tests? I’d rather they do these totally “random” tests in other cities.

  4. So for the team this whole mess is about it gets tipped off. Doesn’t sound to “random” to me.

  5. fanofpft says:
    Dec 20, 2015 5:18 PM

    So for the team this whole mess is about it gets tipped off. Doesn’t sound to “random” to me

    no it doesn’t.

    I’m sure that like me, you want the NFL to release all the readings for all the games. you know, just so we can once and for all prove the “science” wrong, or right.

  6. Another leak from the league. Still trying to mess with the Pats. As usual it didn’t work. Goodell is a mental case.

  7. I am shocked, absolutely shocked that the only time the testing was leaked was when it happened at a Packers game! What? Patriots? Sorry, I misheard that. Of course the NFL would leak it at a Pats game. They will probably try to use the leak as evidence in the appeal.

  8. I am shocked, absolutely shocked that the only time the testing was leaked was when it happened at a Packers game! What? Patriots? Sorry, I misheard that. Of course the NFL would leak it at a Pats game. They will probably try to use the leak as evidence in the appeal.

  9. I wouldn’t put it past the league to report tomorrow that the Pats footballs were lower PSI than the legal limit. They will go to any lengths to smear the Pats to prove that their failed sting worked. I wouldn’t trust this process unless Brady and Belichick are in the room while they are measuring the balls to keep them honest.

    I hate the NFL office for what they did to Brady and the Patriots and I will until the day they take the clicker from my cold dead hand!

  10. alcottclan235 says:
    I wouldn’t trust this process unless Brady and Belichick are in the room while they are measuring the balls to keep them honest.
    —————————————————-
    I wouldn’t trust ANYBODY in that organization!
    Only thing I want to know is why did the peemen ball boys take the balls into the bathroom. Was it for a #1 or #2?

  11. hairpie2 says:
    Dec 20, 2015 7:18 PM
    The only problem is that is wasn’t that cold today.
    ________________________________

    Colder today than it was for the AFC Championship game.

  12. Quick, nobody use the bathroom with no urinal (The bathroom had a toilet of course so let’s just say no urinal to make it sound like he lied.) Also, don’t upgrade your cell phone to an iPhone 6 or you will be accused of destroying your old one. Don’t except any autographs from Brady or it will be assumed by the commissioner of the NFL (who makes 44 million a year) that they were only signed in exchange for deflating of footballs to gain a competitive advantage on the same level as taking performance enhancing drugs.

  13. Of course something negative is going to be leaked.

    Before we wake up tomorrow.

    It’s Jets Week.

  14. Just release the results from the game in total…pre-game, halftime, and at games end. That way ALL football fans can finally see what really happened in the AFCCG. But knowing that The Gang That Can’t Get It Right aka The Jets Retirement home at 345 Park Avenue want the fans to keep hating on NE, Brady, etal…We football fans will NEVER see those results! I wonder why?

  15. fanofpft says:
    Dec 20, 2015 5:18 PM

    So for the team this whole mess is about it gets tipped off. Doesn’t sound to “random” to me.
    ——————————-

    Doesn’t matter. They tried to run a sting at the AFCCG, and no one, except for Mike Kensil, who brought the Zebco De-Liar, seemed to know about it.

  16. And when it’s clear that cold weather causes the PSI to drop at exactly the same rate as last years AFC title game, then the numbers will be destroyed and never made public.

  17. So….are they going to let the balls warm up for 10 minutes like they did for the Colts or are they going to gauge them immediately like they did for the Patriots?

    The lack of controls here makes this measurement process a joke. The NFL needs to validate gas laws that were discovered over 300 years ago? I don’t think so.

  18. “Just release the results from the game in total…pre-game, halftime, and at games end. That way ALL football fans can finally see what really happened in the AFCCG.”

    The problem is that we cannot trust the NFL to do these tests in an unbiased and candid manner. These are the same people who disseminated lies about the air pressures (and also about Brady’s testimony at the appeal) in order to poison the public against the Patriots. We’re supposed to think they wouldn’t do so again?

    We’ve yet to see any sign that these people are willing to admit the truth: they blundered their way into this process, refused to admit that none of them understood the first thing about air pressure, and decided that it would be better to pursue character assassination than admit their own shortcomings.

    These are awful people.

  19. Colder today than it was for the AFC Championship game.

    ——

    It was night and rainy also…. Yesterday, the dun would have heated the leather on the ball and it was dry.

  20. If anyone thinks that the NFL is going to reveal PSI numbers that are scientifically accurate, then I have a bridge to sell you.

    Don’t be so naive people – WAKE UP ALREADY !!!

    Goodell is hell bent on ruining the Patriots, TB & BB.

    100% GUARANTEED the PSI numbers will be ‘measured’ in accordance with Goodell’s Plan, just as they were done by Ted Well$.

    My question is to YOU – Why haven’t YOU Patriots fans videoed and recorded PSI of NFL approved footballs in the stands during the games????

    Will some 12 year old girl who loves science do a thorough report on NFL footballs PSI pressure drops during cold weather games and embarrass the NFL along with ESPN and rest of the liars.

  21. rob471773 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 9:25 AM

    And when it’s clear that cold weather causes the PSI to drop at exactly the same rate as last years AFC title game, then the numbers will be destroyed and never made public.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    NO – That is NOT what will be done.

    The NFL will doctor the numbers by controlling how they record those numbers. It is VERY EASY to doctor a ‘so-called’ fact gathering analysis for a predetermined outcome – VERY EASY to do people – WAKE UP ALREADY !!!

  22. solo681 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 11:32 AM

    “…Will some 12 year old girl who loves science do a thorough report on NFL footballs PSI pressure drops during cold weather games and embarrass the NFL along with ESPN and rest of the liars….”.

    >>>>>>>

    Actually, my 11 year old son is testing the effect of temperature on air pressure in footballs. One thing he noticed is that the ball can lose pressure when he removes the needle, depending on how quickly he is able to remove it from the ball after getting a psi reading. He took 40 measurements to get a sample and found that it will lose from 0 to .5 psi, with an average loss of about .25 psi. He is factoring that into his acceptable range of psi levels following exposure to colder temperatures. He is also going to create a warmer temperature scenario to determine if an increase in temperature could result in a higher psi reading. Sounds like he is being pretty thorough…so, we’ll see how it goes.

  23. If you read the NFL’s PSI procedures you’d see that there’s no:
    measuring of weather or any atmospheric pressure or humidity,
    nor temperature (locker test room and outside),
    nor whether and by how much balls were used or kept in bags,
    nor how wet or dry the balls are or if placed in a sheltered spot,
    nor who handles balls (especially if the other team handles one),
    nor how long between coming back indoors and testing them.
    In short, almost all of the factors that either explained the differences between the Pats and Colts balls or otherwise exonerated the Pats.

  24. If the NFL didn’t measure PSI right away, like they did in the AFCCG at halftime, the numbers are irrelevant.
    The NFL can simply allow the footballs to warm up a few extra minutes, and voila…
    they get the psi numbers they want..

    Aside from that, the footballs weren’t wet yesterday, and that also makes a difference.
    Regardless, the psi certainly dropped out of range if they were set between 12.5 and 13 psi. Some people who only read the headlines or listened to patriots bashing radio will be surprised to know that.

  25. stipez says:
    Dec 21, 2015 3:26 PM
    Tampering with equipment is a fine, it’s not that serious.
    —————–
    Agreed except that the only certain evidence (because they said so themselves) of ball tampering was that by the Colts – when they broke the rules by bringing a needle to the sideline without ref’s permission and broke rules again when they “tested” i.e. needled (i.e. technically tampered with, because some air would be lost), at least one Pats ball (reportedly, according to some accounts, up to 3 times), before telling the officials. So where’s the fines?? The fact that this improper needling was done by the very team that had just tried to implicate the Pats to the league, should have rung the alarm bells.

  26. mrloser444 says:
    Dec 20, 2015 9:17 PM
    alcottclan235 says:
    I wouldn’t trust this process unless Brady and Belichick are in the room while they are measuring the balls to keep them honest.
    —————————————————-
    I wouldn’t trust ANYBODY in that organization!
    Only thing I want to know is why did the peemen ball boys take the balls into the bathroom. Was it for a #1 or #2?


    Mr Loser, you have a treatable condition. Very disturbing that you want to know that.

  27. Since the NFL and Goodell have no credibility, I’d only believe the numbers if a truly independent source confirmed them with all documented science along with it

    You know – all the stuff that the league DIDN’T do in the Pats case last time?

    Most Haters prefer to ignore the fact that the refs admitted they never recorded the initial PSI – but Goodell accepted their memory of 24 indvidual PSI readings down to the 10th of a percentage point

    When it came to the simple question of what guage he used – Goodell felt that suddenly that same ref with impeccable memory, suddenly suffered dimentia

    THIS is how gullible Goodell believes the Haters are – and he’s right.

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