OK, enough is enough. I really did not want to write on this “Deflategate” (non) issue. I really didn’t. One, because it sickens me, two, because I did not believe I could do so without going on an expletive laden rant or three. I didn’t want to talk about it, I didn’t want to hear about it, but clearly that is impossible. Everywhere I go, it pops up. ESPN won’t stop dwelling on it; Felger and Mazz (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, if you catch my drift) are incessantly pounding it into the ground. I was in the cafeteria at school just two weeks ago (I went to school in Pennsylvania) wearing my Pats visor, and some loud mouth lady who works there started booming: “take their rings away, they’re cheaters!” Listen, lady, I don’t want to start something and get escorted out of the caf (again), please just give me a grilled cheese so I can go on my way, thanks. It’s ridiculous. Did Ted Wells’ report seem to have neutral party objectives? Or was Mr. Wells the prosecutor? I really can’t tell. Moving forward, at first I was upset with Mr. Kraft when he accepted the league’s punishment, as a lot of us die hard fans were. We wanted a fight until the death, we wanted blood. Unfortunately, after taking a few deep breaths and sleeping on it a few nights, this was really the only move he could have made. Yes, he conceded the draft picks and the money (chump change for him), but it would have not been a wise business or personal decision for him to sue the league he helped make richer without the support of the other owners. He cares about public perception and legacy, and that’s fine. Hopefully, he had some kind of “wink-wink” arrangement with Roger Goodell about taking care of Tom’s suspension. We’ll see. Speaking of Goodell (deep breaths, deep breaths),
I find it increasingly difficult to believe anything that (insert whatever insult you want here) has to say. The guy is a legitimate tyrant. He is so engrossed and absorbed in his power thirst he appointed himself to hear Tom’s appeal…wait, what? Did he not sign off on the original punishment issued by none other than Troy Vincent (winless against Brady in his playing career, including a blowout or two…just sayin’)? Even an avid Jets fan would acknowledge something is not right there. In Goodell’s latest press conference, he basically evaded every question having to do with the NFL’s role in this whole thing, claiming the Wells Report sufficiently covered it, and redirected these questions towards Tom. Two thoughts here: one, did you even read the report? Skim it? Two, why are you so obsessed with getting Brady’s phone? Away games….texts…Gisele…Ohhh, right, right, right. Maybe you are smarter than you look…
Overall, I really don’t know how this thing is going to end up. I wish I did. I think it’s blasphemous if this suspension sticks, but from the looks of it, at least some of it may. What I do know is that Brady’s legal team is essentially the Avengers so there is a chance it does not. Worst case, at the end of the day, after 4 games last season we were 2-2 and basically assaulted every team sans Green Bay and Baltimore en route to the Superbowl, so its definitely not the end of the world on the field. When it’s all said and done, we’ll be in the mix. No doubt in my mind.
A few final thoughts:
Ted Wells, sick mustache, bro.
Don Shula, let’s sit down some time and talk about integrity. Threatening to cut players if they don’t take painkillers to play on Sundays, or “probably” being “generally aware” of the football having 1 less psi…don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house. You should have kept your mouth shut and gone away gracefully, but I guess you wanted that last second of relevance. Well, you’re back in the news again, congrats old man!
DEFEND THE WALL
PRAY FOR THE COLTS
LET’S GET ONE FOR THE THUMB
Thanks for reading. Go Pats!