Bill Nye Questions Bill Belichick’s ‘Deflategate’ Science
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” believes that Bill Belichick‘s explanation for “deflategate” doesn’t stand to scientific reason.
Bill Nye On ‘Deflategate’
Nye appeared on Good Morning America to weigh in on the New England Patriot’s most recent controversy, which has to do with balls that weighed less than the NFL standard during their AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. Belichick claimed in a press conference that atmospheric conditions combined with rubbing the footballs prior to the game could have caused the pressure drop in the balls. Nye doesn’t agree.
“I’m not too worried about coach Belichick competing with me. What he said doesn’t make any sense,” Nye said on the morning program. “Rubbing the football — I don’t think you can change the pressure. To really change the pressure, you need one of these, the inflation needle.”
“I cannot help but say, ‘Go Seahawks!'” added Nye.
During Saturday’s press conference, Belichick explained, “We all know that air pressure is a function of the atmospheric conditions. It’s a function of that. So if there’s activity in the ball relative to the rubbing process, I think that explains why.”
“At no time were any of the footballs prepared anywhere other than in the locker room or in an area close to that,” Belichick continued, defending his team. “Never in a heated room or heated condition. That’s absolutely never taken place to anyone’s knowledge or recollection, and I mean, that’s just — didn’t happen.”
Belichick’s explanation, while debunked by Nye, does have support from HeadSmart Labs. Composing their own experiment, the scientists determined that the conditions during the Patriots-Colts game could have resulted in a significant psi drop.