An impromptu press conference was help on Saturday where Patriots coach Bill Belichick decided to give a fairly detailed and seemingly scientific explanation about the preparation process for his team’s game balls:
We simulated a game-day situation, in terms of the preparation of the footballs, and where the footballs were at various points in time during the day or night. … I would say that our preparation process for the footballs is what we do — I can’t speak for anybody else — and that process raises the PSI approximately one pound,” Belichick said. “That process of creating a tackiness, a texture — a right feel, whatever that feel is, whatever that feel is. It’s a sensation for the quarterback. What’s the right feel — that process elevates the PSI one pound, based on what our study showed. Which was multiple balls, multiple examples in the process, as we would do for a game.
The accusations of the Patriots deflating footballs first came during the recent AFC championship game against the Colts. The Colts had been warned prior by Ravens’ staff that they believed that the Patriots had been deflating game balls. If found guilty, this would be the second time the Patriots have been caught cheating by the NFL. In 2007 the Patriots were caught taping Jets’ defensive signals.
But I digress…
The real reason for this article is the odd twist of having Bill Nye respond to Belichick’s explanation of how those balls all lost two pounds each. According to the Science Guy, Belichick’s explanation makes about as much sense as if he were to say that the balls were all enrolled in the Jenny Craig program.
However, he did end with “Go Seahawks!”