America’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has joined his compatriot Bill Nye “the Science Guy” in calling bull on New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s supposedly scientific explanation for DeflateGate.
Tyson weighed in on Twitter Monday afternoon:
For the Patriots to blame a change in temperature for 15% lower-pressures, requires balls to be inflated with 125-degree air.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 26, 2015
During a press conference Saturday, Belichick delivered what he insisted were his final comments on the controversy over the possibly improperly deflated footballs during the Patriots’ AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts. He suggested that a change in temperature along with vigorous rubbing could have affected the balls’ weight.
“What he said didn’t make any sense,” Nye said on Good Morning America. “Rubbing the football, I don’t think you can change the pressure. Ro really change the pressure, you need the inflation needle.”
But according to a report in the Boston Globe, which should be taken with more than a few grains of salt, at least some scientists find Belichick’s explanation “plausible.”
“Professor Belichick got it exactly right,” Richard P. Binzel, professor of planetary science at MIT, told the Globe.
“Everything they said doesn’t seem impossible to me,” James Bird, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Boston University, added.
And according to Michael J. Naughton, chairman of the physics department at Boston College, the ball-rubbing argument is “technically possible.”
So, there you go.
Watch video of Belichick’s comments below, via ESPN:
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