Deflategate

Joe Montana is still as cool as ever, which is valuable to the NFL, a league with identity issues. (Jay Mariotti/S.F. Examiner)

Montana still reigns over a city, a sport

His hair is silver now, the color of four Vince Lombardi Trophies,…

 

New England quarterback Tom Brady shouts during the Patriots’ divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The NFL wants Brady to return to the Super Bowl because it’s what will make the league the most money. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Brady, Patriots trigger scorn — and buzz

DENVER — The new conspiracy theory is Son Of Deflategate, a bastard son…

 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell leaves federal court in New York on Aug. 31, 2015. Goodell's four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was overruled Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman. (Richard Drew/AP)

Limp, inept Goodell smacked down

The grease for Roger Goodell’s slide into corporate infamy was applied almost…

 

In this April 31, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves Federal court in New York.  (Richard Drew/AP)

It’s not over yet: What’s next in the ‘Deflategate’ mess

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Seven months. At least $3 million spent on lawyers…

In this April 31, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves Federal court in New York.  (Richard Drew/AP)
In this Aug. 12, 2015, photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court in New York. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

‘Deflategate’ judge says Brady suspension in jeopardy

NEW YORK — Tom Brady might have reason to practice more intensely…

In this Aug. 12, 2015, photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court in New York. (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses a room full of reporters to make a statement condemning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's action upholding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four game "Deflategate" suspension. (Stephan Savoia/AP Photo)

Brady fights on, files lawsuit to stop suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his "Deflategate" suspension…

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses a room full of reporters to make a statement condemning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's action upholding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four game "Deflategate" suspension. (Stephan Savoia/AP Photo)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is seen before Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Ariz.  (Gregory Payan/AP)

Our National Headache

Tom Brady is 37 years old. He looks 27 years old. And…

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is seen before Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Ariz.  (Gregory Payan/AP)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at an event at Salem State University on May 7, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Brady: A modern-day Nixon

Well, so much for the 2024 presidential bid. Unless you are Nixonian…

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at an event at Salem State University on May 7, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)
In this June 23, 2015, file photo, New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady arrives for his appeal hearing at NFL headquarters in New York. Brady's 4-game suspension has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.  (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Brady’s suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NEW YORK — Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using…

In this June 23, 2015, file photo, New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady arrives for his appeal hearing at NFL headquarters in New York. Brady's 4-game suspension has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.  (Mark Lennihan/AP)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to reporters during the NFL's spring meetings in San Francisco last month. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Roger and out: If Goodell lets Brady off hook, he should resign

Maybe it’s summer apathy, a basic loathing of Roger Goodell or the…

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to reporters during the NFL's spring meetings in San Francisco last month. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Matt Slocum/AP file photoDespite the scorn of Deflategate and a four-game suspension

Spander: Deflategate won't diminish Brady's greatness

That’s enlightening, to find out the New England Patriots’ locker room guy,…

Matt Slocum/AP file photoDespite the scorn of Deflategate and a four-game suspension
Elise Amendola/AP file photoThe Patriots’ Tom Brady

Mariotti: Brady, no Montana, is latest in endless line of cheats

Never, ever forget the fundamental ill of cheating in sports: It's a…

Elise Amendola/AP file photoThe Patriots’ Tom Brady
John Bazemore/AP file photoMajor League Baseball had already beefed up security around baseballs for game use before Deflategate became public.

MLB pumps up ball security after Tom Brady flap

NEW YORK — Even before Tom Brady was penalized, Major League Baseball…

John Bazemore/AP file photoMajor League Baseball had already beefed up security around baseballs for game use before Deflategate became public.
Charles Krupa/APDuring an event at Salem State University

Balls: Brady Bunch must go down hard

Bully for the NFL. It got this one right. Balls never thought…

Charles Krupa/APDuring an event at Salem State University
Charles Krupa/APPatriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives via helicopter for a speaking engagement at Salem State University on Thursday.

Patriots' Brady says deflated footballs hasn't detracted from title

SALEM, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday night…

Charles Krupa/APPatriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives via helicopter for a speaking engagement at Salem State University on Thursday.
Matt Slocum/AP file photoTom Brady and the Patriots should have their recent Super Bowl title vacated after the deflated-balls scandal in the AFC title game.

Mariotti: For Deflategate, Patriots must vacate

Lance Armstrong deliberately broke the rules and was stripped of his seven…

Matt Slocum/AP file photoTom Brady and the Patriots should have their recent Super Bowl title vacated after the deflated-balls scandal in the AFC title game.