Hey, remember forever ago when football fans absolutely lost it because some balls were deflated a little at a big game and it may or may not have cost a beloved team a championship? Turns out a little deflation is enough to fine a team $1 million bucks, and suspend their most valuable player.
I’ll admit, I don’t know much about sportsball, but I do know that people nearly came to blows over balls being deflated at the AFC championship game between the Patriots and the Colts.
It was claimed that the balls had “deflated naturally” due to the weather. Bill Nye hopped in the conversation right about then and corrected both the Patriots Coach, Bill Belicheck, and Tom Brady on the matter:
My favorite part of this video has nothing to do with football.
In the end, investigator Ted Wells found that it was “more probable than not,” Tom Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” of deflating Patriots game balls used in the game against the Colts, and part of reason Brady will be warming the bench for the first four games is his complete “lack of cooperation” with the investigation.
It also seems that Belicheck didn’t really know what was going on, so at least he’s got that going for him. On top of being fined, the team lost their first round pick this year, and their fourth round pick next year.
Fun fact: Brady’s first game back will be against the Colts.