Wednesday on Dale & Holley, we were joined on Radio Row by John Brenkus of ESPN’s “Sports Science.” And once those do-nothings in Stockholm get off their Smorgasbords and finally award a Nobel Prize in Football Air Pressure Physics, this interview will make John the unanimous choice.
I encourage anyone interested in the pursuit of knowledge and truth to listen to the interview by clicking here because he was a great guest. But if you can’t, allow me to superheat it into molten lead and forge it into a sword of facts you can use to cleave the head of the Flat Earthers who still want to believe the Patriots beat the Colts by five touchdowns and a field goal just because the footballs may have been down a PSI or two.
In a nutshell, there is nothing to the idea that an under-inflated football is easier to throw. Let me repeat that for the Luddites and Ray Lewises who are measuring all the Patriots’ accomplishments for an asterisk right now: NOTHING.
Assuming the reports about the footballs being two pounds per square inch less than the league minimum – a huge assumption at this point, but bear with me for the sake of our discussion – few bullet points:
- That ball leaving Brady’s hand at 50 MPH and traveling 20 yards would arrive at the receiver .003 per second slower. In other words, Advantage: Defensive back.
- Abut that argument that the lower pressure makes the ball extra squishy and therefore easier to grip? The compression on a football measures one millimeter. Or approximately the thickness of Roger Goodell’s lips.
- The weight difference between a 10.5 PSI and a 12.5 PSI ball is less than the weight of a dollar bill.
So there you have it. From John Brenkus, a neutral observer using the Scientific Method to pursue the irrefutable truth without the agenda of being hacked off that the Patriots cost him a Super Bowl ring or whatever.
Now the simple truth is that this evidence has been readily available to the NFL. Brenkus is on TV on a regular basis. He’s not some mad scientist creating this stuff in a secret lab hidden inside some mountain. He works for ESPN, a major broadcast partner of the NFL. If the league didn’t get this information from him, it’s because they didn’t want to know the truth. Witch hunts never do.