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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!

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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 »

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“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 »

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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.

The Basics

– 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) »

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2015 NFL Mock Draft

April 28, 2015 at 8:00am in Featured, NFL, Opinion, Patriots, Top Story
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  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jameis Winston, QB (FLORIDA STATE)

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.

  1. Tennessee Titans- Marcus Mariota, QB (OREGON)

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 »

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The New York Giants have plenty to consider this offseason, especially when it comes to free agents. In 2014, GM Jerry Reese attempted to rebuild the ailing franchise by spending a whopping $115 million, which led to a disappointing 6-10 finish. With little room to play with under the cap this year and five star players about to become free agents, Big Blue needs to proceed carefully.

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Although the sixth-year player Pierre-Paul finished the 2014 season with 12.5 sacks, he has struggled with nagging back problems and has not performed anywhere near the level he did during the 2011 Super Bowl run. The Giants put the franchise tag on him in order to keep him around. While no long-term deal has been hammered out, coach Tom Coughlin stated he would like to see Pierre-Paul retire in Giants blue. Continue reading Pierre-Paul, Rolle Among Giants’ Top Free Agents »

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Former Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has been seen working with the team at this year’s NFL Draft Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Scarnecchia’s role is unclear but it likely has to do with the Patriots need at offensive line entering the draft. As detailed in the positional grouping review piece earlier this week, the Patriots need an infusion of talent along the offensive line especially at guard.

Scarnecchia is probably assisting the Patriots in finding an interior lineman to draft in the first two rounds. Continue reading Dante Scarnecchia Working With Patriots Through NFL Draft »

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Well the 2014 NFL season came to an exciting — and for some, controversial — end, with the New England Patriots winning their 4th Super Bowl since 2001 under the leadership of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. For all of the diehard and loyal Patriots fans, this was a great experience and being able to silence the people who criticized the Patriots this season just made things that much sweeter.

Deflate-gate was the topic of choice by many and seemed to draw a lot of attention from the league and other outside entities. I don’t condone cheating in any way, but the NFL could have used its resources more effectively in a different manner. Now that the season is officially over, it’s time for the NFL to crack down on off-field activities that poorly represent the NFL. It’s only been 4 days since the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but already things are going wild and it’s time for the NFL to step in and put a stop to this. Continue reading It’s Time for the NFL to Crack Down After Flurry of Arrests »

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