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Tom Brady’s dad wants Patriots to run up score vs. Colts for Deflategate

Sunday Morning QB: Tom Brady’s dad wants Patriots to run up score vs. Colts for Deflategate

Expect Tom Brady and the Patriots to try and stick it to the Colts this week - at least if the quarterback's father gets his way.Charles Krupa/AP

Expect Tom Brady and the Patriots to try and stick it to the Colts this week – at least if the quarterback’s father gets his way.

Tom Brady and his father Tom Sr. are best friends. Tom Sr. often says what you figure Tom is thinking.

All last week, the Patriots quarterback was asked about getting revenge on the Colts on Sunday night in Indianapolis in the Deflategate Bowl. The Colts were the whistleblowers when they accused the Patriots of letting air out of the footballs in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 18. It led to Roger Goodell suspending Brady for four games, a ruling that was overturned in court.

Brady was politically correct in his answers last week about getting back at the Colts. He wouldn’t bite. He never came close to saying the Patriots want to run up the score, even though no score will be big enough for Bill Belichick.


One question at Brady’s news conference Wednesday:

Q: Isn’t there any human part of you that wants it a little extra this week?

Brady: I’m a human. There’s no doubt. I’m definitely human.

Forget that. Brady is so incredibly competitive and at times vindictive going after players who have bad-mouthed him and the Patriots that he surely wants to humiliate the Colts and break the NFL single-game record for points set in Washington’s 72-42 victory over the Giants in 1966. He just won’t say it.

So, I called Tom Sr.

They are so close that Tom Sr. told me in my recently released book “Brady vs. Manning” that he went to a psychologist in 1995 for eight weeks of counseling to help him deal with being separated from his son after Tom decided to attend Michigan rather than Cal-Berkeley, which is just 35 miles across the San Francisco Bay from the family home in San Mateo.

There is no doubt how Tom Sr. wants things to play out Sunday night.


Tom Brady with his father, Tom Brady Sr.BEN MARGOT/AP

Tom Brady with his father, Tom Brady Sr.

“The main thing I want is to see them win. As long as they have one point more than the Colts, I’m fine,” Brady Sr. said. “That being said, I’d like to see them put 60 points on the board, and love to see Tom throw for 500 yards and eight touchdowns. That’s me dreaming. That kind of comes from me.”

The eight months of Deflategate were difficult on Brady’s family. It’s not easy to hear your son called a liar and cheater and have his legacy questioned when you believe he did nothing wrong.

Tom swore to this father than he didn’t order the footballs deflated and that he had no knowledge of how they got deflated. He told the same thing to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is like his second father. If Brady or the Patriots were involved and they admitted it right away to Goodell, then Kraft could have certainly tried to minimize the damage. But Brady didn’t give him that opening.

The league then turned a possible misdemeanor into a federal case with the issue ending up in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in August. It still has the potential of winding up in the Supreme Court.

The Patriots are undefeated, just like they were for an entire season in 2007 when they played a Spygate revenge game every week. They are not good enough to make it through 16-0, but their offense is hard to stop. “This week is no different than any other week,” Brady Sr. said. “I want to put 60 points on the board every game.”


Gary Myers’ book ‘Brady vs. Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry That Transformed the NFL’ is No. 6 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Sports Books and is available now.

Gary Myers’ book ‘Brady vs. Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry That Transformed the NFL’ is No. 6 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Sports Books and is available now.

Of course, that’s not realistic. But Brady Sr., who follows the game closely, knows the Colts are a “little more vulnerable” than they’ve been in past years, even though in the last three meetings, including two playoff games, Indy has been helpless on defense as the Patriots have outscored them 130-49 and rushed for 657 yards.

In the second half of the title game in January, after the deflated footballs were pumped up full of PSIs, Brady was 12-of-14 for 131 yards and two TDs and no INTs. The Patriots outscored the Colts, 28-0. In the first half, playing with deflated footballs, he was 11-for-21 for 95 yards with one TD and one INT and the Patriots led 17-7.

Brady is off to a red-hot start with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in New England’s 4-0 start. The Colts have the No. 28 overall defense and the No. 28 pass defense.

“I don’t have any inside information that, ‘Yeah, we’re going to pick them apart,’” Tom Sr. said. “Tommy never says that. He always says, ‘We’re going to win.’”

Belichick never shows any mercy. Brady has no compassion on the field. The Colts are in trouble.


The NFL must have a strict uniform code or you could imagine what some of these knuckleheads would come out wearing on the field. Even so, Goodell needs to tell his uniform police to lighten up. Last week, Cam Heyward, the Steelers’ defensive end, was fined $5,787 for a uniform violation for wearing his father’s name on his eye black. “Iron” was under his right eye and “Head,” was under his left. Ironhead Heyward, a former NFL running back, died from bone cancer at the age of 39 in 2006 when his son was 17. Heyward tweeted, “Got fined for honoring my Dad who bravely fought cancer on my eye black. #Nevergiveup #CancerSucks.”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and while players are wearing shoes and towels with pink in them, Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams wanted to take it a step further and wear pink accessories all season. His mother died in 2004 from breast cancer. The league said no. “I just think there’s a lot of other things we can worry about,” Heyward said. “Guys want to do right by the league. They don’t want to upset anybody. I do it to honor somebody, DeAngelo does it to honor somebody. And it shouldn’t be taken to offend anybody. We’re not trying to gain publicity by it. We grew up in this game loving it, and to be a part of it, it’s a blessing. But I want to honor people I’ve grown close to for it.”

When Johnny Unitas died in 2002, Peyton Manning wanted to honor him by wearing black high top cleats, which were Unitas’ trademark. Because as a team the Colts wore white shoes, Manning was told he would be fined $25,000 for wearing black. Manning backed off, not because of the money, but because but he didn’t want to bring anything negative to Unitas’ name. In a 2013 game against the Giants, when Brandon Marshall was with the Bears, he was fined $10,000 for wearing green shoes to bring attention to Mental Health Awareness Week.

The NFL doesn’t want players becoming billboards, although the league and its network partners have a sponsor for everything. But in the cases of Heyward, Williams, Manning and Marshall, it’s not like they were endorsing a product. The league should concentrate on cracking down on what’s really important: Make sure the players have their jerseys tucked in.


The Broncos are 5-0 because of their defense. Manning is struggling. Denver defeated the Ravens in the first week and the Raiders last week without an offensive touchdown. Manning has six TDs, seven INTs and 1,234 yards passing. His 77.3 QB rating is 30th in the league, ahead of only Ryan Tannehill, Colin Kaepernick and Matthew Stafford. Manning has thrown an interception in every game — it’s the first time he’s thrown an interception in five straight games since 2007. … Signing players from other teams to huge deals is risky and so far the Dolphins are not getting the return on their investment in Ndamukong Suh, who signed a six-year, $114 million deal, including $60 million guaranteed. Suh has 10 tackles, no sacks, the Dolphins are 1-3 and head coach Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle already have been fired. “Let’s be fair,” said Mike Tannenbaum, the Dolphins executive VP of football operations. “We signed him to a six-year contract, so we’re four games into a six-year contract. He hasn’t played as well as we hoped, we haven’t played as well as we hoped. I think we have to give it a grade of incomplete.” Tannenbaum is defending his investment. For that kind of money, Suh should be getting an A-plus.


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Gambling experts concerned about fantasy football sites

Fantasy football is big business. Going from the office pool to the internet, where leagues pay out on a weekly basis. And that is the real concern for those who work to stop problem gambling -the easy access to these football betting sites that are gaining in popularity.
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These are the TV ad’s dominating the airwaves. For fantasy football websites, Draft Kings and Fan Duel – that offer one week leagues with the potential for high payouts.
“It is exciting,  fuels your competitive drive,” said Lance Kaster of Green Bay.
Kaster, a member of the Local 5 production crew,  has long played in fantasy football leagues with friends.
Now he competes against people around the world.
“There are leagues that only cost you $2 to enter all the way up to a few hundred dollars,” said Kaster. “For me I only enter the lower money leagues.”
“For most people, they can do it for fun no issue,” said Rose Gruber from the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. “But there is that percentage of the population where that can be dangerous for them.”
Gruber says the WCPG doesn’t have any statistics yet on who is playing on these sites and how often they are logging in, but she is urging players to be cautious.
“You don’t always know who’s at high risk,” said the WCPG’s executive director. “So even if they were a social gambler, if they have risk factors, it could turn into a gambling problem.”
Gruber says signs of a gambling problem are depression and anxiety, gambling more often and increasingly spending more money.
“You want to pay attention to that because it is a good sign they may be crossing over that line – turning from social gambling to a real problem,” Gruber said.
She fears these flashy ads, drawing thousands of people in each day, may lead some like Kaster to cross that fine line. But this young man says he has everything under control.
“It is for fun,  if I win money great, if not I lose out.  But it’s not the worse thing in the world,” Kaster said.
The council has a hotline if you have a gambling problem. It’s 1-800-GAMBLE-5.

2015 NFL season opener: New England Patriots host Pittsburgh Steelers

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2015 NFL season opener: New England Patriots host Pittsburgh Steelers

James Harrison Considering Legal Action vs. NFL After Deflategate Ruling

The NFL Players Association’s successful appeal of Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension has opened the floodgates for current players who have bones to pick with the league. According toBill Phillips of WPXI in Pittsburgh, Steelers linebacker James Harrison is mulling a lawsuit against the NFL.

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“I’m just wondering how far they can go with it with the other guys that he suspended or fined at his discretion,” Harrison said.

“I’m just wondering how far they can go with it with the other guys that he suspended or fined at his discretion,” Harrison said. “Hopefully there will be other guys that fight this and be able to fight them.”

This comes after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman threw outthe four-game ban the league levied against Brady for his suspected role in the Deflategate affair.

As ProFootballTalk’s Josh Alper noted, Berman took particular exception to Commissioner Roger Goodell’s role as judge, jury and executioner and his penchant for uneven punishments for players:

While discussing reasons why a judge could overturn an arbitrator’s award under a collective bargaining agreement, Berman notes that an arbitrator “is not free to merely dispense his own brand of industrial justice.” He also notes that the “law of the shop” in the NFL is for players to be made aware of prohibited conduct and potential discipline, something that Berman finds the NFL did not do in regard to Brady.

According to Phillips, Harrison is planning on talking with the NFLPA as to whether he has legal grounds for a lawsuit against Goodell and the NFL, similar to Brady’s Deflategate suit.

Harrison has taken issue with fines Goodell has imposed on him in the past for so-called “dirty” hits. Here’s a snippet from an interview between Harrison and Paul Solotaroff in the August 2011 issue ofMen’s Journal in which the veteran linebacker explained his strong dislike for the commissioner:

When Harrison was summoned to league headquarters in November to meet with Goodell, NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson, and director of football operations Merton Hanks, he was made to watch a reel of his questionable hits plucked from four years as a starter. “They take 10 plays out of 4,000 snaps and want to know my thought process on each,” he says. “What I tried to explain to Goodell, but he was too stupid to understand, is that dudes crouch when you go to hit them. With Massaquoi, my target area was his waist and chest, but he lowered himself at the last possible second and I couldn’t adjust to his adjustment. But Goodell, who’s a devil, ain’t hearing that. Where’s the damn discretion, the common sense?”

With Judge Berman calling Goodell’s authority into question, you can understand why Harrison would want to explore whether he can receive monetary restitution for what may have been unfair fines.

The 37-year-old isn’t the first player after Brady to consider the idea. ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reported in August that Dallas Cowboysdefensive end Greg Hardy was thinking of following in Brady’s footsteps and appealing his four-game suspension to start the 2015 season.

If Hardy or Harrison takes legal action against Goodell, it could embolden others to as well. And should that happen, Goodell’s position as commissioner may become untenable.


From the Bleacher Report