- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner57 mins ago
Brady won't be pulling a Robert Kraft — he'll fight the good fight, and his court options are fascinating. The NFL took preemptive measures after announcing the four games stood by seeking an immediate confirmation in New York, not Minnesota where the NFLPA has had a great success rate on appellate decision involving the league historically.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The New England Patriots, who easily gave in and accepted their punishment in deflate-gate for the good of the NFL as a whole, aren't happy that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn't reduce or vacate Tom Brady's four-game suspension.
The Patriots released this statement a few hours after Goodell's ruling:
"We are extremely disappointed in today's ruling by Commissioner Goodell. We cannot comprehend the league's position on this matter. Most would agree that the penalties levied originally were excessive and unprecedented, especially in light of the fact that the league has no hard evidence of wrongdoing. We continue to unequivocally believe in and support Tom Brady. We also believe that the laws of science continue to underscore the folly of this entire ordeal. Given all of this, it is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives."
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The NFL has upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension, largely because Brady refused to turn over his cell phone, and all hell's breaking loose. We spend a good 20 minutes chewing over this from every angle, including the "Patriots are cheaters" and "Tom Brady should've just turned over his phone!" angles.
We also consider who wins and who loses in this whole scenario, and whether Jimmy Garoppolo is ready for his close-up. Finally, we look at the options available for both Brady and the NFL going forward. This story is by no means over.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The NFL has ruled on Tom Brady's four-game suspension, and unlike Greg Hardy's domestic violence case, there was no reduction. Both Hardy and Brady each ended up getting four games.
The NFL hammered hard on the fact that Brady destroyed his cell phone in upholding the suspension, even though the NFL had no right to Brady's personal communication on his phone. It smells like a good way to appeal to the public and put out an easily digestible arguing point, but it doesn't make much logical sense.
The longer report by Goodell failed to do one thing critics of Ted Wells' report has pointed to: There's no specific evidence against Brady, and we're still unsure exactly what he did or didn't do.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
While we waited for the deflate-gate appeal verdict to come in, there were reports that the NFLPA and Tom Brady were willing to go to federal court if the suspension wasn't overturned.
They weren't bluffing, it turns out.
ESPN's Jim Trotterand NFL Media's Albert Breer both reported that Brady has given the NFLPA permission to appeal his four-game suspension in federal court. On Tuesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced he upheld Brady's four-game suspension, despite Brady's appeal.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The NFL has upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in the whole deflate-gate fiasco, and Twitter has responded with characteristic tact, restraint, and solemn respect.
My assistant Jack Daniels and I actually destroy a cell phone every four months or so. Usually just the screen but I get it.
no respect for cheaters and only 4 smh
So, let me get this straight. If Tom Brady had destroyed his cell phone in an elevator then we'd be talking about 2 games not 4, yes?
Well you can't say cheaters never win
Everybody made fun of Andrew Luck's flip phone, but he knows what's up.
There are reports Brady destroyed his phone. So, this whole thing cost him four games, plus the $300 restocking fee.
Peyton Manning's phone is just full of text messages to his offensive coordinator, a slacks shop, and Papa John
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Your move, Tom Brady.
The NFL didn't budge on Tuesday. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, five weeks after hearing Brady's appeal over the deflate-gate issue, kept his suspension at four games. That's the same suspension for Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy in his domestic violence case. The NFLPA, via reports, has been planning to take the NFL to federal court if Brady's suspension wasn't completely overturned.
Brady destroying his cell phone before he met with investigator Ted Wells was the crux of Goodell's ruling. Here's the NFL's statement in the ruling:
"In the opinion informing Brady that his appeal had been denied, Commissioner Goodell emphasized important new information disclosed by Brady and his representatives in connection with the hearing.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
The 1994 NFL season, celebrated as the 75th season for the league, was awesome for a few reasons, and one of them was that every team wore a throwback uniform for selected games.
One of the best throwback uniforms from that year belonged to the Green Bay Packers. They were the 1937-49 uniforms of the Don Hutson days, with yellow shoulders and the rest was blue. The Packers preferred the Acme Packers style throwback as their third uniform the past few years, with the yellow circle and blue numbers within it, but the Packers are changing it up. The 1940s look is back. They'll wear those uniforms Oct. 18 against San Diego.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2015 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 8, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.
NO. 12: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
I think most people are aware of how great Jamaal Charles is, but it's still fun to examine how incredible he has been.
Charles, who ranked 12th on the NFL Network's top 100 list for this year, is the main reason the Kansas City Chiefs have been a playoff contender and are this high on the countdown. He doesn't get the buzz of Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch, or maybe even Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy or DeMarco Murray, but he's absolutely dominant.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
This is a highly subjective list. Using my sophisticated OPI (Own Personal Intrigue) method, I carefully have ranked the teams in order of interest and intrigue prior to the 2015 NFL season.
Please note: These are not power rankings. This is not how I think the 2016 NFL draft order will look. Nothing like that.
Intrigue can be both bad and good. My top-ranked team here missed the postseason a year ago; my 32nd-ranked team made it. Hopefully, you get the idea. I’m just speculating which teams will be the most buzzworthy and boast the most fascinating storylines heading into the season. The Washington Redskins, for instance, have mastered the art of bad-team intrigue.
And some might argue that for years, the New England Patriots — even as remarkable as their run has been — are the most boring good team out there. Of course, not this year. Not with deflate-gate and Tom Brady's suspension threatening to rule the first month of the season.