Several weeks ago when I got into my car in the morning, I received a warning on the dashboard that one of my tires was below pressure. Now it just so happened that I had looked at the air pressure the day before and so I know that my tire had been at 30 psi. But the next morning it was at 27 psi.
The reason I had checked it the day before is that I know that when it gets cold that air contracts, and thus I think I am disqualified from being an NFL executive, and so I wanted to make sure my tires were still at the right pressure. That night just happened to be the first really cold night in Albuquerque, and during the course of it I lost 3 psi. I did not rush right out and fill the tire up because I also knew that as the day warmed up, and as the tires warmed, that the air would expand and I would then be back at pressure.
Now I say that because "deflategate" is still taking place with the NFL going for an appeal sometime in later winter or early spring. It is very clear from their initial report that they had no idea that air contracts in cold weather and expands in warm weather and so if you take temperatures inside and then outside you will get different readings. They didn't know that even though they all live on the East coast where the temperature extremes are even greater then they are here in New Mexico, and thus they should all know. Or perhaps their cars are always kept only in covered, and perhaps heated, garages and so they never have to deal with needing to put air in their tires.
All that is to continue to point out the stupidity of their punishment, let alone freaking about it in the first place, and if we want to talk about protecting the "integrity of the game" it seems we should be focusing much more on the officials then deflation of game balls. Or we should have Goodell start conducting a $5 million investigation into every time we have to put air into our tires in the fall and winter.