Case Analysis : ' Deflategate ' Scandal

1458 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
Kevin Lane
The “Deflategate” scandal is a case that involves the four time superbowl championship team, the New England Patriots, and their potential hall of fame quarterback, Tom Brady. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were accused of allegedly tampering with the game footballs used in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 season. In this game, the Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 and went on to to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in the 2015 Superbowl.
Many people, right away, are probably thinking – “What is the big advantage of an under inflated football?” A deflated football gives the team using it a huge advantage. A physics professor, Mike Eads, from Northern Illinois University explain in terms of physics why a deflated football is an advantage,
The higher the pressure, the harder and more firm the football becomes. Conversely, the lower the pressure, the more give the ball has, potentially making it easier to catch in cold, slick weather. But lighter balls are also more influenced by air resistance. (Pigskin Physics)
It allows for the ball to be handled more easily, especially in cold or wet weather. Taking the air out of a football allows for more grip of the ball; therefore making it easier to throw, catch, and carry.
The official rules of the National Football League regarding the football itself are clearly stated in the rule book and this regulation states,
Two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff, both teams will be…
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