Copyright 2017 Robert F. Young, all rights reserved.

Catching the Accusers is available now on Kindle, including for free on Kindle unlimited. A paperback edition is planned be mid September (2017)

About the book:
In popular culture, knowing what Deflategate is about means knowing Tom Brady and the Patriots got caught letting air out of footballs to gain an unfair advantage.  So said 84% of Americans.[1]  If justice prevails, the public will instead see a $100 million scandal of greed and mass deception.  Only the accusers working for the NFL were guilty.

It was easy and convenient to believe the Patriots cheated; don’t all teams cut corners?  And all that incriminating texting evidence!  Those who knew the Patriots didn’t cheat couldn’t prove it completely.  There just wasn’t enough data.

This is the true-life detective story of how the author discovered that the NFL had the data to completely vindicate the Patriots but withheld it from the public.  The information accidentally leaked out in ways no one expected.

As for the alleged conspiracy of blackmail, bribes, secret codes, sneaking away with footballs and a needle, and being the football “deflator”: that was all contradicted by NFL officials and by other text messages.

A key question was this: NFL investigator Alberto Riveron “took the intercepted ball from Daniel and walked into the dressing room area”[2]: why?  The NFL’s report doesn’t say.  What did Mr. Riveron do to that football in the privacy of the dressing area that was so unspeakable that the NFL’s PG-13[3] report couldn’t tell us?  Why did Mr. Riveron appear to let the opposing team’s footballs warm up and dry out for 13 minutes before checking them to see if the cold, wet weather made their pressure drop just like the Patriots footballs?  The NFL’s character-assassination hit-man Ted Wells accidentally revealed the answers to these and other questions when he let slip two tiny details that his co-authors had carefully omitted from their report.  Why did the hired “scientists” omit the temperature data they gathered while testing moistened footballs?  What can we learn from their simulation of what cheating in the bathroom looks like?  These and other details prove the Patriots and the NFL’s Mr. Riveron innocent and Ted Wells guilty.

How the information emerged is a real-life detective story like an episode of TV Detective Columbo.  The true mystery is not who the villains are but rather how Columbo can catch them.  Columbo persistently and sometimes annoyingly probes the little things that just don’t square right until the villain accidentally and needlessly reveals the crucial piece of information that unravels the entire plot.  The Players’ Association lawyer accidentally tricked Ted Wells but didn’t realize it.

The majority of this book is presented as a detective story in the style of Columbo, with invented dialogue that is carefully matched to the information known by the various participants at different times.  Numerous footnotes and figures help document the accuracy.

There’s the old-fashioned detective work of cross-checking what the witnesses said, building timelines, and parsing carefully lawyered statements.  The detective work applies the basic forensic science of the gas law, heat flow, wet bulb temperature, dew point, altitude, and relative humidity.  It uses very basic statistical calculations and a trivial amount of well-explained algebra.  It mostly uses the NFL’s own graphs.  An appendix has science fair projects that provide better science than the NFL got for their $600,000.  The projects help raise awareness to the NFL deceptions.

Deflategate should become a rare example of the public overcoming misinformation and tribal thinking.  Instead of supporting an unjustified penalty against a rival team, the public should bring enough pressure to make the rich and powerful put things right.  Ideally, this experience will help people be less accepting of misinformation and more willing to consider information that contradicts their preferred beliefs.  This would make for a better-functioning democracy.

The reader can participate in serving justice in the court of public opinion.

[1] http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/03/09/poll-finds-few-americans-believe-tom-brady-on-deflategate/  “just 16.3 percent of Americans said they believe Brady”

[2] Wells Report p. 65

[3] https://www.thoughtco.com/how-does-a-movie-get-its-rating-2423408 indicates the report would get a PG-13 movie rating for inclusion of the “F word,” but only in non-sexual contexts, thus avoiding an R rating.

About the author:

Rob Young is often out standing in his field (see picture).   He is abnormally angered by the kinds of injustices that are caused by public failure to care about getting the facts right, and by people exploiting that failure.  He holds degrees in liberal arts and in business administration, achieved with class rank tied for two and tied for one, from prestigious schools in Hanover, NH.  He also received an engineering degree there.  He has worked as a software engineer and as an engineer turned to the dark side (a.k.a. a sales engineer).  By day he often does technology detective work to undue over-zealous sales and marketing claims by competitors.  He hopes his work on Deflategate is just the start of solving larger problems of public collaboration on getting the facts right.  Deflategate brings all these things together, including pondering his next steps while driving the tractor around his field, when he’s not standing in it.