Deflategate: The story that will never, ever, ever end

FILE - In this May 7, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during an event at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

“I’m honest, you hear? Honest!” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

You might think Deflategate is over. The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals has declared that Tom Brady’s four-game suspension should stand, overruling the September ruling by a Manhattan judge that it shouldn’t. Having been fooled once (or twice; I’m losing count) on this case, let’s not be fooled yet again.

Deflategate is not over. Deflategate will never be over. Tom Brady will retire at age 50 and these four games will still be at issue. This thing’s going to the Supreme Court. Then it’s going to the World Court in the Hague. (By then, the NFL will have a franchise in London, making it an international affair.) Then it’s on to … I don’t know; St. Peter at the Pearly Gates?

As long as there’s another court — and there’s always another court — Deflategate will never end It will remain our shared burden: Every so often, we’ll get to revisit the great issue of our time if not all time: Did Tom Brady cheat or what?

There was a time when I worked myself into high dudgeon — not to be confused with a low dungeon — over this matter, but I stand before you now and recuse myself from the case, as it were. I no longer care whether Brady cheated.

Two Super Bowls have since been played, one won by Brady’s team, the other taken by Peyton Manning’s team, which beat Brady’s team. In our 24-hour news cycle of a civilization, this isn’t last year’s news. It’s essentially last century’s.

If Brady did cheat, he got away with it. (See the aforementioned Super Bowl victory.) The NFL’s effort to make him pay for his sins has gone on longer than Inspector Javert’s hounding of Jean Valjean, to say nothing of Dr. Richard Kimble’s pursuit of the One-Armed Man. To borrow a line from G.K. Chesterton: Justice delayed is justice denied.

To say this has gone on long enough is to understate a hundredfold. This has gone on way too long, and it’s sure to be ongoing the day Brady is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Indeed, Roger Goodell will meet him at the door in Canton, Ohio, saying, “Remember that suspension? It starts … NOW!!!!”

In the words of Elsa of Arendelle: Let it go. In the words of Bob Dylan: I used to care — but things have changed. Free Brady. Let us all get back to our lives. Please.

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rmitch788
rmitch788

If each team brings their own balls for their offensive plays, how does it matter? If you like yours flat, that should be OK as long as you don't make the other quarterback use it.

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44F 3FCE0C 11A2

"Then it’s on to … I don’t know; St. Peter at the Pearly Gates?"


Intersolar Tribunal, Mars Circuit Court. I hear the judge is going to be one of the hanging kind. 

BertnErnie
BertnErnie

the national fleecing league is for stupid people to begin with... so let this story continue

Barry Pendry
Barry Pendry

This is more about punishing the patriots for their years and years of cheating....Never forget spy gate.

Duel Mitchell
Duel Mitchell

it could die but you trash newspaper will keep it up.

GaLatino
GaLatino

It's attitudes like yours that Brady and his camp are counting on.  Glad to finally know you're as weak-minded as I thought you were.


If this was Cam Newton, you would d@mn sure be singing a different tune...

TOJacket
TOJacket

@GaLatino Exactly!..........but it's fine if the cheating member of the Brady bunch does it!.......no wonder he has been so successful!!

MichaelMitchell
MichaelMitchell

So to avoid punishment lawyer up and delay, delay, delay! I say suspend him.

JayStone16
JayStone16

@MarkBradleyAJC Fun thought: It gets to SCOTUS, which is still down a justice and stuck at an ideological impasse. It might never end.