Eye on the ball(s): Reporter shows it takes 40, not 90, seconds to deflate a dozen|Getty1/2
Eye on the ball(s): Reporter shows it takes 40, not 90, seconds to deflate a dozen|Getty
The Daily News headline online detailing their football deflation investigation.|Screengrab2/2
The Daily News headline online detailing their football deflation investigation.|Screengrab
It can be done --in 40 seconds.
While most headlines were focusing Monday on the coming storm that, in a touch of irony, primarily slammed New England, some reporters kept their eyes on what really matters: Tom Brady’s deflated balls.
Eleven of the Pats’ 12 game footballs in the Jan. 18 AFC Championship game were under inflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air. New England defeated the Colts 45-7 to advance to this Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Seahawks.
Indeed, Fox Sports Jay Glazer reported this ballbuster: A New England Patriots ball boy took the 12 deflated balls in question into a bathroom for 90 seconds.
A Daily News reporter has shown 12 balls can easily be deflated in 90 seconds.
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He took a bag of balls into a bathroom and did this:“Curious to see how long it would take to deflate one ball to Brady’s liking, I stuck in a pin, heard the tell-tale “Pssss” for 2.2 seconds and rechecked the pressure with a gauge. It was 11 pounds per square inch ….My personal DeflateGate took just 40 seconds. Add in a few bobbles and the time it took to get in and out of the bathroom stall, and the entire affair took me just 77 seconds — well under the 90-second deadline.”