Months ago, I weighed in more than once about the deflated football issue with the Patriots/Colts AFC championship game.
When the Wells report came out, I was too preoccupied with other issues to write about it, although I thought that its vague findings were in no way proof that should have punishments inflicted on Tom Brady or the team. Seriously, what court would convict on the basis of “more probable than not” that someone was “at least generally aware of” breaking a rule? Given the reaction in the press, I guess the court of public opinion…
At any rate, I just saw this link on a New England friend’s Facebook page: http://blog.masslive.com/patriots/2015/06/independent_study_of_wells_rep.html. The American Enterprise Institute has conducted an independent critique of the Wells report and found that the difference in pressure between the Patriots’ balls and the Colts’ balls at halftime is because the Patriots’ were tested at the beginning of halftime, when they were still cold, and the Colts’ at the end of halftime, when they had warmed significantly.
It’s our old friend the Ideal Gas Law at work again.
Science rules! Let’s hope that Brady’s appeal will be decided on the science rather than the court of public opinion and the dubious blame game.