SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Patriots are involved in another cheating scandal. Accused of using footballs that had two pounds less air pressure than required. 22News discovered if a football could deflate during a game.
Deflated footballs or beachballs, the Colts weren’t winning this game, but it is another black eye for the Patriots legacy.
#deflategate: It’s blowing up Twitter, but is more about not blowing up footballs or purposely taking the air out of them. An ESPN report says the NFL found 11 of the Patriots 12 offensive, non-kicking footballs were underinflated on Sunday. The cold weather could have had an impact on those footballs, much like your car tires.
“When it gets real cold tires will leak air quite a bit we see it virtually everyday,” said Tim Andrew, owner Tyre Trak in Springfield.
(Would it be plausible that a football could lose a pound or two from usage in cold air in an hour or two?) “Without knowing exactly how the football is made, my instincts would tell me no. I believe a football can lose air, I’m thinking a pound a month not a pound an hour,” said Andrew.
It only takes a few seconds to deflate a football by two pounds.
(Is it possible for ball to lose a significant amount of pressure without someone doing it manually?) “I am not an expert on air pressure, but I would say probably not during a game unless there’s some reason of a defect or it’s leaking,” said Janiece Holder, Facility and Equipment Supervisor at Springfield College.
Another ESPN report says the footballs were all inflated again at halftime. The Patriots outscored the Colts 28-0 in the 2nd half.
The most likely scenario is that someone took the air out of the balls or the Refs didn’t do a thorough job of checking before the game.
Colts Tight End Dwayne Allen tweeted this “They (New England) could have played with soap for balls and beat us. Simply the better team.”
The NFL is expected to hand down it’s punishment by the end of the week.