Tom Brady court appeal denied

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will finally have to serve the 4-game suspension levied on him by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell back in May of 2015.

Brady tried to get the U.S. Court Appeals for the Second Circuit to rehear his case. They issued a one-page document earlier today denying his petition.  His only chance now is to get his case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, something they will almost certainly not do.

Then again, the U.S. Supreme Court named George W. Bush the president even though Al Gore, inventor of both the Internet and global warming, received the most votes. Who knows what the top court in all the land will do at any given time. Most of its members are too old to be Walmart door greeters. We shouldn’t be overly surprised by anything they do.

The cheating cheater known as Tom Brady is a spoiled baby. He cheated in the AFC Championship Game, using under inflated, easier to catch footballs. Instead of taking his suspension like a man, or what passes as a man in Massachusetts, he tried to use the courts to get out of paying the price for his wretched dishonesty. I wish he could be suspended for more than four games. He wasted everyone’s time. He should be penalized for that.

I hate Tom Brady. Religious cult leader and conveyor of folksy wisdom Will Rogers once said he hadn’t met a man he didn’t like. I would like to point out that Will Rogers obviously never met Tom Brady.

ESPN fired Bill Simmons

ESPN, the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports, fired its long-time podcaster, columnist, creator of content, and provocateur, Bill Simmons. Grandland, the website founded by Simmons, will remain under the control of ESPN. As of this morning, Simmons is still listed prominently on the Grantland website and he’s still identified as its editor-in-chief.

I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner. He’s been suspended by ESPN many times for saying controversial things on Twitter and his podcast. Last year, he was suspended three weeks for saying on his The B.S. Report podcast that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was lying about the league’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

When your employer suspends you for three weeks, you have to figure the next rung on the punishment ladder is termination.

The final straw appears to be an unsanctioned appearance on The Dan Patrick Show. ESPN employees are forbidden on appearing on the former ESPN anchor’s radio show without permission. Simmons appeared on the show on Thursday, May 7, without a signed permission slip. He was then let go by ESPN the very next day.

I used to listen to The B.S. Report fairly regularly, but recently, I’ve found it impossible to listen to. Simmons has a certain shtick about him and that shtick can go a long way. Also, he has a weird nastily-toned voice. It can be grating to the ears. He recently began another podcast for ESPN, an NBA centric show called Bill Don’t Lie. I never listened to it, but from what I understand, it was pretty awful.

I was looking forward to hearing his take on the Wells report, the special report commissioned by the NFL over allegations that Tom Brady and the rest of the New England Patriots cheated in the AFC Championship with underinflated footballs. Bill Simmons is originally from the New England area and can always be counted on to be a unapologetic homer for any New England area sports team. Like most male sports fans from New England, Bill Simmons has a heterosexual crush on Tom Brady.

It would have been entertaining listening to him excuse Brady’s cheating.

 

If you have a problem with the Ray Rice story, blame Diane Ruberton

It seems the entire sports world has been wringing its collective hands over the Ray Rice elevator video. Some have been calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to be fired over his handling of the entire situation.

It’s hard to watch the video and understand how Goodell could suspend Rice for only two games. What I have an even harder time understanding is how Diane Ruberton, the First Assistant Prosecutor of Atlantic County, New Jersey, could look at that video and then allow Rice to avoid a trial or even admitting guilt. Unlike Goodell, Ruberton is paid a salary to make sure people like Rice pay for their crimes.

That didn’t happen in this case.

Ray Rice punched a woman, not because he was defending himself, but because he was angry. He’s not allowed to do that. This is the United States of America, not Iran or Saudi Arabia.

If Ruberton did her job, the job the people of Atlantic County paid her to do, Rice would have gone through a criminal trial. He would have had to answer in a court of law for what he did, what he can be seen doing on the security video. The fact that he did not have to do that was because of a failure of the criminal justice system, not because of the National Football League or its idiot commissioner.

Everyone has a function in our society. Roger Goodell’s function is to oversee a silly, yet very popular sports league. Diane Ruberton’s function is to make sure bad people pay for the crimes they commit in the legal jurisdiction of Atlantic County. It’s Ruberton who ultimately failed to do their job, not Goodell.