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Patriots Talk: ‘DeflateGate Is Finally Put To Rest’ According to Judge Berman



Patriots Talk: ‘DeflateGate Is Finally Put To Rest’ According to Judge Berman

by Stephen Hilton

Deflategate can finally be put to rest after Super Bowl LI.  New England Patriots fans can finally let go of the 18 month drama of the investigation at last. The Patriots coming back from 28-3 deficit will forever become a tagline that will be remembered in the same way as ‘Wide Right’, the nickname that sports broadcaster, Al Michaels, dubbed the 47-yard missed field goal attempt by Buffalo Bills‘ kicker Scott Norwood in their 19-20 loss against New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV. That will be the nightmare that every Atlanta Falcons’ fan will need to live with for the rest of their franchises’ existence.


For Pats’ fans, they couldn’t be happier. Many dubbing the Patriots’ 2016 season as the ‘Revenge Tour’ among many nicknames. It started without star [Quarterback], Tom Brady, for the first four games of the season, due to his suspension for Deflategate was reinstated by Second Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 2-1. The suspension reinvigorated the hate for Roger Goodell and the NFL commission for allowing the suspension to be reinforced despite being thrown out of court the first time. The Patriots still went 3-1 and then went on to go 14-2 for the regular season, and then proceeding to win Super Bowl LI in one of the greatest conclusions in recent memory. (Many Golden State Warriors‘ fans would hope that this helps forgetting the 3-1 lead blow but it will likely not)


The 18-month long drawn-out soap opera was quite literally, unbearable. Not only did it cover the sports media for months on end, but it brought much debate about the credibility of the Patriots’ success. Just as Spygate did back in 2007. To Patriots fans, no one could have imagined a better outcome, including Judge Richard Berman, the man who oversaw the first trail of the Deflategate scandal in September of 2015. Berman’s decision allowed Tom Brady to play the entire 2015 NFL season but of course the case was taken out and then overturned.

The judge feels that with the conclusion of Super Bowl LI, Deflategate can be officially be put to rest. Berman talked in an interview with Sports Illustrated writer Kalyn Kaher.

I think Deflategate is finally put to rest by that Super Bowl.

Should it really though? The Patriots suffered badly because of Deflategate and lost a lot along the way. Many Patriots fans will say that its better to let go, but its never good to forget. Deflategate and all that it has brought up will become a huge vocal point during the next CBA meeting in 2021 for how much power can be allowed by the commissioner whether the NFL likes it or not. Judge Berman felt since the beginning of the controversy that the whole issue should have been taken care of on the field.

I always thought in the back of my mind when I had the case, that this is a case that should be settled on the field. Not in the courts, not with an arbitrator, and ultimately, that’s what happened.

Tom Brady (right) shaking hands with Roger Goodell (left) after the Patriots’ 34-28 OT win in Super Bowl LI

The Judge was correct in his statement as Super Bowl LI had arguably one of the greatest upsets, not just in NFL history but in all of sports. The game had many moments within just the 4th quarter of the game that completely changed the tone of it all and made the victory that much sweeter. However, like many Patriots fans, he felt that even with the Super Bowl victory, the Deflategate controversy being over doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t have even been thing in the first place.

“I’m having trouble finding the ‘Gate’ here.” So I guess that was an expression of my true feelings. I didn’t see what happened here that warranted a million dollars, two draft picks and a four-game suspension. It just didn’t add up.

Very well said Mr. Berman. The whole circumstances surrounding Deflategate have remained very spotty at best and downright idiotic at worst. The fact that Judge Berman feels that even with the changes in precedent with the court of appeals, he would not hesitate on making the same decision again.

I would decide the way I decided in the same way today. I mean, I couldn’t actually, because the court of appeals has now had a precedent, but take that away, and I would go the same way. I would not change a thing.

Even though Deflategate is over now with Patriots victory, it doesn’t mean that it’s significance can be lifted so easily. There are still some who will forever see fit to keep Roger Goodell out of New England and many are still in that camp now. Despite the controversy now being a memory, the Patriots’ lose their 4th pick in this year’s draft and the fact that people are still arguing against Ideal Gas Law (a scientific law at that) shows that people will never stop making ‘deflate’ jokes any time soon.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out



A Case of Behind The Scenes



Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.


It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.


However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:


Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl



Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story




Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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