The NFL’s release on PSI testing in August:
At designated games, selected at random, the game balls used in the first half will be collected by the KBC at halftime, and the League’s Security Representative will escort the KBC with the footballs to the Officials’ Locker room. During halftime, each game ball for both teams will be inspected in the locker room by designated members of the officiating and security crews, and the PSI results will be measured and recorded. Once measured, those game balls will then be secured and removed from play.
For these randomly selected games only, the back-up footballs will be used for each team during the second half. Approximately three minutes prior to kickoff, the KBC along with a designated Game Official will bring the back-up set of game balls to the on-field replay station to be distributed to each club’s Ball Crew.
At the end of any randomly selected game, the KBC will return the footballs to the Officials’ Locker Room where all game balls from each team will be inspected and the results will be recorded.
All game ball information will be recorded on the Referee’s Report, which must be submitted to the League office by noon on the day following the game.
First paragraph: the PSI results will be measured and recorded
Third paragraph: all game balls from each team will be inspected and the results will be recorded.
Fourth paragraph: All game ball information will be recorded on the Referee’s Report, which must be submitted to the League office
Translation: We know we’re right and we’re going to nail the Patriots. They’re in big F___ing trouble.
In October, NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello told Tom E Curran about the PSI data:
A determination on how it will be shared has not been made yet.”
Translation: Welp, the early results haven’t been exactly what we thought, but we’ll spin it accordingly.
Today, Roger Goodell went on The Rich Eisen Show, and when asked about the PSI testing, had this to say:
No, Rich, what the league did this year was what we do with a lot of rules and policies designed to protect the integrity of the game, and that’s to create a deterrent effect. We do spot checks to prevent and make sure the clubs understand that we’re watching these issues. It wasn’t a research study. They simply were spot checks. There were no violations this year. We’re pleased that we haven’t had any violations and we continue the work, obviously, to consistently and importantly enforce the integrity of the game and the rules that are designed to protect it.
Translation: The data in no way supported our preconceived notions. We need to minimize this.
It wasn’t a research study. They simply were spot checks. There were no violations this year.
Let that sink in for a minute.
The audacity, the arrogance of that statement.
The league devotes a big section of its August Operations release to outlining specifics of the procedures that will be followed, including the note that all reports are due into the league office by noon the day after the game.
But according to Goodell, this was no research study, it was just spot checks. Meant to be a deterrent.
There were no violations this year. A bold-faced, pathological lie, given all that we’ve learned about the Ideal Gas Law this past year, and the NFL’s insistence that it simply doesn’t exist.
Roger Goodell vilified Tom Brady by leaking that he had destroyed his phone, insinuating that there was important information on it that would’ve made Brady look bad. Today, Roger Goodell essentially confessed that the league has destroyed data that would’ve made the NFL look bad.
Because if the data was in the NFL’s favor, would this have been the outcome?
But if they released data that supported the Patriots, it would’ve gone against the case they’re appealing in federal court next month, and the cry to restore the Patriots draft picks would’ve arisen. They couldn’t let that happen.
I’ve been hoping beyond hope that the Patriots have been doing their own PSI testing this season, and waiting to spring it at the appropriate time. It’s a pipe-dream, but now would be the perfect to drop that.