Spoiler alert: You can deflate a football without cutting it open.
The New York Daily News conducted an experiment to see if it was possible to deflate a dozen footballs in less than 90 seconds, and the results were astounding.
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With DeflateGate still looming in the news and the rumors that a Patriots employee was seen taking the 12 footballs into the bathroom for 90 seconds in between the referees checking the balls and the kickoff of the AFC Championship Game two hours later, the New York Daily News conducted an experiment on just how quickly someone with training could deflate 12 footballs in that same amount of time.
The Daily News brought in an expert named Gersh Kuntzman on handling footballs and gave him a bag of 12 footballs and timed how quickly he could deflate them in a bathroom.
That’s right, it only took 40 seconds for a trained hand to reduce the air pressure of a dozen footballs – just enough time for the 90-second timeline to make sense if, in fact, the alleged employee was deflating the footballs when he took them to the Patriots bathroom.
This issue won’t be settled for a while, but for now it looks like there is more than enough science to suggest that some form of foul play with the handling of the footballs could have been involved.