Public Service Announcement to the herd of sheep who call themselves "journalists": Roger Goodell owns you all. Put these one-sided stories and the sieve-like Ted Wells report to rest already. LEAVE MY QB ALONE.
I was absolutely irate when I was at the gym and saw the breaking Patriots news... knew a suspension and fine was coming but didn't expect to be hit with one of the most severe punishments in NFL history with no concrete evidence of wrong doing.
Unfortunately, you won't see ESPN or the NFL Network reporting all the loopholes there are in Ted Well's "independent" report (who's firm, not to mention, was hired by a tobacco company to investigate if second-hand smoke led to cancer, which Wells concluded to be untrue. Clearly that's absolutely horse shit as science soon proved thereafter). Anyone employed by these networks would be suspended or fired, God forbid any reporter or media personality ever criticize the NFL or use Roger Goodell's name in vain (See Bill Simmons). NFL ratings and it's fans probably account for almost half of ESPN's viewers/revenue and all of the NFL Network's. When the NHL signed a contract giving NBC the rights to air all Stanley Cup Playoff games for 10 years, ESPN dropped it's NHL coverage to the bare minimum. They could never do that with the NFL, however, because as corrupt as they are, we as Americans are addicted to their product: professional football.
That's why unless you read the biased report (clearly written to support the NFL's case) you wouldn't know that at half time, 4 of the Indianapolis Colts' balls (the only 4 that were measured, apparently officials "ran out of time") were underinflated. You also wouldn't know that the initial PSI before the game of Patriots' game balls were never recorded on paper as league protocol calls for. Strange, based off their reaction I was under the impression that the league cared very much about football preparations.
According to the report, Official Walt Anderson did measure the balls prior to the game. As the Wells report said, there were two pressure gauges used to measure air pressure, one of which, was off by as much as 0.45 lbs. of pressure. Page 52 of the Wells report states that it was Anderson’s “best recollection” that prior to the game he used the gauge with the logo and the longer, crooked needle, meaning Anderson remembers using the gauge before the game that, based on halftime measurements, the amount of air pressure would suggest of no tampering when you factor in the Ideal Gas Law. Clearly that wouldn't be beneficial to their client's case, and thanks to an NBC article by Mike Florio, we now know that Well's attorneys persuaded Anderson into admitting that his best recollection could be wrong. In other words, paraphrasing Florio, the Wells report concludes on it's most imperative point that it’s “more probable than not” that Anderson’s “best recollection” was wrong.
Florio brings up a great argument: Why should Anderson’s “best recollection” be doubted? He knew that there was a concern about tampering with the footballs. Under this circumstance it would be expected that Anderson was paying careful attention to the process of getting the balls filled with air before the AFC title game than he normally does. The league was notified of potential tampering before the AFC game, however, Roger Goodell lied to the media and said that he had no knowledge of this until Mike Kensil's article triggered a media-bomb shitshow the day after the Patriots buried the Colts, like, 45-7 or something... The question is, why did he lie??? And why is the media not bringing up the NFL Official who was fired in DeflateGate aftermath for stealing a game ball, which are auctioned off for charity, to sell for his own profit (potentially why Jim McNally tried to introduce another ball when some were missing, but no one at ESPN has rammed that down our throats).
So now, after this media-circus, Brady has been suspended the first 4 games. The Pats will be fined $1 million along with losing a 1st and 4th round draft pick. The rulebook would have called for a fine of $25K, like the one the Vikings and Panthers paid when cameras caught them using a heater on the sidelines to warm up game balls. I won't even get into other suspensions Lord Goodell has dished out to other NFL players this past year in comparison to this one...
Whether the Pats cheated or not, the league has no concrete evidence for a penalty this immense. Their logic is that the Patriots didn't make locker room attendant Jim McNally available for another interview (no one reported that Wells had already interviewed him 4 times) and that Tom Brady didn't give up his personal cell phone for the investigation (texts from Jastremski and his mother were leaked because of the investigation. Tom is a celebrity married to the most successful supermodel alive with three children. Imagine what would have leaked from the golden boy's personal cell phone? Wise move on Tom's part if you ask me).
I took the liberty of reaching out to a former professor, Michael Jones, author of the best-selling sports law book of all time, to see what his thoughts were. After picking his brain I realized that he too agreed. He said, "my sense is that for years certain QBs in the league have toyed with the ball, such as, using roughed up balls or under or over inflating balls. Not sure how much the league cared until scrutiny fell upon the Patriots."
Jones also brought up another point: Imagine how this all would have played out had Goodell not made decisions based on fans reaction. Jones said, "under normal circumstances this breach of rules falls under the pretty minor offense category. It did not affect the outcome of the post-season games. But these are not so normal times because the commissioner is under fire from women's groups re domestic violence, health experts re concussions, so the league came down hard."
Jones anticipates that an arbitrator will substantially lower the penalty to something more realistic if not throwing it out completely. After all, the Well's report was so fatally flawed. Jones, in regards to the Wells report, told me, "what I have read is almost comical. It raises the entire issue to that of a Shakespearean farce. Perhaps they could name the entire episode 'Much ado about nothing.' You can add that [to your article] too!"
Interesting. It seems as though anyone who isn't Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith, or an NFL or ESPN analyst who was annihilated by Brady's Patriots for their entire career concurs that the Wells report is the NFL's most expensive piece of garbage (I can't imagine any of these clowns who wears the league's shield recycling).
I would kill to go toe-to-toe with the NFL to debate this. After reading the report, it's just as likely, if not more so, that Tom likes his ball pressure as low as allowed. All quarterbacks have preferences (see Aaron Rodgers). All the texts messages between McNally and equipment manager John Jasremski suggest to me is that Tom get's pissed off when they fill his up at almost 16 PSI... and that he gets on them when they aren't up to his standards. He's a perfectionist when it comes to football. He's Tom fucking Brady. The game is his life and shame on anyone who try to defame the G.O.A.T.
I can't wait until the best lawyer Gisele's money can buy hits the league with a defamation lawsuit and a TRUE, UNBIASED JUDGE gets to hear Tom's appeal.
In conclusion, I can't imagine how fired up Tom will be this season. After the KC game the media tried to slaughter him and in return he brought another Super Bowl to New England. After all this nonsense, I can already envision the 5th ring on his hand.