The NFLPA has filed the appeal of Tom Brady’s ridiculous four-game suspension.
Good luck, Roger. You’re going to need it.
Just like we saw with Spygate nearly eight years ago, accusations of cheating are starting to swirl around the Patriots again with the Deflategate scandal catching headlines.
Appearing on 97.5 FM in Philadelphia, former Dolphins (and Eagles) quarterback A.J. Feeley accused Tom Brady and the Patriots of using illegal footballs in their 2004 Super Bowl season.
Feeley said the Patriots were using old, worn-in footballs during a game against the Dolphins that season. Continue reading Tom Brady, Patriots Used Illegal Footballs in 2004, A.J. Feeley Says »
In a rather stunning announcement early Monday evening, the NFL levied some of the most severe punishments a team has ever faced against the New England Patriots in the aftermath of the Wells Report. The team was fined $1 million, the most a team has ever been fined, as well as being docked a 2016 first round draft pick and a 2017 fourth round draft pick.
The biggest news though was the four-game suspension of future Hall of Fame quarterback and four time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady. Pending an appeal, Brady will miss the Patriots first four games plus the team’s week four bye week. He will be allowed to participate in off-season activities and training camp, but once the season begins he will not be allowed at the Patriots facility. Continue reading On #Deflategate, The Patriots Were Wrong, But Now The NFL Is Too »
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games by the NFL on Monday, days after the release of the Wells Report, which concluded that Brady was “generally aware” the Patriots probably deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship game against the Colts earlier this year. The Patriots won that game 45-7.
The Patriots were also fined $1 million and docked a first-round pick in next year’s draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.
The following is a list of why Brady being suspended for a quarter of the season is asinine, asiten, asileven, asitwelve!
First, let’s take a step back and examine what we’re talking about here. Continue reading Reasons Why Tom Brady #Deflategate Suspension is Ridiculous »
“More probable than not.” “Generally Aware.” Those two phrases are the most important elements of Ted Wells’ report on his investigation into the alleged manipulation of football air pressure by the Patriots prior to their AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
“More probable than not”
It is, as the report states, “more probable than not” that the Patriots deliberately changed the air pressure and that Brady was likely “generally aware” of the activities. If true, as it seems it is, these revelations are both head-scratching and concerning for the Patriots. The concern is obvious, both Brady and the team could face fines and the star quarterback could face a suspension if Roger Goodell so chooses.
The head scratching part is simple: why bother? Continue reading DeflateGate: What “More Probable Than Not” and “Generally Aware” Mean »
Here is the Cliffs Notes version of the entire 243-page Ted Wells Deflategate report (.pdf) released by the NFL on Wednesday concerning the Patriots intentional underinflation of footballs used in the AFC Championship game.
– Report focuses on footballs used during AFC Championship game, which Patriots won 45-7 over the Colts
– Footballs used during games are required to be between 12.5 and 13.5 PSI
– At halftime, 11 Patriots footballs measured under 12.5 PSI, while four Colts footballs measured within the acceptable range
– Report concludes it was “more probable than not” that the Patriots employees deliberately circumvented the rules
– Employees Jim McNally and John Jastremski deliberately let air out of the footballs after they were inspected by the head referee
– It is more probable than not that Tom Brady “was at least generally aware” of the employees’ actions in letting air out of the footballs Continue reading NFL’s Ted Wells #DeflateGate Report (CliffsNotes Edition) »
The Buccaneers need a franchise quarterback and it appears as though Winston will be the choice for them. Although I personally believe Marcus Mariota will be the better quarterback of the two, Winston seems to be the favorite Tampa Bay. He is talented and led Florida State to a National Championship in 2013. He has some serious off the field questions and his on the field play was lacking in some areas in 2014 (see first halves vs BC, Georgia Tech, and Miami) but if the Bucaneers can work with these issues, Winston could end up being a franchise player.
This pick could change if the Titans pull off the much talked about trade for San Diego’s Phillip Rivers, but unless that scenario occurs Mariota will likely be the pick here. There is some skepticism about his NFL ability due to the offense he played in at Oregon, but he has shown an ability to make every NFL throw and has an impeccable off the field record. Continue reading 2015 NFL Mock Draft »