It’s been way too long since I’ve written anything sports related. Of course, after writing about mobile and retro games for so long, I guess it’s really not all that surprising. However, being a die hard sports fan, I couldn’t let this whole mess involving Tom Brady and cheating pass me by without saying something.
To be fair, I have to be careful here. I’m a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan, so anything involving the Patriots with a little bit of egg on their face, gives me the warm fuzzies. After all, it was only 2 seasons ago, where the Dolphins were dealing with an internal bullying situation (seriously, what the fuck grade are these guys in?), involving a guy who was anything but “Incognito” (see what I did there?). I’m also a Red Sox fan, and so anything involving winning in 2004 and the good players on the team before the “Steroid Era” was officially dead, sort of keeps me awake at night. So I’ll surely try my best not to anger the sports gods, by having a biased opinion.
Man, the NFL has had some problems. Surely anyone with access to the internet, social media, and um…friends, knows that well, the NFL commissioner is not very well liked, and has made some pretty big mistakes. However, I think the NFL may have gotten this whole “deflate-gate” fiasco exactly right. Now I, like many folks out there; have been wondering, “this thing happened way back in January, right?” and you’d be totally correct.
Now, over the last few months, there’s been a report that was put together, an arbitration hearing regarding the penalties that had been handed down, and then there was nothing. Of course, of all the pundits out there were thinking, that nothing was going to happen to Tom Brady, and that it would be crazy for something as inane as deflating footballs to incur a much larger penalty than the penalty handed down for much more egregious acts that were committed during the first half of the football season. For those who are not aware, all major sports have unions. So not every penalty out there is ruled on solely by the league.
For example. Alex Rodriguez (different sport I know), had requested a trade from the Texas Rangers at the end of the 2003 season. He felt that after watching the ALCS (American League Championship Series) between the Red Sox and the Yankees, he wanted to part of something bigger. He wanted to be in the midst of a baseball rivalry. The Rangers, after tying themselves to A-Rod with a 10-year $252 Million Dollar deal, had no financial flexibility to build a competitive baseball team, and so they would look for a way to not only move A-Rod’s contract, but also get what they deemed to be a fair return.
This story’s a little long, I’ll speed this up….
The Red Sox and the Rangers had a deal set up, where the Rangers would get Manny Ramirez, and Jon Lester. However, since A-Rod and Nomar Garciaparra both played the same position (shortstop), the Red Sox would have to find a team that wanted Nomar. So then the Chicago White Sox get involved. At this point you now have a three team deal; The Red Sox would get Alex Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez, and Brandon McCarthy from the Rangers and White Sox, The White Sox would get Nomar Garciaparra from the Red Sox, and the Rangers would get Manny Ramirez, and Jon Lester from the Red Sox.
So after this is all set up, it’s still far from a done deal. In order for this trade to work, it needed to be approved by both the league and the players union. So after the Red Sox worked out the financials with A-Rod (which involved a paycut, which he approved), they then made the formal request for the trade. The league approved the deal, but the players association did not. The reasoning being that they would allow A-Rod’s contract to be restructured, but not reduced. Basically what I’m getting at, is that the decisions are not as cut and dry as one would think. Because believe it or not, there is a hierarchy.
So anyway, back to Football.
The NFL didn’t really have a leg to stand on when it came to the subject of domestic abuse. Every decision they made, was the wrong one. Of course, that’s easy for me to say. I’m just some asshole on a computer. However, I will mention that the union was very quick to defend the subjects of these suspensions, and basically got the suspensions reduced or thrown out based on (and I’m going to say it) “technicalities”. The actions involving the players spoke for themselves, there really wasn’t anything to defend. However, that’s just my opinion.
The Tom Brady situation has every chance to go wrong. He’s an icon, the Patriots are still the most recent dynasty in football, and they’re respected. Not only that, but Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft are also pretty tight. So this whole situation just feels like a powder keg ready to explode with unacceptable behavior (bad joke, I know). But I feel that this time, the NFL got it right. I don’t know if it happened consciously, but it seems as though this time the decision is going to stick, and it’s all because Brady had his cell phone destroyed during the Ted Wells investigation. Of course this case is going to go to federal court, because, why wouldn’t it? and even that case is going to be dragged out another few months, and again, this is with the help of the players union. Tom Brady did not just come to that conclusion himself, and that needs to be understood.
Tom Brady needs to just accept his fate. He lied, he cheated (whether it be knowingly or unknowingly), and then destroyed his phone for no other reason then just to be a dick. I’m sorry, this isn’t about the NFL and it’s policies, or defending the shield and the integrity of the game. This is about someone who just doesn’t want to admit that he was wrong, and isn’t willing to accept the fate that he brought upon himself. Do yourself a favor, take yourself out of the spotlight, take your four game suspension, and come back in week 6 ready to go.