January 30, 2015

ONCE YOU'RE IN THEIR HEADS, TWIST THE KNIFE:

The End of Deflategate : Science acquits Belichick and Brady. Even though we know in our hearts that they're guilty of something. (Johnathan V. Last, 1/29/15, Weekly Standard)

First up was ESPN's Sports Science series, which showed how the pressure differentials in footballs manifest in the real world. They found that a typical NFL player could depress a deflated ball by less than an additional 1 mm. Further, the deflated ball weighed a less a regulation ball. How much less? About the weight of a dollar bill. Work in additional air-speed resistance and its not clear that any material advantage would be gained by deflating the balls in the way the Patriots were alleged to have done.

Then a group called HeadSmart Labs ran an experiment analyzing what effect changes in temperature and humidity would have had on the internal pressure of the footballs. They tried to replicate the conditions of the AFC championship game--you can watch the video here or read the full report here.

But the take away is that under the conditions of the Colts-Patriots game, all of the footballs HeadSmart Labs tested experienced a drop in pressure--and the average drop was 1.82 psi. Or, right about in the range that was observed at the game.

What the Pats should do now is really mess with the Seahawks : have Brady report as an eligible receiver on the first play from scrimmage; have wideouts speak into their hands as if they were talking to coaches; periodically point into one section of the stands and yell out something in Klingon; have a coach hold up a sign with random pictograms on it.  Get Seattle so concerned about cheating that they ignore the actual game.

Posted by at January 30, 2015 4:03 PM
  

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