So today is d-day in the NFL for their Tom Brady appeal. Now I don't want this to degenerate into a Patriots cheat blah blah blah... I'd like an honest discussion how you all think this may fully turn out. It's my personal opinion that Brady should not have even been suspended. I've come to that of my own accord after listening to moths of rhetoric from both sides. I think the Wells Report (which I am sad to admit I read in full) is so badly inaccurate. There is no proof that the footballs were even physically deflated, let alone that Brady had any knowledge of the situation. The text messages between McNally and Jastremski cannot be ignored, but also do not prove anything beyond two guys talking shadily. I'm not one of those Patriot fanboi types that think they are totally free from blame here, however, I also don't think anything here warranted a $1 million fine, 2 draft picks and the quarterback being suspended 4 games. If anything, a $50,000 team fine would suffice for the evidence they have. Something else about this story that's been sticking in my craw... A local sports radio talk show host (and there are a lot of you in this area, like me, so you may have at least heard of him), Michael Felger, has been harping that if the Patriots just copped to the deflating (because he's convinced they did, and he's too stubborn to hear otherwise), then this would have just all gone away and nothing more than a fine and maybe a late round draft pick would be the penalty. Every time I hear him say this, I want to reach through my radio and punch him, because it's so inaccurate. My feeling is that if they copped to deflating (whether they actually did or not), they would have given the league the "smoking gun" that they lack to have fully dropped the hammer. Part of the reason the penalties were so harsh was, as they said, that the Patriots are repeat offenders. They have no proof the Patriots did anything wrong, and if they admitted they did, then I think the penalties would have been MORE severe, not less. Anyway, in the end, what I think WILL happen and what SHOULD happen, are completely different. What SHOULD happen is that Goodell admits he and his office are incompetent, that they buggered this investigation and overreacted to false reports leaked by members of HIS own office. He should apologize, say they are going to investigate their own office for poor morality statutes and tell Tom Brady his suspension has been fully lifted and all prejudice removed. He should also step down and admit he is not capable of handling things as commissioner because too many situations have been bungled under his watch. Of course, they can dress it up to not make him look SO incompetent. What I think WILL happen is that Goodell will continue to wield the enormous power afforded to him. Remove two games from Brady's suspension citing overreaction to not having enough evidence against Brady and state the two games remaining are due to not cooperating with the league. He will also paint Brady into a corner and attempt to make this ruling contingent on Brady not going further to court. I believe Brady will then back down and not pursue further (even though I think he should, if this is in fact what happens). *WHEW* What do you all think?