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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".