THE CIRCUS CONTINUES: NFL Appeal Of Brady Ruling Could Begin Week of Super Bowl
That's right folks. It looks like DeflateGate could and probably will dominate the headlines surrounding yet another Super Bowl.
A federal appeals court approved the request of both the NFL and the NFL Players' Association for an expedited court date for their appeal of the court's ruling to overturn Brady's four-game suspension , and it just so happens that the earliest that an expedited appeal could happen is Feb. 1, 2016; just six days before Super Bowl 50. According to multiple reports, the NFL's appeal must be submitted by Oct. 26, 2015 and then Tom Brady and the NFLPA will have until Dec. 7 to prepare their rebuttal; the NFL will have until Dec. 21 for a final reply.
There have been numerous musings over the past few days that a Patriots vs. Packers Super Bowl is starting to look more and more inevitable in an NFL season that has seen so many other postseason contenders weakened by injury and the inevitable transition period.
Of course it is far too early to tell what will happen over the course of the next 14 weeks, but they are they very clear early front runners in their respective conferences. The defending NFC Champion Seahawks are 1-2, and look seriously flawed on both sides of the ball in their losses to the Rams and the Packers. The Ravens have been the Patriots greatest challenge over the past few postseasons, but they are currently 0-3 and will probably miss the playoffs this year altogether. The once mighty offense of the Broncos has seemingly lost more than just a step or two, the Cowboys will be without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant for much too long, the Steelers will have to hold on for 4-6 weeks while Ben Roethlisberger comes back from an MCL injury. Even the Cardinals, who have looked fantastic in their first three games of the season, are depending on Carson Palmer staying healthy. If he doesn't, the team is likely to crumble in the exact same way that it did just last season.
None of this is anything that can't and probably won't change. But for now it all means that essentially, the Patriots are in charge of their own destiny. If they do make it to the Super Bowl, the NFL has tee'd Brady up for the ultimate eff you moment.
Brady could beat the NFL in court once and for all and win a record-breaking fifth Super Bowl ring all in one week.
Now is it far too early to even start diving into this beyond mentioning its possibility? Yes, absolutely. The saying about "any given Sunday" remains as true as ever in the NFL. The thought that this could all go down in such a poetic (for some) and tragic (for most) way, with the Patriots returning to yet another Super Bowl, is sort of crazy. And yet, this entire DeflateGate, overturned suspension, Goodell vs. Brady saga has been completely insane from the start.
Why not put DeflateGate to bed for good right before the Super Bowl? Any truly great circus act deserves a finale with fireworks.
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