A young man with whom I am acquainted is a happy fellow.
Trevor is as die-hard a New England Patriots fan as anyone this side of Cape Cod. However, he lives way out here on the Texas Tundra, in Amarillo.
But by golly, he loves them Pats. He went to this year’s Super Bowl game in Arizona that the Patriots won in that remarkable fashion over the Seattle Seahawks.
I know he’s happy because a judge today tossed out a four-game suspension handed to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who’d been accused of conspiring to deflate some footballs prior to the Patriots’ AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The Pats won the game by a zillion points, so the deflating of the balls — no matter who did it — never really mattered.
But Brady got pounded with that four-game suspension handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Well, the suspension has been lifted. The NFL will appeal. My hunch is that the judge’s ruling will stand. Brady will take the first snap when the Patriots’ regular season begins.
Trevor will be made whole again.
I happen to agree with most Pats fans, that the four-game suspension was too severe. Brady perhaps needed some sanction. Fine him a lot of money; hey, he can afford it.
Four games? It was too much.
As for the appeal that Brady launched several months ago, consider this little item: He appealed his suspension to the league and the arbitrator was none other than the same man who administered the suspension in the first place, Roger Goodell!
Is that fair?
I think not.
So, let’s get on with the pro football season. As for the air pressure inside those footballs, don’t let the players anywhere near the balls until it’s time for them to take the field.