- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Sorry, grave-dancing New England Patriots fans. Roger Goodell isn't going anywhere.
Yes, Tom Brady won his case against the NFL (pending appeal, of course, because of course) and likely will remain suspension-free for the duration of the 2015 NFL season.
And yes, one might argue that Goodell, the grand poobah of the league, comes out of this decision — again, pending appeal, which the NFL could win — looking worse.
But that won't affect Goodell's job status, at least not in and of itself. Goodell is, among other things, a very well-compensated puppet. Oh sure, he appears to have gone rogue on some things, and there's little doubt his iron-fist campaign was a big reason how he won the job (running as the "different from Paul Tagliabue" candidate) and how he's carried out his first nine seasons on the job.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
I don't know about you, but nothing would calm me more when I'm lost in a big city than hearing Rob Gronkowski feeding me directions.
Gronk is everywhere lately, and now he's a voice in your phone apps. Gronkowski, the lovable New England Patriots tight end, is one of the voices giving out directions on Waze, the traffic and navigation app.
Well, it's better than the robotic female voice you usually get in navigation apps. At this point, if Gronk replaced Siri, would anyone complain? Sure would make the answers more interesting.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Perhaps he doesn't want to be a distraction, perhaps it's a case of sour grapes, or perhaps he even worries for his safety, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will not be going to the NFL's season opener in New England.
Goodell and the New England Patriots haven't mixed well together lately. Goodell suspended quarterback Tom Brady and punished the Patriots severely over deflate-gate. Brady's suspension was overturned by a federal judge on Thursday. One would assume Goodell is seething about that. One would also assume the Patriots and their fans still have some very hard feelings.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
This was the NFL’s nightmare.
After more than seven months, several millions of dollars and big talking from the league and commissioner Roger Goodell in the deflate-gate controversy, the first time someone independent looked at the case against Tom Brady it was thrown out.
Judge Richard M. Berman ruled that Brady’s four-game suspension by the NFL will be vacated, a decision Goodell plans on appealling.
Brady maintained his innocence even while the NFL tried to make its most popular player a scapegoat in a scandal the league let grow to outrageous proportions, but from the moment investigator Ted Wells’ report came out it was clear that there was no evidence against Brady. The NFL, for whatever reason, didn’t want to admit that and kept trying to turn Brady into a villain. An independent judge saw it for what it was worth.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
After having another high-profile decision overturned when someone independent looked at it, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he'll appeal Judge Richard M. Berman's decision to overturn New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's suspension.
The league put out a statement from Goodell after noon Eastern time on Thursday:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Every NFL player should be as happy as Tom Brady today.
For years the players have complained about the NFL's discipline process, and specifically how commissioner Roger Goodell is all-powerful in the process (though, one has to wonder why they weren't so loud about the issue during CBA negotiations in 2011).
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman ruled that Tom Brady's four-game suspension should be overruled. The biggest reason? Legally speaking, Berman felt that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell extended his power and reach too far in the deflate-gate discipline and that Brady was not allowed the proper means to defend himself.
In the 40-page decision, Berman dissected the NFL's argument and found a number of flaws in its case against Brady. The ruling accurately reflected Berman's line of questioning during the hearings and is summed up in his hammer-blow line against Goodell, who is charged with issuing "his own brand of industrial justice."
So what did Berman fall back on? Here was his justification:
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
As soon as news broke that a judge had overturned Tom Brady's four-game deflate-gate suspension, current and former NFL players, from both the New England Patriots and from around the league, took to Twitter to post their reactions. They did not hold back on what they were thinking. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league todayl]
Tom Brady out here like https://t.co/WHxTJrm2BJ
Teflon Tom 🔓
Judge Berman....U know what u are 😂😂😂 (D-Mac) pic.twitter.com/wHxc6cXGIR
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Deflate-gate is done! (For now.) Tom Brady is a free man! (Well, he always was, but you know what we mean.) The NFL took a huge hit on Thursday morning as a judge overturned Brady's suspension, and we're here at Grandstanding to talk about it with Frank Schwab of Yahoo's Shutdown Corner. Topics discussed:
• Why there was never any merit to the Wells Report to begin with
• How Roger Goodell deals with this crushing defeat
• Whether owners are still happy with Goodell or not (Here's the Washington Post article we reference within)
• What comes next in the appeals process
• Who won, who lost in this whole mess
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The New England Patriots wasted no time reacting to Judge Richard M. Berman's decision to vacate Tom Brady's four-game suspension, posting a picture of a fired-up Brady to the team's official Twitter account.
Soon afterwards, the team also announced a contest with a signed Brady jersey as the prize, including a picture of the four-time Super Bowl champion waving his rings around. This comes off as even more comical when you consider the NFL suggested Brady bribed Patriots employee Jim McNally with autographed memorabilia in order to deflate the footballs for him, a notion the judge dismissed.