All posts tagged patriots

→ Tom Brady is innocent

Joe Posnanski bringing the heat:

I think Tom Brady is unequivocally, unambiguously, thoroughly and 100-percent innocent of any and all charges of deflating footballs in a cheating capacity. I don’t think he ever asked anyone to illegally deflate footballs. I don’t think he wanted footballs inflated below NFL standards. I think the whole thing — every last page of the testimony, every last leak to the media, every text made public, every curious statistic like the one showing the Patriots fumbled less than other teams and every blunder Brady made along the way, like his awkward press conference and the destruction of his phone — was a bunch of phony-baloney nonsense that was either directly or indirectly inspired by a made-up NFL witch hunt. I think he’s entirely innocent.

→ Patriots rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell named Georgia’s children’s book author of the year

It’s hard not to root for this guy.

→ Seventh-grader shoots down NFL’s grand deflate-gate claims

Is it really that surprising that a 7th grader can figure out something that Goodell can’t?

→ NFL defends ‘very good’ officials, says one Patriots penalty was called right

The NFL is such a joke. Of course the these horrible officials are “very good.”

→ Injury Update: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski’s Knee Injury Not “Serious”

I’m going to continue holding my breath until Gronk’s back on the field.

→ Rex Ryan: Patriots aren’t exactly ‘Boy Scouts of America’

True. A Rex Ryan coached team might actually be able to get a win against a bunch of 10 year old boy scouts.

→ Bill Belichick lashes out at allegations and suspicions against Patriots

Belichick is the best. No wonder Patriots players want to run through a wall for him.

→ Best Photos of Yesterday’s Super Bowl Banner Raising Ceremony

This ceremony was amazing (and well deserved.)

→ Do the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger Have a Point with the Patriots Defensive Shift?

I’m am always so surprised when the Steelers whine after losing a game. So surprised.

Brady, the NFL, Etc…

The NFL upheld the suspension. Goodell is a joke. Robert Kraft finally really came at the league. Blah, blah, blah. I can’t seem to care anymore. This whole story has been ridiculous from the beginning, and now an incompetent commissioner is ruining the name of one of, if not the, greatest Quarterbacks of all time. At this point, I don’t feel like linking to any more of this garbage.

→ Roger Goodell’s handling of deflate-gate has become three-ring circus

Dan Wetzel has a fabulous column on “DeflateGate”:

One month and Goodell still can’t figure out what to do, which somehow isn’t really all that surprising since if he knew what to do in the first place the entire story would have been snuffed out in a day or so – or however long it took the NFL to figure out it has no idea, let alone any actual proof, that the footballs at the AFC title game were even all that deflated.

It bears repeating there remains no proof the footballs were even significantly deflated in deflate-gate. For all the curiousness and suspicion from having some Foxborough locker room lackey calling himself “The Deflator” and taking the balls into a bathroom just before kickoff, he may not have even deflated anything. That should have been obvious to the NFL within a day of the AFC championship game. You’d think the league would have started there.

You can even believe Brady did it, or at least this was extremely suspicious – as I tend to do – and be appalled at a league office that is willing to suspend him for four games with not just little to no evidence that he did anything but little to no evidence that anything even happened.

As he usually does, Wetzel nails it. I recomend reading the whole thing.

→ Tom Brady Negotiating with Roger Goodell for Settlement

I really hope that Brady sticks to his guns and refuses to accept any suspension at all.

→ DeflateGate: NFL Doesn’t Get It, No Current Changes to Football Procedures

Shocking. I’m shocked.

→ Roger Goodell says no timeline for Tom Brady decision; what’s the hold up?

Roger Goodell is such a disaster. It’s not a surprise that he’s handling things this way.

→ Sources: Darrelle Revis not attending Patriots’ ring ceremony at owner’s home

The guy just oozes classes. He’ll fit in well on the Jets.

→ Another Research Institute Disproves the Wells Report

Rich Hill writing at Pats Pulpit, about a report issued by AEI that contained the following findings:

1) The intercepted football, thrice measured, implies that the Logo gauge was used, in line with Walt Anderson’s recollection, and any difference in pressure can be explained by ambient temperature changes.

2) The statistical significance between the Patriots and Colts footballs is not because the Patriots were underinflated- they were inflated exactly as expected according to the Ideal Gas Law- but because the Colts were measured above their expected range.

Of course the whole thing can be explained by natural causes. It’s such a disgrace.

→ A Pats Fan on Why He’s Giving Up on the NFL

Mike Mravic writing at MMQB:

My favorite team won the Super Bowl on one of the most exciting plays in NFL history, but that play that has barely been viewed as a success of the Patriots and largely seen as a failure of Pete Carroll, because the media love counterintuitive angles. And now the Patriots have been dismembered and destroyed by the media and the league for one of the most absurd accusations of all time. The only positive note for Pats owner Robert Kraft outside the Boston bubble has been praise for his capitulating to the league’s disciplinary process. Fans around the country take glee in his decision not to pursue an appeal rather than seeing it for what it was—a savvy business decision in an unwinnable scenario. Those same fans are trying to reinforce false narratives about both Spygate and Deflategate

I hope this is Roger Goodell’s legacy. He’s freed an obsessive fan from a trap. Like any addict, there will be bumps along the road and people trying to enable my return. (For instance, DirecTV’s last-ditch offer of an enticing array of free programming including the NFL package, or doing an about face to praise the Pats dynasty.) Maybe if someone like Adam Silver helms the NFL at some point, I’ll return. But as of right now, I’m out.

I’m kind of in the same boat. I assume I’ll tune in if the Patriots make the playoffs, but I’ve been losing interest in the NFL for years, and this has just accelerated things.

→ DeflateGate: Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady Hires Jeffrey Kessler

Brady isn’t messing around. He got the best guy available to attack this.

→ 10 Reasons Why an Appeal Overturns Tom Brady’s Suspension

I’ve been trying not to read too many of these write-up because it points out just how much of a travesty this whole process has been. I hope we eventually look back at this as a sign of Goodell’s incompetence and not some tarnish on Brady’s legacy.

→ David Ortiz on NFL’s punishment of Tom Brady: ‘I think it’s ridiculous’

Big Papi on Goodell’s pile of garbage:

And now this Tom Brady thing, I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s ridiculous. I don’t know if the commissioner is trying to send a big message. Then to who? To the players? I’m a football fan and when I don’t see Brady on the field I’m going to have questions. And then the answer is he deflated some freaking balls? Prove that. Prove it.

I love Big Papi.