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  • Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President? (Thinks only 3 are contenders)

    05/21/2015 7:07:20 PM PDT · 38 of 50
    Leto to hoosiermama

    I think the GOPe is worried about Bush, IMO Rubio will be the GOPe pick, the elites are terrified by Cruz.


    05/18/2015 6:04:17 PM PDT · 59 of 68
    Leto to epow

    My Dad is 91 now, reads the paper everyday and watches all the news about the NE Patriots. He joined the Navy on Dec 8, 1941. He never saw combat, he was on the Marlin most of the war, which was a training sub. He went to the Irex, when it was a new sub.

    He was in the Panama Canal going to Pearl Harbor when the war ended.

  • NASA: 10,000-year-old Antarctic ice shelf will disappear by 2020

    05/17/2015 6:19:35 PM PDT · 74 of 89

    There is a rift and volcanic activity melting ice fron below. IIRC this is in the area of this ice shelf, devil’s in the details.


    05/17/2015 6:25:36 AM PDT · 18 of 68
    Leto to epow

    I had noticed one of the subs my Dad served on during the war, the Irex was commissioned this past week, 70 years ago.

    I was over at his house last night and mentioned this to him, the Irex was in Portsmouth NH. He had told me about interring Uboats, he talked about how filthy they were (no latrines on board, the bilge was used to ‘store’ human waste).

    He told me he was filmed on a newsreel boarding a Uboats, his mother went to the theatre multiple times to watch him in the newsreel. :D

  • ‘Incredibly disrespectful’: Under Armour’s ‘Band of Ballers’ t-shirt ‘not cool at all’

    05/16/2015 9:54:26 AM PDT · 9 of 22

    Well the term Baller refers to someone who is competitive and plays to win, so I don’t see the disrespect here. My Dad is a WW2 vet who is 91, not many left now.

  • Namath downplays Deflategate, questions if Pats did anything wrong

    05/14/2015 12:38:27 PM PDT · 33 of 35
    Leto to Colofornian

    They talk about it directly, read the whole article, moreover they compare the fumble rates for home and away games when the opposing teams handle the balls, guess what no difference.

    BTW since the science as per the Nobel Prize winning Chemist, the Pats Fan Physicist and the Head-smart experiments prove no one deflated the footballs.

    What it also showed is that the NFL process for certifying the game balls is a joke using $2 pressure gauges that vary by almost.4 psi to a spec of 1 psi max requirement. Just move on You got nothing, can’t wait to get Kensil, Wells Goodell, Colts and Ravens officials into discovery and under oath.

  • Namath downplays Deflategate, questions if Pats did anything wrong

    05/14/2015 12:15:43 PM PDT · 28 of 35
    Leto to Colofornian

    When you look at the odds of winning a game the team with the fewest turnovers int or fumbles has the best chance of winning.

    Hence the emphasis on not turning the ball over Brady in 2nd to A Rogers in lowest INT % all time.

    THe stats are the stats, but being a hater I understand your need to deflect.

    BTW do you think the Nobel prizewinner in Chemistry is less credible than Wells hired guns who went from 2nd hand smoke being fine to try ing to twist data towards a preordained conclusion that got blown apart?

    Where does that leave YOUR argument, balls weren’t tampered with deal with it. Your team isn’t close to the Pats.

  • Namath downplays Deflategate, questions if Pats did anything wrong

    05/14/2015 11:54:11 AM PDT · 24 of 35
    Leto to Colofornian

    Article blowing up the fulble lie resplendent with Charts:

    Bottom the Patriots fumbles are low but not even the lowest over the past 3 years as per Footballoutsiders stats.

  • Namath downplays Deflategate, questions if Pats did anything wrong

    05/14/2015 11:31:55 AM PDT · 23 of 35
    Leto to Covenantor

    LOL :D

  • Namath downplays Deflategate, questions if Pats did anything wrong

    05/14/2015 11:12:31 AM PDT · 21 of 35

    Nobel Laureate in Chemistry says balls behaved as per Ideal Gas Law, weren’t deflated:

    Roderick MacKinnon is a professer at The Rockefeller University. In 2003 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry. His other awards include the 2003 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, the 2001 Gairdner Foundation International Award, the 2001 Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize, the 2000 Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Science and the 1999 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award.

    Professor MacKinnon has no business or personal relationship with the Patriots. When news of the investigation became public, he offered his scientific expertise to the team.

    The Wells report concluded “within the range of likely game conditions and circumstances studied, they could identify no set of credible environmental or physical factors that completely accounts for the Patriots halftime measurements or for the additional loss in air pressure exhibited by the Patriots game balls, as compared to the loss in air pressure exhibited by the Colts game balls”. I do not agree with this conclusion. Let me explain why.

    The major uncertainty in the Wells Report scientific analysis lies in the pregame measurement of ball pressures: there were two gauges that differ by approximately 0.4 psi, it is not certain which was used in the pregame measurement, and the data were not recorded. If the pregame measurement of Patriots balls was made with the gauge that gives the higher number (high gauge) – as was the Official’s best recollection – then when you compare the Patriots ball pressures at halftime using the same gauge, you observe that the average Patriots ball pressure drop (1.0 psi) falls precisely in the range predicted by the Ideal Gas Law (1.0 to 1.2 psi) for the temperature differences the balls were thought to experience on game day. In more detail, 8 out of 11 Patriots balls fall within that predicted range, and the three with a larger drop (by 0.1, 0.3 and 0.4 psi) can be explained by measurement error (see below). Further, if the pregame measurements for Colts balls were made with the other (low) gauge then the Colts balls dropped 0.7 psi (only 4 Colts balls were measured at halftime). The smaller drop by 0.3 psi of the Colts balls can have a scientific explanation – they were measured at halftime after the 11 Patriots balls and thus had more time to warm up and increase pressure. Is it possible that the same Official could use one gauge for the Patriots and the other for the Colts measurements? Not only is this possible but it is exactly what happened at halftime. The Wells Report describes a detailed procedure in which each Official used one gauge to measure pressures of 11 Patriots balls first then 4 Colts balls. Only on subsequent data analysis did it become evident that the gauges were inadvertently switched in between measuring the team balls. It is very easy to understand how this could happen because the gauges look almost identical. This could also have occurred for the pregame measurements because the Official who made those measurements owned both gauges and brought them to the stadium. Imagine the Official has a bunch of balls from each of two teams that he has to measure and two gauges that are almost identical, so much so that they were interchanged during the rigid protocol of recording described for halftime.

    Why then did the Wells Report state that “Most of the individual Patriots measurements recorded at halftime, however, were lower than the range predicted by the Ideal Gas Law”? This statement assumes that the pregame measurements on Patriots balls were made with the low gauge. Why was this assumption made? The main argument as best I can follow goes like this. Science consultants for the Wells Report tested a lot of gauges and found that the low gauge was more similar to other gauges. Because the pregame measurements as recollected by the Official agreed with the pressures pre-set by each team with their own gauges, it seemed more likely that the low gauge was used. Here is my concern about that argument. The accuracy and precision of numbers recollected do not match that of data recorded. The recollected (i.e. not recorded) pressures for Patriots pregame measurements is “most of the Patriots footballs measured at 12.5 pounds per square inch-gauge (psig), though there may have been one or two that measured at 12.6 psig.” This means that the Patriots gauge and the Official’s pre-game gauge were right on (and similarly for the Colts gauge). This level of precision and accuracy in recollected numbers seems unlikely if you look at data that were actually recorded in writing. Let me give two examples. First, take the ball intercepted by the Colts. The pressure was measured three times on this same ball and the numbers are 11.35, 11.45 and 11.75 psi. As anyone can see, these values vary quite a bit. Second, the Ideal Gas Law predicts that pressure should systematically increase over time when the balls were brought from the cold field to the warm locker room at halftime, as pointed out in the Wells Report. However, I do not see this systematic change in the sequential measurements of 11 Patriots balls and 4 Colts balls. The pressure in each ball must increase as it warms, but the systematic trend within the data this would produce is apparently obscured by a large measurement error – the kind of measurement error you see in the example of the ball intercepted by the Colts, a case in which the pressure was measured three times. For these reasons I do not think the assumption that the low gauge was used for pregame measurement of Patriots balls is well supported. And as noted, it conflicts with the official’s own best recollection.

    In summary I believe the data available on ball pressures can be explained on the basis of physical law, without manipulation. The scientific analysis in the Wells Report was a good attempt to seek the truth, however, it was based on data that are simply insufficient. In experimental science to reach a meaningful conclusion we make measurements multiple times under well-defined physical conditions. This is how we deal with the error or ‘spread’ of measured values. In the pressure measurements physical conditions were not very well-defined and major uncertainties, such as which gauge was used in pre-game measurements, affect conclusions. Finally, the claim of a statistically significant difference in pressure drop between the two team balls regardless of which gauge was used did not account for the fact that the Colts balls were apparently measured at the end of halftime since the officials ran out of time and made only four measurements – in other words, the Colts balls were measured after the Patriots balls and had warmed up more. For the above reasons, the Wells Report conclusion that physical law cannot explain the pressures is incorrect.

    Roderick MacKinnon
    Professor, Nobel Laureate Chemistry

    Physics Phd explains science of deflategate and Issues raised by Well ie Pats balls vs Colts balls, in the interest of full disclosure he is a Patriots fan:

    And my expertise (not my fandom) claims that this assertion that the Wells Report makes is the height of absurdity:

    According to our scientific consultants, however, the reduction in pressure of the Patriots game balls cannot be explained completely by basic scientific principles, such as the Ideal Gas Law, based on the circumstances and conditions likely to have been present on the day of the AFC Championship Game.

    (Your scientific consultants, by the way, think secondhand smoke does not cause cancer. And what happened to partnering with Columbia University’s physics department? Did they not agree to your assumptions?)

    It’s absurd because they ultimately make the claim that the reduction in pressure of the Patriots game balls is beyond the reach of the Ideal Gas Law because the reduction had to be the bigger of the two available answers despite the fact that it probably wasn’t. That sentence sounds silly and circular, and that’s because it is. But, it’s what the report says.

    You see, as we all know by now, there were two pressure gauges of the same precision but with different accuracy available to the NFL officials during halftime measurements — the so-called “Logo Gauge” and the “Non-Logo Gauge.” The Logo Gauge tended to give results that were about 0.35 psig1 higher than the Non-Logo Gauge. To compare the halftime pressure readings to the pre-game pressure readings, we need to know which gauge Walt Anderson used for the pre-game pressure readings. On page 52 of this infernal report, it says:

    Although Anderson’s best recollection is that he used the Logo Gauge, he said that it is certainly possible that he used the Non-Logo Gauge.

    They then go on assuming he used the Non-Logo Gauge. Why? Here, again, is the infernal report:

    Exponent’s experimental results were aligned with the measurements recorded at halftime, which indicated a consistent gauge-to-gauge differential of 0.3-0.45 psi. Exponent relied upon this information, as well as the fact that during the testing the Non-Logo Gauge never produced a reading higher than the Logo Gauge, to conclude that Walt Anderson most likely used the Non-Logo Gauge to inspect the game balls prior to the game.

    In other words, they think Anderson used the Non-Logo Gauge (despite the fact that he actually claims otherwise) only because the Non-Logo Gauge produced lower pressure readings. That the conclusion of the report supports some nefarious deflation plot shouldn’t be surprising when you pick the result that best supports this belief simply because it best supports this belief.

    But, what if, what if?, this all started because of NFL officials’ gross misunderstanding of thermodynamics? What if, by the time cooler heads with a high school science education had the time to interpret the halftime pressure readings, there had already been several leaks from the NFL office to the media about the Patriots involvement in a cheating scandal? What if, just to keep themselves from looking bad, the NFL had to hire a scientific consulting firm that admits to producing results that the client wants to hear? What if nothing actually happened to the pressure levels of the Patriots footballs during the AFC Championship Game, but despite this fact, the most draconian punishment in the history of the NFL was handed down nonetheless? If this were true, even a Colts fan would have to admit that’s pretty messed up.

    So now, let me get to what the data actually says about the Patriots game balls and make the claim that without even having to appeal to any other wizardy than the fact that it was cold outside and Walt Anderson used the Logo Gauge pre-game (as he thinks he did), the results of the Wells Report support the fact that it is more probable than not that the Patriots game balls weren’t even tampered with in the AFC Championship Game.

    Scientific Results
    Anderson believes, but did not record, that the Patriots game balls measured 12.5 psig prior to the game. He also believes, but did not record, that he used the Logo Gauge to make these measurements. The former belief is held as gospel truth by the Wells Report. The latter is discarded in favor of the more conspiratorial answer.

    It would also have been super useful if he’d recorded the temperature of the room pre-game when the measurements were made. Saying that the footballs measured 12.5 psig pre-game isn’t exactly useful unless I know the temperature at which this measurement was made. I’m going to suppose 74°F for room temperature. Exponent claims all sorts of temperatures, most of which seem reasonable, but they are all guesses because it was not measured.

    So, what were the halftime measurements that were compared to the pre-game 12.5 psig at 74°F? Well, it depends on which gauge you ask.

    Patriots Ball Number Logo Gauge [psig] Non-Logo Gauge [psig]
    1 11.80 11.50
    2 11.20 10.85
    3 11.50 11.15
    4 11.00 10.70
    5 11.45 11.10
    6 11.95 11.60
    7 12.30 11.85
    8 11.55 11.10
    9 11.35 10.95
    10 10.90 10.50
    11 11.35 10.90
    Raw halftime pressure readings provided by the Wells Report.
    If the Logo Gauge was used pre-game, then the Logo Gauge results from halftime should be used as the comparable results. Since the Non-Logo Gauge measures consistently 0.38 psig lower than the Logo Gauge, we can still use the Non-Logo Gauge results to compare to a 12.5 psig pre-game reading by the Logo Gauge provided that we correct them higher by 0.38 psig. To use halftime results from a pressure gauge not used for the pre-game results is as valid as me using the tire gauge in my glove compartment in the same experiment. Why is it even a valid solution that is considered?

    Patriots Ball Number Logo Gauge [psig] Non-Logo Gauge (corrected) [psig]
    1 11.80 11.88
    2 11.20 11.23
    3 11.50 11.53
    4 11.00 11.08
    5 11.45 11.48
    6 11.95 11.98
    7 12.30 12.23
    8 11.55 11.48
    9 11.35 11.33
    10 10.90 10.88
    11 11.35 11.28
    Corrected halftime pressure readings, assuming the Logo Gauge was used for pre-game measurements.
    Due to the cooling of the air inside the footballs which occurred throughout the first half (I’ll use 48°F for the halftime ball air temperature, which is what Exponent used), we can use the Ideal Gas Law

    to determine how the pressure of the footballs changed. In this equation, P is pressure in psia (add 14.7 psig to the gauge pressure reading), T is temperature in Kelvin (where Kelvin and Fahrenheit are related by TK=59(TF+459.67)), V is the volume of the football, n is the amount of air in the football, and R is a universal constant. In the world where V, n, and R are constant (the football doesn’t expand and air doesn’t leak out, by nefarious means or otherwise), comparing the pre-game readings to the halftime readings is as simple as solving

    Using this equation with Tpregame = 74°F and Thalftime = 48°F, the halftime measurements of each football can be used to predict what the pre-game pressure value must have been. Before the data was released (and making assumptions about the initial pressure of the Colts balls and the temperatures, which is why the lines are labeled with non-Wells Report numbers — but you get the idea), I made the following chart which shows just exactly how the pressure of a football should vary with temperature.

    Football Pressure Changes with Temperature
    The pressure response of footballs of various pressures measured at specific temperatures, according to the Ideal Gas Law.
    But, now that I can use the actual values given in the Wells Report, I got even more precise with these numbers. The calculations for what follows can be found in this spreadsheet.

    Patriots Ball Number Average Halftime Reading (w/ Non-Logo Gauge corrected) [psig] Projected Pre-Game Reading on Logo Gauge [psig]
    1 11.84 13.20
    2 11.22 12.54
    3 11.52 12.86
    4 11.04 12.36
    5 11.47 12.81
    6 11.97 13.33
    7 12.27 13.65
    8 11.52 12.86
    9 11.34 12.67
    10 10.89 12.20
    11 11.32 12.65
    Average 11.49 12.83
    Projected pre-game pressure readings on the Logo Gauge, assuming the Logo Gauge was used for pre-game measurements. Half-time ball temperature 48°F. Pre-game ball temperature 74°F.
    Why, that data almost suggests that nothing nefarious happened at all! The average halftime measurement was 11.49 psig in Logo Gauge units. This corresponds to a pre-game projected measurement on the Logo Gauge of 12.83 psig. I’m pretty sure that’s greater than 12.5 psig, which is the arbitrary limit the NFL set. In fact, only 2 balls were projected to be lower than 12.5 psig (balls 4 and 10), which can be explained in a bazillion ways other than cheating (and according to Occam’s razor, those other solutions are probably more realistic).

    But, in this scenario (with constant halftime temperature of 48°F), the Colts balls would have initially been 14.13 psig. That doesn’t seem right.

    So, to be a bit more fair, a simple solution to the heat equation predicts that the temperature of the air within the footballs begins to move towards equilibrium with the indoor temperature in an exponential fashion, eventually asymptotically approaching room temperature. If Exponent is to be believed (and why not!), this process takes place in a period of approximately 15 minutes (according to Figure 14 on page 31 of the Exponent section).

    Halftime Temperature/Pressure Ramp over Time
    image by Exponent from the Wells Report
    Keeping in mind that a total of 13.5 minutes was available to measure each of the 11 Patriots balls and 4 Colts balls and to refill the Patriots balls, I fit each measurement along this curve over time (so each subsequent football is a bit warmer than the last). The Patriots footballs took about 5 minutes to be measured, so they’re about 58°F by the end of measurement. This was an inexact science, but probably pretty darn good, according to the plot above.

    Patriots Ball Number Average Halftime Reading (w/ Non-Logo Gauge corrected) [psig] Projected Pre-Game Reading on Logo Gauge [psig]
    1 11.84 13.20
    2 11.22 12.49
    3 11.52 12.75
    4 11.04 12.20
    5 11.47 12.59
    6 11.97 13.06
    7 12.27 13.31
    8 11.52 12.48
    9 11.34 12.25
    10 10.89 11.73
    11 11.32 12.12
    Average 11.49 12.56
    Projected pre-game pressure readings on the Logo Gauge, assuming the Logo Gauge was used for pre-game measurements. Half-time ball temperature 48°F and heating towards room temperature, ending at 58°F. Pre-game ball temperature 74°F.
    In this case, four balls were under 12.5 psig (balls 4, 9, 10, and 11), but the average was still 12.56 psig, which is still greater than 12.5 psig. Given the number of variables that could be changing, this is completely reasonable to any fair reader of the report.

    In this scenario, there are two possibilities for when the Colts balls are measured during halftime (I discuss this at the bottom in the Various Notes of Note section) — either right after the Patriots balls were or at the end of halftime, after refilling the Patriots balls. If they were measured right after the Patriots balls, the Colts balls were on average 13.43 psig originally (conflicting with what Anderson said they were). But, if they were measured at the end of halftime (when their temperature was nearly 70°F), they would have been 13.01 psig. This is exactly what Anderson said they were.

    So, a scenario where the Logo Gauge was used by Walt Anderson pre-game, the Patriots halftime measurements were recorded at the beginning of halftime, and the Colts were measured at the end of halftime yields an average initial pressure of 12.56 psig for the Patriots balls and 13.01 psig for the Colts ball. Both are what Anderson measured pregame without tampering having to be invoked.

    But, no no no. These results won’t do. So, Anderson must have used the Non-Logo Gauge. Well, fine. Here’s the worst-case scenario, which does look awfully bad. I’d bet that’s why it was chosen as the scenario “more likely than not.”

    Patriots Ball Number Average Halftime Reading (w/ Logo Gauge corrected) [psig] Projected Pre-Game Reading on Non-Logo Gauge [psig]
    1 11.46 12.80
    2 10.84 12.09
    3 11.14 12.35
    4 10.66 11.80
    5 11.09 12.19
    6 11.86 12.66
    7 11.89 12.92
    8 11.14 12.09
    9 10.96 11.86
    10 10.51 11.34
    11 10.94 11.73
    Average 11.11 12.17
    Projected pre-game pressure readings on the Non-Logo Gauge, assuming the Non-Logo Gauge was used for pre-game measurements. Half-time ball temperature 48°F and heating towards room temperature, ending at 58°F. Pre-game ball temperature 74°F.
    Yup. See. Cheatriots. I knew it all along! 8 of the 11 balls were under the allowable limit! The average was only 12.17 psig. Someone let the air out. I’ll bet Tom Brady knew about it.

    In this scenario, if the Colts balls were measured immediately after the Patriots balls, they’d have an average of 13.04 psig. This is, I think, why Exponent chose this scenario. I don’t know why they didn’t consider that the Colts balls were measured later in halftime. In that case, they’d have an average of 12.62 psig, which doesn’t match what Anderson originally reported.

    Of course, this scenario is only acceptable if you assume Anderson perfectly remembered what the pre-game pressure measurements were, but failed to recall which pressure gauge he used to make these measurements. Why this scenario was chosen seems a bit too obvious and evil, even for Roger Goodell. Why is the bolded one above not more logical?

    Finally, just to complete the circle, if the Logo Gauge was the gauge used for the pre-game measurements and we assume the average halftime pressure measurement of 11.5 psig for the Patriots balls, what pre-game and halftime temperatures would the balls have to be in order to produce a pre-game value of 12.5 psig or higher? I produced a heatmap (you can see my work in producing this here) showing the phase space for the pre-game and halftime temperatures that suggest no tampering took place. For instance, if you think the halftime ball temperature was 55°F for a 11.5 psig reading (find 55°F on the x-axis), then the pre-game temperature would have to be about 72°F or higher for the initial pressure to have been 12.5 psig or higher (all the values on the y-axis that are white or red along the vertical about 55°F on the x-axis).

    Temperature heatmap showing phase space for legal footballs
    Heatmap showing the predicted pre-game measured pressure for an 11.5 psig (at halftime) football, for all pre-game and halftime temperature possibilities. For a given pre-game and halftime temperature, the pre-game football measurement is 12.5 psig or higher if the color is white or red. It’s below 12.5 psig in all phase space that is blue.
    Concluding Thoughts
    So, here we are. A legendary quarterback and the GOAT accused of cheating and suspended for 4 games (at a personal cost of 2 million dollars and a tarnished legacy). A flagship franchise stripped of 2 draft picks and fined 1 million dollars despite the fact that the Wells Report cleared them of responsibility. Two low-level employees all-but-fired. All because of a report that suggests that air wasn’t even let out of the footballs, unless you choose to find a way to twist the math.

    To assign the level of scientific integrity that has been assigned to this study, I’d expect to have the pre-game measurements carefully recorded, along with the room temperature at the time of the recording. I’d also really expect for you to know which gauge you used to make this measurement. All other pressure measurements should only be made with gauges that are calibrated to the original pressure gauge. It’d be nice to know what the atmospheric pressure was at all times too. And the relative humidity. I know Exponent did their best to try to determine what these all probably were, but we don’t know what they actually were at the times in question. For example, the room in which the balls were checked pre-game could have been 70°F normally, but what about if there are a dozen officials in the room? There are just so many factors that could be in play that change all of this, knowing solid numbers for everything that would affect these measurements is extremely important to the science.

    None of this recording happened. And we are to assign a level of certainty to this process that passes scientific scrutiny? I’d bet even Bill Nye would agree that this is all a bit absurd.

    Charts illustrating science here at the link:

    They got the science wrong the house of cards tumbles.

    Can’t wait for the lawsuits against the NFL after the arbitration process.


    05/14/2015 8:40:33 AM PDT · 16 of 41
    Leto to Tax-chick

    The IRex was originally a Fleet boat like you see on TV. After examining the last German design’s from the end of the way it was the first US sub to be outfitted with the ‘Sail” type conning tower.

    When there were off Cuba the sub was sinking by the stern. Electricity went off battery problems, they went down to 800 ft + somehow they were able to blow out the ballast tanks and made it back to the surface. They were in the Panama canal going to the Pacific when the war ended.


    05/14/2015 4:59:09 AM PDT · 8 of 41
    Leto to Homer_J_Simpson

    The Irex was Commissioned 70 years today. My Dad was on thr Irex, he was on the Marlin previously.

  • Namath downplays Deflategate, questions if Pats did anything wrong

    05/14/2015 4:32:20 AM PDT · 18 of 35
    Leto to Colofornian

    Easy BB emphasis not fumbling the ball benching/cutting players who fumble. Not running as much as other teams.

    Since you refuse to consider the simple situation about ball pressure your team must lose to the Pats a lot you mad bro?

  • Namath downplays Deflategate, questions if Pats did anything wrong

    05/13/2015 4:23:16 PM PDT · 4 of 35
    Leto to OttawaFreeper

    Very well written article on the Physics of deflategate:

    WHy THis guy wasn’t hired instead of Wells....... whatever.

  • Shattuck: National state of envy

    05/13/2015 4:21:48 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    Leto to MortMan

    Great article on the science of Deflategate.

    Explains that the Patriots did not let any air out of the balls and why the Colts balls would measure differently.

    The Guy is a PHD Physics guy studying dark matter so he is well equipped to explain to normal people the HS science of Football PSI that escaped the NFL front office and Wells.

  • Shattuck: National state of envy

    05/13/2015 9:33:36 AM PDT · 20 of 22
    Leto to MortMan
    "That's an excuse. If the team was caught breaking the rules, then punishment is warranted. If it's truly not a big deal, then rescind the rule." This is the point they weren't "caught" doing anything. The report for those of us (mostly) Patriot fans show a league paying big $$$ and getting the report they wanted with not much in the way of evidence. I will address a few things here, first the shoddy science used to 'prove' the balls had been tampered with. I will be using post (mine and others from a Patriots fans website. First This was a sting, Dean Blandino lied about this: " Not sure how this has not gotten mainstream traction yet but surely will be a cornerstone of Pats case: At a pre-Super Bowl press conference, Blandino tried to say that nobody from the league was aware of any issues with the footballs prior to the game. “Then there was an issue that was brought up during the first half,” Blandino said on Jan. 29 in Phoenix. “A football came into question and then the decisions was made to test them at halftime and now.” When hit with a follow-up question from the New York Post about allegations that the NFL conducted a “sting operation” in order to catch the Patriots red-handed, Blandino again flatly denied any prior knowledge to anything about football inflation levels. “I don’t know where [the idea of a sting] came from,” Blandino told the Post. “This was a problem that came up in the first half.”​ And yet in The Gospel According to Ted: At this point, I understand that folks’ eyeballs might immediately gloss over with boredom upon seeing yet another excerpt from the Wells report. But this is important, as it relates to the email sent by Colts GM Ryan Grigson and Colts equipment manager Sean Sullivan. This message was sent to NFL senior VP of football operations David Gardi and director of football operations Mike Kensil. Kensil forwarded Grigson’s email without comment to James Daniel, Director of Game Operations at he NFL, who in turn forwarded it to other Game Operations personnel who would be at the game as an ‘FYI.’ Kensil also forwarded Grigson’s email to Dean Blandino and Alberto Riveron, both senior members of the NFL Officiating Department, with the message ‘see below.’ Both Riveron and Blandino decided that they would raise the issue with Walt Anderson, who had been assigned as the referee for the game. On Saturday, the day before the AFC Championship Game, “Blandino reminded Anderson to ensure that proper protocols concerning the footballs were followed.”​ So this is a high ranking NFL official in CHARGE OF OFFICIATING who outright lied to the media about a sting. Not a good look. Oh this is also the saint who partied on the Cowboy bus (he almost looks as slimy and date rapey as Grigson). Good luck with that one in court, boys." Then there was the statements by Jim Kensil to the Patriots eq mgr at halftime, first understand that Kensil's father was the Jets President and Jimmy boy worked for the Jets for 28 years including when Belicheck walked out of them: "The entire incident began when the Colts intercepted a ball in the first half of the AFC championship game and found it to have low pressure. After the Colts informed the league, all 11 of the Patriots’ balls were inspected and found to be below the allowable level. Patriots sources are steadfast—and their belief was conveyed to the league, according to a source—that Mike Kensil, the NFL’s VP of game operations, walked up to Patriots equipment manager Dave Schoenfeld on the sideline after halftime and said, “We weighed the balls. You are in big f------ trouble.” New England and Kraft thought this incident, and others, showed bias by the league and would be explored in the Wells report. But the Patriots’ theories (including another in which they believed the Colts deflated the intercepted ball) were tossed aside, with the report simply calling the sideline interaction a difference in recollection." IT seems like a sting with an agenda. BTW Goodell is also an ex Jets employee. Now to the "process" to ensure the balls are meeting NFL specs: "Because there wasn't a coherent process in place we cannot know that any balls in the game were or weren't tampered with. 1) It is clear that the gauges used by the nfl were cheap and not calibrated. When the allowable PSI range is 1 PSI having gauges that varied by ~.4 psi, is a total joke. 2) No process to record ball Pressure, in this case Anderson said he "remembered" the unrecorded PSI of the balls used by the Patriots and Colts that were submitted, that would be 48 balls, this of course is nonsense. 3) Wells took Anderson's recollection of the PSI of 48 footballs at face value but not his recollection of which guage he used, yeah no agenda there boys and girls. No set of initial conditions for the balls, no baseline. Are balls being kept at 72 F, coming in from the bus at 47 F. Here is a video from the 2013 season showing the pregame ball acceptance process IF the PSI of the balls have to be within 1 PSI and this is CRITICAL to the Integrity of the game does the process documented in the video look adequate? The inadequate process and correcting it should have been the focus of the Wells report not smearing the Greatest QB in the history of the NFL. But that wasn't the report that Wells was paid to deliver. So it wasn't the focus of the report. The range for ball PSI should be increased to a reasonable level, say 11 to 15 psi with proper process and measuring equipment in place combined with NFL supervision of the balls at all times no team personnel involved at all. Remember Brady went 50-64 in the 2nd half of the Colts game and during the SB, it is fair to say he is comfortable with balls inflated to 12.5 psi." Pro football Talk tweets on information from an interview with the former head of officials: ProFootballTalk ‏@ProFootballTalk 6m6 minutes ago On PFT Live, @RefereeJimD says that officials did not know that balls set to 12.5 PSI at kickoff would drop lower than that on a cold day. ProFootballTalk ‏@ProFootballTalk 11m11 minutes ago On PFT Live, former NFL official and supervisor of officials @RefereeJimD on football inflation: "It has never been an exact science." Wells also didn't take the balls being rain soaked into account. There was a driving rain throughout the day in NE, The firm the NFL hired "simulated this by spritzing the ballwith a spray bottle every 15 minutes them toweling the ball dry.... what a joke. The people at Headsmart LAbs who the week the story broke did a real simulation they found that the ball being wet like these game balls were, caused an additional > 7 psi loss IOW if Anderson's recollection was correct that the Patriots balls were inflated to 12.5 psi then the measurements at halftime were what one would expect for the conditions on game day. As I said I cannot wait until Wells, Kensil, Goodell, Blandino, Grigson and other submit to discovery in a defamation lawsuit filed by Brady.
  • Shattuck: National state of envy

    05/13/2015 8:07:54 AM PDT · 15 of 22
    Leto to MortMan

    Not really it is the NFl in CYA mode for a sting on a time + their horrible process for something that never was a big deal and was exploded by former longtime Jets executive now with the NFL who have an ax to grind with the PAtriots whom they despise.

    This will become clear when Brady sues the NFL for defamation after his appeal is heard.

  • Tom Brady suspended without pay for 4 games of regular season

    05/11/2015 6:04:53 PM PDT · 79 of 102
    Leto to ilgipper

    Really none of his 5 hours spent with Wells were cited,

    You are the liar if you know What he said to Wells please produce it.

  • Tom Brady will be suspended by Goodell for role in DeflateGate, announcement next week

    05/10/2015 3:59:17 AM PDT · 396 of 438
    Leto to jwalsh07

    If you read the Wells report in any sort of objective way you would see the this was a sting an second Brady did nothing wrong. 2 predictions when this is appealed, unless a nfl exec is the arbitrator the penalty will be thrown out. There is a good chance Brady will sue the NFL and Wells, after that.

    Discovery will be fun. If you didn’t do anything wrong you fight back.

  • Tom Brady will be suspended by Goodell for role in DeflateGate, announcement next week

    05/09/2015 8:47:44 PM PDT · 388 of 438
    Leto to jwalsh07

    Great so IOW facts are irrelevant, do you apply that thought process say if T Cruz is smeared by MSNBC?

    Believe what you will since you don’ want to consider any other facts.

    BTW have you read the Wells report, I have.

    Breitbart sports spotted holes in the report the day it was released.

  • Report: New England Patriots Worried Tom Brady Could Be Suspended 6-8 Games

    05/09/2015 8:42:00 PM PDT · 63 of 70
    Leto to Colofornian

    There were 24 balls for each team, non kicking, 24, 12 for each team are kept in the refs locker room, this being an inclement weather game. 12 for each team were used during the game, the balls were rotated constantly dur to the very wet conditions, so you post is wrong right off the bat. The rain was a minor factor relative to the temp differential due to ideal gas law.

    Did you even watch the game?

    BTW what happens when a needle is inserted into the bladder to measure the pressure, air escapes, what does that do to the pressure inside the ball?

    It lowers the psi.....

    Even the outfit hired by Wells conceded that the conditions account for the psi of the Pats balls, the real question is why the Colts balls did deflate more, if they were at 13 psi...... Pe were they overinflated since they were going to file the complaint?

  • Report: New England Patriots Worried Tom Brady Could Be Suspended 6-8 Games

    05/09/2015 3:51:24 PM PDT · 51 of 70
    Leto to Colofornian

    They design football helmets, they know far more than you or I.

    Yes the used the premise of how would a football inflated to 12.5 psi would react to the climatic conditions present that evening the results showed that you would see a definite drop in psi. The experimental results the came up with were very close to the halftime results the officials observed.

    Perhaps you weren’t watching the game, it was played in a DRIVING rainstorm the game balls were SOAKED, we had > 1 in during the game. So their method was sound.

    I will point out the real problems here, The NFL had no recorded psi for either team Pergame, so there was no baseline for comparison with the
    halftime measurements. Frankly the Wells report should have focused of the lack of process, but that isn’t what they were being paid to do.

    So like all lawyers the made the case their client Wanted made.

    Wells isn’t an independent investigator, he is a hired gun for Goodell’s, he defended the NFL in the concussion lawsuit, the firn he hired to run their science experiment was hired bt Tobacco firms to ‘prove’ that cigs don’t cause cancer, product lawsuits against auto firm ect.

    The N FL had an ananda and paid for the desired result.

  • Report: New England Patriots Worried Tom Brady Could Be Suspended 6-8 Games

    05/09/2015 2:51:08 PM PDT · 49 of 70
    Leto to Colofornian

    See this from Carnegie Mellon Mech Engineers at Headsmart LAbs.

    It accounts for all the observations if one assumes that the balls started at 12.5 psi.

  • Report: New England Patriots Worried Tom Brady Could Be Suspended 6-8 Games

    05/09/2015 11:26:36 AM PDT · 26 of 70
    Leto to Rockpile

    Point is this whole thing is a freaking joke.

  • Report: New England Patriots Worried Tom Brady Could Be Suspended 6-8 Games

    05/09/2015 11:18:31 AM PDT · 23 of 70
    Leto to BigCinBigD

    “He should be banned for life.”

    Should Aaron Rogers be banned for life also?

    “‘I like to push the limit to how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take air out of it,’” Simms said Rodgers told them before the game.

  • Report: New England Patriots Worried Tom Brady Could Be Suspended 6-8 Games

    05/09/2015 10:52:21 AM PDT · 14 of 70
    Leto to drewh

    A poster on a Patriots forum I frequent talked with a Judge- Labor Lawyer(s) who deal with these sorts of situations he filed this post on

    “Went through the situation and Wells report. It is pretty late now so if I am a bit inarticulate please forgive as it is way too late for me but want to get this out though I am a bit spent.

    Effectively NFL constrained by Wells report if they use it as the basis of sanctions so they live or die by what is in there. At an arbitration hearing they will not be able to introduce new evidence and that effectively an arbitration is run like a trial. Brady can bring what ever evidence reports, witnesses he wants.

    Perceived areas NFL could act and attempt to punish Brady

    1) Perceived knowledge of tampering
    2) Perceived lying - He also claimed he knew neither the identity nor role of Jim McNally, the officials’ locker room attendant.
    3) Perceived as uncooperative with investigation

    1) Perceived knowledge of tampering - “it is more probable than not” that Patriots locker room attendant Jim McNally and Patriots equipment assistant John Jastremski deliberately released air from footballs after the balls were examined by the referees. The report also concludes that “it is more probable than not” that Brady “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski”. The NFL can only use the Wells report in arbitration while Brady can get as many witnesses, reports etc.. as he wants. He can bring in MIT, Headsmart, anyone and as the NFL admits they don’t know if in fact any tampering even took place, there is no chance they can punish Brady for this and have it stick. You can’t punish Brady for an assumption he knew about something taking place which is only an assumption that it may have in fact taken place. They can punish the Patriots as they thought that the Patriots do not have the right to appeal but the Patriots legal position is 180 degrees different than that of a player. Patriots can be punished for having an employee take the balls with him on a pee stop but that has nothing to do with Brady.

    2) Perceived lying - Brady reportedly claimed he knew neither the identity nor role of Jim McNally, the officials’ locker room attendant. Based on what Michael Holly stated, this statement from Brady was in reference to the October Jets game point in time where the PSI was set at 16 PSI and that Brady deals with John Jastremski primarily and it is John Jastremski who deals with McNally. Brady’s statements that they if they needed to bring the rule book to the reffs is hardly an indication of attempting to tamper. Brady’s calls after this broke were with John Jastremski to find out what was going on. This was seen as a non issue if accurate as who would not call to see what was going on. Brady giving gifts to staff and others is not an indication of his intimate knowledge of their duties and Brady could have literally hundreds of examples of him providing gear etc... to people whom he deals with only in passing and that Brady would have no reason to know the specifics of how the balls are prepared beyond his dealings with John Jastremski. They felt there was little chance any arbitrator would uphold any sanctions based on this claim as this claim is not supported by the evidence in the Wells report and the NFL is bound by the contents of the report (unless they cite another source in the punishment).

    3) Perceived as uncooperative with investigation. They were most unclear on this as they were unfamiliar with the terms of the NFL collective bargaining agreement and if it required that a player was required to hand over personal property. They doubted that any union would allow any such agreement and that Brady was completely justified in not complying with their request especially when considering the NFL’s repeated failure to uphold confidentiality. Additionally as Jastremski and McNally did hand over their phones, were there any texts/emails from Brady to them it would have been seen on these devices so seeking Brady’s phone was fishing. Putting aside the issue of if the NFL will claim failing to hand over personal property is grounds for sanctions under the union rules, they felt that if accurate that Brady met with the investigators as stated and answered their questions, any sanctions claiming non cooperation would be tossed. Not admitting what did not happen is not being uncooperative.

    So basically aside from the possibility that the union contract allows for confiscation of personal property, they saw no significant risk that any penalty against Brady would stick and that the NFL was regularly shredded in arbitration. There was actually talk that Goodell would lay down a penalty to appease the masses knowing that it would be removed by the arbitrator. This may have been a reason why the report focused on nailing Brady and not Belichick, Kraft or the Patriots in any meaningful way. Telling them to submit questions in writing instead of allowing a 5th interview with a staff member is not hardcore non cooperation. The Union may really enjoy this given Wells was the NFL’s attorney in the concussion lawsuit. Watch the Front line special on it if you have not already

    As far as Brady’s legal options, he could in fact sue, and seek discovery against all parties requesting all communications involving himself, the Patriots, etc... having to do with PSI and the investigation. He would also be subject to disclosure but if in fact there is nothing to hide, he could request all of Goodells emails, texts, chats etc... on the issue, all the reffs and NFL executives. They felt this was unlikely to happen but did point out that Brady’s reputation has immense value and his income from non football activities is significant and potentially more than his football salary so it would not be unheard of for Brady to use his immense wealth to pursue this action if for no other reason than to force discovery in an attempt to clear his name and this would be most likely to occur in the unlikely event that Brady lost arbitration. Interesting situation for the NFL, if they win arbitration it dramatically increased the chance Brady goes after them and does discovery on all the NFL employees communications regarding him, the investigation and PSI. If I were Goodell I would be very afraid of this.

    So basically go ahead and punish Brady to the max because it won’t probably stand in arbitration and the NFL will set the Patriots up to destroy all others next year. In the very unlikely event that an arbitrator does not do this (hell ray Rice won arbitration and that was on film), it increases the likily of the immensely wealthy Tom Brady going after the NFL in a court of law. Although victory in the court may be difficult, the trial and extensive discovery could restore his reputation which is valued in excess of $100M. It was also though if Brady is suspended for the first game that instead of raising the championship banner the first night without Brady there, that a black banner or a pirate flag be raised instead after a minute of silence. The banner could be raised when Brady returned.

    Very sleepy and head spinning but hopes this makes sense.”

    Patriot Nation is livid over this torpedoing of Brady by the league which is covering up their non existent procedure.

    Brady and Gisele have the $$$ to go toe to toe with hte league. I hope they sue the NFL and submit Goodell, Kensil and Wells to the Discovery process where we see THEIR emails and texts.

    BTW Well represented the NFL in the Concussions case he is carry water for the NFL and is ANYTHING but Independent, he behaved as a prosecution not a finder of facts.

    No questioning of the behaviorof the Colts, took everything Anderson said at face value. Anderson didn’t record pressures of ANY balls used pre game eithr for the Pats or Col;ts after being told there was an issue.

    For games being played in bad weather 24 balls are submitted and approved rather than 12 if 12 were out of his control as Anderson maintained it was trivial to sen a back up ref to get the other 12 balls from the refs locker room if their was a perceived problem with the first 12 game balls that were approved.

    Why would the NFL allow the first half to be played with possible tampered balls if it integrity of the AFCCG wa paramount importance. Seize the balls that left Anderson’s view and bring them back to the officials locker room and test them after the game when they had returned to room temperature.

    I could go on for pages about all the screw up in this sting, but rest assured Brady’s lawyers will eviscerate Goodell for slandering Brady.

  • Tom Brady will be suspended by Goodell for role in DeflateGate, announcement next week

    05/09/2015 9:55:57 AM PDT · 315 of 438
    Leto to FredZarguna

    “Aaron Rodgers should face the same suspension, IF the NFL has as good a case against him. I’m not arguing about this on the basis of which team committed the foul the way Cheatriot fans are [”We should be allowed to cheat. Because: win.”] I’m arguing that the rules are the rules and need to be followed.”

    What do you mean have a good case he publicly said it on the damn radio in October.

    It was and will continue to be ignored by the NFL.

    Get a grip this is a big deal because it is the Patriots and the NFL Fo is populated by ex Jet employees who have an ax to grind.

  • Tom Brady will be suspended by Goodell for role in DeflateGate, announcement next week

    05/09/2015 7:18:57 AM PDT · 304 of 438
    Leto to FredZarguna

    The ref did nothing wrong.
    Brady cheated.

    The balls were weighted before the game, all were over 12.5 lbs.

    That means an equipment guy almost certainly substituted balls after the game check.

    “Brady cheated.

    The refs believed the balls were light. Rather than stop the game, rather than stop the game, the NFL waited and weighed them at half-time. 11 of 12 balls were two or more lbs. below the limit.

    Brady cheated.

    The refs did nothing wrong.”

    You don’t know the difference between weight and pressure?

    Seriously Hater?

    Did you drop out of elementary school?

    the balls were given to the officials at 12.6 psi where Brady likes them.

    At halftime their pressure had dropped as it must due to the laws of Physics.

    As explained her so even morons can understand:

    BTW the NFL Official NEVER REcORDED THE PSI OF THE BALLS PREGAME. Wells merely went off his memory of the ball pressure, BS he was covering his butt for the lax nfl procedure. BTW 3 of the Colts balls were below the limot at halftime. What was the PSI of the Colts balls pregame? Anderson SAYS 13.0 but again not recorded. Could have 14 for all anybody knows.

    FOr the record Brady was 12-14 in the second half after the balls were brought back to 12.5 psi, and when the 12.5 psi balls were used in the SB he was 37-50 against the Seahawks.

    Can’t believe an adult woldn’t know the difference between 12.5 LBS and 12.5 psi.

    Even held a Football 12.5 pounds? ROYFLMAO.

  • Tom Brady will be suspended by Goodell for role in DeflateGate, announcement next week

    05/09/2015 7:09:09 AM PDT · 303 of 438
    Leto to FredZarguna

    “ONLY Brady benefits from this. Nobody else. And some subterfuge was used to get the balls past the normal inflation check. The claim that the one person on the field who benefits from this — who clearly lied — has not been “proven” to have done anything is an argument worthy of the Casey Anthony Jury.

    But not serious people.

    He cheated; only a moron would be unable to connect the dots.”

    Well if only a moron cannot connect the dots then you sir are a moron.

    I am working today will post a full rebuttal/rant later this evening.

  • Tom Brady will be suspended by Goodell for role in DeflateGate, announcement next week

    05/09/2015 5:37:34 AM PDT · 294 of 438
    Leto to FredZarguna

    How bout Aaron Rogers claiming on radio last October that he has his footballs intentionally inflated to 16 psi, 2.5 over the limit the NFL allows and submits them that way and that refs let them through?

    What should his suspension be for publicly stating that he cheats?

    Goodell and Kensil were employees of the Jets and look to hose the Patriots, see the ‘penalty’ when Woody Johnson tampered with Darrell Revis on national TV.

  • Tom Brady will be suspended by Goodell for role in DeflateGate, announcement next week

    05/09/2015 5:00:11 AM PDT · 293 of 438
    Leto to DoodleDawg

    First he didn’t cheat, but if he did the same punishment as Aaron Rogers who overinflated his balls to 16 psi 2.5 psi over the limit as he said in a radio interview this fall before frame gate.

    Why no outrage over Rogers cheating?

  • Tom Brady's agent issues response to Ted Wells Report

    05/09/2015 4:56:41 AM PDT · 76 of 85
    Leto to superfries

    No they already have the text of the eq gut and the part time worker, so any communication between them and Brady was known to Wells. The Union didn’t want a precedent set.

    BTW Wells is anything but independent, he was the lawyer defending the NFL in the Concussion lawsuit. That is why the policy wasn’t critiqued, the actions of others who bragged about breaking the ball psi rule (Aaron Rogers) wasn’t examined.

    Brady will win in arbitration against any punishment and may sue even if he wins for damage to his reputation, can’t wait for. Him to do discovery on kensil’s and goodell’s text and emails with Wells.

  • Report: Brady Wouldn’t Give Texts or Emails to Deflategate Investigators

    05/07/2015 11:28:58 AM PDT · 20 of 49
    Leto to ilgipper

    Spoken like a true loser.

  • Tom Brady's agent issues response to Ted Wells Report

    05/07/2015 11:12:10 AM PDT · 57 of 85
    Leto to Leto

    Oh Yeah why hasn’t A Rogers been sanctioned for ‘cheating’ (inflating balls to 16 psi) or the Vikings and Panther who were caught putting balls in front of heaters during the game??????

    Pretty selective outrage on the part of the MSM.

  • Tom Brady's agent issues response to Ted Wells Report

    05/07/2015 11:09:14 AM PDT · 56 of 85
    Leto to Ohioan

    First a disclaimer, I have been a Patriots fan for 50+ years. I have been following this story very closely befoe and after the Well report was released.

    A couple of items for you to consider:

    1) Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineers did tests showing the (now) reported PSI levels can be explained entirely by natural causes.

    2) Wells hired a firm (Exponent) to do the science on the Footballs. The firm is a hired gun for various industries to defend the client from lawsuits. They get paid very handsomely for their work. Some examples of their work, Defending the Tobacco companies proving that Second Hand smoke can’t cause cancer, Defending Car companies (Toyota and GM for example) from suits concerning manufacturing defects in their product, they even were involved in the Exxon Valdez matter maintaining that a Double Hull wouldn’t have helped.

    Noting wrong with being a hired gun, but understand they are paid to produce the result the client desires. As was Wells whose firm makes a lot of money off the NFL.

    There were NO Recorded PSI readings for ANY OF THE FOOTBALLS USED pregame, NONE. (OLD) Walt Anderson ‘remebered’ all the reading and gave them to Wells and was assumed to be 100% accurate.

    WOW. Imagine you were doing an experiment for Physic calss on the ideal gas law and did’t record the starting pressures involved then based a finding off the measurements performed at the end of the experiment.

    What grade would the teacher give YOU??????????? An F is what I would expect.

    One of the ball attendants (McNalley) the guy who grabbed the balls and took a pee was a guy who only worked on gamedays, Wells got in a tizzy that Brady claimed he didn’t know the guy. Brady never texted the guy either before or after the game, Do you think Manning or Romo know the name of every game day employee of the team?

    Brady did get unset with the full time equipment mgr (John Jastremski) when he felt the balls he used in the Jets game were too hard, after the game (next day) they were measured at 16 PSI was out of spec (2.5 psi too high) when told of this Brady grabbed the rule book and told them to get the ball to 12.5 a spec’ed in the rule book, if Brady had guys tampering with the balls after they were approved by the refs why didn’t he have it done when he hated the balls the refs inflated?

    FOr fans in high dungeon over Brady what about comments from Aaron Rogers who said on a live broadcast last fall that he would submit over inflated balls (16psi is his preference) to seek if they would get by the refs, which he then used in the game.

    I will point out that Both Goodell and Kensil were both long time Jets employees, the relationship between the two franchises is not very good.

    This article links to other articles that points out holes and biases in the Wells report.

    Last I will point out that after the balls were inflated to 12.5 PSI Brady went 12-14 in the 2nd half against the Colts and with the balls that were controlled by the NFL during the SB he went 37-50, and shredded the Seahawks D, so apparently he was fine with balls correctly inflated and did’t like the balls that were inflated over the league spec.

  • Report: Brady Wouldn’t Give Texts or Emails to Deflategate Investigators

    05/07/2015 10:33:21 AM PDT · 11 of 49

    Well Brady probably has information Phone numbers ect on lots of famous people, given the way the NFL was leaking information during this process why should he trust them with private information. Perhaps pics of his famous wife ect.

    IIRC the NFLPA told players not to turn information over to the league.

  • Why We Must Unite Behind Ted Cruz [Open letter to conservative talk show hosts]

    05/05/2015 1:47:46 PM PDT · 102 of 118
    Leto to Responsibility2nd

    I am disappointed in his support for an expanded H1B visa program, but he is head and shoulders above any of the other candidates.

    The reason the COnservative pundit class will hedge their bets?

    They are cowards also they have a good thing going and don’t want to risk alienating the GOP-e. Follow the $$$.

  • "Coach, why is my child riding the bench?"

    05/04/2015 1:14:58 PM PDT · 20 of 26

    Kids playing youth sports shouldn’t just ride the pine, this is RECREATIONAL Sports. They should all get playing time the point is to play and learn to compete.

    They should of course be doing their best while in the game. They kids practice and should get the chance to play.

    My child was a kid who started 4 years in college. Youth sports. She worked a lot harder than the kids playing rec, and had the talent also, but kids shouldn’t be riding the pine when they are putting n the time on a rec team.

  • Help! I hate my kid's coach

    04/30/2015 11:27:46 AM PDT · 44 of 44

    Well I had a couple of kids who participated in youth sports, 1 ended up being a D1 scholarship athlete, the other was strictly a rec player. I saw a LOT during the journey.

    A lot of parents thought their little darling was bound to be a pro someday, they yelled at their kids, coaches, umpires we al. I saw very good coaches and awful coaches.

    Couple of rules to live by:

    Youth sports should be FUN not a job, if the coach is a jerk let your child leave the team.

    I saw great youth coaches, they would teach the fundamentals properly and in a positive manner. Example when a child make an error, instead of haranguing to child he would (patiently) explain how to make the play correctly, he was teaching them how to succeed not blaming them for failing. It happened he was coaching his child’s summer team he also won 5 state championships at the HS he coached at, it was clear in the way he handled the kids why he was successful.

    HAd another coach who wanted his daughter to be a star and relive his HS ‘glory days, one time the children had attended a school activity at an amusement park they kids weren’t ready to play that evening, the kids made a big effort to get to the game so the team wouldn’t have to forfeit, the coach was screaming at the kids for embarrassing him. My child was the best player on this team by a pretty wide margin, she finished the season and never went back to that team.

    If your child is competitive they will self criticize, they care about their performance, no need for a poor coach to bully a kid and make them feel worse.

  • The Conservative Populist Breakout - Republicans acting in the spirit of Barbara Jordan

    04/30/2015 10:22:18 AM PDT · 5 of 14

    This is the one area where Cruz is missing the boat advocating doubling the number of H1B visas, and now paying attention to Walker’s tying legal immigration levels to US workers situation.

    I do support Cruz over anyone I’ve seen since Reagan.

  • Vatican climate change summit to highlight moral duty for action

    04/28/2015 5:50:49 AM PDT · 6 of 14
    Leto to DeaconBenjamin

    Very Eloquent letter to the Pope on the moral case for Climate Skepticism nd the evil of the alarmist position:

    The missive itself:

    Your Holiness:

    April 27, 2015—As world leaders contemplate a climate agreement, many look to you for guidance. We commend you for your care for the earth and God’s children, especially the poor. With this letter we raise some matters of concern that we ask you to consider as you convey that guidance.

    Much of the debate over environmental stewardship is rooted in a clash of worldviews, with conflicting doctrines of God, creation, humanity, sin, and salvation. Unfortunately, that clash often works its way into the very conclusions of environmental science. Rather than a careful reporting of the best evidence, we get highly speculative and theory-laden conclusions presented as the assured results of science. In the process, science itself is diminished, and many well-meaning moral and religious leaders risk offering solutions based on misleading science. The effect, tragically, is that the very people we seek to help could be harmed instead.

    This is especially tragic since science itself arose in Medieval Europe, the one culture nurtured for centuries in the Biblical picture of reality that encouraged the scientific endeavor. This truth is commonplace to a wide and diverse array of historians and philosophers of science. As Alfred North Whitehead elaborated:

    The greatest contribution of medievalism to the formation of the scientific movement [was] the inexpugnable belief that … there is a secret, a secret which can be unveiled. How has this conviction been so vividly implanted in the European mind? … It must come from the medieval insistence on the rationality of God, conceived as with the personal energy of Jehovah and with the rationality of a Greek philosopher. Every detail was supervised and ordered: the search into nature could only result in the vindication of the faith in rationality. …

    In Whitehead’s estimation, other religions’ ideas of a god or gods could not sustain such an understanding of the universe. On their presuppositions, any “occurrence might be due [as with animism or polytheism] to the fiat of an irrational despot” or [as with pantheism and atheist materialism] “some impersonal, inscrutable origin of things. There is not the same confidence as [with Biblical theism] in the intelligible rationality of a personal being.”[1]

    In short, the Biblical worldview launched science as a systematic endeavor to understand the real world by a rigorous process of testing hypotheses by real-world observation. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman explained “the key to science” this way:

    In general we look for a new law by the following process. First we guess it. Then we compute the consequences of the guess to see what would be implied if this law that we guessed is right. Then we compare the result of the computation to nature, with experiment or experience, compare it directly with observation, to see if it works. If it disagrees with experiment it is wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science. It does not make any difference how beautiful your guess is. It does not make any difference how smart you are, who made the guess, or what his name is—if it disagrees with experiment it is wrong. That is all there is to it.[2]

    That statement, simple yet profound and absolutely essential to the practice of genuine science, follows necessarily—and only—from the Biblical worldview.

    Christian and Jewish scholars have performed high-quality science for centuries. They are confident that good science leads toward and will not conflict with the truth about God and man. That is why there is a Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and why for centuries there have been science faculties in thousands of Jewish and Christian colleges and universities around the world.

    As people of Biblical faith, then, we have a commitment not only to truth, but also to the practice of science as one path to truth. Today, when scientists run complex climate models on powerful computers to simulate immeasurably more complex natural systems like the earth’s climate, we must not forget our commitment to truth or that “key to science.” Our models can become “seductive simulations,” as sociologist of science Myanna Lahsen put it,[3] with the modelers, other scientists, the public, and policymakers easily forgetting that the models are not reality but must be tested by it. If their output disagrees with observation, the models, not nature, must be corrected.

    Alongside good science in our approach to climate policy must be two preferential options: for humanity and, among humanity, for the poor. By this we do not mean to pit humanity against nature, any more than to pit the poor against the rich. Rather, we mean that because humanity alone bears the imago Dei, any effort to protect the environment must put at its center human well-being, and in particular the well-being of the poor, because they are the more vulnerable, the less able to protect themselves. As King David wrote, “Blessed is he who considers the poor! The Lord delivers him in the day of trouble” (Psalm 41:1, RSV). Good climate policy must recognize human exceptionalism, the God-given call for human persons to “have dominion” in the natural world (Genesis 1:28), and the need to protect the poor from harm, including actions that hinder their ascent out of poverty.

    Today many prominent voices call humanity a scourge on our planet, saying that man is the problem, not the solution. Such attitudes too often contaminate their assessment of man’s effects on nature. Naively claiming “the science is settled,” they demand urgent action to protect the planet from catastrophic, human-induced global warming. Attributing allegedly unnatural warming to the use of fossil fuels to obtain energy essential for human flourishing, these voices demand that people surrender their God-given dominium, even if doing so means remaining in or returning to poverty.

    Your concern for genuine science and for the poor requires a more cautious approach, one that carefully considers the scientific evidence regarding the real, not merely the theoretical, effects of human action on global climate, and carefully considers energy technology and economics in seeking to protect the poor from harm. Therefore we hope and trust that your guidance to world leaders will build on the following:

    The Imago Dei and Man’s Dominion

    Severe poverty, widespread hunger, rampant disease, and short life spans were the ordinary condition of humankind until the last two-and-a-half centuries. These tragedies are normal when—as much of the environmental movement prefers—human beings, bearing the imago Dei, live, and are treated, as if they were mere animals, which need to submit to nature rather than exercising the dominium God gave them in the beginning (Genesis 1:28). Such dominion should express not the abusive rule of a tyrant but the loving and purposeful rule of our Heavenly King. It should thus express itself by enhancing the fruitfulness, beauty, and safety of the earth, to the glory of God and the benefit of our neighbors.

    How Societies Overcome Poverty

    What has delivered much of humanity from absolute material poverty is a combination of moral, social, political, scientific, and technological institutions. These include science and technology grounded on a view of the physical world as an ordered cosmos that rational creatures can understand and harness for human betterment; private property rights, entrepreneurship, and widespread trade, protected by the rule of law enforced by limited and responsive governments; and abundant, affordable, reliable energy generated from high-density, portable, constantly accessible fossil and nuclear fuels. By replacing animal and human muscle and low-density energy sources like wood, dung, and other biofuels, and low-density, intermittent wind and solar, fossil and nuclear fuels have freed people from the basic tasks of survival to devote time and bodily energy to other occupations.

    Empirical Evidence Suggests that Fossil Fuel Use Will Not Cause Catastrophic Warming

    Many fear that fossil fuel use endangers humanity and the environment because it leads to historically unprecedented, dangerous global warming. This has led many well-meaning people to call for reduced carbon dioxide emissions and hence reduced use of fossil fuels.

    Computer climate models of the warming effect of enhanced atmospheric carbon dioxide are the basis for that fear. However, for models to contribute validly to decision making, they must be subordinate to data, and there has been a growing divergence between real-world temperature observations and model simulations. On average, models simulate more than twice the observed warming over the relevant period. Over 95% of the models simulate greater warming than has been observed, and only a tiny percentage come tolerably close. None simulated the complete absence of observed warming over approximately the last 16 (according to UAH satellite data) to 26 (according to RSS lower tropospheric data) years.[4] The data confirm the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) observation that we are currently experiencing an absence of global warming long enough to be nearly impossible to reconcile with the models. All of this makes it increasingly clear that the models greatly exaggerate the warming effect of carbon dioxide. The models’ errors are not random—as often above as below observed temperatures, and by similar magnitudes—but clearly biased, consistently above observed temperatures.

    The scientific method demands that theories be tested by empirical observation. By that test, the models are wrong. They therefore provide no rational basis to forecast dangerous human-induced global warming, and therefore no rational basis for efforts to reduce warming by restricting the use of fossil fuels or any other means.

    For the Foreseeable Future, Wind and Solar Energy Cannot Effectively Replace Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Energy

    Wind and solar energy, because of their higher costs and lower efficiency, account for only a few percent of total global energy use. Fossil fuels, because of their lower costs and higher efficiency, account for over 85%. Substituting low-density, intermittent energy sources like wind and solar for high-density, constant energy sources like fossil fuels would be catastrophic to the world’s poor. It would simultaneously raise the cost and reduce the reliability and availability of energy, especially electricity. This, in turn, would raise the cost of all other goods and services, since all require energy to produce and transport. It would slow the rise of the poor out of poverty. It would threaten to return millions of others to poverty. And it would make electricity grids unstable, leading to more frequent and widespread, costly and often fatal, brownouts and blackouts—events mercifully rare in wealthy countries but all too familiar to billions of people living in countries without comprehensive, stable electric grids supplied by stable fossil or nuclear fuels.

    The Poor Would Suffer Most from Attempts to Restrict Affordable Energy Use

    The world’s poor will suffer most from such policies. The poorest—the 1.3 billion in developing countries who depend on wood and dried dung as primary cooking and heating fuels, smoke from which kills 4 million and temporarily debilitates hundreds of millions every year—will be condemned to more generations of poverty and its deadly consequences. The marginal in the developed world, who on average spend two or more times as much of their incomes on energy as the middle class, will lose access to decent housing, education, health care, and more as their energy costs rise. Some will freeze to death because they will be unable to pay their electricity bills and still buy enough food. Tens of thousands died even in the United Kingdom in several recent winters due to Britain’s rush to substitute wind and solar for coal to generate electricity.

    Affordable Energy Can Help Millions of the World’s Poor Emerge from Poverty

    While the computer climate models exaggerate the warming effect of atmospheric carbon dioxide, they plausibly simulate that greater economic development driven by growing use of fossil fuels will add more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Consequently, Working Group 3 of the IPCC finds that the warmest scenarios for the future are also the richest, especially for those societies that are now the poorest. The risks of poverty and misguided energy policies that would prolong it far outweigh the risks of climate change. Adequate wealth enables human persons to thrive in a wide array of climates, hot or cold, wet or dry. Poverty undermines human thriving even in the very best of climates. It follows that reducing fossil fuel use means reducing economic development, condemning poor societies to remain poor, and requiring poor people of today to sacrifice for the sake of richer people of the future—a clear injustice.

    Rising Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Enhances Plant Growth

    While adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere causes far less warming than previously feared, it has a positive effect on plant life. With more carbon dioxide in the air, plants grow better in warmer and cooler temperatures and wetter and drier soils, make better use of soil nutrients, and resist diseases and pests better, increasing their fruit production, expanding their range, and greening the earth. This makes more food available to all other creatures, especially—as agricultural yields rise, making food more affordable—the world’s poor. Substituting wind, solar, and other low-density energy sources for coal, oil, and natural gas therefore hurts the poor not only by raising energy (and all other) prices but also by reducing food production. It also hurts the rest of life on earth by depriving it of the fertilizing effect of heightened carbon dioxide.

    Truly, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). By using fossil fuels to generate energy to lift billions of God’s precious children out of poverty, we liberate from the tomb of the earth the carbon dioxide on which plants and therefore all the rest of life depend. This beautifully reveals the Creator’s wisdom and care for all of His creation—people, animals, plants, and the earth itself.

    In light of these considerations, we believe it is both unwise and unjust to adopt policies requiring reduced use of fossil fuels for energy. Such policies would condemn hundreds of millions of our fellow human beings to ongoing poverty. We respectfully appeal to you to advise the world’s leaders to reject them.

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