Tom Brady will be suspended for Deflategate by Roger Goodell next week

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Per a New York Daily News report this afternoon, Tom Brady will be suspended for his role in deflategate next week. It’s not a matter of if Brady gets suspended, but for how long.

The feeling is the Wells Report supplied Goodell with enough ammunition to suspend Brady both for breaking the rules by ordering the deflation of footballs and by not cooperating with the investigation when he refused to turn over his cell phone to Wells’ investigators.

We are standing by our prediction, it’s two games maximum and probably less for Brady. Goodell does not want to risk stepping on the darling franchise of the entire NFL or costing his owners or his own pockets money. Plus, he’s a politician and crook himself.

Ted Wells Deflategate Report: Patriots Likely to have deflated balls on purpose

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[Ted Wells 243-page Report]
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The Patriots got caught cheating/doing something abnormal again. From the Wells Report (Ted Wells gets to the bottom of everything):

For the reasons described in this Report, and after a comprehensive investigation, we have concluded that, in connection with the AFC Championship Game, it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules. In particular, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that Jim McNally (the Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots) and John Jastremski (an equipment assistant for the Patriots) participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee. Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.

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We do not believe that the evidence establishes that any other Patriots personnel participated in or had knowledge of the violation of the Playing Rules or the deliberate effort to circumvent the rules described in this Report. In particular, we do not believe there was any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick or any other Patriots coach in the matters investigated. We also do not believe there was any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots Head Equipment Manager Dave Schoenfeld.

As Pro Football Talk points out, it’s impossible to say what punishment that Tom Brady will face because something like this is unprecedented in NFL history.

Being that Roger Goodell is a crook (and politician) himself, and wouldn’t want to cost the league too much money, I could see a two game suspension for Brady. That would be my prediction.

Chris Matthews?

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This Chris Matthews kid who was drafted by the Browns in 2011 and subsequently cut has been the story in the Super Bowl so far. He has three big catches for 100 yards and the game-tying touchdown. From the instant I saw the kid in pads – I didn’t know who the hell he was or where he came from – but I said this kid’s got it. He’s 6’5″ and can jump out of the gym.

Seattle is quietly doing their thing with a 17-14 lead with 8:00 to go in the third quarter. It seems like this is going to come right down to the wire. Bobby Wagner just picked off a Tom Brady pass so Seattle has a chance to get some wiggle room here.

Super Bowl Sunday

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Today is Super Bowl Sunday XLIX. There’s snow on the ground – and the season comes to a culmination tonight. I’ve wagered $150 on the Seahawks, heavily fading the public and taking the ‘PK’ seeing the value in the better defense and believing a lot in the magic of Russell Wilson in the big moment.

I didn’t write about football this season as much as I have in past seasons. Things like that happen when you have a child and some other stress I guess. Next season will be different. I’ll write a lot more about specific teams and games and intricacies.

For tonight, I think it’s going to be a great Super Bowl. The Seahawks try to go back to back while Tom Brady attempts to win his fourth to match Joe Montana.

It’s always been a time-honored tradition. I’m glad these two teams are playing for all the marbles and I think we’re in for a real treat that ends the NFL season. The draft will bring added interest with Winston and Mariota but tonight it’s about what I think will be two future Hall of Fame players in Wilson and Brady and the best two head coaches in football in chess-match. And not to forget Darrelle Revis versus Richard Sherman.

Monday Night Football in Charlotte (vs. the Patriots): The Finest Game of Cam Newton’s Career

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[NFL.com] [CBS Eye on Football] [Newton Leads Panthers to Win in Game of the Year (NFL.com] [Peter King MMQB]

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When people look back years later, this one will go down as one of the greatest wins and games in the Cam Newton era. It does not get any better than this. It has people around the league talking Panthers (like Colin Cowherd). People will only talk about the controversial call for a little while. The real story is going to go down as how Cam Newton and the Panthers elite defense out-slugged the Patriots to get a huge win and move into the ranks of the elite in Mid-November of the 2013 NFL season.

The game was literally so clean all the way through that it seemed to go by in a short blink. Newton went 19 for 28 for 209 yards and three touchdown passes. He showcased a skill set that I saw in him back at Auburn, when I knew he would be a star. He ran seven times for 62 yards, threw two touchdowns on third down, and picked up a signature win over Tom Brady on Monday Night Football that will go down as a fourth quarter come from behind game-winning drive.

Highlights:

*Newton 25-yard TD Pass to Ted Ginn (Game-winner) [NFL.com]

*Newton 15-yard TD pass to Greg Olsen [NFL.com]

*Brandon LaFell 9-yard Touchdown [NFL.com]

*Cam Newton highlights [NFL.com]

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There will be other things that people talk about when they remember this game, or things that get forgotten that shouldn’t.

The Panthers couldn’t get any semblance of a run game going. Newton was their source of life-support on this evening. The Panthers were physical even though they allowed some yards on the ground just as they did in the 49ers game. They kept hitting Tom Brady until the end. They went for the knockout as Jon Gruden said, and they got it.

And who will ever forget the back and forth between Steve Smith and Aquib Talib? And Steve Smith saying “Ice up son!” at the end of the game walking off the field?

This was a win they hung on to, and a win that will go a long way into changing legacies. It’s a game that if you lose you easily get forgotten. Now the Panthers could easily challenge for the division by beating the Saints once and handling their business. They could be in play for a first round bye. The sky is the limit – they are on the kind of roll that could have them rolling all the way to the Super Bowl. It’s just hard to say where this will all end for the Panthers, but things have come together and this is a team that believes in itself.

At the very least, the Panthers are in a real push for the postseason and a playoff game. With a few games down the stretch figuring to get flexed into primetime (I am hoping for December 22nd against the Saints) it could be a Cam Newton Christmas Season!

This is a gem that I hope never gets lost:

Monday Night Football Post

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*You see that photo up there? That was from yesterday’s Ravens/Bears game that got delayed. And it was nice to see a messy terrain for football for once. I almost forgot what it looked like. The NFL is so damn corporate now – with their FieldTurf all over the damn place – it’s rare to even see a grass stain. It was so good to see a game in the elements.

*Lots of talk about Brett Favre’s interview on The Today Show.

*I missed Colin Cowherd’s show mostly today. He didn’t talk at all about Monday Night Football (Patriots/Panthers) at all.

*Thomas Howard, RIP.

*Cannot wait for tonight’s game.

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