DeflateGate Inquiry Goes Ivy League

NFL lawyers seek science help from Columbia physicists
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2015 6:16 AM CST
DeflateGate Inquiry Goes Ivy League
In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, "DeflateGate" cookies are offered for sale at Boston Common Coffee in Boston's North End neighborhood.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – The investigation into DeflateGate has gone Ivy League. Lawyers working for the NFL are seeking help from Columbia University physicists, hoping to learn whether the weather could have played a role in the deflation of footballs during the AFC championship game, the New York Times reports. A lawyer in the investigation "would like to consult with a physicist on matters relating to gas physics," according to an administrative manager's note.

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One Columbia physicist, who said he was "amused" by the request, isn't working on the case—but he tells the Times: "I think it’s more likely than not that they were manipulated." Speaking to Yahoo, however, a sports physicist argues that the temperature during the game could, indeed, have led to the footballs' deflation. As for Bill Belichick's confusing take on the physics of deflation at a press conference: "I think Belichick is better at keeping pressure on the passer than passing a physics test," says a cosmologist. (Read more football stories.)

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