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And it's official
Love one of the first comments:
"He's getting older now and wants shorter seasons to spend more time with his family"
posted by cixelsyd at 03:01 PM on May 20
Rumblings are that Mike Babcock is out of Detroit and on his way to Toronto.
If true much challenge, and money, awaits.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:42 PM on May 20
I think that Kraft knows that either A) they did it, or B) there's no way in hell it can be proven that they didn't do it.
Kraft sold out the team he owns
I would expect Kraft is pretty pissed with a few folks in his own organization for not properly informing him of some important details before he went on his initial tirade against the NFL in support of those same people.
Goodell will explain that Wells overlooked something or other in his report
Unless Wells comes out with some previously unreleased information in support of the Patriots claims it's not going to happen. Imagine the damage the optics of Goodell making a back room deal to kiss Kraft's ass would create. At best, Goodell praises Kraft for making a difficult decision for the betterment of the game.
The NFLPA continues it's appeal on behalf of Brady - it's what unions do for their members.
I'd expect the appeal to be limited to the mechanics of the application of the suspension and stop short of any further investigation into Brady's involvement.
I see the outcome as Brady reluctantly agreeing to serve a reduced 2 game suspension.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:27 AM on May 20
can we all agree or explain where we disagree with this
The NFL must have a respected commissioner.
Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft got together and agreed to resolve the issue internally.
The Patriots acknowledge breaking a rule that had zero impact on the outcome of a game that the offense was detected in. The NFL issues a fine and decides to review how relevant the rule is going forward.
Goodell (finally) comes across as a respected leader, and the Patriots a class organization and deserving champion.
No Wells report, no fake science, no fat guy nicknamed "the deflator".
posted by cixelsyd at 01:14 AM on May 16
an inviolable law of physics?
Are you basing your opinions on Robert Kraft's associate's initial explanation of physics or have you researched what scientific experts have presented?
Every reputable source of information points out that science proves the Patriots explanation as not possible.
posted by cixelsyd at 07:19 PM on May 15
admit a possibility that the case is not "clear cut"?
I guess I could approach this two ways:
I'll concur with 1).
2) would do nothing to prove the rules weren't intentionally broken.
I am assuming this is a response to proving the "Goodell and the NFL are intentionally targeting a flagship franchise (Patriots) and its most marketable player (Brady)" conspiracy theory.
The principle here is to enforce the rules of the game to ensure it's integrity.
If others are caught they should also be penalized accordingly.
When the news broke my first thought was the damage the Colts had done themselves by even mentioning anything after the way they were destroyed. Brady could have been throwing Jet-Puffed's and it would have had no bearing on the outcome. Enter Robert Kraft and his poorly executed attack on everyone non-Patriot. It's now crystal clear he did so without even investigating his own organization.
The "We are the Patriots, and we don't need to comply with or answer to anyone - We'll show the NFL who is boss" approach was and continues to be exothermic.
Until we get to the point where we are now.
It would appear Goodell and the NFL levied punishment based upon the circumstances surrounding the infraction rather than the infraction itself. A slap on the wrist penalty here would have been confirmation that the tail is wagging the dog.
It is highly probable that he got it right.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:48 PM on May 15
Tampa Bay 7
PP Goals: Kucherov
Penalties: Shaw (Chicago)
Save %: Lundqvist
posted by cixelsyd at 11:46 AM on May 15
Missing the point here.
I'll concede that Goodell has generally mishandled league PR issues during his tenure.
If you buy into Goodell being the offender in this situation then the Patriots legal representatives and spin doctors are doing a better job than the league office.
This a clear cut case of official league rules being broken and the refusal of the offending parties to provide requested information in a league investigation. Information that would allow proper penalties being applied to the appropriate parties.
Goodell did not doctor the Patriots footballs and he did not hide evidence from an investigation.
What the heck could a third/fourth/fifth party do to resolve the situation?
And if somehow the NFL was overruled on application of it's own performance rules would that be considered a positive outcome?
posted by cixelsyd at 11:36 AM on May 15
Mr. McNally is a big fellow and had the opposite goal: to lose weight. "Deflate" was a term they used to refer to losing weight.
I now am officially considering approaching the Patriots for a new keyboard and 1/8th cup of coffee. I will provide photographic proof and also allow them access to specific messages of interest on my phone they deem required to resolve the situation.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:25 PM on May 14
Net Savings to Patriots: $2,700,000
They also get the perfect opportunity to give a potential successor some playing time in winnable games. It's not all bad for the Patriots.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:40 PM on May 12
the whole thing looks like a giant fiasco and a witch hunt
Don't cheat. No story, no fiasco.
The whole thing looks like a team cheating, getting caught, and refusing to accept responsibility. By a repeat offender.
Forget about the rule that was broken, whether you think it has any realistic bearing on the play, etc. It's a rule that all teams are to expected to abide by. Any team that deliberately breaks a rule is doing so to get an unfair advantage over an opponent. This destroys the integrity of the sport.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:23 PM on May 12
Punishment must be harsh to hopefully help them and the league see that if you break the rules, there are consequences
And hopefully the offenders, the NFL, and it's other members learn from this shit storm and come to the realization that all parties need to work to resolve any future occurrences appropriately together in a timely manner.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:09 PM on May 12
Brady has already said he will appeal. Also means the NFL will get those phone records.
If he does appeal and the phone records are revealed everyone gets the truth ... at last.
If an appeal requires the phone records be disclosed to the NFL Brady will not appeal.
He could have doused this whole event way back when before it became a huge bonfire and most likely for a rather meaningless financial penalty. He chose not to.
The truth would be preferred, but ...
I'm betting he serves the penalty and comes back ready to play. Pats will still have 7 games against weak divisional opponents to qualify for the playoffs. And they didn't do too poorly the last time Brady was out anyways.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:22 PM on May 11
LeBron might be the most capable player-coach possibility we've had in a while
Some would say he already is and has been starting with his previous stint in Cleveland where he had the previous coach fired.
No question he is the best option on the court offensively. Only 1 player in the league that can defend him well on a regular basis (Kawhi Leonard). As long as he wants the ball he should have it.
He is not capable of being a player coach because of his makeup. (His emotional involvement often results in defensive lapses .. someone needs to be in place to keep his head out of his ass).
If there ever is a player coach I'd suggest someone like Chris Paul, Tony Parker, or Tim Duncan would be a prime candidate (as would Steve Nash if he were still playing).
posted by cixelsyd at 01:14 PM on May 11
but prove it instead of weaving a tale fraught with holes
What holes are there?
Balls that were deliberately deflated to levels outside of the limits of the rules by Patriots employees were used during a game.
Considering it was a voluntary offering, he was offered the opportunity for his attorney to be in total control of the phone and to limit the inquiry to just a particular time period and on subject. The phone didn't need to leave the hands of him or his people for any moment at all. He chose not to even do that.
Makes no sense at all that someone would avoid the opportunity to prove their innocence.
.. Enter Brady's agent trying to deflect the entire event back on the NFL crying conspiracy. Only deepens the hole his client is already in.
The NFL conspiring to discredit one of the staples of it's brand?
Man up. Quickly. The longer this goes on the worse it gets for everyone involved.
If those involved had owned the responsibility when caught the whole issue would have been quickly dealt with.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:00 AM on May 07
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