For all the storylines this NFL offseason – Peyton Manning’s retirement, the draft trades, Johnny Manziel, the strange release of Josh Norman – there’s been something missing. There haven’t been any live look-ins with reporters standing outside courtrooms offering limited-to-zero insight. But we’re in luck because everyone’s favorite soap opera, “DeflateGate,” is back for a brand new season!
Expectations are high for this summer’s scandal after the premiere episode dropped out of nowhere this Monday. With the announcement that the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in the NFL’s favor, Tom Brady’s four-game suspension has been reinstated, effective for the 2016 season. The court made no ruling on whether Brady actually did or didn’t deflate the footballs. (At this point, does anyone even care?) Rather, they determined that the NFLPA basically gave Roger Goodell the power to do what he wants in the collective bargaining agreement; therefore, he can do whatever he wants.
While Monday was a huge win for Goodell the All-Powerful, there is still much left to be determined. It should be another “fascinating” summer of “Deflagetery,” including the highly-anticipated episode Mr. Brady goes to Washington (rumored to still be in production), where the quarterback appeals his case to the Supreme Court. (And yes, that’s an actual a possibility! It could also be reheard en banc by the Second Circuit.)
Most people tune into DeflateGate for the “thrilling” litigious discussions, but I enjoy it most for the human element. And I have a theory that perhaps Brady’s best course of action is appealing to Goodell the All-Powerful on a personal level. The commissioner has firmly established himself as the center of the football universe, but hasn’t he punished the Patriots and Brady enough? Besides, does he really want the first Sunday Night Football game of the year to feature Jimmy Garoppolo vs the Arizona Cardinals?
There’s so much potential for the second season of DeflateGate, and we’ve got the odds on how it could all break down.
Odds Brady’s case is heard en banc by the Second Circuit: 25/1
Odds Brady appeals his case to the Supreme Court: 11/1
Odds Brady’s appeal is actually heard by the Supreme Court: 300/1
Odds Goodell the All-Powerful rescinds the suspension out of the goodness of his heart: 15,000/1
Odds Goodell the All-Powerful rescinds the suspension for business reasons: 15/1
Odds Brady serves full four-game suspension: 3/17
Odds on the Patriots record without Brady:
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