In the world of sport or in the world generally, how often can you say that today there are two major pieces of good news? Yesterday was such a day. ...
A federal judge in New York has vacated Tom Brady's four-game suspension. Brady is understandably pleased, but it may be a good idea to keep the champagne bottles corked for now -- there's a good chance that ruling will be reversed on appeal.
The NFL never informed players that they risked suspension for tampering with equipment or not fully cooperating with a League-directed investigation. It never informed players that suspension could result from being "generally aware" of equipment tampering by other employees.
Anyone who thinks that a New York District judge's reversal of Tom Brady's suspension was a momentous victory for Brady and the New England Patriots, and, simultaneously, a crushing and humiliating blow to the NFL Commissioner, hasn't been paying attention.
With the NFL's intention to appeal, it appears this story is not over. Opposing fans will use Deflategate as an opportunity to heckle Brady and the Patriots whenever they play their teams.
Obviously, Judge Richard Berman is not a die-hard New York football fan or if he is, he was able to put that bias aside. Even if you despise Tom Brady, the overturning of his suspension was the right legal decision.
Woody's Allen's next film should be a sequel to Irrational Man, Irrational Men which shows the human side of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his crew. Somewhere in Raqqa, the reputed ISIS stronghold Baghdadi will be wandering around a former prison which has been turned into a palace.
Tom Brady has got to be feeling in high spirits. He nimbly strolled away from the federal court hearing regarding his suspension to resume practices with his team, and a judge basically just gave Rodger Goodell and the NFL a big, fat bird.
The purpose of this post is not to argue either side, so Patriots fans, please read the whole thing before you come looking for me.
This dispute has offered a "teachable moment" for the nation's football fans about methods of resolving employment disputes. Some may have actually learned the difference between arbitration and mediation.
We never bother to Google "Can you really delete a text message forever?" If we did, we'd discover a treasure trove of procedures for retrieving stuff we wish could vanish; some of those methods even include helpful YouTube videos to aid the technologically challenged.
In the Brady case, if the parties are not able to settle the matter, the Federal District Court in Manhattan will have to determine whether the Commissioner's decision was "arbitrary and capricious," not whether it "drew its essence from the collective bargaining agreement."
The success of the NFL derives in part from its mastery of the electronic media as the league is able to blanket that world at all times and places. There is no off-season for the NFL. On the rare occasion there can be drawbacks to this dominance. The last 72 hours is not what the media mavens at the NFL would call "a good run."
George Atallah, a representative for the NFL Players' Association, was on Mike and Mike Thursday morning to explain why and how the union would be defending Brady against the now-upheld four-game suspension.
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.