Ted Wells Is A Cheater, And Other Monday Thoughts

As we prepare for the Tom Brady appeal tomorrow, I’m hoping the irony isn’t lost on people that, in trying to prove that Brady and the Patriots were cheating, Ted Wells and his team, (Exponent) cheated by presenting incomplete and misleading results from their scientific analysis.

I honestly have no idea what is going to happen at the appeal tomorrow. The way this thing has gone, would anyone be surprised if Roger Goodell increased the suspension on Brady?

“We will show in this hearing that the NFL mismanaged this incident from the very start, and then spent $5 million on a bag job report which was slanted to favor the league.”

“The suspension is now six games.”

“Further, we will show that the Commissioner of the NFL failed to uphold the integrity of the game, and instead by his incompetence allowed this matter to grow in scale to the point where it led nightly national newscasts.”

“Ten games.”

“For the record, we renew our objection to Commissioner Goodell sitting in any position of authority in this hearing and our participation should not be viewed as in any way agreeing with his presence, any rulings he may make or any decision he may issue.  We reserve all rights to all legal remedies available.  Please, Commissioner Goodell, continue”

“Entire 2015 season.”

I still cannot believe we are at this point, and that so many are willing to just accept the conclusions that have been reached by the league and Ted Wells. This includes not just fans of other teams, I can see how that would happen, but media. Media people who should be interested in finding the truth, not enjoying what they believe is comeuppance for a perceived slight against their industry by a football coach.

The science of the Wells Report has been blown out of the water. What’s left is an ambiguous text message and an unrecorded phone call. Tom Brady did not “obstruct” the investigation, no matter what sports radio or television hosts may say. Even the Wells Report states that Brady was cooperative.

The more ridiculous take is that Goodell will take some time off the suspension and that Brady should just accept that, “for the good of the team.”

How exactly is Tom Brady missing ANY time, in anyway good for the team?

“His case will be a distraction for him and the team.” The Patriots have had a number of high-profile incidents around them over the years. When precisely was that the last time any so-called distraction actually impacted the results on the field? Never.

Stupid.

So Stupid.

Speaking of, I’m reminded of Ben Volin and this bit from his column yesterday:

One source believes Brady won’t get the suspension bumped down at all, with the thought that the four-game punishment was lenient on Brady to begin with.

Right. Because of the preponderance of evidence that indicates that something happened. Oh wait. There isn’t any.

*****

I haven’t watched much golf over the last few years (I actually miss when Tiger Woods was good at golf and everyone else was chasing him.) but last night’s final round of the U.S. Open was amazing. The drama was off the charts. Having it live, in prime time was almost too good to be true.

To me, golf is the sport in which the announcers are the least important. That said, the wrong announcer can ruin a telecast. Letting the scene play out, enjoying the visuals, and the inherent drama of a tight match are what makes great golf on TV. I hardly even pay attention to the broadcasters of a match.

The views from this weekend on FOX were stunning. Joe Buck was tolerable. The golf was tremendous.

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As a followup to last week and the Bob Hohler expose column in the Globe which revealed that, after much investigation, Salem State University paid Tom Brady $170,000 to speak there, the Globe published shortly thereafter that Brady donated the entire sum to charity.

The event was painted as a greedy money grab in which all Brady did was deflect questions about the Wells Report.

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I loathe to acknowledge his existence, but can anyone tell me what Shaughnessy is trying to say here?

 In December of 1964, Red Auerbach became the first NBA coach to start five black players: Bill Russell, Tom Sanders, Sam Jones, K.C. Jones, and Willie Naulls. On Sept. 1, 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first team in big league history to feature a starting lineup with nine players of color. The Red Sox last week featured a lineup with six players of color.

Sox Still Scuffling, Patriots on Vacation

Braves 5, Red Sox 2: Minor lapses add up to an eighth loss in nine games – Tim Britton looks at the latest Red Sox loss which included a John Farrell ejection.

John Farrell needs to be tougher on Red Sox players – Peter Abraham says that the manager needs to be more like Bill Belichick when he had Malcolm Butler sit out OTA practices. Wait, no, he doesn’t actually say that…

It’s a good overall look at the current state of the team, though.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington disappointed with his own performance – Jen McCaffrey has the Sox GM trying to get back on track.

James Young working to silence the doubters – Chris Forsberg has an encouraging piece on the 2014 first round pick, who basically went through a redshirt season as a rookie.

The Patriots are officially on summer vacation until training camp starts in about five weeks or so.

What we learned from Bill Belichick’s final minicamp news conference – Mike Reiss with a look at what the coach had to say before heading out to his boat.

Five predictions for the 2015 New England Patriots season – Kevin Duffy with a nice look ahead.

Foes will shoot for Patriots more than ever – Karen Guregian says that the team will have an ever-present target on its back in 2015.

Chorus of Deflategate skeptics getting louder – Tom E Curran looks at the noise starting to pick up against Roger Goodell.

The Wells Report In Context website continues to be updated, as two pages on the site are collecting articles critical of TWR:

Wells Report Critical Articles

Wells Report Critical Science Articles

Chris Gasper wants you to thank your local beat writer:

6. Media members are often subject to criticism and derision. Sometimes we deserve it. But I hope Patriots fans appreciate the yeoman work being done by the Patriots beat writers to chronicle practice sessions and provide them with updates during OTAs and minicamp while contending with players who have no identifiable numbers on them. If going sans numerals really does boost team bonding, the Patriots will win the first-ever Nobel Prize for team chemistry.

While the Patriots did this last year as well, it seems like it’s been a much bigger deal this year. (I think last year there was still a small number on the helmet.) Some have insinuated that it is done purposely to make the media’s job more difficult.

Consider what Ben Volin wrote last year when this was a novelty:

Belichick has the players practicing without numbers on their jerseys, and it’s more than a way to build team chemistry or needle reporters trying to watch practice. There’s an unspoken message that the players are all parts of one machine, working together to win a Super Bowl trophy.

Since that’s exactly what happened, should Belichick be awarded that Nobel Prize for team chemistry, Chris Gasper?

Red Sox Don’t Lose.

The Red Sox finally got back into the win column yesterday, scoring a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. Brock Holt was the star, playing second base in place of Dustin Pedroia and hitting for the cycle in the victory.

Boston Red Sox should have identified Brock Holt as an everyday player before signing Hanley Ramirez – Christopher Smith thinks that the team should’ve just penciled Holt into an outfield spot and saved $88 million.

Newest Red Sox need thicker skins – Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox need to quit worrying about the media and focus on improving.

Rebuild of Red Sox might test patience of impatient fan base, media market – Brian MacPherson says that fixing this team might take longer than some are willing to realize.

Seven straight Red Sox losses, but not a negative word to be heard here – If you missed it yesterday, Gordon Edes took a “Royal Rooter” approach to the Red Sox losing streak.

Bill Plaschke Proves That Stupid Cheating Takes Aren’t Exclusive To Patriots-Bashing – Michael Hurley takes apart the LA columnist, who seems to want to play the Gregg Doyel role in the Cardinals hacking scandal.

How Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen brought the Celtics back – Chad Finn has an enjoyable and definitive look at the New Big Three era with the Celtics, and the cast of characters and the moments that made it so memorable.

Tom Brady might be more motivated than ever – Karen Guregian says that the man who thrives on proving people wrong has the fires stoked even hotter this offseason.

Salem State foundation paid Brady $170,000 for speech – The Globe had Bob Hohler “investigate” the QB’s appearance at the University the night after the release of the Wells Report.

This fairly snarky article, which seems to be more about Brady not talking about the Wells Report and PSI, is a curious bit of investigative journalism. Imagine if the Globe used its resources to try and track down the leaks in the NFL front office which set the stage for the witch hunt atmosphere that followed? Wouldn’t that be a huge story?

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship last night, beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland. The city’s streak of not having a championship team continues.

Sorry, Dan Shaughnessy!