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→ Deadspin on the Patriots Punishment

This post by Barry Petchesky gets a rare link from me to a Deadspin article:

Despite the Patriots schadenfreude (the last pure sports emotion), the punishment is a fucked-up overreaction from a league hyperdesperate to protect its image—it’s no accident that the NFL cited “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football.”

The league threw the book at the Patriots for the worst and most absurd reasons. Two specifically named in the statement announcing the discipline was Brady’s and the team’s failure to self-incriminate, as if any employee should ever cooperate with an investigation ofhimself; and the fact that the Patriots are considered repeat offenders for something that happened eight years ago, even though the NFL went out of its way to make clear that Ballghazi didn’t extend to the echelons of the organization that would have been involved with Spygate.

Pretty much sums it up.

→ Robert Kraft: Pats punishment ‘far exceeded any reasonable expectation’

“Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.”

I’m not sure what Kraft’s next move is, but I hope he thinks of something devastating to do to Goodell and the league.

→ Brady’s scarlet letter

Joe Posnanski, great as always:

Tom Brady has been the league’s shining star, the golden boy, a billion-dollar draw. And now, the NFL has stigmatized him forever over a little bit of air in footballs and a refusal to just hand over his texts to a league clearly out to get him.

Maybe you believe Brady deserves that fate, and more, but the callous way the league just stomps on Brady’s name and reputation over deflated footballs should be a bit unnerving. The NFL will cash in on you for as long as they can. And then, like Bruce Springsteen sings, boy you’re on your own.

→ Ted Wells battles back about deflate report, but not everything adds up

Frank Schwab, writing at Yahoo:

Wait, nobody paid that much attention to it? The NFL, with its punishment, found that deflating footballs was the biggest crime in NFL history. Seriously. It was arguably the harshest punishment the league has ever given out, in terms of a team punishment (the $1 million fine is the largest single team fine ever), draft picks stripped (a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017) and Brady’s four-game suspension. So what is it NFL? Is deflating balls the biggest crime in NFL history? Or was the thought that the Patriots were pulling off the biggest crime in NFL history so insignificant that “nobody paid that much attention to it”? Should be one or the other.

At this point, nothing is surprising about this whole ordeal. What a joke.

→ David Ortiz shares the stage with Tom Brady and world championship hardware

Sometimes, I forget just how great it’s been to be a Boston sports fan these past few years.

→ NFL disallows Patriots ‘trick’ plays that stung Ravens in playoffs

We can’t have people being smarter than other people. That’s just not fair.

→ Devin McCourty Secures the Patriots Future, One of Bill Belichick’s Best Draft Picks

McCourty has had his ups and downs, but I agree that his selection looks like quite the feather in The Hoodie’s cap.

→ Source: NFL Investigating Jets for Tampering with Darrelle Revis

Why are these types of things even reported? They never go anywhere.

→ DeflateGate: NFL Fires Official For Selling DeflateGate Football

Another reminder that this whole story was a joke.

→ Jerry Rice calls out ‘cheating’ Patriots but admitted to using stickum

Shocking. I’m shocked.

→ Patriots’ Brandon Browner rips Kanye West brilliantly on Twitter

As you might expect, Browner got a 15-yard penalty for his tweets.

→ 2015 Super Bowl: Malcolm Butler Knew The Pass Was Coming

SPOILER ALERT: Bill Belichick is really good at this job.

→ Red Sox take to Twitter to celebrate New England Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX victory

How great would it be if the Patriots were congratulating the Red Sox after a World Series win in November?

→ Bill Barnwell’s Super Bowl 49 Breakdown

An excellent recap of some of the major events from the Patriots 4th Super Bowl championship.

→ Tom Brady dices up Seahawks for 4 TDs, named Super Bowl MVP

The best quarterback in the history of the NFL.

→ A New Englander’s guide to labeling every other NFL team a cheat

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: The Seahawks lead the league in performance-enhancing drug use since Pete Carroll’s arrival in 2010, and that doesn’t even include the overturning of Richard Sherman’s positive test before the first of three straight playoff appearances. Talk about deflated balls in the Super Bowl.

But, of course, let’s talk about how the game balls used by the Patriots in another game had a little less air.

→ Your Guide To Deflate-gate/Ballghazi-Related Statistical Analyses

SPOILER ALERT: The article about the Patriots fumbles was riddled with statistical errors.

→ Frank Schwab with one of the best things I’ve read on the Patriots and Footballs

The whole piece is great, but I especially like this:

Belichick on Saturday gave what felt like a college power lecture on preparation of footballs and what he thinks happened, going on in pretty surprising detail about their amateur scientist experiments. Then, everyone just said he was a liar. That’s where we are with this. I’ve covered sports for a long time and don’t recall a mass overreaction to a story quite like this.

The whole story has been ridiculous from the start, but at least now people are coming to that realization.

→ DeflateGate: Bill Belichick’s Press Conference Ends It All

There is no evidence of any actual wrong doing by the Patriots, but even Belichick’s explanation won’t be enough for people who hate the Patriots being consistently good for so long.

See also, Dan Wetzel’s take.

→ Tom Brady has the Perfect Answer to the Question of When He Will Retire

“When I suck, I’ll retire, but I don’t plan on sucking for a long time.”

So great.