Why didn’t the NFL follow its own precedent and decide to sit down the head coach for four games?
The NFL came down hard on its biggest star and its championship team, telling Tom Brady and the Patriots that no one is allowed to mess with the rules of the game.
An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” of the rules violations.
“I know you know exactly what happened,” Letterman said. “You know I know you know, and what it was was some kind of horseplay. Am I right?”
The Patriots top wide receiver was leveled by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor after a 21-yard completion with just under 11 minutes left in New England’s 28-24 win over Seattle on Sunday night.
All Super Bowls need a gridiron narrative, and this one has a few. We have the Patriots’ pyrotechnic offense against Seattle’s wrecking ball defense, red zone efficiency, turnovers, and New England’s quest to stop Marshawn Lynch.
The Pats will survive this epic battle by a 27-24 margin. They will rollick in confetti and Belichick and Brady will rejoice with their fourth Lombardi Trophy.
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This week, each team gets 54 footballs — many are given to charity after brief game usage — and all of them will be taken into custody by the NFL on Friday after the Seahawks and Patriots have prepared them.
The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years ago.
The filmmaker — a passionate NY sports fan — said he may attend the Super Bowl on Sunday in Arizona. And he will be rooting for Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks.
To a man, woman and child, you will miss them. We need New England, or someone like them, even if we don’t like them.
This is an extreme response to “Deflate-gate,” but no one can say it doesn’t have support.
I see enough evidence to merit charges. Odds on a conviction are high, I believe. I don’t care who pulled the trigger — or the pin, in this case.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it.
The NFL’s worst nightmare is a New England victory this Sunday. It will cast a pall over the playoffs, and stain the sacred Lombardi Trophy.