- A 10-year-old won his local science fair because of a project showing why Tom Brady might’ve had a reason to cheat during the 2015 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
- One of the biggest controversies in modern sports was born out of the game, becoming known as “Deflategate.”
- Brady was determined to have probably known deflated footballs were to be used in the game, and he was eventually slapped with a four-game suspension. The Patriots were fined $US1 million.
- A student named Ace Davis threw footballs of different weights to find out whether deflating them gave an advantage.
- His research’s conclusion?: “Tom Brady is indeed a cheater.”
Tom Brady cheated, everybody. It’s science.
Well, it’s a 10-year-old boy’s science. But his project, which centered on the New England Patriots quarterback’s use of underinflated footballs in the 2015 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts, took first place at a local science fair in Kentucky, and the boy has said it may well be enough to settle “Deflategate” once and for all.
Deflategate, one of the most controversial moments in the modern NFL, involves the league’s conclusion that Brady probably knew deflated footballs were going to be used in the 2015 game to gain an advantage during offensive plays.
Brady dismissed the allegations at first, calling the claims “ridiculous.” He was eventually suspended for four games, however, and the Patriots were fined $US1 million and lost two draft picks.
Four years on from the scandal, Ace Davis, a student at Millcreek Elementary School in Lexington, tried to prove that Brady cheated once and for all.
In a science fair project, Ace argued that underinflated footballs provide a competitive advantage in a game.
To prove this, he and his family threw footballs “of different weights (psi-pounds per square inch)” in the yard. The results, Ace said, showed that the most inflated balls travelled the shortest distances and the least inflated balls travelled the farthest.
This supports the idea that Brady and the Patriots would have had a clear advantage in the 2015 game.
The project’s conclusion was clear: “Tom Brady is indeed a cheater.”
The student’s father posted the project on Facebook, and it’s been liked more than a thousand times.
The project impressed the science-fair judges, who awarded Ace with the win in fourth grade at the elementary-school fair.
If Ace ever met Brady, he would reportedly tell him to retire, according to CBS News.
He also reportedly said he would give Brady this message: “Give me some of your money. You don’t deserve it.”
The Patriots, meanwhile, were back in the AFC Championship Game this week, beating the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-31, in overtime and progressing to Super Bowl LIII. The Pats are now set to play the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3.
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