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.
Why do organizations like the Patriots who proclaim their innocence then settle with those who regulate (or prosecute) them? "If you're really so innocent," the reasoning goes, "why not fight the charges?"
Never in the history of modern times have we been presented with such a golden opportunity to teach our children as with the sensational phenomenon known as 'Deflategate.'
As expected, Tom Brady filed his appeal last week. The NFLPA made the letter public on Friday, making the main appeal points available for all to see. They make three points, one of which we are going to discuss.
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.
The very rules set in place to protect the league, its teams and its owners came back to bite the Patriots, but don't expect Robert Kraft to lead the charge in the overturning of the Commissioner's complete authority in these matters.
Who's the greatest cheater in the history of sports? Hint: It isn't Tom Brady, and the sport involved isn't professional football. In fact, compared to the cheater we're about to name, Tom Brady's alleged deflating of a football doesn't even move the needle.
this lawyer-speak got me thinking about how we might be able to leverage the phrase at work should we ever find ourselves in a pickle. Here are situations in which we can make our workplace worries disappear by saying, "More probable than not."
We all know the ruling: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the Adonis of the NFL, has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season. The tactical reality is complicated and dependent upon Brady's strategic options, which include the following.
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.
The Wells report said that Brady answered questions from investigators over the course of one day, however, he did not turn over personal information such as texts and emails, and that he was not totally forthcoming about the incident.
The Patriots are going to accept their punishments, and Brady is expected to appeal. But was it enough? Some of it was unprecedented, like the seven-figure fine. But the rest of it was not enough, and could have gone a lot further.
Take away Deflategate, and Tom Brady finds himself in the conversation for greatest quarterback of all time. Of course, if you take away the steroid controversy, Barry Bonds is your unquestioned home run king, and Alex Rodriguez would likely be on his way to catching him.
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.
To restore its image, the Patriots need to be forthcoming with proof to support its case. Without it, doubts will linger, and their image will suffer - especially outside of their fan base.