We could have avoided the whole entire NFL “Deflategate” bonanza if only we’d just hired this 7th grader to do the work for us.
If you’re unfamiliar, “Deflategate” is in reference to the 2014 AFC Championship in which Tom Brady and fellow Patriots players were accused of purposefully deflating the football to improve performance. The NFL has reportedly spent $20 million investigating, which makes it even funnier when a 7th grader seems to prove everyone wrong.
The Lynn, Massachusettes native recently submitted a science fair project that focused on whether or not adverse weather conditions can affect a football’s pounds per square inch (PSI) rating. Was the weather so cold during the AFC Championship game that the football’s PSI could have dropped on its own, instead of being purposefully deflated?
Yes, it turns out.
Ben Goodell says he would start his experiment with the football inflated to the proper PSI, and he would then put the ball in different conditions, such as icy weather, windy weather, snow or highly humid conditions. “Every time, it dropped 2 PSI,” Goodell explained, according to ItemLive. “The lowest PSI recorded during deflategate was 2 PSI under proper inflation. I had [the ball] at proper inflation when I started.”
“I wanted to prove that Tom Brady wasn’t guilty,” Goodell said. Sounds like he did a good job.