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13 May 2015 - 6:23pm

Tom Brady Suspended Four Games

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I know most of you aren't followers of NFL football, but I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this story.

Earlier this week the league suspended New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of next season and fined the team $1 million while also taking away a 1st round draft pick next year and a 4th round pick the next year for allegedly deflating footballs before the AFC Championship game last season.

The punishment is very severe, but it was found that 11 of the 12 footballs that the team was using were below the minimum level of 12.5 PSI for air pressure (most of the balls read slightly below the rating). There is a lot of debate as to the validity of the readings and evidence against the team, and Brady has appealed his suspension, with most experts thinking the suspension will be reduced or negated.

Compounding things are the various claims by quarterbacks who play the game saying that they doctor their own game balls, with some saying that they over inflate the balls (which should technically also be illegal under game rules).

I myself see it both ways: Technically the Patriots did something in violation of the rules, but apparently he was just doing something that every other team does as well, and so if you come down on him you should do it to everybody.

What are your thoughts?

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14 May 2015 - 6:14am
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You're right I don't watch NFL so I don't really get it. Why would they deflate the balls - does it make them easier to catch or something? And why would others over-inflate them?

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14 May 2015 - 1:09pm
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I believe its personal preference on gripping the football. I think some people like the extra grip of the lower pressure and some like their balls a little harder. Oh my...

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15 May 2015 - 12:33am
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Seeing as some like them soft and some like them hard it seems there can't be much of an advantage either way.

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I love NFL football and I believe when a player takes it upon himself to bend and sometime violate the rules, he has to pay the price. Otherwise, other players will start breaking other rules and soon you have chaos.

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17 May 2015 - 1:42am
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I love NFL football and I believe when a player takes it upon himself to bend and sometime violate the rules, he has to pay the price. Otherwise, other players will start breaking other rules and soon you have chaos.

What would you say about a player pretending they are hurt while the other team is driving quickly? Isn't that bending the rules to get the pace to slow down and clock to stop? Just playin' devil's advocate Smile

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The difference is that a player faking hurt can be punished by the referee who can award timeout. The opposing team's coach can also complain about that. Therefore the situation is different .

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20 January 2016 - 1:30am
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Obviously New England using those defective balls for yet another season because they will play once again at the AFC Championship game Wink
I'm exited before those conference finals games Thumb Up Anyone else?

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20 January 2016 - 1:33pm
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I am pumped as well. I am a Lions fan so obviously they never go anywhere, but I also dig the Patriots and Tom Brady (University of Michigan fan as well), so I am happy to see him back and kicking butt to show that the deflated balls didn't matter at all.

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22 January 2016 - 12:47am
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Yeah the year was tough for LIons, but Matthew Stafford is a great quarterback for the future I think, so maybe a good things coming for them...maybe shouldn't have to say that since I'm a Packers fan Wink

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Believe it or not, I just watched the New England playoff game this morning. I have a friend from Boston staying with me so he was keen to watch it. I find all the ad breaks hard to sit through though. It seems like the perfect sport to record on your DVR and start watching it 2 hours late so you can skip all the ads and breaks. That easy kick missed early in the game cost them badly. It was an exciting end to the game though.

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Believe it or not, I just watched the New England playoff game this morning. I have a friend from Boston staying with me so he was keen to watch it. I find all the ad breaks hard to sit through though. It seems like the perfect sport to record on your DVR and start watching it 2 hours late so you can skip all the ads and breaks. That easy kick missed early in the game cost them badly. It was an exciting end to the game though.

Agreed, it was a really good finish to the game, although last week's Packers/Cardinals game was even more intense and bizarre.

I feel bad for your buddy, as I have seen some gut wrenching losses for my teams in the past, but to be fair the Pats have won a lot more games and Super Bowls than any other team in the last 20 years, so it's difficult to be too sympathetic (I'm a Lions fan... the only team to lose every game in an entire season EVER).

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Yeah Packers loss was a tough one for me, a lot ofluck for the Cardinals in the end but two or three really strange (wrong) decisions from the referees also helped them big . It's tough when in every season you're so close but never there.

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I haven’t seen NFS ever. As per the story here, the punishment seems really harsh for the team. All the best to the team!

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3 October 2016 - 11:39pm
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That's thread is still actual by the way Smile and now when finally Brady's suspension has ended it couldn't be in more vital moment for the Patriots who lost their second quarterback too, and the rookie who played the last couple of games as QB was really out of synch in the last game and they were shut down by Buffalo so I guess all Patriots fans would be quite releaved to see him in play.
Hopefully without any deflating footballs Wink

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Oh yeah, Brady time is back. My prediction is they will go 14-2 (11-1 after his return) and they will win it all. He's such a good player, and he's going to go on a rampage because he's upset about the stupid suspension.

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4 October 2016 - 11:14pm
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I don't know if they will be 11-1 from now till the end of season (that's gutsy prediction) but certainly Brady will boost their performance, for sure.
Would love to see them impressive as before and hopefully they will be.
Are the Patriots your second favourite team or the first one Dustin, I know you support the Lions and I think they are you favourites, am I wrong?

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Yeah, Lions fans always have to have a second-favorite team, as our season is generally over before the first snow hits the ground. Because of that, I'm a big fan of New England, as they are almost the complete opposite of the Lions. It also doesn't help that I'm a big University of Michigan fan, and Tom Brady attended school there. He really does have a great story about coming up from basically nowhere to being (arguably) the best quarterback ever.

Other teams I like include Miami and Pittsburgh. Really, the only NFC team I like is my hometown Lions. Smile

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Understand your reasons to have more then one fav team Smile But it's not something unusual really.
I like the Packers Wink yeah I know there is a rivalry with Detroit...
but Patriots are really my second favourite team, also sympathize to the Rams and Cowboys, the one I can't stand is Seattle they are really too mean for my taste.

I'm very impressed with the Vikings this season, there's maybe not much noise around them but even without Peterson they're just great, especially in defence, I even think they could reach the Super Bowl, they were really unlucky last season when they should beat Seahawks in playoffs but their really sloppy kicker missed a chip shot, and I think they are better now, what you think, is this realistic?

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What a way to return for Brady Thumb Up
He finished the game with over 400 in passing yards, amazing.
I think there was 230 days or something similar since the previous game of Brady last season.
He makes all around him playing better, yeah I know the opponent was Cleveland Browns but nevertheless it was an impressive performance.

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Oh yeah, Brady time is back. My prediction is they will go 14-2 (11-1 after his return) and they will win it all. He's such a good player, and he's going to go on a rampage because he's upset about the stupid suspension.

Hmm, starting to look pretty good!

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Yeah you're really close to that man, but as you know the postseason is that what counts so lets hope Patriots could go all the way, my fingers crossed for them too.

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6 February 2017 - 1:45pm
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Well it happened, Sharpe. My prediction came true! Of course, I saw it happening EXACTLY like it did last night. Wink

For those of you who don't know, the Patriots came back from 25 points down to win Super Bowl LI (51 for us normals), to win the game in overtime. It is the largest comeback in the history of the Super Bowl, and the team did it in about a quarter and a half of time.

There were some great highlights, but for me this was the play of the game, and perhaps of the last several years:

Julian Edelman with the Catch of the Year #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/YLb2MYgEo0— Brennan Cassidy (@brennandcassidy) February 6, 2017

Is there any question that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time now? Simply incredible.

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Yes, you nailed it Dustin Thumb Up

What a game Surprized That was one of the greatest comebacks ever, not only in Super Bowl history but like...ever!

It was 28-3 in the middle of the 3rd quarter and the Falcons marched on down the field, the Falcons defence looked just like an insuperable obstacle, the Patriots looked dead and buried and I don't think any of them believed in the comeback. (maybe not even Belichick Wink )
Brady looked desperate even before the half, I didn't even thought of a comeback just because that looked ridiculous the way Atlanta played till that point , they literally smashed New England in 3/4 of that game.
It's tough to say what was the breaking point in the game, I think there was 2 or 3 moments which were all decisive and that Edelman highlight x1000 catch was certainly one of them.
There was another reflected pass of Brady which should be picked off but instead the tight end came with catch.
For me the breaking point was when Atlanta had the ball deep in Patriots territory and they was stopped with just couple of minutes to go maybe they were in 28 - 20 lead and a field goal would made it completely outside Patriots reach I think. They were around Patriots 25 yard line and then- second down sack, third down - holding penalty against Atlanta , replay third down - sack and Falcons outside of FG reach which was completely madness Confused probably that's when I started believing it would be Patriots day.
For sure it would stay in the history as one of the greatest Super Bowls and rightly so!
Patriots dynasty!!!

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