I'm more interested in the question of why no journalist seems to have done this math. For all of the ink spilled on this issue, no one at the Globe or could walk across the river and buy someone in the Course 8 department a beer in return for some PV = nRT education?
The best non-cheating potential explanation, seems to be that the weather (specifically temperature) affected the footballs. So, here's a little bit more on that:
Draw your own conclusions, but mine are:
- Given the current evidence, it seems hard to conclude that they cheated. (Perhaps this will change when we get more accurate data.)
- Therefore, it seems morally fine to root for the Patriots this weekend.
- 50 degrees isn't even that cold. Presumably many, many winter NFL games have been played with under-inflated balls and no one has noticed.