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Patriots motivated by hope of humiliating Commissioner Roger Goodell

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Several storylines surround Sunday’s Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots are going for their fifth Lombardi Trophy while an Atlanta victory will give them their first. After the commercials, the halftime and, of course, the game, even more intrigue possibly awaits viewers still sober enough to care. Just the mere ritual of handing off the trophy could be yet another contest. If the Falcons prevail, Commissioner Roger Goodell and owner Arthur Blank…

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Explaining Deflategate appeal through “settled science”

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Proponents of man-made climate change routinely tell those who disagree that the human role in the phenomenon is “settled science.” We now learn that Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady wishes to use settled science to further appeal his suspension surrounding “Deflategate.” After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady for his role in the under-inflated footballs, the quarterback got a federal judge to wipe out the penalty. A panel of three federal appeals court judges overturned the trial judge and re-instated the…

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Appeals court: QB Tom Brady must serve ‘Deflategate’ penalty

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A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game “Deflategate” suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in New York. The split decision by a three-judge panel may end the legal debate over the scandal that led to months of football fans arguing over air pressure and the reputation…

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Floridians set to make big impact on NFL draft

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Next Thursday a few Floridians will hear their names called when the NFL Draft begins in Chicago. No fewer than four of the first dozen selections will have Florida ties. Cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey of Florida State and Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III from Tampa are well known to most college football fans. Both are certain to go among the top dozen picks with Ramsey poised to be among the top three. Another projected top five pick is Ohio State defensive end…

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Judge decides that NFL was wrong in suspending Tom Brady

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A federal judge’s ruling has returned New England star quarterback Tom Brady to the playing field and has, in effect, taken the air out of the ball for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Judge Richard Berman ruled that the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association did not, in fact, give Goodell the power to suspend Brady for four games for being “generally aware” that deflating the footballs had occurred. Goodell said that the NFL will appeal. “The court finds that…

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Bucs must develop culture of winning, but not the Patriots’ model

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Why should Bucs fans or general sports fans from the ‘Burg and the Bay care about Tom Brady and underinflated footballs? It’s not like any of this will affect their everyday lives. Why do readers of this publication, whether or not they are sports fans, pay attention to a national story like this? Because it goes beyond sports. It’s the intrigue; it’s knowing what you don’t know and looking to fill that void. Everyone following the story has an opinion.…

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Tom Brady’s suspension stands

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In the end, it wasn’t just that someone tinkered with the footballs. It was that the same someone destroyed his new cell phone. Linking one with the other, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady on Tuesday. The question is how severely, if at all, will the cheating allegation affect the legacy of Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion. Investigator Ted Wells found enough evidence that Brady had indeed affected the footballs, and…

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