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  • Lou Dobbs on Roger Goodell's Failure (Deflategate)

    05/16/2015 5:19:02 PM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 30 replies
    Lou Dobbs ^ | 12 May 15 | Lou Dobbs
    Roger Goodell is now leading the NFL from behind, trying to preserve his job at all costs. Whether to the truth, to proportionality, to fairness and balance, or further immense cost to the NFL itself. Coercive leadership without regard to consequence, wielding power without regard for facts and truth is far more consistent with the authoritarian tone and style. That seems to have become the preferred style of liberal Washington. And I think this time Goodell has provoked a public relations battle, a legal battle that he will lose. And in losing those battles, he may well lose his job....
  • 10 REASONS WHY AN APPEAL OVERTURNS TOM BRADY’S SUSPENSION

    05/12/2015 9:09:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 5-12-2015 | DANIEL J. FLYNN
    Here are the top-ten reasons why an honest and impartial arbiter will toss the suspension: #10. Ted Wells Judges 100 Seconds Enough Time to Deflate Balls But 13 Minutes Not Long Enough for Refs to Test Balls? #9 Wells Report Labels Texts Undermining Case a ‘Joke,’ Texts Buttressing Case Dead Serious #8. Ted Wells Doesn’t Really Know the Pregame Pressure Levels #7 After Relying on Walt Anderson’s ‘Best Recollection,’ Wells Disregards It #6. The Refs and Their Gauges Fluctuated Greatly #5 The NFL Doesn’t Punish for Ball Tampering #4. Wells Report Misleadingly Says Pats Shielded Ball Handler from Follow-Up Interview...
  • Shattuck: National state of envy

    05/13/2015 4:46:33 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 21 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 05-13-15 | Tom Shattuck
    There can no longer be any doubt — “Deflategate” is not about football. It is about a national affliction — one of the seven deadly sins: Envy. “Envy: the feeling of wanting to have what someone else has.” Exactly. And it’s made unhinged haters out of a lot of you outside New England. Tom Brady took a helicopter to Salem State University. “Arrogant!” detractors from across the country shouted. Collectively, Americans have not been so fixated on a helicopter image since the fall of Saigon.
  • Patriots done in by their own defiance [Boston columnist raises Deflategate's open questions]

    05/12/2015 11:49:37 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 53 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ben Volin
    ...The Patriots have no one to blame for this but themselves. They have been arrogant and defiant from the start — demanding apologies when none were deserved, ignoring Goodell’s orders of full cooperation and obstructing Ted Wells’s investigation... Why did Wells find it “more probable than not” that the Patriots tampered with the footballs? Forget the science, which has giant holes. It’s because the Patriots couldn’t, or wouldn’t, answer Wells’s legitimate and unbiased questions. Why did McNally slip out of the locker room with the bag of footballs without Walt Anderson or another official as his escort? Why did McNally...
  • Redemption for 'Bountygate' wasn't happening with 'Deflategate' penalties

    05/12/2015 7:04:40 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 7 replies
    Times Picayune (New Orleans) ^ | 05/11/2015 | Larry Holder
    Nothing short of suspending Tom Brady and Bill Belichick for the 2015 NFL season would satisfy many New Orleans Saints fans for the New England Patriots' involvement in Deflategate. The NFL announced Monday a four-game suspension for Brady and several other sanctions for the Patriots for the intentional use of deflated footballs last season. Some penalties levied on the Patriots organization were harsher than what the Saints received in the bounty scandal.
  • Tom Brady suspended without pay for 4 games of regular season

    05/11/2015 2:48:22 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 101 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05.11.15
    The National Football League suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four regular season games without pay "for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL," the league announced Monday afternoon. The league also announced that the team—which won the Super Bowl earlier this year—would be fined $1 million and forced to forfeit its first-round pick in the 2016 draft and its fourth-round selection in the 2017 draft.
  • Tom Brady Suspended 4 Games, Pats Lose 1st Round Pick In 2016 and 4th In 2017, Team Fined $1 million

    05/11/2015 2:35:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 122 replies
    ESPN ^ | 2 minutes ago | Adam Schefter
    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter · 2m 2 minutes ago Filed to ESPN: Tom Brady suspended four games, Pats lose 1st round pick in 2016 and a 4th in 2017, and team fined $1 million, per source:
  • Tom Brady will be suspended by Goodell for role in DeflateGate, announcement next week

    05/08/2015 3:06:44 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 437 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 5-8-2015 | Gary Myers
    Tom Brady will be the highest profile player ever suspended in the 96-year history of the NFL. Roger Goodell's decision is expected to be announced next week and it is no longer a matter of if the NFL commissioner will suspend Brady, but for how long he will suspend him. In conversations I've had with several key sources who always have a good sense of what goes on at 345 Park Avenue, there is little doubt Goodell considers Brady's role in DeflateGate a serious violation. The NFL is convinced, according to sources, that connecting all the dots of the evidence...
  • Patriots Should Suffer Same Punishment As Stricken Black Little League Champs

    05/07/2015 12:13:51 PM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies
    http://thedailybanter.com ^ | 05/04/2015 | Tommy Christopher
    The fallout from the “Deflategate” report released Wednesday remains very much up in the air (sorry), with most informed opinion pointing to at least a several-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady. The media coverage of the report has focused largely on the highly-qualified language of its conclusion (“more probable than not” that Patriots staff cheated, and that Brady “was at least generally aware”), rather than on the far more damning details of the report. Patriots (and Brady) apologists like to point to this language as an indication that the report doesn’t meet the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof,...
  • Report: Brady Wouldn’t Give Texts or Emails to Deflategate Investigators

    05/07/2015 10:11:10 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 48 replies
    boston.com ^ | 5-2015 | braden campbell
    The Deflategate report did not reach a concrete conclusion, and investigators say Tom Brady is partially to blame. While Brady agreed to be questioned, he declined to hand over pertinent texts and emails despite the requested communication being “limited to the subject matter of our investigation,” the report said. “Our inability to review contemporaneous communications and other documents in Brady’s possession and control related to the matters under review potentially limited the discovery of relevant evidence and was not helpful to the investigation,” the report continued. Investigators still obtained some text communications between Brady and the equipment managers they say...
  • Tom Brady's agent issues response to Ted Wells Report

    05/07/2015 7:29:41 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 84 replies
    nfl.com ^ | 5/7/15 | Conor Orr
    Wednesday's release of the Ted Wells Report brought with it a conclusion that it was "more probable than not" that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" regarding the deflation of Patriots game balls. Brady's agent, Don Yee, issued a response Thursday, obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. "The Wells report, with all due respect, is a significant and terrible disappointment. It's omission of key facts and lines of inquiry suggest the investigators reached a conclusion first, and then determined so-called facts later. One item alone taints this entire report. What...
  • NFL: Rogue Patriots Deflated Balls

    05/06/2015 10:36:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 5-6-2015
    A report commissioned by the NFL has found that there was "no deliberate attempt" by the New England Patriots to deflate game balls to gain an advantage over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Champsionship game—but that a Patriots locker room attendant and equipment assistant "participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee." The report by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP also said "it is more probable than not that Tom Brady...was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities." Brady denied knowing anything about deflated balls.
  • Patriots Probably Deflated Footballs on Purpose, Report Says

    05/06/2015 10:54:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 90 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5-6-15 | Ken Belson
    An N.F.L. investigation has found that “it is more probable than not” that New England Patriots personnel intentionally deflated footballs to gain an advantage in the A.F.C. championship game last season, and that Tom Brady, the Super Bowl most valuable player, was probably aware of it. No penalties have been announced. The long-awaited report into so-called deflategate, released on Wednesday, concluded that it was probable that Patriots personnel were “involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules.” The report said that Jim McNally, a locker room attendant, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant, released air from the footballs. It...
  • Valdosta State University (GA) Shuts Down Ahead of (Pro) Flag Protest

    04/24/2015 9:24:47 AM PDT · by fifedom · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 24 2015 | Elizabeth Chuck
    Protests have been going on all week (after) Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart, was briefly detained during the flag-trampling protest for taking the flag and refusing to return it. Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress told the Valdosta Daily Times that thousands of people who "just want to come down here and support the American flag" are expected to descend on Valdosta State University.
  • Gronk: Maybe Obama Was Wasted When He Made Deflate Joke About Patriots

    04/24/2015 6:35:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 04/23/2015 | by Charlie Spiering
    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowsi questioned President Obama’s decision to crack a joke about deflated footballs at a White House event honoring the Super Bowl champions. Gronkowski indicated that the team was serious as the Patriots spent time with Obama in the White House before the ceremony on the South Lawn. “If they would have put some tunes on, I would have done some dance moves,” he joked. When asked if there was any drinking with the president, Gronkoswi said no, but wondered if Obama had a few before he made his joke about deflated footballs. “There was...
  • Tom Brady Snubs President Obama as Super Bowl-Winning Patriots Visit White House

    04/23/2015 2:20:34 PM PDT · by drewh · 54 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | : 15:33 EST, 23 April 2015 | By MICHAEL ZENNIE FOR DAILY MAIL ONLINE
    The New England Patriots are visiting the White House today to receive congratulations from the president for their Super Bowl XLIX championship. But the team's victory lap in the nation's capital will come without their biggest star. Quarterback Tom Brady is snubbing President Barack Obama and won't be there. A spokesman for the team cited 'prior family commitments' as the reason Brady, 37, can't go. The superstar athlete has been to the White House before. He does have three other Super Bowl rings, afterall. But all the prior championships were under the Bush Administration. February's win was the first for...
  • Report: Tom Brady Won’t Be Present For Patriots’ White House Trip

    04/23/2015 9:22:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    boston.cbslocal.com ^ | April 23, 2015 11:37 AM | Staff
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots will be honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, but the MVP won’t be in attendance. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss and the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, Tom Brady will not be present at the White House due to a family obligation. Brady has attended three previous trips to the White House, in 2002, 2004 and 2005. The quarterback earned Super Bowl MVP honors for the third time in his career when he threw four touchdowns in a 28-24 win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. There’s no reason to...
  • Aaron Hernandez sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder. He has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A Massachusetts jury on Wednesday found Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. He was found shot six times in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home. At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots. Hernandez's lawyer acknowledged during closing arguments that he was there when Lloyd was killed. But he pinned...
  • Washington State Governor Jay Inslee Flies Communist Flag Over State Capitol

    04/07/2015 8:00:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-7-14
    Just U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E !! (HatTip Gateway Pundit) In “honor” of his meeting with China Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has posted the Chinese flag between the American flag and the state flag at the capitol building in Olympia. Hat Tip State Rep. Elizabeth Scott On Saturday – A small group of people arrived at the capitol in the morning and removed the Communist flag. They were assisted by an officer from the Washington State Police. Video, courtesy of activist Maria Bosworth.
  • Washington State Flies Communist Flag at State Capitol – Patriots Come Out & Take It Down (VIDEO)

    04/05/2015 9:12:23 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4-5-2015 | Jim Hoft
    In “honor” of his meeting with China Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has posted the Chinese flag between the American flag and the state flag at the capitol building in Olympia. Hat Tip State Rep. Elizabeth Scott On Saturday - A small group of people arrived at the capitol in the morning and removed the Communist flag. They were assisted by an officer from the Washington State Police. Video, courtesy of activist Maria Bosworth.
  • Super Bowl, World Series champs back gay marriage at court

    03/06/2015 11:04:29 AM PST · by massmike · 19 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | 03/06/2015 | Mark Sherman
    The New England Patriots are for same-sex marriage. So are the San Francisco Giants. The reigning baseball and football champions, along with baseball's small-market Tampa Bay Rays, are among the thousands of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and politicians who are filing legal briefs at the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage. The Patriots play in Massachusetts, the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, and the Giants represent a city that is notable for its gay and lesbian community. Rays president Brian Auld said it was important that his team stand up, as well. "We're a small...
  • Here Are The 379 Companies Urging The Supreme Court To Support Same-Sex Marriage

    03/06/2015 8:36:21 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 94 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | Alexander C. Kaufman
    Big business has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. Exactly 379 corporations and employer organizations urged the Supreme Court to strike down state bans on gay marriage, according to a friend-of-the-court brief obtained by The Huffington Post. The document was expected to be filed late Thursday morning. “Employers are better served by a uniform marriage rule that gives equal dignity to employee relationships,” reads the brief, filed by global law firm Morgan Lewis. “Allowing same-sex couples to marry improves employee morale and productivity, reduces uncertainty, and removes the wasteful administrative burdens imposed by the current disparity of state law...
  • What magically delicious lucky charms have Pats used upon fumble-free footballs? [Ballghazi Vanity]

    02/25/2015 10:52:34 AM PST · by Colofornian · 62 replies
    Colofornian | Feb. 25, 2015 | Colofornian
    Sunday -- March 1-- begins the 25th annual recognition of Irish-American recognition month as recognized by the United States Congress. Why, St. Patrick's Day parades have been going on in Boston for over 275 years to the delight of crowds' cheers and whistles. And, for these past 40 days, it appears a distinct type of whistle-blowing has entered the New England landscape: Whistle-blowers of alleged East Coast NFL shenanigans have been turned up to high volume. The pursuit? To discover if any roguish tricksterism by Brady & his Boston-based Patriotic Leprauchans these past eight years might be evidenced by “the...
  • There’s a glaring contradiction in NFL’s Deflategate timeline ['Ballghazi' Pats' sting?]

    02/25/2015 10:52:04 AM PST · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | Bart Hubbuch
    The Deflategate controversy took another strange turn Thursday when Colts general manager Ryan Grigson revealed he had alerted the NFL the week before the AFC Championship Game about concerns the Patriots were underinflating footballs. Grigson’s revelation, which came during a press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, appeared to contradict league officiating director Dean Blandino’s strong denial the NFL had conducted a “sting” of New England during the title game. “Earlier in that week, prior to the AFC Championship Game, we notified the league about our concerns,” Grigson told reporters Thursday. “We went into the game, we had...
  • Patriots Notified NFL About Ball Issue; Fired League Employee Named

    02/19/2015 12:44:44 PM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 22 replies
    NESN.com ^ | 19 Feb 15 | Anna Fogel
    According to Florio, who cited a league source with knowledge of the situation, the New England Patriots notified the NFL about an issue with the special-teams ball after scoring the first touchdown of the game. Scott Miller, the league official who was fired, called for the football — which was marked “K1″ by game officials before the game started — following the opening kickoff, Florio reported. Video evidence shows Miller collecting the ball. Read more at: http://nesn.com/2015/02/report-patriots-notified-nfl-about-issue-with-ball-fired-league-employee-named/
  • New England Patriots face fresh allegations over Deflategate game

    02/18/2015 12:19:13 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 69 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 18 February 2015 | Tom Lutz
    Weeks after the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory the DeflateGate scandal continues to rumble on in the background. According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, a Patriots locker room attendant attempted to introduce an unapproved special teams ball into the AFC Championship game. The attendant, identified by ESPN as Jim McNally, is said to have been in charge of the officials’ locker room at Gilette Stadium since 2008. He is alleged to have handed a ball, which wasn’t officially approved for kick-offs, field goals and punts to an official during the first-half of the Patriots’ 45-7 victory over the Colts.
  • Do the New England Patriots Prefer White Players?

    02/07/2015 6:41:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 127 replies
    TruthLamp ^ | 11/17/2014
    Does the front office of the New England Patriots prefer to have white players on its roster? There is circumstantial evidence that may be the case. While the racial makeup of an NFL team in any given year has its share of random fluctuations, the New England Patriots have seemingly had a suspiciously large amount of white players on its teams during the Robert Kraft-Bill Belichick era. Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, Danny Woodhead, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, and Tom Brady — all have been some of the more prominent “faces” of the franchise in recent years, and they all happen...
  • For Pats fans on streets of Boston: 'Time to party'

    02/04/2015 7:33:56 PM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 11 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 4 Feb 15 | Matt Stout, Jack Encarnacao, Jeff Howe and Owen Boss
    The thousands of revelers lining the parade route fought through the traffic and braved freezing conditions to cheer on the world champions, who defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in what many are calling the greatest Super Bowl of all time. "The team is amazing," said New Hampshire native Josh Bishop, 35, who boarded a train last night from Washington D.C., to stand along the route. "It's the culmination of a bunch of hard work, getting the job done. It's time to party."
  • Tom Brady Giving MVP Truck To Malcolm Butler

    02/03/2015 2:05:47 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 61 replies
    BOSTON (CBS) — Tom Brady won his fourth Lombardi Trophy and third Super Bowl MVP award Sunday night. But he wouldn’t have accomplished that without a clutch interception by undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler, who picked off Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson at the New England one-yard line with just seconds remaining in Super Bow XLIX to seal the victory for the Patriots. “I think there are a lot of people who are very deserving of this award,” Brady said Monday morning in Arizona as he collected his latest MVP trophy. As MVP, Brady also received a shiny new Chevy truck. While...
  • Pete Carroll's Final Play Call Will Add to the Legend of Bill Belichick's Genius

    02/02/2015 4:22:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 2, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: So we had the Super Bowl last night. Folks, I don't quite know how to express this. I still feel cheated. I don't think that ended up being a pro-football game. I mean, it was, but that last call -- I've looked at it every number of ways. I've listened to every excuse offered. You know, it would be wonderful if Obama would actually stand up and take responsibility for his mistakes like Pete Carroll has. If Obama had made that call last night and it blew up, Obama would say (imitating Obama), "I knew nothing about it. I...
  • NFL Super Bowl XLIX [Live Thread]

    02/01/2015 2:08:20 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 1,311 replies
    Super Bowl....can't find a thread...so starting this
  • Patriots' rule-bending goes back decades, to 'snow plow' game in 1982

    02/01/2015 2:41:07 PM PST · by Colofornian · 48 replies
    LATimes.com ^ | Jan. 31, 2015 | Daniel Guss
    <p>The New England Patriots weren't always a NFL powerhouse. Far from it.</p> <p>But for many years they have stretched the rules for the sake of winning. And that started with the infamous "snow plow game."</p> <p>In 1981, the Patriots were 2-14 and the only team to lose to the lowly Baltimore Colts — which they did twice — and ended the season with a nine-game losing streak.</p>
  • SuperBowl Will the Seahawks beat the Patriots

    02/01/2015 1:28:32 PM PST · by hondact200 · 73 replies
    February 1, 2015 | hondact200
    Will the Seahawks beat the Patriots? Now that Brady has his balls being held by the NFL. Will the issue of deflategate become apparent. Brady cannot pass squishy balls, thus the patriots lose to the Seahawks. Now that Kitten Bowl (hallmark) and Puppy Bowl (Animal Planet) are over. Bella and the Bulldogs (nick) female high school quarterback is over too. Lets have some real football, with the properly inflated balls and lets congratulate Aaron Rogers for making the MVP.
  • If politics is any guide, the Seahawks should win the Super Bowl

    01/30/2015 10:01:37 AM PST · by Lexinom · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 28 January 2015 | Reid Wilson
    When the Seattle Seahawks face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, more than a hundred million Americans will tune in to root for one side or the other, or maybe just to watch the commercials. Prognosticators have any number of ways of handicapping the matchup: Maybe defense wins championships, maybe it’s all about the run game or special teams, or maybe one superstar can take over a game. But from a political perspective, history argues the Seahawks have the advantage. That’s because their fan base looks much more like the American electorate than the Patriots’ fan...
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    01/30/2015 4:38:31 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 81 replies
    click pic to watchIf you want to go to the Super Bowl in Phoenix, it will cost you a lot of money, double what they were last year.The average asking price is around $6,000 per ticket. Do people not know the game is on television this year? ~ Kimmel On eBay, a group of four Super Bowl tickets is going for $51,000. Although to be fair, that price includes a full-body rubdown from stadium security. ~ Kimmel More bad news for the New England Patriots. The NFL now has video of those deflated footballs alone in an elevator with...
  • Deflate-gate triggers stat spat as analysts attempt to solve why Patriots don't fumble

    01/29/2015 11:01:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    sports.yahoo.com ^ | 01/28/2015 | By Eric Adelson
    Maybe the smoking gun isn’t in a bathroom at Gillette Stadium. Maybe it’s in the laptop of a civil engineer in Washington, D.C. One of the strangest twists in the already strange saga of deflate-gate is the sudden star turn of a man who runs a gambling website when he’s not doing his day job. Warren Sharp is a 36-year-old dad who loves numbers and algorithms, and decided to apply some statistics to the Patriots when he heard about the football deflation investigation. What he found sent ripples through the sports world and got a few other statisticians pretty upset....
  • The DeflateGate Anthem: Soft Balls (AC/DC Parody)

    01/28/2015 5:00:01 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    The folks up at our sister station WBLM in Portland have created their own DeflateGate anthem. We wanted to share it with you and honor our New England Patriots.
  • As DeflateGate video leaks, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Seahawk's Richard Sherman feud

    01/28/2015 1:41:39 PM PST · by Colofornian · 81 replies
    NYDailyNews.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | Ralph Vacchiano
    PHOENIX — The New England Patriots owner and Seattle Seahawks cornerback were trading insults while the NFL was reportedly reviewing video of a Patriots employee going into the bathroom with a bag of footballs. Just when you thought Super Bowl Media Day couldn’t get any more bizarre... Thanks to DeflateGate, though, there seems to be no limit to this theater of the absurd, which took yet another twist as the Patriots and Seahawks met a mass of reporters at the U.S. Airways Center on Tuesday. The backdrop was a report that the NFL had video of a Patriots locker room...
  • Tom Brady Has A Cold

    01/28/2015 10:08:39 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    CBS - Boston ^ | January 28, 2015 11:49 AM | Staff
    BOSTON (CBS) — You may have noticed that Tom Brady didn’t look himself at Tuesday’s Media Day. No, it wasn’t his bed head. And it wasn’t from a lack of sleep thanks to an early morning fire alarm at the team’s hotel. As he prepares for the biggest game of the season, the Patriots quarterback is battling a cold. And if you thought he looked rough on Tuesday, he looked a bit worse on Wednesday as he addressed the media at the team hotel in Chandler, Arizona. “It’s been lingering,” Brady told reporters as he held court for nearly 45...
  • Teddy Bear the Porcupine Predicts Super Bowl XLIX Winner

    01/27/2015 4:23:45 PM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Can Teddy Bear the Porcupine accurately predict the winner of the Super Bowl for the FOURTH year in a row? Don't ever underestimate the power of po'pine prognostication! See who he picks to win Super Bowl XLIX (2015). Copyright 2015, Zooniversity LLC. Online sites are welcome to link to this address or embed with Google ads intact (no ad blocking). FILE COPYING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED WITHO
  • NFL bears plenty of blame for #DeflateGate

    01/26/2015 5:10:11 AM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 62 replies
    nbcsports.com ^ | 25 Jan 15 | Mike Florio
    But what has the NFL really found? As one league source has explained it to PFT, the football intercepted by Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was roughly two pounds under the 12.5 PSI minimum. The other 10 balls that reportedly were two pounds under may have been, as the source explained it, closer to one pound below 12.5 PSI.
  • 31 Reasons to get off your high horse, NFL! (And Pats haters!)

    01/24/2015 4:29:09 PM PST · by mkleesma · 23 replies
    www.patskrieg.com ^ | 1/24/15 | patskrieg.com
    http://patskrieg.com/2015/01/23/31-reasons-to-get-off-your-high-horse-nfl/
  • BILL BELICHICK BRILLIANTLY SCHOOLS THE NFL, AND THE LEAGUE HAS NO ANSWER

    01/24/2015 4:00:59 PM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 146 replies
    weei.com ^ | 24 Jan 15 | Mike Petraglia
    In the year of Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy, they've somehow managed to trump serious cases of domestic abuse by blowing a silly, inane, moronic controversy over the inflation of game balls into a national story that gets more sublime and ridiculous by the day. The league didn't take their time and do due diligence on what really mattered in the Ray Rice case, and delivered a hasty judgment that Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted was ill-conceived. Now, they're taking their sweet time to decide who may have taken too much air out of the balls, a violation that...
  • NFL adds all-pro lawyer to inquiry into Patriots

    01/23/2015 9:26:48 PM PST · by Colofornian · 119 replies
    BostonHerald.com ^ | Jan. 24, 2015 | Owen Boss
    The NFL is upping the stakes in its probe of the New England Patriots and unleashing one of the country’s top lawyers and a high-powered investigative firm to uncover the truth behind a scandal that has cast a dark cloud over the team as they prepare for the Super Bowl. League officials broke their silence on the Deflategate scandal yesterday, announcing that high-powered white-collar crime lawyer Ted Wells will join NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash on the investigation into whether the Pats knowingly used under-inflated footballs in the American Football Conference championship game. “He is one of the premier...
  • When will destroyed human lives get more news attention than deflated footballs?

    01/23/2015 7:39:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Christina Martin
    Yesterday, I visited my mom and we watched a popular talk show. In the middle of the show, a breaking news update flashed on the screen. Suddenly the show was interrupted. My mind began to race. Did something happen to our President? Was there another terrorist attack? Did a school shooting occur? Soon my fears were erased. Patriots QB Tom Brady was in a press conference, denying claims he knew about deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. This was the breaking news that interrupted a scheduled program. I’ll admit I’m not a football fan. I also barely watch TV....
  • Tom Brady's tale doesn't hold weight [Says sack Brady for Super Bowl if he cheated]

    01/23/2015 1:50:05 PM PST · by Colofornian · 334 replies
    ESPN ^ | Jan. 23, 2015 | Ian O'Connor
    Under his oversized ski cap, Tom Brady could not hide from the fact he was convicting himself in the court of public opinion. The quarterback of the New England Patriots admitted that footballs pumped up to 12.5 pounds per square inch are "a perfect fit for me," yet swore he did not notice a difference in the AFC Championship Game when most of the balls had significantly less pressure. Brady's story Thursday was harder to believe than the story of the 199th pick in the NFL draft becoming one of the greatest players of all time... "I would never do...
  • Sarah Palin rips GOP leadership for ‘deflated balls’

    01/23/2015 1:08:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | anuary 23, 2015 | Leslie Larson
    Sarah Palin has called out Beltway Republicans for “deflated balls.” Pointing to the New England Patriots as a cautionary tale, the conservative starlet warned her party to stand up to President Obama’s agenda. “That GOP leadership, that establishment, they’ve got to get their stuff together. I love what they believe in, I believe in it too. But they’ve got to get tough, man. You know what? It’s not just the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now,” the former Alaska Governor told The Blaze on Thursday. Palin was referring to the controversy over whether the NFL...
  • Ex-Players React: Brady's Cluelessness "Unbelievable"

    01/23/2015 9:57:18 AM PST · by Colehill1999 · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1-22-15 | Howie Kussoy
    <p>“I did not believe what Tom had to say,” former quarterback and ESPN analyst Mark Brunell said. “Those balls were deflated. Someone had to do it and I don’t believe there’s an equipment manager in the NFL that would on his own initiative deflate a ball without the starting quarterback’s approval. I just didn’t believe what Tom Brady had to say.”</p>
  • Most troubling news out of Tom Brady's deflate-gate comments: NFL hasn't talked to QB

    01/23/2015 6:27:05 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 232 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 1/23 | Dan Wetzel
    Is Tom Brady telling the truth? Is he lying? Can both scenarios be possible? Is it remotely plausible that some unnamed, unknown, mystery equipment manager altered the footballs without Brady's knowledge and approval … or did 11 of the Patriots' footballs, but not one of the Colts, nor apparently 12 more backup footballs from the Patriots, lose pressure naturally?
  • DeflateGate (cont'd)

    01/23/2015 8:16:00 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 55 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | Friday, January 23, 2015 | cc
    Patriots defenders constantly make the point that deflated balls were not a big deal last Sunday, because the Pats won so convincingly over Indy. Maybe. But what about the Ravens game a week earlier? That one WAS close - 35-31. Does anyone really think the Pats weren't pulling their under-inflation tricks then, that it just started last week? Other teams raised the issue back in November, so it's reasonable to assume it's been going on since at least then.