Tom Brady is dancing a jig this morning, as he’ll play in the season opener against Pittsburgh now that a judge has overturned his silly 4-game suspension. (Here’s the entire judge’s ruling, if you’re interested.) For the gamblers in the house, the Patriots were favored by -3.5 without Brady; the line is already back up to -6 now that he’ll play.
This one was too easy for the Judge. There was no smoking gun that Tom Brady cheated when it came to the PSI levels of a couple footballs in the AFC Championship game. There was no hard evidence. It was all circumstantial. So what that he smashed his phone. But the Patriots fired two employees over this! But the chatter in the text messages! But the phone calls!
Where does this leave NFL commish Roger Goodell? I mean, besides looking clueless? He under-punished domestic abusers; he attempted to over-punish Brady. He failed miserably, and now he’s got egg on his face as Brady skates.
So Robert Kraft wins again, capping a nice 8-month stretch: Super Bowl, and court victory. What’s some money and draft picks?
It’s pretty clear that Goodell is in trouble. How many times can he possibly be wrong and still have unwavering support of enough owners to keep his job? What, exactly, has he done right? When the billionaires realize that anyone could run the NFL right now, will they get Goodell out of there? Or are they going to wait for another mistake – say, expansion into Europe – before they get rid of him?