Shame on the NFL, Shame of the NFL

DATELINE:  A Blacklist by Any Other Name

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The big why of Deflate-gate may become the conundrum of the century.

Why did the NFL choose to go after Tom Brady with such vehemence and passion? Was he a scapegoat? A stand-in? or a patsy of the Patsie Patriots?

The independent Wells Report now was handed over to the NFL office for editing before release. The independent report was paid for, bought and tailored to fit whatever Goodell wanted. Then, at the hearing, for good measure, the objective hearing was adjudicated by Goodell himself with his prosecutor on the payroll of Ted Wells, who was paid $3million to run up the charges.

Wells admitted under oath that he never alerted Tom that they were gunning for him with a large suspension for defending his privacy. Since the NFL leaked everything to suit themselves, Tom Brady decided to destroy his phone rather than risk having everything put out without a true context.

The NFL also leaked a false story through their agents at ESPN that the footballs were deflated below requisite psi, which was another lie. Thereby, Brady was excoriated in the press for months—and the NFL let him twist slowly in the wind, never issuing the truth, by means of a correction.

Roger Goodell is covered in the patina of stink. He is a power-mad egomaniac, the sort Ayn Rand once warned about. He is the epitome of mediocrity rising to the Peter Principle at work.

And, the NFL still felt it could cover up their dirty handiwork in a court they chose, but Judge Richard Berman has already crossed them by opening the secret room where the bodies are buried.

What kind of “deal” will emerge from this shameful episode of corruption at the highest level of pro sports?

The sad fact is that none of it will ultimately matter to fans who live in blissful ignorance.

Clash of the Titans: Brady V. Goodell on the Docket

DATELINE: HUMOR AMOK

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We are taking a liking to this New Yawk judge. Today he said if the two parties have not come to an agreement by August 12, he wants both Mr. Goodell and Mr. Brady in his courtroom. For an apparent admonishing and face-off. And, for good measure, they can come back on August 19.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall, or an ESPN reporter in the court, whichever is more likely to carry disease and infection.

The meeting of Brady and Goodell after this acrimony would have to rank up there with Moses facing Pharoah, or at least equal to Nixon meeting Mao. If you think these two might be awkward in addressing each other, you’d be wrong. Butter will melt in their mouths.

Lawyers would be silenced and the two nemeses would face-off like King Kong and the airplanes. It wasn’t technology or cell phones that killed the Beast, it was jealousy. Of course, this judge, Mr. Richard Berman, may be biting off more than he can chew. Deciding to show your chops by putting Goodell and Brady in the same room is like cutting your teeth on broken glass.

This may be bigger than the Thrilla in Manila. Tom Brady may chase Goodell around the courtroom with a bear trap, like Cassius Clay did to Sonny Liston. And we all know how that ended for the prettier fighter.

This tussle could be more frightening than watching Dr. Moriarty going over the Reichenbach Falls in the embrace of Sherlock Holmes. What will we do for thrills when this ends?