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Tom Brady set to crush Roger Goodell and Atlanta in Superbowl 51

Updated on January 23, 2017

Deflategate cost about $22.5 million to settle

Deflategate cost Tom Brady of the New England Patriots a four-game suspension while it has cost the NFL about $22.5 million to pay lawyers arguing whether the air pressure in Patriot game balls was lowered by Ideal Gas Law or a team assistant while using the bathroom. Football's most noted equipment infraction occurred during last year’s A.F.C. championship game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts when the latter team, which was soundly defeated by Brady’s bunch, accused said quarterback, teammates, team assistant or his coach of deflating team footballs by about a pound of their air pressure.


Goodell's expensive Deflategate investigation was a Hale Mary to attorneys that came up short on evidence but went long on circumstantial allegations.

To review, there has been a league investigation, Brady’s suspension, an appeal, a rejection of that appeal by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, a lawsuit filed by the union, a district court judge ruling for Brady, an NFL appeal of that decision, a reversal of the district court decision by an appellate court and, most recently, a petition filed by Brady and the union to have all 13 judges in the court of appeals weigh in on the case.

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Tom Brady earlier this year.
Tom Brady earlier this year. | Source

Goodell's Deflategate obsession was boon for lawyers

After the litigation dust settled from the offensive/defensive lines of bench-warming lawyers, judges and football regulators, the Great One took the field behind the Patriot’s powerful offensive line and led the team to another Superbowl. It remains a controversy as to whether Deflategate was the result of a naturally occurring phenomenon known as Ideal Gas Law - which messes with inflation pressures in cold weather - or a guy taking inflated balls to the bathroom and letting some air out at Brady’s request. In fact, the only thing clear about Deflategate is that it did not have the slightest effect on Brady’s ability to throw a spiraling bullet 60 yards and hit his quickest, covered receiver in the numbers in the rain.

Deflategate will be Goodell's legacy

On the other hand, instead of punishing Brady and the Patriots with his enduring, controversial and circumstantial case culminating with Brady's four-game suspension, Mr. Goodell sacked himself by firing up the Patriots and its legendary quarterback. New England clinched yet another Superbowl spot Sunday evening when they routed the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-6 at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts by a score of 36 – 17.

For his part, Goodell’s football legacy is how he managed to turn a circumstantial equipment case against Tom Brady - that remains widely disputed - into an NFL boondoggle that cost $22.5 million.

The 2017 Super Bowl will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, February 5th 2017. In Brady's 14 seasons as a starter, the Patriots have earned seven trips to the Super Bowl - the most for any quarterback in history - winning four titles.


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      Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I'm not a football fan. I don't follow or root for any teams. I'm certainly not familiar with the bios of individual players nor am I a fan to any. All this despite being the mother of 4 athletes who all played football.......and basketball, baseball, LaCrosse, wrestling and Hockey! I simply could not learn to like all of these sports so I chose my top 2 favorites and the ones I understood best. (Give a Mom a break, please,)

      However, I couldn't help but know all about the deflategate BULL. I was interested as well as outraged. From the very start and throughout, I firmly believe Brady to be 100% NOT guilty. I see it as a bunch of hogwash....envy....sour grapes and immaturity of sore losers. Tom Brady has not one single reason to cheat in any way for any reason. I'm firm on this. I do not care what anyone else says nor how loudly they scream.

      It's a pile of bunk! Total nonsense. Nothing anyone could say would change my mind. I have a very clear, strong intuitive sense. Tom Brady is not only the very BEST Quarterback EVER...he's an honest, stand-up athlete. He simply would not, could not and did not do what he's been accused of!!Period, the end.

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      CJ Kelly 13 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Great article. Well said.

      I was never a Pats fan and certainly not a Brady fan until Deflategate. Could not believe the hate coming from both the Commish and some media types. Much of it was jealously. I hate to see great players singled out for punishment for no reason.

      Although I am a fanatical Giants fan, I admire excellence, especially when done over a long period of time. Instead of hating on TB, maybe more players and NFL personnel should use him as an example of how to conduct their business.