GENE COLLIER has written sports and social commentary for newspapers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia since the 1970s and has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, losing spectacularly both times. He was co-author (with Rob Zellers) of The Chief , a one-man play based on the life of Steelers founder Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. It became the most successful play in the history of Pittsburgh Public Theater. He persists in an ill-conceived moonlight career as a stand-up comic and has appeared in comedy clubs coast to coast. He’s even performed in some of them. He lives in Ross Township with Gerry, his wife of 35 years, and has two adult sons, Sean and Andy, both of Pittsburgh.
Jason writes a weekly column for CBS Local Sports . He is a native New Yorker, sans the elitist sensibilities, and believes there’s a world west of the Hudson River. A Yankees devotee and Steelers groupie, he has been scouring the forest of fertile NYC sports sections since the 1970s. He has written over 500 columns for WFAN/CBS NY , and also worked as a freelance writer for Sports Illustrated and Newsday subsidiary amNew York. He made his bones as a boxing writer, occasionally covering fights in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, but mostly inside Madison Square Garden. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKeidel .
SUMMARY: During the December 4, 2016 regular season game between the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Giants cornerback Eli Apple recovered two Steelers' turnovers and noticed that the Steelers seemed to be playing with deflated footballs. Upon testing by the Giants' on their sideline (an act which is expressly against the rules ), both footballs were found to be below the magical and sacrosanct lower limit of PSI. According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk , one ball measured PSI and the other PSI. Unlike their posturing two years ago, the league quickly came out with this statement which passively admitted that cold temperatures will lower the air pressure in footballs: "The officiating game ball procedures were followed and there were no chain of command issues. All footballs were in compliance and no formal complaint was filed by the Giants with our office."