“Deflategate” has been all over the news for almost a week now. The New England Patriots, and their coach, Bill Belichick, have been furiously trying to explain why the balls they used in their win over the Indianapolis Colts were apparently under-inflated. Now, Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” has weighed in on the controversy.
Belichick held a press conference on Saturday to address the continuing controversy. During that affair, he went into a detailed “scientific” explanation of what could have happened to the balls that the Patriots used.
According to CBS Sports, this is what Belichick had to say:
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. 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.
Bill Nye isn’t buying it. Nye spoke to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” where he told them that the only way to change the inflation pressure of a football was to use an inflation needle. “What he said doesn’t make any sense,” Nye says.
Host Paula Faris points out to former quarterback Jesse Palmer that the Patriots’ footballs lost air pressure between the time they were checked by the officials and when they were used in the game, while the Colts’ balls did not. So much for Belichick’s “scientific” explanation.
Palmer observes that the Patriots have been accused of using under inflated footballs before, and that the NFL is looking for evidence of that. But, he says, “I don’t know how you’re ever going to prove them [the Patriots] wrong in this case.”
It is unclear whether Bill Belichick is a registered Republican, although he was identified as such in a CBS New York photo gallery. But his non-scientific “scientific” explanation of what happened to the Patriots’ footballs fits right in with the continuing Republican war on science. With all his talk of atmospheric pressure, ambient temperature changes, and the like, could we expect a Bill Belichick appearance to testify on climate change in front of “denier in chief” James Inhofe’s Senate Environment committee?
Here’s a video of Bill Nye’s comments, via ABC News:
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