What’s to Come, & Bill Burr’s Take on Deflategate

Now before you get mad, please hear me out. This isn’t opinion, but this is honestly what you can expect. Tom Brady does not have a chance at winning his appeal.

The U.S. Court¬†System is not going to overturn Roger Goodell’s ruling. Not because of the¬†facts or circumstantial evidence involving the case itself, but because of the NFL bylaws. When players enter the league, they agree to adhere to the rulings of the commissioner. For this reason, they don’t have the right to sue. It is like checking the “I Agree” box when you update your software. You never read the fine print, but hidden in the text are statements that protect whatever company you are dealing with. The NFL is no different.

Hear what an expert in law has to say about the issue:

https://twitter.com/foxandfriends/status/724915784279969792

So, essentially, Roger Goodell is the judge, jury, and executioner. If I were the players, I would try to bargain for some sort of hearing board made up of both executives and former players. That would be a great way to ensure that any player found in violation of a rule would have a fair due process. The current situation is not only unfair, but it doesn’t work. It seems as if the league is not harsh enough with serious offenses such as Greg Hardy or Ray Rice, and they are too harsh with less serious offenses such as the ‘Deflategate’ allegations.

 

I’m sorry for Pats fans, because this issue should be over and done with, but unfortunately, it is not. However, unless Brady is ok with throwing money away on attorney fees, he should just drop the appeal. He’s got plenty of cash, so if he’s fine with writing a big check, then more power to him for standing up for the principle.

 

Pats fans, you’ll love this. Savage stand up comic, and die hard Bostonian, Bill Burr just rips all things Deflategate. Let’s just say the Colts don’t have a leg to stand on… This is worth the watch ( and that’s coming from a Jets fan).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTjCdpAAYo8

 

– R. Ilardi

 

 

 

The Countdown to October 9th Starts Now

(Photo via designbyhumans.com)

In the shocker of the century, the all-mighty Lord Goodell wins and continues his reign of absolute power over the league. After appeals had revoked Goodell’s initial 4-game suspension handed to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady just over a year ago, the NFL’s appeal of the appeal has won. Tom Brady’s original 4-game suspension will be reinstated and effective starting in week 1 of the upcoming 2016 NFL season. It is a sad day for all of patriot nation…

After going to court last year and winning the appeal that vacated his 4-game suspension, it always worried me that Brady was never out of the troubles of Deflate Gate. Although Judge Richard Berman found that Goodell over-stepped his powers in giving Brady his suspension, today we witnessed the reinstatement of Brady’s 4-game suspension, despite the fact that nothing about the case has changed. If there was some sort of new evidence presented of this alleged occurrence or any proof that something actually happened, then fans would have no right to question this decision made by the court today. But regardless of this horrible mistake of a court ruling, as of today, we will have to see the Patriots play their first four games of the 2016-2017 season without their star quarterback and franchise leader, Tom Brady.

I have complete faith in the Patriots and likely starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. We will obviously not see the same offense in these first four games as we would with Brady under center, but I look for the Patriots defense to carry them through these first four games. A young defense that ranked 9th last year in overall defense and allowed only 19 points per game will be much improved this year after bringing in free agents Chris Long and Terrance Knighton, and having a healthy roster going into next season, specifically the linebackers who were heavily injured last season.

Along with this top 10 defense, the Patriots have brought in many veterans to strengthen the offense, like TE Martellus Bennett, RB Donald Brown and WR Chris Hogan. That, along with the already proven Patriots passing threats of Gronkowski, Edelman and Amendola, plus the return of both Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount to solidify the back field, has me feeling very confident in Jimmy Garoppolo in this four game stretch to start the season. The Patriots will open the season with a tough game in Arizona against the Cardinals, but after that, they have very winnable games against Miami, Houston and Buffalo. I believe if all things click early on with the offense, we could see the Pats sitting at 3-1 when Brady returns to unleash hell on the NFL. Worst case scenario, I see this team losing no more than two of these first four games.

Fast forward to week 5 of the 2016 NFL season: the return of the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, from a suspension given because of a scandal that was the biggest waste of time in sports history. A pointless investigation that turned into a web of lies from the NFL that is now regarded in the two words we all hate… Deflate Gate. We will see the revenge-filled quarterback come out of this suspension with more fire than ever, and more to prove than ever before. Brady is going to go on a rampage against any and all opponents he faces, and who better to start it than the Cleveland Browns. Mark your calendars folks. Sunday, October 9th at 1:00 pm, the revenge tour begins.

– J. Horrigan

 

The BUZZ 3/4/16

Ryan and John talk about the Tom Brady controversy…again. They also talk about the domestic violence epidemic in the NFL and how the MLB handles things differently, followed by the worlds most epic hole in 1.