- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
So New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not the only one upset about the findings in and wording of the Ted Wells report on Tom Brady and deflated footballs.
Tom Brady Sr., talking to USA Today Sports, said the NFL backed itself into a corner with the drawn-out deflate-gate investigation and felt it had to justify such excess and come down hard on his son.
"The league had to cover themselves," Brady Sr. said. "The reality is they had no conclusive evidence.
"This was Framegate right from the beginning."
Brady Sr. believes his son is innocent in the case and his faith in him remains undeterred, even though the Wells report — perhaps more damning than the delfating claims themselves — essentially calls Brady a bald-faced liar.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
By now you are well aware of the term "more probable than not" and that in the case of deflate-gate, two New England Patriots employees you've never heard of were probably at fault and quarterback Tom Brady knew about it ... more probable than not, of course.
Investigator Ted Wells' report, which took more than three months to put together, runs 243 pages. Don't have time to read it? That's OK, we did, and we found 10 not-so-obvious items that are worth noting:
1. Who is John Jastremski? Who is Jim McNally?
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league before the Super Bowl if there were no findings in the deflate-gate case, and he's not backing down following the somewhat damning release of the Ted Wells investigation report.
Kraft issued a statement that laid waste to Wells' presentation, essentially asking where the hard evidence is:
“When I addressed the media at the Super Bowl on January 26 — over 14 weeks ago — I stated that I unconditionally believed that the New England Patriots had done nothing inappropriate in this process or in violation of the NFL rules and that I was disappointed in the way the league handled the initial investigation. That sentiment has not changed.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
You know that old line about how it's not the crime that gets you, it's the cover-up? Yeah, let's expand on that for the 21st century: it's not the crime that gets you, it's the cover-up involving grown men who text like middle-schoolers.
Sure, the Wells Report on the entire New England Patriots deflated-balls scandalis a fine banquet from end to end, but the juiciest, tenderest morsels come early, when we start to learn just what some Patriots employees think of Big Man On Campus Tom Brady. Ol' Touchdown Tom takes care of his people, yes, but he ticks 'em off, too.
Our characters in this little drama are Jim McNally (a.k.a. The Deflator), the Patriots employee who delivered the team's balls to the referees on any given Sunday. However, McNally wasn't responsible for preparation of the balls themselves; that job fell, in theory, to Patriots equipment manager John Jastremski.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
The long-awaited Ted Wells report on deflate-gate has finally been released, and the findings don't look too good for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The news of the report's release led to a number of current and former NFL players taking to Twitter to react to it.
Well well......... Will the time fit the crime???? Don't skip leg day!
That's not GOATish behavior! Lol
Honestly I don't know that deflating balls makes a difference at all.... patriots are seriously a great football team and Tom probably is
The goat. Just when you're that high up in your profession and there is something to criticize u can't expect us plebs to not take advantage
He and they are so good that we often try to Find something to criticize. In this case Ted Wells laid it out on a platter for us.
Guys I said I don't know what it does. Keep in mind I don't touch the football... I protect it ☝🏻️
Water is wet https://t.co/LL1sN62DhL
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Ted Wells' investigation into the possibility that the New England Patriots were involved in deflating footballs for the AFC championship game has found that it's more likely than not some of the Patriots were guilty.
"Based on the evidence developed in connection with the investigation and summarized in this Report, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules," the report, released Wednesday, said.
With that line on Page 121 of the massive report, it again questions the validity of the Patriots' great dynasty, which included a Super Bowl victory this past February, the fourth for coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady was specifically implicated as well.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
When is the last time you really thought or cared about the Tennessee Titans, other than in passing?
Even if you're a hardcore football nut, the Titans have been boring for a while. The only time you'd choose to watch the Titans is if you're a fan of the team or they have their annual "Thursday Night Football" appearance that everyone dreads. Unless you're in a really big league or have some affinity for Kendall Wright, you haven't owned any of their players on your fantasy team in a while either. They haven't been in a playoff game since the end of the 2008 season.
Regaining some NFL relevancy wasn't why the Tennessee Titans drafted quarterback Marcus Mariota, but it doesn't hurt either.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy took his bitterness toward Chip Kelly to a new level.
The former Philadelphia Eagle has taken a few shots at his former coach Kelly this offseason, but that's nothing too new from a player traded by a team. What does break new ground is McCoy hinting that Kelly is racist.
How else would you interpret this comment from McCoy to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak?
"The relationship was never really great," McCoy said about Kelly to Rodak. "I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that's the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That's the truth. There's a reason. ... It's hard to explain with him. But there's a reason he got rid of all the black players -- the good ones -- like that."
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
I don't really do draft grades, because I don't know what teams' draft boards look like.
Everyone argues that this team should have drafted that position, but we don't know what their board were like when they were on the clock. All I can do is go back through my evaluations and see which teams ended up with players who I had positive evaluations for. It doesn't mean I'm right, but it's based on what I've seen on film.
With that, three teams ended up with a lot of players who I liked going into the draft:
New Orleans Saints
Based on my evaluations, I think the Saints had a very good draft. With just about every pick, they chose a prospect I was high on.
The first pick was offensive tackle Andrus Peat, who I thought was the best left tackle prospect in the draft right now. With proper development Florida's D.J. Humphries could be the best left tackle in this class, but today the best prospect is Peat.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
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The NFL draft is now fading in the rear-view mirror, and that means we can arbitrarily assign passing and failing grades without even seeing a down of football. Here to help us do that on Grandstanding, the Yahoo Sports podcast, is the same cat who helped us preview the draft: Frank Schwab, maestro of the Yahoo Sports NFL blog Shutdown Corner.