Tom Brady, The New England Patriots & Deflategate….Redemption

We really don’t do a lot of sports stuff on here but since we love the Patriots, today was BIG for our season.  We immediately fell in love with this image as it’s perfect in every aspect….in our humble opinion….

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 8.43.07 PMTom Brady has scored another big, resounding win — this time, over the NFL.

A federal judge on Thursday vacated the four-game suspension the NFL imposed on the New England Patriots quarterback in the “Deflategate” scandal.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman issued a 40-page ruling Thursday morning, saying he found “several significant legal deficiencies” in how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell investigated accusations the Patriots used footballs inflated below league-mandated levels.

Official game balls for NFL football's Super Bowl XLIX sit in a bin before being laced and inflated at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The New England Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks for the NFL championship on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Official game balls for NFL football’s Super Bowl XLIX sit in a bin before being laced and inflated at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The New England Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks for the NFL championship on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The NFL failed to give Brady proper notice he could be suspended, didn’t provide him the opportunity to question one of the league’s investigators and denied him equal access to investigative files, Berman wrote in his ruling.

Shortly after Berman’s ruling came down, the NFL responded with an action that assure the story about underinflated footballs — which for weeks dominated sports radio and TV shows around the county — isn’t over quite yet. Nor is the legal wrangling.

The league filed a notice of appeal in the U.S. District Court for southern New York, where Berman serves, asking to vacate the decision.

Jan 22, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to the media at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-219426 ORIG FILE ID: 20150122_jla_sj7_007.jpg

“We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision,” Goodell said in a statement. “… The commissioner’s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end.” – CNN

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 8.46.06 PMOpening Day should be interesting….  GO PATS!

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