7th Grader, Ironically Named Goodell, Proves Brady Innocent With Science Project


PROVIDENCE, RI – Even the people who think Brady did it are sick of deflate-gate, we get it. But this is pretty funny.

A St. Pius V Elementary School 7th grader ironically enough named Ben Goodell has seemed to have solved the whole multi-million dollar deflate gate controversy that’s now lasted a full year and at the same time scored the Outstanding Project Award at the school’s annual science fair. This kid is kicking ass and taking names.

After realizing Brady might be innocent in the accusations made by the Colts and NFL against the New England Patriots for deflating footballs during last season’s AFC Championship game, Goodell (Ben that is) took it upon himself to free Brady of wrongdoing.


“I wanted to prove that Tom Brady wasn’t guilty,” Goodell said.

Goodell, who took first place in last year’s fair and was clearly not content, started his science experiment with a properly inflated football to the NFL’s regulation PSI. Ben then exposed the ball to a plethora of different weather conditions, including now, humidity, wind chill, and cold and ice.

“Every time, it dropped 2 PSI,” Ben said. “The lowest PSI recorded during deflategate was 2 PSI under proper inflation. I had (the football) at proper inflation when I started.”

The project, “How Weather Conditions Affect PSI of a Football,” was displayed at the fair with a football, pump, pressure gauge and a tri-fold detailing Goodell’s work.

Goodell, no relation to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell — the man at the helm of the deflategate charges against Brady and the Patriots — said his admiration for the sport only added to his interest in the project. He currently plays as a quarterback for his flag football team and on the line in tackle football.

“We do the science fair every year for grade six and seven,” said Principal Paul D. Maestranzi. “We try to (have the students) answer an everyday question.”

Over recent years, the fair has shifted to focus on the importance of the actual experiment, rather than a term paper, Maestranzi said.

“It’s more tied in with current thinking,” he said. “They really do use scientific methods to get the results. There’s still that element. But, the real focus is on the experiment. I think some people think science is only in a laboratory. It’s really all around us all the time. That’s what gets kids hooked: relevance.”

The annual 6th and 7th Grade Science Fair was held on Thursday, Feb. 25 and Friday, Feb. 26. The participating St. Pius V students, all 120 of them, presented a visual display and oral report along with a write up to the judges that afternoon. Thursday evening, family and friends attended the fair to view the projects.

In totality, eight St. Pius V students received the Outstanding Project Award: sixth graders Cody Huynh, Logan Petros, Noah Smith and Jake Thomas, and seventh graders Joseph Connelly, Jared Abkarian, Tracy Nguyen and Goodell.