Deflategate is getting to feel like a monster movie that will not die. For reasons never adequately explained, the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, has upheld an onerous four-game suspension imposed on football's premier quarterback, Tom Brady.
Last month, the very football that was at the heart of the Deflategate scandal was put up for auction by the New England Patriots. Unsurprisingly, it fetched a whopping price for its sordid role in NFL history.
All football fans are sick of hearing about "Deflategate." Most made up their minds long before they heard any of the facts disclosed in the report drafted by attorney Ted Wells for the NFL. Few bothered to read either his analysis or the response issued by Patriots attorney Dan Goldberg.
As I mentioned previously it seems as if there are always some bizarre or hilarious developments in the world of sport while I am out of touch. A few days ago I reported on my experiences watching hockey in Russia. Now I want to revisit what many of you will consider old news.
Three-pointers, home runs, birdies, aces and last-second checkered-flag finishes have been trumped by the unit of measurement called Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI's). And don't think the NFL is upset about that in any way.
On September 10, 2015, the NFL season kicks off at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. It is normally a festive occasion for the League that will be forever tarnished if Tom Brady, a future Hall of Fame quarterback, is not on the field to lead the defending Super Bowl champions.
Although the NFL has done a horrific job in crisis management throughout the year, the brand is still thriving. History shows that airing dirty laundry is not likely to affect the business of a professional sport, and the NFL is the latest example.
As laughable as these sanctions are -- and they are laughable, considering even the NFL admits "DeflateGate" had no impact on the outcome of the AFC Championship game -- what's even more ridiculous is the clueless nature with which the NFL hands down these sanctions.
In some way this situation becomes an opportunity for Goodell to demonstrate that he is his own man by instituting a substantial suspension to Brady, at the risk of losing support and allegiance from the team owners whose focus, as always, is in protecting the NFL brand.
When the sharks of the sports writing world smell blood, they pounce. That is especially an inviting opportunity when the bleeding comes from one of the icons of sport who plays for a club that always seems to win.
There is a new road being paved from Park Avenue in New York to Foxboro, Massachusetts. It might be cheap asphalt or it might be everlasting cobblestone. Only one thing is for sure, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the foreman on the job.
Imagine if the nearly 17,000-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena was empty when Mayweather and his entourage arrived. Friends, THAT pay-per-view party would be at my house. I'll buy the fight, you bring the chicken wings.
Floyd Mayweather has a history of violence and brutality -- and not just inside the ring. I'm talking about a history of battering women that spans more than 12 years. It's time we all do our part to stop domestic violence. Let's face the issue and make a decision that will send a message.
As NFL Draft activities kick off, let's not forget what's happening -- or not happening -- in school gymnasiums, parks, and backyards across the country.
The NFL has made itself so relevant in main-stream media that regardless of what time of year it is, every sports media outlet will be featuring an NFL related story. It has become a soap opera with a few games mixed in, and it has thrived as a result.
After five years on the baseball beat Alison Gordon returned to real life and turned to fiction. She wrote murder mysteries set in the world of baseball and enjoyed considerable success. Sportsworld is now replete with women in all capacities and for that we owe a debt to Alison Gordon.