New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered his explanation on Saturday as to why 11 of the 12 footballs used by his team in the AFC championship against the Indianapolis Colts were underinflated.
The NFL admitted last Friday that the balls did not meet the rules, which require 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch.
“Now, we all know that air pressure is a function of the atmospheric conditions, it’s a function of that," stated Belichick, noted the New York Daily News. "So, if there’s activity in the ball relative to the rubbing process, I think that explains why when we gave them to the officials and the officials put it at 12.5 [PSI] if that’s in fact what they did, that once the ball reached its equilibrium state, it probably was closer to 11.5 [PSI]."
While some of the Patriots backed their coach, Bill Nye "The Science Guy" told "Good Morning America" today that Belichick's explanation doesn't work (video below).
“I’m not too worried about Coach Belichick competing with me. What he said didn’t make any sense,” stated Nye.
“Rubbing the football, I don’t think you can change the pressure. To really change the pressure you really need one of these, the inflation needle,” added Nye. “I cannot help but say, ‘Go Seahawks!’”