The NFL lost countless hours, $12.5 million and any credibility it might have had left in its obsessive quest to convict Tom Brady of deflating footballs in the 2015 playoffs. Young Ben Goodell could have saved them all the trouble.
The seventh grader, who claims no relation to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, is from just outside of Boston and recently won his school's science fair with a project that proves Brady did nothing shady.
Goodell began with a properly inflated, regulation NFL football, then exposed it to different weather conditions for two hours at a time.
“I put it in humidity, cold, snow, wind chill and the same temperature that occurred during DeflateGate,” he told WBZ-TV. “Every single time I did this test the PSI dropped at least 2 PSI. That means it was scientifically proven that Tom Brady didn’t deflate the footballs, and it was just the weather conditions.”
Simple as that! But don’t just take the kid’s word for it. His eight-page report, entitled "How Weather Conditions Affect PSI of a Football," was enough to convince science fair judges to give him the blue ribbon.
This is pretty good timing on Goodell’s part. Just last week a federal court heard arguments as the NFL hopes to reinstate Brady’s four game suspension, which was was lifted before last season. Goodell the younger knows that his research won't influence the case, but at this point he's just concerned about his Pats.
"Right now it's not about the scientific evidence anymore," he said. "It's just about the NFL enforcing the rules."