Bill Belichick and the Patriots may have to look for some new explanations as to why many of their game balls were deflated during New England's AFC championship matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. Because according to a few celebrity scientists, the explanations offered by Belichick in a press conference Saturday were bogus.

The beleaguered Patriots coach called an impromptu press conference to reveal the findings of his internal investigation. He bombarded reporters with scientific explanations about "atmospheric pressure" and "equilibrium state," and some in the press even labeled him "Bill Belichick the Science Guy" afterwards.

Well, the real "Science Guy" was asked for his opinion, and he wasn't too impressed with what Belichick had to say.

Bill Nye, who is sometimes known as Bill Nye The Science Guy, went on Good Morning America Sunday to discuss Belichick's claims that rubbing the footballs may have reduced the air pressure.

Here's what Belichick said Saturday:

“Now, we all know that air pressure is a function of the atmospheric conditions. If there is activity in the ball relative to the rubbing process I think that explains why when we gave them to the officials and the officials put them at let’s say 12.5 ... once the ball reached its equilibrium state it’s probably closer to 11.5.”

When he talks about the "rubbing process," Belichick is referring to players rubbing the balls to change their feel. This is a somewhat common practice among football players and it is employed more often in cold conditions. Nye, however, claims that rubbing the balls would not have drastically reduced their air pressure.

"What [Belichick] said didn’t make any sense," Nye says at the 1:50 mark of the video below. "Rubbing the football I don’t think you can change the pressure. To really change the pressure you need one of these, the inflation needle.”

Nye isn't completely unbiased, however, as he has lived in Seattle and admitted that he is rooting for the Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl.

As for Belichick's other claim, that "atmospheric conditions" (cold weather) contributed to the deflated footballs, physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had some doubts about that. The host of the popular radio show "Star Talk" tweeted this message to his more than three million followers:


Although one renowned sports physicist is saying the the weather angle is a legitimate factor, the NFL isn't satisfied with Belichick's explanations either. And on Monday a new report indicated that the league is investigating a New England locker room attendant.

The Pro Bowl often offers a slice of football life that's only slightly less serious and cutthroat than the NFL regular season and playoffs. Players are more apt to cut loose and have a good time, not to mention reaching across the aisle and bonding with opponents.

Whether it's a friendship forged at the Pro Bowl or merely showcased during the NFL's version of an All-Star game, Denver's Aqib Talib and Indianapolis's Vontae Davis certainly have a budding bromance. Watch as the two chase down a silver Sharpie to trade autographs with one another after the game.

As if Los Angeles Lakers rookies Tarik Black and Jordan Clarkson didn't already have enough on their minds, the two NBA newcomers have been tasked with a new bizarre responsibility for the rest of the season.

Clarkson and Black were spotted wearing bright pink backpacks and bringing baby dolls to the Lakers' game against the Rockets on Sunday.

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After the game Clarkson told reporters that they would be bringing the dolls to home games for the rest of the season. They will have to wear the backpacks to all road games. Coach Byron Scott, a stickler for the rules, will fine either youngster if he forgets the rules.

Clarkson told reporters his baby is named Ri-Ri and that its mother is Rihanna. In the interview below he even appears to make an allusion to Chris Brown's assault of Rihanna.

"Man I think somebody was beating it up," Clarkson says at the :49 mark of the video.

It's one thing for a coach or veteran players to perform a one-time hazing ritual on a rookie, but this seems a little excessive. The Lakers, who are in last place in the Pacific Division with a 12-33 record, have 37 more games to play.

The doll and stroller ritual is a favorite of Scott, who did the same thing when he was the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. When Scott was a veteran in 1996 he hazed a Los Angeles rookie named Kobe Bryant by making him carry his bags and buy him donuts.

For the most part, this year's Pro Bowl was a fun affair. Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt kicked field goals. Watt spoke Spanish afterwards. A pair of opposing players (who are normally teammates) celebrated a touchdown together.

But not everyone had a good time in Arizona. ESPN's Chris Berman, for one, seemed a little ticked off about something during the game.

During the halftime show Berman was caught on camera looking a little salty. It appears something is amiss with the show's production.

Later on Berman was shown expressing his displeasure a second time.

It's unclear if these are separate or related incidents. But as we've seen before, it doesn't take much to anger Berman, as evidenced by this infamous video of a Monday Night Football outtake that he would probably like to forget (NSFW alert for language, so adjust your audio accordingly):

People on Twitter were quick to make light of Berman's fit:





The city of Boston is pretty excited about becoming the official U.S. bid city for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

What you might not realize? It has no other choice.

According to a report from the Boston Globe, Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed an agreement with the USOC that prohibits city employees from making negative comments about the Olympics. The deal was signed just before Boston was announced as the official bid city.

The announcement is interesting given Boston's split opinion on whether to host the Olympics or not. A very slim majority of residents want to host the Olympics, but one-third of the city is solidly against the move.

Meanwhile, more and more examples of the economic risks of hosting an Olympics have tarnished the Summer Games as an event offering both prestige and financial flourish.

There are already signs that finances could be an issue. Boston's official budget for the Olympics was set at $4.7 billion, although its public statements before putting in the bid had pegged that number at $4.5 billion. Even then, many residents were worried about where that hefty financing would come from.

Mayor Walsh did come out and say that the agreement is one that any potential bid city had to sign. It's unclear what punishment, if any, would be administered to an employee who speaks negatively about the Olympics.

The mayor also insisted that the agreement is not an attempt to limit free speech. It's merely a matter of publicity and branding.

But employees were still very concerned, prompting Walsh to send an email to all 18,000 city workers that assured them they could say whatever they want about the Olympics -- positive or negative -- and would not face any punishment for doing so, according to the paper.

"I want to you to hear from me directly, I will not -- and will never -- limit your right to free speech," Walsh said.

The NFL has heard your calls that Super Bowl Sunday needs more figure skating. Now, at long last, NBC is making those dreams come true.

In a marriage that can only be described as both odd and ill-fitting, former Olympic figure skaters turned sports commentators Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will join NBC's Super Bowl coverage as commentators. The two are scheduled to appear on the network's pre-game show, offering their own insights into the game ahead.


The pair will also interview celebrities.

“Having six hours of pre-game coverage allows us to not only surround every aspect of the game, but also to cover the Super Bowl as the unparalleled event that it is,” said NBC executive Sam Flood in a statement. “We’re looking forward to Johnny and Tara bringing their fun perspective and style to the show.”

It's all-but-guaranteed that Weir and Lipinski will add intrigue, even if their football insights are a little short on substance. The pair is already busy promoting their new broadcast gig on social media:



Sometimes you just gotta stretch it out. @johnnygweir @taralipinski #taraandjohnny #NC2015

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NBC has already experimented with the Tara and Johnny show on a sport other than figure skating when it dispatched them to the Kentucky Derby:

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Perhaps inspired by this crossover, SB Nation imagined Tara and Johnny calling NHL playoff action last spring:

LeBron James is expanding his already considerable reach, and if all goes according to plan, the NBA's most popular player may have more television shows than he does championship rings.

James, whose Starz show "Survivor's Remorse" was renewed for a second season, is going to be produing a new prime-time television game show.

James' production company is partnering with Andrew Glassman, whose game show history includes "Average Joe" and "Three Wishes," along with NBC. According to Cleveland.com, talent recruiters have started the search for contestants in James' native Cleveland:

"Contestants will be pairs of people, connected either through marriage, family, or friendship, competing to win 'life-changing amounts of money' in contests of knowledge and luck."

"Life-changing" is an apt way to describe the prizes, as the show is set to have the highest nightly stakes of any game show. Before this, the highest prize money was a $2.18 million haul on "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" in 2001.

"It gives people here an opportunity to live out a dream, things they only dream about, to make more money than they ever thought they could make in their lives," James said.

This new game show does not have a title or a projected air date.

James' company, Springhill Productions, also produced the show "Becoming" for Disney HD.

He's a Super Bowl MVP, a future Hall of Famer and one of the wealthiest players in the NFL, but Olivia Munn had no idea who he was when they first met.

"He," of course, is Aaron Rodgers. Munn, who is dating the Green Bay Packers quarterback, admitted to Conan O'Brien that she was not familiar with Rodgers when the two first met.

Munn told O'Brien that upon learning Rodgers played football, she asked, "What college?"

She went on to say that the primary reason for her attraction to Rodgers was not his professional resume but his good looks.

Munn has become quite the cheesehead since meeting Rodgers, and she recently told Seth Meyers about her gameday cheering habits.

"I think I'm a good fan," Munn said. "I'm there and I'm screaming a lot. I think it's really important to scream and my acupuncturist told me energy follows thought. That was a very Hollywood sentence for you guys."

Whatever Munn did to support the Packers, it paid off. Known as a good luck charm for athletes, Munn's first season as a Green Bay fan turned out pretty well.

While Green Bay just missed out on a chance to play in the Super Bowl after a devastating overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, it was an otherwise memorable year for Rodgers and his teammates. The Packers went undefeated at Lambeau Field and won the NFC North. Rodgers earned a Pro Bowl nod and is the favorite to win the NFL's MVP award. On the season Rodgers only threw five interceptions, the fewest among any starting quarterback, while also tossing 38 touchdowns.

Things are going pretty well for Munn, too. The 34-year-old Newsroom star is one of the leads in the upcoming film "Mortdecai."

Aaron Rodgers' team was up big Sunday in the NFC championship game -- up by so much, so late that it seemed there was no way the Seahawks could come back.

But come back they did, winning the game in overtime and moving on to the Super Bowl. The Green Bay Packers, meanwhile, were sent home to do some soul-searching.

And things got deep fast.

Speaking on his weekly radio show, Rodgers took a question from a fan that asked whether the quarterback believed God intervenes or plays a role in the outcome of football games.

It's common for athletes to credit God for their successes or to say that they had God on their side -- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did exactly that after the unlikely comeback against the Packers.

But Rodgers does not share his opponent's theological disposition.

"I don't think God cares a whole lot about the outcome," Rodgers said. "He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan."

Rodgers did not respond to Wilson directly and may not have even heard his postgame comments. But it's clear Rodgers has no faith in divine intervention of NFL playoff games -- important as they are to the rest of us.

Of course, if Rodgers was to accept the ideology that God intervenes in football games, it would mean that God made sure the Packers blew it Sunday.

Tough pill to swallow. Maybe God is a Vikings fan?

We can say this with confidence: He must hate the Cleveland Browns.

The healthiest relationship in America hit some rough waters early Monday morning when Hope Solo's husband, Jerramy Stevens, was pulled over, arrested and booked on a DUI charge in Los Angeles.

According to TMZ.com, which broke the story, the U.S. soccer star made things pretty difficult on the cops. As her husband was being examined and put under arrest, Solo was reportedly "acting belligerent" and pulled out her cell phone to record the the interaction.

A source also told TMZ that Solo was almost in danger of being arrested herself for disorderly conduct. Meanwhile, Solo and Stevens tried to get out of the arrest by using their celebrity.

"Don't you know who we are?" they reportedly asked the police.

The police say they stopped Stevens, who played tight end for nine seasons in the NFL, because the car didn't have its headlights on at 1:49 a.m.

This is far from the first time the Solo-Stevens combo has made headlines for unsavory reasons. In fact, Solo was just relieved of a domestic violence case in which she reportedly struck her young nephew and her sister in a family dispute.

Stevens was also arrested in 2012 for assault against Solo herself. That case, however, was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Stevens was convicted of a drunk-driving charge in 2007 in Arizona. He received a 30-day jail sentence, and the NFL suspended him for one game.

All this to say, this latest arrest might be merely one chapter of an as-yet-unfinished story.

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