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Posted Mar. 03 at 02:53 AM
It was 30 years ago, after a game between the Raiders and Houston Oilers, that Bum Phillips complained that Ray Guy was putting helium in the football. Guy's punts were that good.
Phillips later admitted that he had no evidence that Guy was doctoring the football -- only that they flew so high that it seemed like they were filled with helium.
Now a class at the University of Washington has done experiments on the subject, trying to determine if a football filled with helium actually would fly farther. It's in a feature story today in the Seattle Times.
Using a pair of players off the UW team, the class determined that there was no difference between balls filled with air and helium. As part of the experiment, there were also balls filled with argon. Those balls didn't fly as far.
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