Get ready, NFL.
Earlier this morning, Judge Berman concluded, in a 40 page manuscript, that the NFL did not give Brady the proper advanced notice of his discipline in regards to "deflating" footballs and his 4-game suspension would be vacated.
Berman said: "The Court finds that no player alleged or found to have had a general awareness of the inappropriate ball deflation activities of others or who allegedly schemed with others to let air out of footballs in a championship game and also had not cooperated in an ensuing investigation, reasonably could be on notice that their discipline would (or should) be the same as applied to a player who violated the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances."
Reportedly, Brady and his lawyers were willing to try and reach a settlement, but the NFL wanted Brady to acknowledge that he knew about the entire deflating football process. Ian Rapoport even went as far to say that Tom Brady and company were willing to take a 1-game suspension, but the NFL continued to demand acknowledgment.
This comes after roughly 9 months of deflated football talk, and Patriots Nation can finally now focus solely on football.
Before Brady's vacated suspension (it gave me chills to type that), the Patriots had the 5th best odds to win the Super Bowl at 11-1. After the news came down this morning, the Patriots jumped up in a tie for first at 15-2. Expect the Patriots to reign hell on the NFL, and that starts exactly a week from tonight.
Waking up in Pittsburgh must have been rough this morning. Hearing the news that Tom Brady would lace up his cleats to kick off a new NFL season in a week has to be terrifying if you're a Steelers fan. Not only are they without their star running back Le'veon Bell, #2 wideout Martavias Bryant and arguably the best center in the National Football League in Maurkice Pouncey, but saying that Tom Brady and his buddies are going to be fired up is an understatement. The Patriots are going to absolutely roll over the Steelers and should put together a legendary season.
Don't even get me started on their Week 5 matchup against the Colts. They actually may destroy the state of Indiana. There may be a legitimate hole in the center of the United States where Indiana used to be when the Patriots are finished with the Colts.
I would not be surprised if Tom Brady has one of the best seasons of his career.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS