petroleum wrote:I figured that Brady would get 4 games. If the image of Brady returning from suspension to face the Colts didn't make such a nice narrative then I'd expect that to get cut in half. I also figured the Patriots would loose their 1st round pick, but did not see the next year's 4th coming. I didn't really expect Belichick to get punished but think that he should have gotten a game or two just on the theory that a fish rots from the head. Overall I'm satisfied with the punishment.
However, the main problem with this--or any--NFL punishment handed down is that it all seems entirely arbitrary. No one is ever able to offer a more reasonable explanation for how the severity of the punishment was determined then saying that Goodell was playing with dice. He seems to simply pick--and sometimes change--punishment based on how much the public shows it cares about an individual case.
Additionally, the game officials should have gotten punished. The Colts write the league warning them to watch out for the Patriots tampering with the game balls. Patriots personnel leaves with the balls--without permission to do so--and vanishes with the balls. Officials panic. But once they are found the officials just go ahead and put the balls into play? Really?
Very well said, I agree, especially about goodell playing with dice, very arbitrary you would think so called "professionals" would have had a chart or grading system to dole out punishments and to increase the degree for repeat offenders. Instead goodell, goes by his "feelings" for a just punishment which usually is too severe (AP, saints) or too lenient (pats spygate,deflategate, and ray rice). They need a standard punishment system sorely. One that also takes into account repeat offenders vs first time offenders.