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My name is Mike Chiari and I'm a featured columnist for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team. I'm a 25-year-old graduate of Buffalo State College from Buffalo, NY, and I've been part of BR's BNT since 2011.

I specialize in wrestling and hockey, although I have written about essentially every sport imaginable during my time at Bleacher Report.

I have also served as co-host of wrestling podcast Ring Rust Radio since 2012. I have had the honor of interviewing many of the biggest names in wrestling as part of RRR, including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Bruno Sammartino, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman and many more.

Follow me on Twitter @MikeChiari and follow RRR @RingRustRadio.

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  • Freddy Martinez posted 17 days ago

    Freddy Martinez

    Hi, I would like to let you know that I have created a petition to remove Greg Hardy from the NFL, and it has over 39,000 signatures. I remember reading an article about a petition created to remove Vick from the Steelers, and it got attention for only 15,000 signatures. I read about it on this site. The link for my petition is . Thanks.

  • Chuck DS posted 87 days ago

    Chuck DS

    Hey Mike! I appreciate that you are going out of your wrestling,hockey and baseball comfort zone by writing some stuff about the Asian Basketball scene, however, please do some background check first of the leagues so that your articles will be complete. cheers!

  • Joel McClurg posted 208 days ago

    Joel McClurg

    As far as I can see, Collins was eligible to be drafted and wasn't; therefore, he is an undrafted free agent and can sign with any team when his situation is cleared up. Me, being a Browns fan would love to see a road grader like Collins at RT for us. Then we would truly have the best offensive line in the NFL; and Johnny Football wouldn't have to do much but hand off the ball!

  • Trojan No posted 227 days ago

    Trojan No

    You d-bag...Now I can't see how many likes I got for my funny comment

  • RESPECT THE PATS posted 227 days ago


    why block us from leaving comments? Thats weak on your part. Be confident

  • Philip Burns posted 235 days ago

    Philip Burns

    The article on Patrick Peterson does not differentiate between type 1 or type 2 diabetes? Kind of a major distinction and helps those who do not know about diabetes that there is a difference and that healthy people do get diabetes?

  • Timofey Pavlovich Mozgov posted 274 days ago

    Timofey Pavlovich Mozgov

    you have got to go

  • faux sharon glencross posted 290 days ago

    faux sharon glencross

    Since you didn't provide a chance for comments about Darren Young's whining about WWE going to the UAE… I will do it here.

    1. Young should be happy for a job. If he doesn't like it quit. It's not going to make a major impact in ratings, only his chance of making more than 50.00 bucks a night.

    2. Does he think his sexuality is a bigger issue than business? How arrogant of a performer who is barely ever on TV. The Middle East as a whole is big on wrestling and the WWE/WWF (back in the days) used to go over there. Just because he's gay doesn't mean that the company or anyone else must accommodate him and his feelings.

    3. What makes people think that just because they are offended, it makes them right? It's like a person is so weak that mere words can hurt them. Man up.

    4. Finally a (semi) sports person is finally admitting that the Middle East and their main culture and religion are hateful of gays and women. I don't understand how the political left can continue to follow along with them and how they treat non muslims and non straight men.

    5. This isn't the first time you have refused to allow comments on your articles.

    do you not allow it, because you can't handle/don't want criticism of you and your articles for everyone to see? Or is it in this case you're afraid someone may say something edgy and offend someone?

  • Marc posted 302 days ago


    Mike Chiari -

    I just read your article on BleacherReport titled Aaron Hernandez Odin Lloyd Trial: Opening Statements Released.

    Paragraph 2 reads: "Hernandez is charged with the June 17, 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, and Thursday marked the first step in determining his innocence or guilt.”

    I have been an attorney for over 30 years. Most of my cases are criminal defense. Many people make the same mistake you make in your article.
    Thursday was not the first step in determining Hernandez’s innocence.
    That was already determined by our criminal justice system and the US Constitution.
    Aaron Hernandez has been and still is innocent.
    Yes, he has been charged with murder.
    Yes, he will be having a trial.
    But up until the very second a jury of his peers tells the judge they find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt (IF they do!), Hernandez is and remains an innocent man.
    That is our system, plain and simple.
    Disagree with that if you will, but don’t change it in the articles you write.


  • Dan Boyn posted 304 days ago

    Dan Boyn


    DeflateGate has erupted onto the National stage, and seems poised to stay there through Superbowl Sunday and beyond. It has been a fascinating, tortured soap opera that has vexed most of us and brought out the worst in some of us.

    The DeflateGate "scandal" rages on because so many remain mystified by the inexplicable deflation of footballs in cold, wet games even though the science needed to dispel this mystery is not hard to grasp. In fact, the understanding the relationship between air temperature and pressure was established in its current form way back in 1834, and is taught in high school physics class.


    To determine if the New England Patriots have violated NFL rules about ball inflation, the main question is, "Was the drop in ball pressure due to natural causes or tampering?" As Coach Belichick explained last Saturday, the best way to truly answer this question is to do an experiment. Before such an experiment, a scientist will need to form a testable hypothesis, a prediction, based on the facts of the situation and what is known about natural laws. In this case, the relevant physical law is the Ideal Gas Law (Pressure x Volume = n x R x Temperature) combined with the fact that friction generates heat.

    Check out this informative video which also explains the science behind the pressure-drop:


    Knowing the conditions at the AFC Championship game and how the Patriot’s footballs were treated, it’s not hard to anticipate the result based on the four different physical phases the balls went through. The logical prediction is that ball pressure would drop significantly below the NFL minimum 12.5 psi. In fact, this is a certainty:

    1) Rubbing Phase - Before the AFC Championship game, the balls were in the locker room, where the air temperature was likely 70-75 degrees. The balls were then rubbed vigorously for a substantial preparation period. The rubbing created heat from friction. The heat increased the air Temperature in the footballs above the indoor temperature. The warm air couldn't expand the footballs by much, so the Pressure would increase.

    2) Cooling Phase A - The warmed footballs were given to referee Walt Anderson, who was asked to set the pressure at 12.5 psi. The balls stayed in the official's locker room for over 2 hours and gradually cooled back to the indoor temperature. This initial drop in Temperature would result in a corresponding drop in Pressure (approx 1 psi per Coach Belichick).

    3) Cooling Phase B - 10 minutes before kickoff, the balls were taken by NFL staff to the sideline. The temperature was approximately 50 degrees, but would have been lower on surfaces exposed to rain and wind-chill. Over the course of the first half, Brady's wet balls would have cooled to below 50 degrees. This second drop in ball Temperature would result in a further drop in ball Pressure (psi).

    4) Stretching Phase - In addition, the leather of a wet football stretches, increasing the Volume inside it. Increased ball Volume would cause a third drop in ball Pressure (psi). Did you see the condition of the balls? Several pictures show them dripping wet and soaked through in the hands of the players and referees. The leather would have stretched - how much would have to be determined by experiment.

    Taken together, these physical and climate factors would definitely drop the pressure in the footballs to substantially below the 12.5 psi set, per NFL protocol, by officials 2 hours pregame. This is not a possibility, it is a certainty.

    Just like when you hold a solid object in your hand then let it go, it will fall according to physical laws (gravity), so it is that whenever a referee in their locker room inflates a warmed ball to the lower limit of 12.5 psi, then takes it out into cold, wet, windy weather, that ball will be underinflated 100% of the time. There is no question that this has happened countless times in late season, cold weather games throughout the history of the National Football League. Asterisks all around for everybody, especially the Packers!


    Aside from the certainty of cold weather pressure drop, the real question we are left with is, "How much does it drop?" This will be answered not by rifling through the team's email, text messages and surveillance video, but rather by an experiment. Hence Coach Belichick's usual common sense in taking the opportunity to do just this before the team left Foxborough. Until someone else performs and documents the definitive experiment (several amateur scientists have posted attempts on YouTube), we should all take him at his word that ball pressure would have dropped enough, without any tampering, to account for what was observed by the referees during the recent AFC championship game.


    It should be pointed out that an NFL football team could have avoided football deflation below the league minimum 12.5 psi in very cold weather by checking the ball pressure on the sideline during the game and pumping more air into them (increasing the “n” in the Ideal Gas Law). The League has unwittingly created an untenable situation for cold weather games where a team will either be guilty violating NFL rules against tampering with the balls if it reinflates them, or guilty of using underinflated balls if it leaves them alone.


    During this fascinating, frustrating, all-consuming week of DeflateGate, some might wonder how could so many intelligent, highly paid NFL executives and officials have established such a flawed rule, a rule that appears ignorant of the fact that cold weather drops ball Pressure. Sadly, most journalists and commentators also lack this knowledge and have plunged ahead recklessly with false accusations and little curiosity about the basic facts of the matter. They think that for the ball pressure to drop significantly, someone must have tampered with them and let some air out. They just know it. Emboldened by ignorance and sinister suspicion, they have proclaimed “the Patriots are cheaters!” Why have so many been so blind to their ignorance?

    The answers to this questions come from the other important scientific field at play in DeflateGate: Cognitive and Social Psychology. Discussion of this is complex and goes way beyond the issue of football pressure, but is extremely relevant to the media and society at large. If you are interested, please look up "Cognitive Bias" and "The Dunning-Kruger effect: Why The Incompetent Don’t Know They’re Incompetent".

    The science of cognitive bias is necessary to help us to understand how overconfident NFL officials established unworkable inflation rules. It also helps us to better understand why so many pundits have failed to appreciate the reasons for football deflation in a cold wet game yet have gone on to lob accusations of ball tampering with great confidence and righteous indignation (and a few tears).


    While the science of human cognition and its limitations is probably powerless to eliminate the mass hysteria of DeflateGate, high school physics can help us to reliably keep NFL footballs properly inflated during games in any kind of weather. Like most scientific solutions, the fix for NFL ball pressure is simple, and elegant. Here it is:

    1) Keep the current process of the teams giving their game balls to the officials 2-3 hours before kick-off. The officials have time to inspect the balls and allow time to correct any concerns.
    2) At least 90 minutes before kick-off, the officials place the balls in breathable tamper proof bags or other containers, seal the containers with tamper-proof fasteners, and take them down to the field. This will allow the air inside the footballs to equilibrate to the climactic conditions (i.e. temperature) on the field.
    3) The bags should be placed in plain sight of both teams, fans and officials in the center of the field. In any case, they must not be left near sideline heaters or cooling fans.
    4) The outside of the containers should be reflective White in color. (If the containers were black or other dark color and left in the sun, they will heat up the balls and prevent equilibration.
    5) Whether to keep the balls dry from any rain will have to be determined.
    6) The officials will break open the tamper-proof seals 10-20 minutes before kickoff, remove the balls, and adjust air pressure to NFL specifications.
    7) Officials should be allowed to check and readjust ball pressures at half-time or other times during the game.

    Problem solved.


    DeflateGate is the unfortunate outcome of irrational rules for pregame football inflation that have been adopted by NFL executives, lawyers and business owners who clearly lacked common sense and a knowledge of basic high-school physics. Robert Kraft’s indignation is certainly justified, but should be tempered by the realization that he joined so many others in implementing these rules. While apparently competent to manage business and legal matters, one wonders about the competency of NFL officials to handle all the other important matters facing the unprecedented sport of American football (like the epidemic of concussions and head injuries, for which there is also a simple scientific solution – see ).

    DeflateGate is not about who said what to who, about whether a coach or player is popular or likeable, about whether anyone should have felt a drop in football pressure by squeezing the ball, about how long it takes a ball-boy to relieve himself before heading to the sideline, or about whether deflation makes it easier or harder to hold, throw or catch a football. At least, this is not what it should be about. No, this controversy is simply about the pressure-drop in footballs during a cold, wet game. To determine whether or not pressure would have naturally dropped without tampering, the NFL needs a few scientists, not a team of lawyers on a witch hunt in need of a conspiracy. Most importantly, there is a simple, science-based process that NFL referees can easily follow to prevent similar problems in the future. It involves leaving the balls in sealed white bags at midfield for 90 minutes then adjusting ball pressure 15 minutes before kick-off.

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