The battle between the Patriots, Tom Brady and the NFL has been a long one. At the beginning, the suspension was levied and there was two different reactions. There was one side of the equation that was happy that Brady got suspended, whether they be Patriots/Brady haters or league supporters. And then there were others that believed the league was singling out the Patriots and Brady and wanted Brady to fight them. Well, Brady answered the call, fought against the punishment and got the suspension overturned. He played the entire 2015 season and ended up coming one game short of going to the Super Bowl. Plenty thought the drama could be over. Well, the league scratched that when they said they would fight the overturn of Brady’s suspension this off season. Many had actually forgot the NFL had decided to fight the suspension. But the league reminded us once again that they had not forgot nor had they given up. On Monday it was announced that an Appeals court has reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension effective immediately. The NFL seems to be going for the kill with this one. But you better believe that Brady and the Patriots will not take this one lying down. But is this really worth it anymore?
This Brady versus the NFL vs Goodell fiasco has been going on for a year and a few months now. And each time we think it’s over, it comes right back. Their battle is almost like a bad horror flick that keeps getting the budget to get remade. And every time, there are some that support it to get it remade yet again. The only difference in this horror flick is that there are two bad guys to many. Some fans watching this one have a major disdain for the Patriots. They would love nothing more than to see Brady and the Patriots get in more trouble and have more punishment inflicted upon them. Then you have the fans that hate the NFL more than they hate the Patriots. Those fans wish the league would lose more than the Patriots and wish that Goodell would retire or get fired. The thing that those fans fail to realize is that Goodell is a figurehead that is commissioned to do what he does by the owners. Both villains would love to see the other villain lose this battle. And in this battle, both refuse to lose, leaving no stone unturned in the battle.
No matter the final result of Deflategate, the NFL will come out looking like the loser in this one. They won and then got their case overturned and lost. But instead of accepting that, they continued to fight, spending millions of dollars in the process. They may think it is worth it, but there are much better things the NFL could be spending their money like putting more money towards retired players, especially those affected by CTE. Another way the NFL could be using this money is to fund more CTE research. That alone could create a better quality of life for those players that retire or have health issues from the violent game they committed their lives to. In the end, this battle will fall on the head of Goodell. He will not lose his job because not only does he make money for the owners, but he essentially got mostly support for following up on this case. He will end up getting the most blame here. And like always, the owners will escape the venom of those that support Brady and the Patriots in this one.
This drama keeps going on and one. And it seems like the only ones that really care are those that it affects like Patriots fans. Other than that, pretty much everyone is ready for this one to be over. The time spent and the news coverage surrounding it has swallowed up our televisions for too long. Can we just get back to football at one point and quit spending money talking about the air pressure in a football? We get that neither of you want to lose, but someone has to fall on the sword sometime. The question here is which one will it be?
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