Not sure the Pats, their coach, their fans and their front office and owner grasp that from now on the officials are now going to watch them like hawks. Because there are 31 other teams (3 of whom faced serious discipline for owners, players and coaches with the Colts, Ravens and Saints) who are no doubt fed up with the Pats bending every rule.
A smart commissioner would get the NFLPA to the table right now to hammer out an agreement on discipline for on and off field issues that would make it less susceptible to this nonsense. Would need to include outside arbitration, schedule of specific fines or suspensions for specific instances misconduct, and appeal process that doesn't make the Commissioner the arbiter of appeals, among other things. Clear the court had a big problem with the process and really did not address the merits of whether Brady cheated at all.
Preface this by saying if Brady cooperated and showed some contrition for "making a mistake" from the beginning, this would have been a fine and 1 day story. SImply wonder how Jim Irsay, or Sean Payton or Jon Vilma feel today. Suspect you have at least 2 and probably 31 other NFL franchises that are not very happy right now that one franchise can do whatever it wants.
Having a war over the barren terrain of that is John Idzik's accomplishments(and are there any?) is a waste of bandwidth. Might be fair to consider there was a lot of dead wood, but anyone can pare roster back if you are willing to suck for a season or 2. The trick is drafting and building. The owner screwed up not canning Ryan with Tannenbaum. Richy Rich with his love for Rex Ryan precluded numerous quality GM candidates at that time. And appears so far he has remedied that mistake. Could be wrong, but so far (before a real game is played!) Bowles and MacCagnan look like serious professional football guys. Move forward.
Sorry, but the trailer looks like he's doing an imitation of Bill Burr, a Boston guy who does resemble Whitey Bulger a bit, doing Whitey Bulger. If they really cared about what the guy looked adn sounded like, they should've simply cast Burr. Not sure Depp has done a role without piles of makeup since "Donnie Brasco", in whiich he was excellent. Cumberpatch as the brother is interesting, since Cumberpatch is very tall and Billy Bulger is almost a midget.
The guy has little kids running around his house. Unless he's a total POS husband and father( a definite possibility) there is no way he sees every game.Between little league, soccer, dance classes, shopping, et al if you have kids your nights and weekends are filled with their stuff. And when you get home you're often exhausted or simply trying to get dinner on the table, get the homework done, and the kids in bed. Would it kill him to say I DON'T KNOW every so often?
Saw the 1st episode of Ed Burns' "Public Morals". A little too cop show cliche, but some decent actors-Michael Rappaport, Timothy Hutton, Brian Dennehy. As it happens, my dad worked with Ed Burns Sr. in NYPD Public Morals in the 1960s, and my father-in-law was drinking buddy of his. Not sure I'd be inclined to watch much more otherwise.