​Bill Nye: Patriots Balls Were Deflated Before Game

Author: Michael StevensBy:
Staff Reporter
Jun. 17, 2015

Bill Nye Patriots Balls - The Science Guy says he refutes the story by Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots about the deflation of balls. Belichick held a press conference on Saturday to bring a scientific approach to the ball problem, according to Examiner. The man known as “The Science Guy” doesn’t buy it and says the balls don’t lose pressure unless you deflate them.

Nye was contacted by ABC’s Good Morning America and quickly refuted Belichick’s claims. When asked about his “new competition in the lab,” Nye quipped, “I’m not too worried about coach Belichick’s competing with me. What he said didn’t make any sense.”

Belichick said he believes his team “followed every rule, to the letter” in regards to the inflation of the balls in last week’s AFC Championship Game. The head coach revealed details of an internal study aimed at finding answers for underinflated footballs used in a 45-7 win against the Indianapolis Colts. He said his organization conducted their own internal investigation in which they replicated their game-day procedures — including what would have happened last Sunday evening before their 45-7 win against the Indianapolis Colts.

“I’m embarrassed to talk about the amount of time I’ve put into this compared to the other important challenge in front of us,” Belichick said. “I’m not a scientist, not an expert in footballs … I’m just telling you what I know. At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game. Quite the opposite. We feel we followed the rules of the game to the letter in our preparation.”

The New England Patriots head coach also explained the results of an internal study into how the balls are prepared to quarterback Tom Brady’s liking. He discussed how most of the steps are designed to make them tackier for a better grip but the process could also affect the pressure inside the ball. He also blamed outdoor climate, according to the Los Angeles Times.

This scientific explanation earned Belichick an instant new nickname as “Bill Belichick the Science Guy.” Nye showed that rubbing the football would not change the pressure of it and that to really change the pressure, you would need to use an inflation needle. That’s when he deflated the ball on the video.

This is what it’s come down to for the NFL, just one week before the biggest game of the year involving the Patriots. Belichick, in front of a captive media audience in the Gillette Stadium press room, pleading full innocence in the greatest mystery this nation has ever seen. It’s an explanation into the balls and how they lost pressure from the AFC title game somehow came in under league-mandated level of pressure.

Earlier this week, Belichick said, the Patriots “simulated a game-day situation in terms of preparation of the footballs,” recreating the process multiple times. It’s a process that focuses on getting the footballs to the right texture and feel for quarterback Tom Brady, notes News Max. But Nye doesn’t even buy this, but he’s a Seattle Seahawks fan.

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