With Bill Belichick claiming to understand why the footballs were deflated using science, the media is now calling on real scientists like Bill Nye to explain things.
Scientific icon and mechanical engineer Bill Nye refuted New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s explanation for why 11 of 12 footballs were deflated in the AFC Championship game.
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Nye, a mechanical engineer who worked at Boeing before earning the mantra “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” appeared on Good Morning America to say Belichick’s explanation “doesn’t make any sense.”
At a surprise press conference on Saturday, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick put his science cap on and explained that the changing the atmospheric conditions from when the Patriots brought their footballs inside where it was warm to bringing it back outside where it was cold and wet is what caused the footballs to drop below the accepted NFL-level of inflation.
But Bill Nye The Science Guy explained that the only way to reduce the air pressure (PSI) of a football is with an inflation needle, and that “rubbing” the football as Belichick also tried to explain would not have had an impact on reducing the PSI of the footballs.
Most notably, however, Belichick’s explanation failed to address why only his team’s footballs lost air pressure while the Indianapolis Colts – their opponent in the AFC Championship game – did not have the same issue despite preparing their footballs in a similar way.