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On the Surface, the Pats aren’t cheating…

January 30, 2015

Belichick and PalpatineWhat’s an evil emperor to do? In 2007, the en-eff-el spanked Bill Belichick and took his Kodachrome away for his staff filming the defensive signals of an opposing team in front of 70,000 people, a “cheating scandal” that was and is full of hot air. Brady AnakinSince then, the coach and his breathtakingly handsome, super-model marrying quarterback, Tom Brady, have been maligned by opposing fans and ruthlessly compared to two of the most evil characters in history. Fictional history, mind you, but hey, it’s all in fun, right? Now, suddenly the league is investigating the Patriots for allegedly deinflating footballs to gain an illegal competitive advantage. While using the alleged nerf balls in the AFC championship game against Indianapolis, the Patriots used their squishy advantage to build a 17-7 lead at halftime. After league officials confiscated the nerfs at halftime, the Pats managed a mere 28-0 hardball performance in the second half. Anyway, the league has announced “Added security” for all balls at the big game, so what’s Coach “Belicheat” to do? Technology to the rescue…

russell-wilson-and-surfaceHave you seen the cool ad on the Microsoft Surface featuring Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson? Besides giving me a chance to plug my post on how Kronos uses football film study, the ad shows just one way teams are using technology. Besides the Surface on the sideline, teams are using big data to compile and analyze player performance, improve their safety, and even refine recruiting. Some might call these applications of technology “workforce analytics,” but that’s not important right now… For in game use, here’s an overview of how most teams use the Surface, but for Sunday, the key statement in the article is, “for all the advancements, it still feels like Microsoft and the NFL could take the idea even further.” Now stay with me… This article on “Cloud Seeding Possibilities” (no, not this cloud) is from the University of Arizona, the same U of A that Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski hails from. Now, if you go to the Patriots website, you’ll see they surely have an app development team, based on the number of “official” apps they offer. My sources tell me Bill Belichick’s special ops “app/dev” team has been working with Weather Modification Incorporated in preparation for Sunday’s game. My prediction is naturally a Pats victory, but not without controversy that will look something like this…

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Belichick controls the weather

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