NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
This week is supposed to be fun. Every team and every fan of those teams is getting amped up for the NFL Draft and what new players are going to make their teams better. For Patriots fans, Thursday might as well just be another day because the Patriots are missing one of the most precious pieces of capital an NFL team has, their first round pick. Today, Patriot’s fans took another punch to the stomach when the courts happened to make their ruling on the NFL’s appeal of Tom Brady’s 4 game suspension for possibly knowing about footballs that may have been tampered with. Sadly, the courts got it right.
According to the letter of the law, what Roger Goodell did was within the means of his power given to him by the CBA signed by the NFLPA and the Owners. Now, common sense would have squashed this over a year ago, but when has Goodell or the NFL got anything right the first time around? To their credit, they have led a smear campaign that even the Presidential candidates should be jealous of. All the false information and half truths that were fed to major media outlets turned this minor infraction (that never was actually proven to have happened by the way) into a circus. For some reason, the NFL thinks smearing one of its greatest players of all time is good business. I have no idea what they are trying to prove, but frankly, it has become tiresome and boring.
I have no idea what Tom Brady will do next. It sounds like his options might be limited and we have to prepare for the reality that the Patriots will not have him for the 1st four games. I for one cannot wait for this to be over with. If that means biting the bullet and having Brady out, then that is what the team should do. I look forward to seeing what kind of retaliation Tom Brady and the Patriots will have in store for the other 31 NFL teams on the field. Sure, those first four weeks might be a struggle, but it just means the Patriots might have to wait to put on those hat and t-shirts a few later than usual.
I am sure all of you have your opinions on this topic, so let me hear them.
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