Report: NFL And Pats Participating In "Back-Channel Conversations"

The NFL and New England Patriots find themselves in a messy dispute that has the potential to irreparably damage the league. The NFL levied a harsh punishment upon Tom Brady and the Patriots based upon middling evidence, and are basically making up league rules on the fly. Meanwhile, Tom Brady’s appeal claims that his… » 5/19/15 12:25am Tuesday 12:25am

Tom Brady's Appeal Goes Hard After Roger Goodell

Tom Brady has appealed his four-game suspension for being “generally aware” of two Patriots staffers’ schemes to illegally deflate footballs, and we learned this morning that the appeal will be heard by none other than Roger Goodell himself. That hearing is going to get really awkward when Goodell is called to testify… » 5/15/15 12:40pm 5/15/15 12:40pm

Roger Goodell Reserves The Right To Screw Over Tom Brady Again

With Tom Brady appealing his four-game Ballghazi suspension, Roger Goodell has the power to select who will hear that appeal. And he has three choices. He could pick one of his own employees; he could acquiesce to the union’s and Brady’s request that he choose an independent, third-party arbitrator; or he could just… » 5/15/15 9:12am 5/15/15 9:12am

Pats' Ballghazi Defense: "The Deflator" Was Just Trying To Lose Weight

The New England Patriots have officially fired back at Ted Wells’s Ballghazi report, in the form of an impenetrable Wordpress page that might as well be titled Loose Balls: The Truth About PSI. The site contains an attempt by one of the Patriots’ lawyers to fisk Wells’s report, and although it’s an exhausting read,… » 5/14/15 12:14pm 5/14/15 12:14pm

The NFL's Punishment Of The Patriots Proves There Is No Maximum Fine

Let’s quickly hump this Ballghazi scandal one more time—okay, this probably won’t be the last instance—for the opportunity to take another swing at the NFL for having no clue what the fuck they’re doing. The maximum fine allowable under the current CBA is $500,000, yet the league docked the Patriots $1 million, the… » 5/12/15 3:00pm 5/12/15 3:00pm

Roger Goodell Is A Shit-Eating Moron

Now you know. Now you know that, in Roger Goodell’s batshit crazy universe, the greatest crime of all is defying authority. Tom Brady just got locked in the attic for four games this fall, and it wasn’t REALLY because he dicked around with the ball (a crime that, as already noted in many other places, has been met… » 5/11/15 8:26pm 5/11/15 8:26pm

Tom Brady Answers Questions About Ballghazi, Doesn't Say Much

Tom Brady made an appearance tonight at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. for a Q&A with sportscaster Jim Gray. The event was scheduled months ago, but in light of yesterday’s release of the Wells report—which concluded that it was “more probable than not” that Brady was “generally aware” of the attempts by… » 5/07/15 9:02pm 5/07/15 9:02pm

The Ballghazi Takes Are Back, And They Are More Insane Than Ever

Yesterday, Ballghazi reached its stunning climax when Ted Wells—the lawyer tasked by the NFL with finding whether or not the Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots intentionally deflated balls below regulation pressure to make it easier for quarterback Tom Brady and his teammates to grip and throw—found out that,… » 5/07/15 2:50pm 5/07/15 2:50pm

Tom Brady's Agent Accuses NFL Of Running "A Sting Operation"

The Wells Report found it likely that Patriots equipment staffers illegally deflated footballs, and that Tom Brady was at least aware of the practice. (The evidence makes it almost impossible to believe that he wasn’t an active participant.) Now Brady’s camp fires back for the first time, with a statement from his… » 5/07/15 10:00am 5/07/15 10:00am

Tom Brady Threw Those Poor Ball-Deflating Jamokes Under The Bus 

John Jastremski and Jim McNally probably thought it was cool being in cahoots with Tom Brady. He’s the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots, has more Super Bowl rings than most, and his wife is friggin’ Gisele Bündchen. How could these team employees have known he would abandon them, with a string of text… » 5/06/15 6:21pm 5/06/15 6:21pm

Tom Brady's Dad: Deflategate? More Like Framegate

If you ask Tom Brady’s dad, Tom Brady had no knowledge of Patriots personnel tampering with the air pressure in footballs. Why would you ask Tom Brady’s dad? Who knows. Jim Corbett of USA Today did anyway. In fact, Tom Brady Sr. believes there’s a real scandal within the Ballghazi: the character assassination of Tom… » 5/06/15 4:20pm 5/06/15 4:20pm

Wells Report Has Nine Page Statistical Analysis Of Ballghazi: LOL

Ballghazi is a perfect, perfectly hilarious scandal, and it just keeps getting better. To wit: The NFL, having ducked and dodged the many, varied complaints about the criminal behavior of its players, its own far-reaching municipal extortion schemes, and the long-term health effects of the game it promotes, has now… » 5/06/15 4:10pm 5/06/15 4:10pm