It took a man named Goodell to solve deflategate ... or rather, a seventh-grade boy named Goodell.
Massachusetts student Ben Goodell — no relation to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — won the top prize at his school's recent science fair by performing a series of experiments that called into question whether the New England Patriots intentionally deflated its footballs below NFL regulations.
According to the Lynn Item , Goodell's project, titled "How weather conditions affect psi (pounds per square inch) of a football," showed what happens when a properly-inflated football is exposed to various weather conditions. Goodell found that the football deflated by 2 psi "every time" it was exposed to humidity, snow, wind chill, cold and ice.
"The lowest psi recorded during deflategate was 2 psi under proper inflation," Goodell told the Lynn Item .
It should be noted that the young Goodell was admittedly biased before his experiments began.
"I wanted to prove that Tom Brady wasn't guilty," Goodell told the newspaper.
Clint Davis is a writer for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.