Thursday, January 22, 2015
As every 5th grader knows (unless he is being educated in government schools), cold causes air molecules to slow down in relation to each other and to pack closer together. It was cold during the game between the Patriots and the Colts.
If the game balls were inflated in a warm environment and then brought out into the cold, they are bound by science to deflate. If the balls for each team were kept in different environments, the air pressure in each group might have been different---most probably so.
A slightly deflated football would be a little easier to grasp (whether significantly so or not I cannot say). It might also be easier to catch. But it would not be able to be thrown as far as a fully inflated ball thrown exactly the same, so some advantage would be lost in throwing distance. Whether grasping is an advantage over distance is something to be considered.
If the Patriots deliberately deflated their game balls, then there should be appropriate punishment. I just think the matter needs to be fully investigated, including the significance of any environmental effect(s) on the balls in question.
Perhaps some rule changes are in order. Maybe each team should be allowed to randomly pick a certain number of balls from the other's box.
Think about it.
Posted by Joe at 10:15 AM