Science expert Bill Nye of TV’s popular “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” hit Good Morning America on Sunday to offer his take on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s impromptu press conference Saturday, pretty much calling the coach’s scientific explanation of football deflation a load of crap.
But fear not, Patriots fans. Although Nye might not agree, some nerds at Carnegie Mellon ran some tests of their own and the results actually lend credence to Belichick’s explanation, per Pro Football Talk:
“We took 12 brand new authentic NFL footballs and exposed them to the different elements they would have experienced throughout the game.” Thomas Healy, founder of HeadSmart Labs at Carnegie Mellon, said. “Out of the twelve footballs we tested, we found that on average, footballs dropped 1.8 PSI when being exposed to dropping temperatures and wet conditions.”
“During testing, twelve brand new footballs were inflated to 12.5 PSI in a 75 degree Fahrenheit room. This was to imitate the indoor conditions where the referees would have tested the footballs 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff. The footballs were then moved to a 50 degree Fahrenheit environment to simulate the temperatures that were experienced throughout the game. In addition, the footballs were dampened to replicate the rainy conditions.”