|Tom Brady Sr.: Roger Goodell’s recent comments on PSI information ‘laughable’||02.04.16 at 9:42 am ET|
While it is unlikely Tom Brady will comment on Roger Goodell’s recent remarks on the NFL doing “spot checks” and not a research study taking PSI readings from footballs in random games over the course of the the 2015 season, his dad is doing the talking for him.
“What the league did this year was what we do with a lot of rules and policies designed to protect the integrity of the game and that is to create a deterrent effect — that we do spot checks to prevent and make sure the clubs understand that we’re watching these issues,” Goodell said on The Rich Eisen Show Tuesday. “It wasn’t a research study. They simply were spot checks.”
Goodell didn’t say if the league would be releasing the data.
“That’s laughable. It’s just laughable,” Brady Sr. said in an interview with Christopher Gasper of The Boston Globe. “I don’t unfortunately think it was in the league’s best interest to release something that exonerated Tom. All the rest of it is nonsense. It’s air.”
It’s been a long year for both Brady and his family. The quarterback’s dad wished it would have ended differently on the field.
“It’s been a crazy, difficult year. It’s disappointing we didn’t cap it off in Santa Clara,” Brady Sr. said.
As tough as the year has been on everyone, Brady Sr. said he and his wife are trying to not let it affect them on a day-to-day basis.
“My wife and I have decided as it affected us last year, we’re not going to let it affect us moving forward,” he said. “We’re trying to forgive an obvious plastering of our son’s reputation. We’re trying to say, you know what, forgive and forget. As a Christian, it is eating me up inside. It ate my wife up. It’s had to do. It’s easy to be bitter.”
As of Wednesday night, Brady Sr. did not know if his son would attend Super Bowl 50, as part of the NFL honoring the previous Super Bowl MVPs.
|Tom Brady tells Derek Jeter Patriots ‘blew it’ in AFC championship game loss to Broncos||02.03.16 at 1:15 pm ET|
Prior to Michigan’s National Signing Day event, presented Derek Jeter’s website The Players’ Tribune, Tom Brady and Jeter caught up with one another.
A video posted to The Players’ Tribune’s Facebook page caught Brady talking about the end of the Patriots’ season, a 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.
“[The season] ended a few weeks too early,” Brady said. “Blew it. We had a good chance.”
See for yourself as Brady talks about the game at the :30 second mark.
Tom Brady and Derek Jeter together at Michigan Football #SigningDay. playerstribu.ne/signingday
Posted by The Players’ Tribune on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
There was some speculation that Von Miller was the anonymous Denver defender who told reporters after the AFC title game that he tried to “rub my nuts” on Tom Brady‘s face at some point during the 20-18 win for the Broncos.
“I tried to lay on him a few times,” the anonymous player said. “I tried to rub my nuts on his face.”
But Wednesday, Miller told our friends at Larry Brown Sports that it wasn’t him.
“It wasn’t me. If it was me, I would have said it,” Miller said. “I don’t have a problem saying how I feel to the media or whoever I’m playing. But it wasn’t me. I was just going to the game, just trying to have a great day, trying to rush with DeMarcus (Ware), trying to have a historical day. It wasn’t me though.”
At the same time, despite Miller’s protestations, it’s hard to ignore evidence like this.
|Tom Brady praises Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh: ‘Greatness starts at the top’||at 12:44 pm ET|
Brady joined a cast of former athletes and celebrities who introduced Michigan’s incoming class, which was streamed online via The Players’ Tribune website. The current Patriots quarterback noted how different things are today then when he committed to the school in the mid-1990s.
“It was nothing like it is now, so I hope these young men that come in here understand that it was not always like this, but there are quite a few challenges they will have to overcome,” Brady said. “There was a great saying obviously at Michigan, ‘Those who stay will be champions.'”
Brady said he watches every Michigan game still to this day and noted how happy he was when Jim Harbaugh was named the head coach last season.
“I watch every single game. I follow it on the plane,” Brady said. “I think our biggest recruiting day last year was when we got Coach Harbaugh back. I think like every organization, greatness starts at the top and I have competed against him, and lost. We got the right man for the job.”
The quarterback discussed the transition from living in California to moving to Michigan and the cold winter months.
“It was rough. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. My roommate and some of my best friends are from here and they taught my some of the ropes,” Brady said. “They taught me what a North Face jacket was.”
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|Adam Schefter on D&C: ‘The league made up the rules as they went along’ regarding checking footballs||at 11:42 am ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss Roger Goodell’s comments to the media about Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
While addressing the media on Tuesday, Goodell announced that he would not be releasing the PSI data the league had previously claimed to be collecting. He said that the league only conducted “spot checks” and that no violations were found. This has left Patriots fans outraged, wondering if that data could have helped prove Tom Brady‘s innocence.
“I’ll say this, if the numbers came out and supported the league’s contention, I’m just guessing here, we probably would have heard more about that … but that didn’t happen,” Schefter said, adding: “The league has been, I think, inconsistent. In this particular case, the league made up the rules as they went along.”
Around this time last year, deflated footballs seemed to be of the utmost importance to Goodell and the NFL. Now, it seems the league has changed its tune.
“The league made a huge deal out of the Patriots’ footballs, but then this year I think it probably got a little bit more educated on the topic, more educated than it was at that particular time,” Schefter said. “I think that reflected that it was more along the lines of what people in New England thought and not along the lines of what people across the rest of the league might have thought.”
Patriots fans aren’t the only ones criticizing the Patriots offensive line after their 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship game just over a week ago, a game Tom Brady was hit 20 times in.
Appearing on Boston Herald radio Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered his thoughts on the game.
Trump was asked if he would ask Brady to campaign for him in New Hampshire in advance of next weeks primary and the presidential candidate noted Brady probably isn’t feeling so good after the loss.
“I think he would if I asked him to. I don’t know if I want to ask him to do that, you know, right now he doesn’t feel so great because of what happened,” Trump said. “He was really mauled. I’ll tell you the offensive line was not exactly giving him lots of protection, unfortunately.
“But, he is the finest guy. He not only is a great athlete, a great quarterback, but he is a fine person. A great guy. New England, the whole area there, they are very lucky to have Tom.”
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