Who Stole the Air?

28 01 2015

For those of you who have just flown in from Mars, on January 17 the New England Patriots trounced the Indianapolis Colts, in the AFC championship game, under highly suspicious circumstances. It seems that 11 out of the 12 balls used by the Patriots had been under-inflated, thus making the balls easier to grip, throw and catch during a rain-soaked game. Fingers have been pointing back and forth ever since the discovery was made, but no one seems to want to take responsibility for what happened. Did the coach order it done? Did someone invent an app that allowed quarterback Tom Brady to deflate the balls via his smart phone?


There are strict rules that govern how game balls are to be inspected and managed prior to the game. It would be easier to sneak an Abrams tank onto a commercial airliner than it would be to suck a little air out of 11 game balls before kickoff without anyone knowing. For that reason, whoever performed this dastardly deed is to be congratulated for pulling off such a deceptive stunt. He should be proud and stand up and take credit. This was a trick worthy of the great Harry Houdini, himself; or, at least, Penn and Teller. As ESPN might say, using the most overused word on television, this was world-class trickeration.


Still, it was wrong. Yes, friends, I say to you there is definitely mischief afoot here. Rules have been broken. Trust has been violated. Air has been stolen! But no one seems to care about the loss of air. Instead, everyone is focusing on the balls being soft and providing an unfair advantage to the Patriots. And while Patriots Coach Bill Belichick has a brilliant football mind, it is unlikely he would be able to contrive such a diabolical scheme, even though it is well-known he is no stranger to cheating.


If the NFL really wants to get to the bottom of deflate-gate, and find out who is responsible, then the real question their investigators should be asking is not who would be more likely to win the game with deflated balls, but who wanted the air that was in those balls to begin with? Well, duh!. The answer is obvious. Who needs a lot of air heading into Super Bowl Sunday? Goodyear! That blimp is huge and it takes a great deal of air to fill it up. By my estimates, it would take approximately 450,000 tokens at the gas station air pump to provide enough air to fill the blimp. At a quarter a-piece that’s $112,500.101


Oh, you say it wasn’t much air. It was only 2 pounds of air per ball. Well, a little bit here and a little bit there adds up pretty quickly. You siphon off 2 pounds of air from 11 footballs and you got yourself 22 pounds of free air. Pretty soon you have enough air to fill up a blimp and just fly right over the filling station on your way to the Super Bowl.

Fill 'er up!

Fill ‘er up!


So, Goodyear, watch out because the NFL is on to you and your shenanigans. So, you may as well come clean.




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