Posted by: Jim Lillie
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A 10-year-old boy from Kentucky decided to make his science project one to remember.
And in America that often means invoking celebrity or pointing the way to newfound riches.
So young Ace Davis decided to submit a project demonstrating that deflated footballs provide an edge, titling his effort, "Is Tom Brady a Cheater?", referencing the famed New England quarterback accused of using deflated footballs during a conference championship game to power his team to a Super Bowl appearance.
The scandal, known as Deflategate, cost Brady a four-game suspension and his team a $1 million fine.
Davis is also a quarterback, and he wanted to find out if the accusations of a deflated-related advantage were rooted in actual science.
"He's not a big fan of school," Ace's father Christopher Davis told CBS News. "It was just an attempt to get him interested and excited."
Ace constructed a tried-and-true tri-fold cardboard display to illustrate his hypothesis, which he described as follows: "Through various testing measures of different weights (psi-pounds per square inch) of footballs, we should find that the underinflated footballs provide a competitive advantage in a game".
Ace's family helped him test his theory by tossing footballs in the family yard. Ace reportedly determined that the football with the lowest amount of air flew the furthest.
So, Ace understandably concluded that, since Brady was punished for using under-inflated footballs, he had earned the label "cheater".
Ace's winning project advanced to the district level.
As for what Ace would tell Brady if the two met in person?
That the QB "needs to retire" and that Brady should "give [Ace] some of [his] money", since the star player clearly doesn't "deserve it".