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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The NFL says it is working with the players union to gather more information from the New England Patriots medical staff and star quarterback Tom Brady, whose supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, said in a TV interview Brady suffered a concussion last season.

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I went to my first patriots game in 1975 with my dad. I have been a fan ever since. They had many horrific, "punching bag of the NFL" seasons over the years. However, the last 16 have been a mind boggling and unprecedented run of success. Over the last 16 years they have played in almost half of the Superbowls, and won nearly a full third of them. Crazy.

They have had their share of controversy as well. Everyone of them an absolute made up mess of bull in the name of appearing tough on the winning team. Every point you can make about cameraplacementgate and madeupcrapaboutballpsigate can be easily and completelyrefuted.

Not this however. If it turns out they skirted concussion protocols, especially with the miracle man, Tom Brady, I can't defend them. Player safety is way too important To take short cuts around, or pay loose with the rules. Nope. I will not defend them on this.

That said, Someone put a gag on Gisele.

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This is all going to come down to timing. If it happened in preseason there is no mandate to report it. If it happened in the Superbowl and wasn't caught until after the game? No requirement to report it. However, if it happened inn the other 97 percent of the season, they are, and should be screwed.

#1 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-17 09:34 PM | Reply

As Gisele didn't mention specific dates regarding concussions in her interview, there may be the possibility that she walks back her comment as "generalizing the constant danger Tom Brady faces with every game," or somesuch type of clarification/walkback.

Physically, Tom Brady is made of whatever element Brett Farve was carved out of...both those QBs were/are tough as nails.

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-05-17 09:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Brady is carved from pure win.

#3 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-17 09:57 PM | Reply

Brady is carved from pure win.

#3 | Posted by ABH

"Puhleasseee!"

-Eli Manning

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-05-17 10:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So the Patriots cheated again. I'm shocked I tells you shocked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#5 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-05-17 10:35 PM | Reply

#5 This will be the first time, if it's true. All the other bull they have been accused of is exactly that: bull.

#6 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-17 10:45 PM | Reply

"All the other bull they have been accused of is exactly that: bull."

So Belichek's admission, claiming he was "caught up in the moment", wasn't enough for you?

en.wikipedia.org

#7 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-17 11:00 PM | Reply

Glad I read the article. Reading the headline, I feared something tawdry had occurred.

#8 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-05-18 12:11 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#7. Except every bit of information they filmed is perfectly legitimate. The NFL has no restrictions on what teams can film to produce game film. They only restrict where the camera can be placed. Up until right before that season, there wss nothing wrong with where they had begun placing cameras. In fact, they didn't even change the rules before that season. They just sent out a memo about it. The rule book still said it was fine... So Belichick still thought he was following the rules. His admission was that he thought he was following the rules.

#9 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 07:30 AM | Reply

"Except every bit of information they filmed is perfectly legitimate."

Riiiiiiiiight.

Because SOP is to fine someone for something perfectly legitimate.

Similarly, if you did it, SOP is to use the "caught up in the moment" excuse.

#10 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-18 07:37 AM | Reply

"they didn't even change the rules before that season. They just sent out a memo about it. "

Well, in that case, Belichek should use the "I can't read" excuse.

#11 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-18 07:38 AM | Reply

"His admission was that he thought he was following the rules."

Of course.

Because everyone gets "caught up in the moment" when they're following the rules.

#12 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-18 07:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#10... Yes. Teams time to this day can film the play on the field, substitutions, the cheerleader routines, and yes, even the signals the coaches are calling.

#13 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 07:44 AM | Reply

#5 This will be the first time, if it's true. All the other bull they have been accused of is exactly that: bull.

#6 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-17 10:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

Bullcrap. The taping stuff was 100% proven and they admitted to it and acknowledge that they understood it is against the rules. Then they did it again and were 100% caught beyond any doubt. If you think this didn't happen, you are wrong or lying. If you claim it wasn't against the rules you are either wrong or lying. This can't be debated.

The deflate gate stuff looks like it had no effect on the games. But if you read those text and actually believe that "The Deflator" was given his nickname because "he was losing weight", you're an imbecile. The circumstancial evidence (texts, video of balls being taken to bathroom, destruction of evidence) can't be explained logically without rule breaking being involved - even if it didn't really affect the games.

That said, I honestly hope that this latest issue goes nowhere if for no other reason than I'm sick of hearing self righteous fans of cheaters whine about their cheating team being punished for cheating.

#14 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-18 11:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There was no destruction of evidence. They had all the texts they needed, and he cleared getting rid of his phone through his attorneys With the NFL attorneys before he did it.... And they still had an issue with it. The best part of madeupcrapaboutballpsigate is that they used numbers based on the lower reading pressure gauge the referee stated under oath he didn't use. If they used the one he testified to using, every ball except three were well within the guidelines of the NFL..... And all but three of the Colts balls were actually OVER the tolerances. Weird.

As for cameraplacementgate.... Yes they violated a league memo about where a camera can be placed in that first game of the season against the jets.... But in no way shape or form was any information they were recording disallowed by NFL rule. In other words...a really big mountain made out of something no more important than the leagues ruled against shoes being untied.... Especially since the rule book still said it was fine.... Only the memo had been sent.

#15 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 12:15 PM | Reply

"As for cameraplacementgate.... Yes they violated a league memo"

And as we all know, those memos aren't meant to be read or followed.

#16 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-18 12:17 PM | Reply


#15 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 12:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

Are you making this BS up or is there a source for it? Not asking for a link. These are obvious lies. Just wondering what the source of these lies is....

#17 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-18 12:36 PM | Reply

NFL: Tom Brady, we need to see your phone as part of this investigation. Keep in mind: League rules require you to fully cooperate and we've suspended other players in the past for not doing so.

Brady's Attorney: How about Tom destroys the phone and you go ---- yourselves. Oh and if asked why he destroyed the phone, he'll give an answer that can be proven to be a lie.

NFL: Oh, OK. Sure. Consider the matter resolved.

I understand being a big fan of team. But a willingness to portray yourself as believing that anything along these longs ever happened or ever could happen is just ridiculous.

#18 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-18 12:43 PM | Reply

The difference between you and me is, I read every bit of information on both those fake "scandals" including the wells report from cover to cover. They were both bull of the highest order.

And every word I said is the truth.

As to the topic. If this is true, I hope some heads roll. This is not okay.

#19 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 01:54 PM | Reply

www.google.com

#20 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 02:08 PM | Reply

That link is a Very good breakdown of how everything about madeupcrapaboutballpsigate is a complete farce.

#21 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 02:10 PM | Reply

The difference between you and me is, I read every bit of information on both those fake "scandals" including the wells report from cover to cover. They were both bull of the highest order.

And every word I said is the truth.

As to the topic. If this is true, I hope some heads roll. This is not okay.

#19 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 01:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

Given that much of what you're saying is ridiculous, I don't believe you read anything. Or if you do, it is obviously with the very biased intention of finding any little scrap you can build your own BS narrative around. The bottom line is that the "they've never been caught doing anything wrong" narrative is complete crap.

They were 100% caught cheating in Spygate.

The circmustancial evidence strongly points to their doctoring balls and the scientific evidence points to it having little no difference. Brady was punished for not cooperating with the ivnestigation, which has happened to other NFL players as well. His arrogance did him in on that one. And only a total fool would read those texts and try to claim that "The Deflator" wasn't doing something to the balls and that he believed he was doing it "for Tom".

#22 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-18 04:49 PM | Reply

That link is a Very good breakdown of how everything about madeupcrapaboutballpsigate is a complete farce.

#21 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yes, the scientific evidence shows that if the balls were being doctored, it wasn't to an extent that is significant enough to have made the Patriots' balls any different than what the other teams were using. So whatever they though they were doing, they didn't do it enough for it to really matter.

Now let's see how much of a fool you are willing to portray youself as being:

Have you read the texts between the equipment guys where "The Deflator" talks about "doing the balls for Tom", expecting to be compensated and threatening to leave the balls "rock hard" if he is not? Is it at all realistic to assume that he would threaten to not do his legal pre-game prep if the team's star QB didn't compensate him? Or is it much more realistic to asume he was talking about doing something that is outside the regular job description given that he's indirectly threatening Tom ------- Brady?

Coupled with the texts, what does the video of him taking balls into the bathroom after they had been inspected - a clear rules violation with no logical reason for occuring - tell you?

Why would Tom Brady destroy his cell phone and then give an explanation for it that was later proven to be a lie?

#23 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-18 05:02 PM | Reply

I think you missed the larger point here. The wells report was an intentional fabrication. They went out of their way to disregard testimony to ensure it poisoned the pats public image. It was an intentional witch hunt disguised as an unbiased investigation. Why would the report use the reasons from the gauge that reads way lower... The one the referee said he DIDN'T use, if it wasn't a smear campaign? It makes no sense.

As for the texts... There was a grand total of 4 texts in that string, none of which were sent to or received by Tom Brady... And context is important. The balls were at 12.5 for a game, a referee came in and added a crap ton of air to them making them way OVER the limit... And Brady was rightfully piss ed at his equipment guys for letting it happen. He dressed them down, and after that they were texting each other in reaction to it.

You would think he was having hats made up with deflator on it because that was his nickname all the time. No he referred to himself that way after getting yelled at by his boss .

#24 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 07:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#24 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-18 07:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why obfuscate to the point of lying? There were several "strings" of texts referring to the same thing.

deadspin.com

(I apologize for linking to Deadspin. Ignoring their 'lol teh guy haets Brady rofl' take on the whole thing, the article contains more than four texts)

And why is the guy threating to leave the balls 'like watermelons' unless Brady gives him stuff? Is there any scenario at all where that comment would make sense that doesn't involve him doing something that he's not only not required to do, but shouldn't be doing? Do you think he would threaten not to do his regular job duties unless Brady kisses his butt and still have a job?

Why did he take the balls to the bathroom after they had been inspected? Why did Brady destroy his phone and then give an excuse that is a proven lie?

#25 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-19 09:45 AM | Reply

Wait.... You don't know that the equipment guy gets the right amount of air in the balls before the game to the satisfaction of the quarterback? Puts in, lets out, until they are where they are supposed to be. Then inspected by the referee.... And off they go to the game. Now if the ref pumps a crap ton of air.... Which as I said, happened, and Brady was pissed... The equipment guys are supposed to protest to the referees and do something about it. They were pissed because he ate their lunch for letting the referee pump them up to 16..... Which is the referees not following the rules by the way... Don't see them getting punished.... If air pressure is so important, why world the referees over inflate them without even batting an eye? The whole premise is ridiculous.

#26 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-19 11:38 AM | Reply

#26 | Posted by ABH at 2017-05-19 11:38 AM | Reply

Why would he be expecting free sneakers for just doing his job? You're not answering the question.

#27 | Posted by sully at 2017-05-19 12:27 PM | Reply

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