Back in January, the day after the AFC Championship game in which the New England Patriots destroyed the Colts 45-7 to advance to Super Bowl 49 is when all this started.
Now, with Patriots camp opening in less than 48 hours, deflategate is still on-going and even though he won't admit it publicly, you know it's on Brady's mind as the season gets closer and closer.
But, Brady should use it as motivation, not aggravation. Brady will be back with a vengeance in week six, coming out with a certain fiery passion we saw back in the '03/'04 days. With a chip on his shoulder as if he has something to prove all over again.
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But for what? To be the absolute best. That's what. Vegas picked the Seattle Seahawks as 6-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50, with the Patriots ranked third at 9-1 odds. Not if Tom Brady has anything to say about it.
It's Brady VS the NFL at this point, and if the Patriots do win Super Bowl 50, it would be the biggest slap in the face in the world to Roger Goodell, and that's what Brady wants. To prove everyone wrong, that he still is the best in the game, even at a disadvantage.
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But, all the punishments aside, deflategate needs to end for the good of the NFL too.
The opening game of every season features whoever the Super Bowl champion is against a rival opponent usually. This year it's the Patriots versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The game is always nationally televised on NBC, as a Sunday night game would be. There's just one problem. The Super Bowl MVP won't be there.
Brady's suspension begins as soon as the pre-season ends and practices for week one begin. He will not be able to return to the Patriots facility until after the week five Monday night game.
There has been a trend that Patriots fans on Twitter started, #NoBradyNoBanner. Meaning, if Brady can't play in the opening game of the regular season on September 10th, the Patriots shouldn't have to raise their banner. If indeed the Patriots don't raise their banner, that will come back to hurt the NFL and NBC.
People won't want to watch the game, as the whole point is to see the banner raised, and on top of that their best player won't be there. That's just not a good mix. Ratings will be down, jersey sales will plummet, it's not a good scenario for anyone.
Not done yet
But, it doesn't appear commissioner Goodell is too concerned with ratings as he announced Brady's four game suspension will stand.
Brady announced on July 28th that he authorized the NFLPA to appeal his suspension in federal court which doesn't bode well for the NFL. Now, in the NFL rulebook all you have to say is "it's more probable than not" the player did something to break the rules. Well, that's exactly what the Wells Report said.
But, in court the word "probably" doesn't cut it. There has to be clear cut evidence that Brady had involvement of the footballs being deflated on January 18, 2015. Don't be surprised if Brady and his lawyers pull that one out of their back pocket in court.
Also, the only owners that said publicly they don't want Brady's suspension lifted is Baltimore Ravens owner, Steve Bisciotti, and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. Ironically those are the two teams the Patriots beat in the playoffs. I'll let you decide if that's a coincidence or not.
Since the NFL really doesn't have any clear cut evidence they can use to pin-point Brady deflating footballs, Brady's chances in court are looking pretty good as of now.
Whether the outcome in the court room is good or bad, the most important thing is Brady will indeed be on the field for the Patriots in the 2015-16 season and he will be shooting for that fifth ring. But, something tells me if he does get it, this one will "probably" be sweeter than all the rest.
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