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  • Independent
    Massachusetts
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    Whatssis name, Balenchek or something (Pat's coach) was on news. You might have seen it. He theorizes that temperature and ball handling (or lack of) resulted in the miniscule (@1#) "deflation". Seems plausible. It was a cold day. Air pressure decreases with cold.
    What was the range of deflation? Did it vary, even fractionally, ball to ball?
    Also, someone from the other team spoke up right after things hit the news . . . saying that no matter what the ball pressure the Pats would have won because they were just that much better !!
    I smell two choices. Either simple temp-to-pressure variant . . . . or a sabotage-conspiracy to distract the Pats from adequate prep for the Superbowl.

    Considering implements of other sports (balls, etc.) and whether they can be “fixed”, a friend mentioned “how do you mess with a hockey puck?”
    Well . . . . Analogous in circumferential configuration to "loading" dice (rectalinear configuration), a puck could be "weighted", I suppose.And thus slapshot right on net might even be redirected who the hell knows where, even boomerang-back at the shooter.


    Won't be surprised if we never get an answer and the whole thing just gets buried under far more important news such as the next terrorist attack and multiple murder over someone's little doodle-drawings. Now we have the Far East (Japan) in the mayhem and massacre of the Middle East. Everyone should just get the hell out of there and let the inherent entropy of sectarianism multi-mutually self-destruct.


    On tonight's news, an item about a couple planes that Twitts mentioned as having bombs. Landed, evacuated, nothing found. The item also mentioned a previous bomb threat. The air force launched two fighter jets to escort the commercial plane.
    WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY SUPPOSED TO DO??? "Will everyone in first class please go to the first exit doors, hold onto each other, and cross the wings into the accompanying air force planes. You'll be given extra sky-miles for your inconvenience, and if you get blown off the wing, your heirs will be given complimentary first class seating on the next five years of their flying with our airline."
    Or maybe someone had the brainstorm that air marshalls could climb from the jets and search the commercial plane and, if it hadn't gone off already, defuse any bomb found?
    Or was it that at least there'd be photographic documentary of the explosion and coordinates to somewhat locate a debris field far below. Rather retro after the last few just plain disappearances of commercial airliners.
    The contraindication of such "escort of disaster" procedure seems that if a bomb on passenger plane, and a big explosion, chances might be that the shrapnel fragments of fuselage and engines and seats and luggage and fuel . . . would destroy the A. F. jets as collateral damage.
    Oh, in the first consideration above, first class evacuate. What about all those in economy? Unfortunate that they didn't care enough for their comfort and preservation from embolism-formations . . . to spend the extra. Class does have its rewards -- in worst-case-scenarios, far greater than "frequent flyer".
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    schneider -- I'll comment.

    First on Deflate-gate, yes it's possible that if the footballs were inflated at room temperature and then taken outside, the ball pressure at colder temperatures would be maybe that 2 psi lower...but that would require a very large temperature difference. That happens with your car tires in winter. But note that it was 11 out of 12 balls that were discovered to be deflated. Why is that? Could it be that while the QB likes his balls deflated, no pun intended, the kicker on the other hand likes his balls more inflated. So the QBs balls were doctored somehow, but they left the kicker's and punter's one shared ball alone.

    Regarding the fighter jet escort for the passenger airlines, I have often wondered about that. What's the purpose except possible visual and recorded evidence of the mid air explosions. Maybe...but I think it's more of a "feel good" measure for Americans that our military is looking after us.

    Oh in the case of maybe a hijacked plane, the jets could shoot it down if it looked like a suicide mission similar to 9/11.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    The very plausible theory as to why the planes were being escorted are that if the planes were to turn towards highly populated areas and the bomb threats were deemed to be real, they would in all probability be shot down prior to impacting a populated area. Just my guess.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote: schneider -- I'll comment.

    First on Deflate-gate, yes it's possible that if the footballs were inflated at room temperature and then taken outside, the ball pressure at colder temperatures would be maybe that 2 psi lower...but that would require a very large temperature difference. That happens with your car tires in winter. But note that it was 11 out of 12 balls that were discovered to be deflated. Why is that? Could it be that while the QB likes his balls deflated, no pun intended, the kicker on the other hand likes his balls more inflated. So the QBs balls were doctored somehow, but they left the kicker's and punter's one shared ball alone.

    Regarding the fighter jet escort for the passenger airlines, I have often wondered about that. What's the purpose except possible visual and recorded evidence of the mid air explosions. Maybe...but I think it's more of a "feel good" measure for Americans that our military is looking after us.

    Oh in the case of maybe a hijacked plane, the jets could shoot it down if it looked like a suicide mission similar to 9/11.
    Schneider is completely right; all this news is nuts. Football or not it is just play; both parties have advantage or dis-advantage in a game; second fighter escorts in this case was nuts; who is going to shoot down a plane full with about 150 pax while you have no proof of any bomb. It is getting nuttier here all the time; the "fear" factor and "hype" win here . Run to church like hell and may be an invisible "power" may save your butt, ask any Republican!! Sorry to say lately I've gor the impression if I see the news that like "eternal" says this country is already takenover by the John Birsh society.
  • Center Left
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    Deflate gate........ The Ref's gave each team 12 balls before the game. They all had the air pressure tested. The NE Patriots Quarterback has always said he like the ball to have less pressure...... After the game.... all 24 balls were tested. Indianapolis had 12 balls exactly at the correct pressure. NE had 11 of their 12 at less than the correct pressure. Any 10 year old with a football knows that if you stick a needle (Type used for inflating sports balls) into the football for a second or two....... you have less pressure. Just like Tom Brady likes it. Had New England not been caught cheating (Taping the other teams game signals aka spy gate) it wouldn't be a big deal. America just doesn't like cheaters. Especially repeat offenders.
  • Liberal
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    Not buying any of this nonsense......Brady lost an AFC championship to the Colts after a 27-10 lead at the half...and then went on to lose 2 consecutive Super Bowls......to the mediocore of the the two Manning brothers... In the event he loses this game...he'll be always mentioned next to another QB.....JIM KELLY
    Seahawks offense is way too good for the Pats defense
  • Center Left
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    Difference is that Brady already has 3 Super Bowl championship rings and this Sunday he's playing for his 4th. I am hoping that Seattle wins it though.Nothing like spreading the joy around. NE has had their day ('s) in the sun.
    Brady has won 3 out of 5, plays his 6th on Sunday
    Kelly lost 4 with zero wins. Big difference

    2 other QB's with 4 Super Bowl championships: Joe Montana SF 49'ers
    Terry Bradshaw Pittsburg Steelers