Jan 23, 2015 9:24 PM
DURHAM - The latest developments in the National Football League regarding the inflation level of the footballs the New England Patriots played with during the first half of the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts have been complemented by input from analysts, sports writers, and former players. But what about from a scientific point of view?
UNH physics professor Michael Briggs offered a demonstration and explanation of what may have been the cause of the footballs being lower the NFL regulated Pounds per Square Inch minimums when checked by the officials at half time.
Briggs demonstrates by placing an empty water bottle filled with warm air into a bucket of cold water.
It can be observed that after the bottle is placed in the cold water, the bottle begins to collapse inward as a result of pressure dropping from cold air.
"As the temperature drops, the pressure drops," Briggs said.
Is the culprit a ball-boy, star quarterback Tom Brady, an entire Patriots franchise conspiracy, or good ol' mother nature?
Perhaps we'll never know.
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