The other thing floating around is "the receivers can catch the ball better if it's tampered with." The idea is that if the ball is heavily inflated, and glossy from a coat of finish on its exterior, then it's hard to grip, throw, and, hence, catch. The quarterback and receiver are affected. Some counter, and have said, "All the receivers wear gloves these days, so that doesn't matter much for them. They can catch anything." Here's what's wrong with this statement: Receivers still drop passes, with or without gloves on. How do you explain that? It doesn't matter how awesome the gloves are, the receiver is still going to be affected by a heavily inflated ball versus a deflated one.
What is particularly great to hear is: "I wish we weren't talking about this, and talking about the actual Super Bowl 'game' coming up." No. This is exactly what we want to talk about and hear. What's better for Super Bowl ratings? Deflate gate? Not good? If they win, this raises the question of "were the Patriots deserving Super Bowl champions?" This also raises the question of their legacy, as one of the great teams and franchises in NFL history. Football is all about "law" and "science." Each week we're confronted with the "rules of the game" mixed with the physics of a body flying in the air, or having both feet in, or having a knee down, or did the ball completely touch the ground to assist the catch, and so on. We can talk about match ups all day, and we will, and we have, and then we get to hear about controversy. Deflate gate equals great. Law and science.