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Court Rules Tom Brady Must Serve 4-Game Penalty

Deflategate lives on

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game "Deflategate" suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union, reports the AP . Monday's decision by the 2nd US... More »

Patriots Fan's Premature Tattoo: Super Bowl 'Champs'

Burke O'Connell will be wearing pants for a while to cover up ink

(Newser) - A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached—yet he says he has no regrets. Burke O'Connell, 31, says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship and advance to the... More »

Tom Brady in Turkey Costume Scaring Kids Is Everything

A terrifying Thanksgiving tradition is born at the Brady household

(Newser) - Without a game to play on Thanksgiving, Tom Brady was forced to make his own fun. He apparently settled on scaring the crap out of his two young children while dressed in a low-rent turkey costume, E! Online reports. A video shared by the New England Patriots quarterback on his... More »

Fan Shot in Fight After Cowboys-Patriots Game

Man is in critical condition

(Newser) - A football fan in his early 40s ended up in the hospital with a critical gunshot wound Sunday night after a parking lot fight outside the Dallas Cowboys' stadium. "I didn't think he was going to pull the trigger," a witness, who says the suspect first put... More »

Massive Report Alleges Patriots' Cheating Worse Than Thought

ESPN says 'Deflategate' was 'a makeup call' for Spygate cover-up

(Newser) - In a massive ESPN report —more than 10,000 words put together based on interviews with more than 90 players, coaches, team owners, and league officials, plus "previously undisclosed private notes from key meetings"—Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham lay out their case that the... More »

Unkind Tom Brady Message on 20K Beer Cans

Sun King Brewery supplies beer to another team's stadium

(Newser) - Love Tom Brady? Then stay away from Wee Mac Scottish Ale, which has a simple message on the bottom of 20,000 cans: "Tom Brady Sux." Not surprisingly, the brewer behind the prank supplies beer to the Indianapolis Colts' home stadium, Fox News reports. "A SKB employee... More »

Huge Inflation: Deflategate Ball Sells for $44K

Little piece of Patriots shame-memorabilia does not come cheaply

(Newser) - One of the famously underinflated footballs used by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in their march to this year's Super Bowl victory sold at auction yesterday, and ESPN reports that its value was anything but flat at $43,740. The ball, the only one from the now-infamous... More »

Rob Gronkowski Hasn't Spent a Dime of NFL Millions

Patriots tight end says he lives 'off my marketing money'

(Newser) - Sean Avery could take a page from Rob Gronkowski's book—literally. Gronkowski of the New England Patriots has raked in more than $16.3 million in signing bonuses and contract money over five seasons in the NFL and, incredibly, hasn't spent a penny of it, according to an... More »

Woman's Obit: 'Brady Is Innocent'

Fan gets final word in on Deflategate

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman has used her own obituary to convey a final message on Tom Brady and the "Deflategate" scandal. Boston.com reports that Patricia M. Shong, of Auburn, Mass., died on Monday surrounded by family. Her obituary says the 72-year-old enjoyed scrapbooking, weekly card night, and spending time... More »

Patriots Owner: We Won't Appeal Deflategate Punishment

Robert Kraft says he 'reluctantly' realizes it's in everyone's best interests

(Newser) - Tom Brady filed an appeal just days after the league suspended him for four games over Deflategate —but the Patriots have given up and won't be fighting the league's punishment, CBS News reports. In a five-minute press conference today out of San Francisco, where the league is... More »

Patriots: 'Deflator' Referred to Weight Loss

Tom Brady appeals his suspension

(Newser) - Tom Brady appealed his four-game suspension over under-inflated footballs with about an hour to spare before today's 5pm deadline, reports AP . The NFL Players Association filed the paperwork on his behalf. The Patriots, meanwhile, issued a detailed rebuttal to the league report on the scandal, saying its conclusions are... More »

The NFL Has No Business Suspending Tom Brady

'Time' writer: League penalty, without evidence, is 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Those who don't like Tom Brady or his Patriots are gloating about his four-game suspension over under-inflated footballs, but Sean Gregory at Time thinks they ought to stop celebrating the penalty. "Because it's ridiculous," he writes. The league doesn't have the evidence to back it... More »

NFL Doles Out Punishment in 'Deflate-Gate'

Tom Brady suspended for 4 games, Patriots fined $1M

(Newser) - The NFL suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for four games without pay today for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks, including next years' first-round choice. The NFL... More »

Brady: I'm 'Still Digesting' NFL Report

Ball scandal hasn't wrecked Super Bowl thrill, he says

(Newser) - A boa constrictor can take up to a week to digest a meal, and it looks like Tom Brady might take just as long with the NFL report that says he probably knew the Patriots were using underinflated footballs . "I don't have really any reaction," he said... More »

Tom Brady's New Legacy: He's a Liar

Sportswriters think the deflategate report is bad news for the Patriots QB

(Newser) - The NFL may not have found absolute proof that Tom Brady cheated by using under-inflated footballs, but yesterday's report suggesting that he did is already doing bad things to his reputation. A sampling:
  • Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe : It was a "bad day for the Patriots," and an
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NFL's Finding: Patriots, Brady Probably Cheated

'Deflategate' investigation wraps up, though without definitive proof

(Newser) - The NFL has produced a 243-page report on whether the Patriots cheated with under-inflated footballs , and it concludes with a definite maybe. As in, "it is more probable than not" that team personnel tinkered with footballs before the AFC title game and that Tom Brady was probably "at... More »

Defense in NFL Murder Trial May Have 'Backfired'

Defense Rests in Aaron Hernandez Trial After Just One Day

(Newser) - The defense rested today in the murder trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez after calling just three witnesses—one of whom may have hurt the man's case, Yahoo Sports reports. Hernandez, once a New England Patriots tight end, is accused of killing semipro ballplayer Odin Lloyd in June... More »

Patriots Win Nail-Biter, 28-24

Seahawks give up 10-point lead in second half

(Newser) - New England cornerback Malcolm Butler tonight stole Seattle's dream of a second straight championship, ESPN reports. With the Patriots leading 28-24 in the waning seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, the Seattle Seahawks drove down the field and even saw receiver Jermaine Kearse complete a miracle catch ( Bleacher Report... More »

Katy Perry Lets Out 'Roar' at Halftime

But did she diss Taylor Swift?

(Newser) - Did Katy Perry diss Taylor Swift , or just let out a huge roar? The pop princess emerged for her Super Bowl halftime show in a flaming dress riding an enormous mechanical beast and singing her hit song "Roar," reports the New York Times' Super Bowl Blog . As she... More »

DeflateGate Inquiry Goes Ivy League

NFL lawyers seek science help from Columbia physicists

(Newser) - The investigation into DeflateGate has gone Ivy League. Lawyers working for the NFL are seeking help from Columbia University physicists, hoping to learn whether the weather could have played a role in the deflation of footballs during the AFC championship game, the New York Times reports. A lawyer in the... More »

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