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      Arrogance deflates opinion of Patriots Tom Jones,      Times Sports Columnist Thursday, July 30, 2015 2:57pmbrady_zpsqhnsoiah.jpgNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wipes the sweat from his head during camp Thursday in Foxborough, Mass. [AP photo]This is for you, Patriots fans.It's not that people outside of New England hate the Patriots because they are too good. They hate them because they are too arrogant.Too arrogant. Too smug. Too full of themselves.They are a great organization, no doubt. A tremendous team, for sure. Best ever? Yeah, maybe.No question, however, they are the biggest self-entitled whiners in the history of sports.For the second time they have been busted for cheating. First it was Spygate. Now it's Deflategate. Both times, the Patriots act as if they are the victims, that they are the ones being wrongly persecuted.Oh, it can't be that they did something wrong. It can't possibly be that they got their hand caught in the cookie jar. It must be because the NFL, the media and everyone else has an ax to grind.It all starts at the top. Like any organization, the personality of that organization can be directly traced back to ownership. In this case, owner Robert Kraft spends more time holding angry news conferences than any owner in the league.His outraged speeches are the equivalent of a 4-year-old spoiled brat stomping his feet and holding his breath until he gets his way. When he is told to go stand in the corner, he only gets angrier.Maybe Kraft is victim of Rich Man's Disease, someone who believes he can do whatever he wants because he has money. Just a couple of months ago, Kraft agreed to be docked $1 million and two draft picks because he claimed it was in the best interest of the NFL to have this thing go away quietly.When Kraft found out that Brady's four-game suspension for deflating footballs and obstructing the investigation was upheld, Kraft went bonkers. Sounds like agreeing to pay that big fine had nothing to do with best interest of the league. Sounds more like he thought it was a bribe.Kraft now says he regrets agreeing to the penalties. He apologized to Patriots fans for having faith that the NFL would do the right thing, which apparently would have been to overlook illegally letting the air out of footballs. Kraft went out of his way to say the Patriots have done nothing wrong, yet can't or won't explain why two equipment managers were fired.The most absurd part of Kraft's tantrum — the part that shows just how full of himself he is — was the woe-is-me bellyaching about why the NFL would do this."It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players,'' Kraft said.Is he suggesting that Brady is above the law? Look, the last thing the league wants is to have one of its marquee franchises come under scrutiny for breaking the rules. Do you really think the league enjoys having, arguably, the best quarterback to ever play the game have words like "cheater'' and "liar'' attached to him? This is not a proud moment for anyone, including the NFL.Hey Bob, you know why the league is doing this? Because they believe your man is guilty.That brings us to Brady, who right from the start didn't seem to take these accusations seriously. He laughed them off the day after the story first broke in January. At the Super Bowl, he gave a very lukewarm, "I don't believe so'' when asked if he thought he was a cheater. Now he goes to Facebook to deny any wrongdoing. His master plan was to destroy his cellphone just as the NFL wanted to take a look at it.Brady is trying to protect his reputation. That's what he has been trying to do all along. Now he's in too deep to back out. What he doesn't realize is no matter what happens — even if the courts rule the NFL had no proof to suspend him — his reputation has taken a major, lasting hit. Those who root for the Patriots will defend Brady forever. Pretty much everyone else, including reasonable-thinking people who can be objective and have no emotional ties to any of this, will always believe he cheated and then lied about it.Too bad because if Brady, from the start, had said, "I asked the equipment guys to put the balls at the lowest pressure possible and I'm not sure what happened'' this story would have died down. If he had said, "Every quarterback messes with the football and this time it might have gone a little too far,'' he probably would have gotten a game or two and no one would have thought a whole lot more about this.Instead, he comes off looking like Pete Rose or Lance Armstrong. The lies and coverup make the crime worse.Deflating footballs is hardly the worst transgression in the world. Maybe it is the equivalent of drifting through a stop sign. Then again, if there was no big advantage to it, why do it?But doing it and then going to extremes to avoid getting caught and then acting as if the whole world is out to get you just shows you how incredibly self-absorbed this franchise is.Patriots coach Bill Belichick can be a major jerk, and his refusal to talk about Brady's future or this case proves that. But now I'm starting to wonder if he is doing us all a favor by not talking.Maybe Kraft and Brady should do the same. It's time to shut up, take their medicine and go back to playing football.It's the one thing they do almost as well as cheat and whine.

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      This may be the best article Ive EVER read. Hits the nail on the head for sure.

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    • Anonymous

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      This may be the best article Ive EVER read. Hits the nail on the head for sure.

      agree....  Brady's attitude with the arrogance of Kraft and the whole organization will damage the Patriots for years with their "Victim" tirades.  What an embarrassing bunch of babies.

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      It’s a tough job stealing the title away from the Lakers, but I feel like the Pats are up to it.

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          Personally, I think it’s the NFL who is engaging in a cover-up, and Brady is a handy scapegoat.NFL officials have a procedure and are supposed to handle this, and did not. Written testimonies clearly state they don't KNOW and haven't PROVEN Brady did anything, they just say he "probably" did it. Other players of the past are laughing at this, as they have done far worse things and no one batted an eye....    Back on subject, I would go with Tom Heinsohn, after he got into announcing. Also the announcer for the Lakers; forget his name. MAJOR, MAJOR homers, both of them...

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    • Anonymous

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      Biggest whiners in this saga, imo…  Colts (weren’t their balls out of tolerance, too?) and Ravens.  If you can’t beat ’em… cry about it.

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      It's a tough job stealing the title away from the Lakers, but I feel like the Pats are up to it.

      What? Meet me at the sandbox after school.

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    • Anonymous

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      He is still the greatest of all time

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    • billym

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      It will be interesting to see how they do without the cheater at QB the first 4 games.  0-4 would make my day.

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    • Anonymous

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      It's a tough job stealing the title away from the Lakers, but I feel like the Pats are up to it.

      It's the Miami Heat with James and Wade...

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    • Anonymous

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      Biggest whiners in this saga, imo...  Colts (weren't their balls out of tolerance, too?) and Ravens.  If you can't beat 'em... cry about it.

      Yeah...the Colts and the Ravens are the real culprits...

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    • Anonymous

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      It's a tough job stealing the title away from the Lakers, but I feel like the Pats are up to it.

      It's the Miami Heat with James and Wade...

      Easily and their whining ass fans.

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          Personally, I think it's the NFL who is engaging in a cover-up, and Brady is a handy scapegoat.NFL officials have a procedure and are supposed to handle this, and did not. Written testimonies clearly state they don't KNOW and haven't PROVEN Brady did anything, they just say he "probably" did it.

      Even if you accept the Patriots side of the argument for the "science and procedure" part, it still does not explain away the text messages between the two equipment managers. There are text messages that talk about deflating during halftime of the Pats/Packers game. How can anyone explain this in a way that does not make the Pats look guilty? The only reason the punishment is so harsh is because the Pats pretended that nothing happened and they are totally innocent. Another thing that is overlooked is the fact that under the CBA the NFL only needs a preponderance of evidence in order to attach guilt. I think any reasonable person would say the NFL has met that standard.

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    • billym

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          Personally, I think it's the NFL who is engaging in a cover-up, and Brady is a handy scapegoat.NFL officials have a procedure and are supposed to handle this, and did not. Written testimonies clearly state they don't KNOW and haven't PROVEN Brady did anything, they just say he "probably" did it.

      Even if you accept the Patriots side of the argument for the "science and procedure" part, it still does not explain away the text messages between the two equipment managers. There are text messages that talk about deflating during halftime of the Pats/Packers game. How can anyone explain this in a way that does not make the Pats look guilty? The only reason the punishment is so harsh is because the Pats pretended that nothing happened and they are totally innocent. Another thing that is overlooked is the fact that under the CBA the NFL only needs a preponderance of evidence in order to attach guilt. I think any reasonable person would say the NFL has met that standard.

      Destroying the cell phone was huge also.  The smoking gun.

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    • Anonymous

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      Destroying evidence is a bad thing now?...and, let's play hurry up...

      Gabe Feldman ?@SportsLawGuy 57m57 minutes agoJudge Berman grants expedited schedule to NFL and PA. Sets 8/19 as date for oral argument in Brady case.Judge orders Brady and Commish to appear at settlement conference on August 12th.

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    • Anonymous

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      Self entitled cheaters.Lets be a tad bit truthful here.Its been proven that bill will do whatever it takes to win, wheither its cheating, or just streching the truth.The game is measured by inches, so tiny tweaks, or cheats, can definately be a deciding factor.They are the closest team to a madden franchise, which imvho, points to a team that has indeed done some things outside of the realm of JUST playing the game.Which IS how it SHOULD be, but everyone should know beforehand, ....trying to bend those rules can also cross the border of cheating, and dealing with the consequences of those actions.They're believing their own bs, which is exactly what this article is saying. However, it doesnt cut close enough to the heart of the problem, which is kraft andor billb.

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      Biggest whiners in this saga, imo...  Colts (weren't their balls out of tolerance, too?) and Ravens.  If you can't beat 'em... cry about it.

      BINGO!!!F Baltimore and F Indy. I hate how long this story has gone on.

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    • Anonymous

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      Self entitled cheaters.Lets be a tad bit truthful here.Its been proven that bill will do whatever it takes to win, wheither its cheating, or just streching the truth.The game is measured by inches, so tiny tweaks, or cheats, can definately be a deciding factor.They are the closest team to a madden franchise, which imvho, points to a team that has indeed done some things outside of the realm of JUST playing the game.Which IS how it SHOULD be, but everyone should know beforehand, ....trying to bend those rules can also cross the border of cheating, and dealing with the consequences of those actions.They're believing their own bs, which is exactly what this article is saying. However, it doesnt cut close enough to the heart of the problem, which is kraft andor billb.

      It didn’t. Luck was using messed up balls too.At halftime, everything was corrected and the Patriots, namely our former star running back, ran the hell over them

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    • Anonymous

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          Personally, I think it's the NFL who is engaging in a cover-up, and Brady is a handy scapegoat.NFL officials have a procedure and are supposed to handle this, and did not. Written testimonies clearly state they don't KNOW and haven't PROVEN Brady did anything, they just say he "probably" did it. Other players of the past are laughing at this, as they have done far worse things and no one batted an eye....    Back on subject, I would go with Tom Heinsohn, after he got into announcing. Also the announcer for the Lakers; forget his name. MAJOR, MAJOR homers, both of them...

      "The Deflator"Video of secret trip with game balls AFTER presenting same to officialsTestimony on one employee providing "Deflator" with needlesTons of cell phone communication between Brady and accused Pat employee AFTER discoveryNFL asks for Brady's cell phone ... He destroys itYeah, it's the NFL trying to cover its referees' shortcomings (deep blue font)Roflmao

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    • Anonymous

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      http://nfltraderumors.co/nfl-owners-willing-reduce-roger-goodells-power-over-appeals-following-deflategate/Dissension among the ranks?

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    • Anonymous

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      It should be an independent appeal process. Brady still cheated but it is a little absurd for Goodell to be at both stages

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      http://nfltraderumors.co/nfl-owners-willing-reduce-roger-goodells-power-over-appeals-following-deflategate/Dissension among the ranks?

      MR-BURNS-EXCELLENT-1.jpg

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    • Anonymous

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      Self entitled cheaters.Lets be a tad bit truthful here.Its been proven that bill will do whatever it takes to win, wheither its cheating, or just streching the truth.The game is measured by inches, so tiny tweaks, or cheats, can definately be a deciding factor.They are the closest team to a madden franchise, which imvho, points to a team that has indeed done some things outside of the realm of JUST playing the game.Which IS how it SHOULD be, but everyone should know beforehand, ....trying to bend those rules can also cross the border of cheating, and dealing with the consequences of those actions.They're believing their own bs, which is exactly what this article is saying. However, it doesnt cut close enough to the heart of the problem, which is kraft andor billb.

      It didn't. Luck was using messed up balls too.At halftime, everything was corrected and the Patriots, namely our former star running back, ran the hell over them

      On a related note, Blount showed up out of shape and couldn't pass the conditioning test.

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