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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Brad Mills

    What I want to know is how a deflated ball helps a team block, tackle, pick up a blitz, adjust to a defensive scheme, get a critical first down, manage the clock, make adjustments at halftime . . . (ahem) run faster, read a defense and score more points than the opponent. How is that accomplished by deflating the ball? How does a non-deflated ball automatically doom an opposing team? How does San Diego get a $20,000 fine and a sheepish shrug from the commish – basically telling those rascals to cut down the horseplay or there will be no pudding cups and the Pats get Thor’s hammer to the temple?

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    Meh, whatever.

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    I do not think the appeal will be granted at any level (maybe, just maybe, get a draft pick back). I will crawl out on a limb and state that the marketing and PR department got involved and stated, “Hey, if we schedule Brady’s first game back as the one against the Colts, on Prime Time, we will have ratings through the roof with the pre-game hype!” This has more to do with marketing and story lines than it does about the findings in the Wells Report. “Brady is out for revenge to salvage his name and reputation, the Colts are out to support justice” blah, blah, blah.

    This is pure marketing genius – and we all know the football machine is all about marketing and all about the mighty dollar. Think of the stuff that could be sold at the NFL store – Deflate-gate jersey’s, footballs that always feel “soft,” logo’d PSI gauges (digital AND analog), Terrible Towel’s with the PSI numbers on them (Steelers game), etc. This is like hitting a small gold deposit in an old mine.

    “Money, money, money” by the O’Jays comes to mind.

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    Fuck, Czabe, could you be any more illiterate in your writing? You spell “anomaly” differently twice in a paragraph, and both are fucking wrong. Get a thesaurus or dictionary or at least a copy editor who can help you not look like a dumbass in print media.

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    Solid TKO of this traveshamockery, Czabe. I’m 100% sure < 1% of the Patriot-haters (and < 15% of sportswriters, which is their JOB) have not bothered to read or analyze the report.

    Longtime listener local & national

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    Without statistical rigor, one could easily imagine that there is significant error in the recollection of the pre-game measurements (as pointed out by czabe). I think it would be completely relevant to show these guys 12 – 16 numbers on a given day, then ask them what the average of those numbers is a few days later. They would likely have significant error even if you give them the benefit of allowing them to know what you’re doing and allow them to mentally calculate the averages immediately after showing the numbers. Now introduce the additional error of time-lapse-induced memory loss, and it’s pretty easy to introduce a tolerance of +/- 0.4 psi (just as a suppose-so). Now (again not statistically rigorous, and admittedly cherry-picking) – Call the Colts pregame measurement 13.4 rather than 13.0 and the Pats # to be 12.1 rather than 12.5 (BTW – those pregame numbers are AWFULLY round – don’t you think?). Now the average pressure drops from pregame to halftime become:
    Gauge Pats Colts
    Non-Logo 0.99 1.13
    Logo 0.61 0.73

    Well now… that would mean that the Colts balls dropped more pressure than the Pats!? I will now point out that I am not a fan of either team. If I had a gun to my head and had to choose to root for one of them, I’d pick the Colts. My only goal here is to point out that the report puts an extrordinally heavy weight on the recollection of those pregame numbers, and doesn’t seem to introduce any thoughtful discussion on the margin of error for those numbers.

    Discard this message from your brain as you see fit.

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    Any time I want a biased-against-the-NFL commentary or account of events, I look no further than to theczabe.com.


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