NFL Thinks Cold Weather Could Make Balls Drop Below 12.5 PSI In Minnesota
Hold onto your hats people because there's a superstorm of bullshit heading your way with this one.
According to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, the NFL is worried about the balls for the Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks wild card playoff game dropping below 12.5 PSI in the extremely cold weather in Minnesota; which was forecasted to be around -5 degrees farenheit at kickoff.
Here's his full report from Postseason NFL Countdown.
"Standing outside the officials locker room here at TCF Stadium moments before kickoff. This is the NFL's first cold weather playoff game with the new football handling protocol guidelines in place, and I just talked to an NFL security official who told me they're very concerned with the footballs int he cold weather going below 12.5 PSI. So, today they will take the balls out of this locker room 20 minutes before kickoff to bring them to the field, and then at halftime, they will switch out the footballs and use the backup footballs in the second half. Both sets of footballs will be tested after the game."
What in the actual shit is happening here?
First of all, for the NFL to outright admit that they believe the ball can drop below 12.5 PSI due to cold weather conditions is downright idiotic. Presumably their intention with this whole ridiculous charade of concern was to remind the viewing public that they take PSI very seriously; aka "this is why we docked the Patriots a first round draft pick, fined the living shit out of them and tried to suspend Tom Brady for a quarter of the season BECAUSE WE TAKE FOOTBALL INFLATION LEVELS VERY SERIOUSLY!"
But what they fail to understand is that no one cares about PSI. They never did. They still don't. The only people who think that's an actual issue that the NFL needed to address are a few pathetic dingbats in Indianapolis that are still trying to figure out what to do with their custom cake molds in the shape of deflated footballs. In trying to justify their actions against the Patriots last year by legitimizing PSI as a discernible problem, they also legitimized the Patriots claim that the ball can drop below the guideline standards due to PSI.
Also may I just point out that this plan to protect the integrity of football pressure is inane at best? Unless Sal Pal left something out of his report, or the protocol wasn't fully reported to him, this plan does nothing really to prevent the balls from being affected by the weather. Once they move the balls onto the field, the temperature change is going to affect them. I'm not sure what moving them onto the field 20 minutes before the game is supposed to do.
And you're going to test the balls after the game? What the hell good is that? What happens if you test the balls and three of them are below acceptable PSI? The team that won the game already won the game with the ball they won it with at that point, and rehashing whether or not the ball was inflated with optimal pounds per square inch of air is only going to undermine the win; and therefore, the league itself.
Let's be real here. Whichever team wins a football game in -5 degree weather deserves to win the game, regardless of whether the ball is fully inflated or flat as a gooddamn pancake. Just being alive at the end of a game that cold is an accomplishment. The PSI of the football is not going to win or lose this game, or any other game, for anyone.
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