GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn – With all of the talk about the New England Patriots “Deflate-gate” scandal, KARE 11’s Dave Schwartz figured he’d conduct what he calls a ‘non-scientific’ experiment.
Mr. Schwartz invited two quarterbacks (Paul and Dan) from Minnetonka High School and one of their favorite wideouts (Brady) to the KARE 11 backyard. There, he had the guys throw and catch two footballs, one that was inflated to 12 and a half pounds per square inch (PSI), the other deflated to 10 and a half PSI. The balls were also cooled to outdoor temps similar to the ones in New England last weekend.
What were the results? Both Paul and Dan identified the football that was slightly deflated, saying it was easier to get their fingers around and offered better grip. Wide receiver Brady? He couldn’t tell the difference.
The unofficial results of the experiment? Deflating footballs seems to benefit the quarterback, while having a negligible impact on receivers.