BY: ZACHARY KRUEGER
It isn't all that hard to understand.
Roger Goodell went on a witch hunt for the best quarterback in league history. Roger Goodell Won. Tom Brady was suspended for a year and a half old controversy that was probably aware of. The literal words were, "it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls."
The best quarterback in league history was suspended for four games because of something he "probably" knew about, him and his team went to and won Super Bowl LI, and Brady and his merry men are speaking on how pissed they are about everything.
And Roger Goodell doesn't like it.
At the end of the day, you can't doubt for a second that this is what Goodell ultimately wanted. The commissioner of the NFL who wishes to carry a disciplinary hammer more powerful than Thor's had the defeat of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in mind, regardless of how strong or weak the evidence to support the suspension were.
Unfortunately for Goodell, in a battle that he thought he won, he actually lost, big time. If he's honest with himself, he'd admit this sooner rather than later.
It all started when the Patriots departed from their plane in Houston for Super Bowl LI, and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was seen dawning a shirt featuring Goodell wearing a clown nose.
It's actually a beautiful shirt, here it is in full.
This wasn't the way it was supposed to go for Goodell and company, as I'm sure the thing he dreaded most was the notion that Brady and Belichick would actually manage to reel off another Super Bowl in the same year his chase of Brady came to a stop, with Goodell (or so he thought) emerging the victory.
The Patriots and Brady took their pill, swallowed it, and said very little following the suspension in way of their thoughts of Goodell or the injustice that had just been served to them. How can you even begin to comfortably speak out against a league commissioner who has proven his desire and ability to suspend anybody in the league at any time, regardless of proof or how irrelevant a cause has become.
The only person who had not yet removed "Deflategate" from his mind was Roger Goodell. The rest of the world was ready to forget about and move on from what was largely a trivial cause.
Unfortunately for Goodell, his idea of a perfect victory was thwarted when Patriots running back James White took a game-winning touchdown into the end zone, completing a 25-point comeback (the largest in Super Bowl history) for the team's fifth title under Brady/Belichick.
Suddenly it all was finally hitting the fan, and the Patriots were putting on the ultimate troll job for the league commissioner. So much so that Tom Brady even had a commercial prepared in advance for when he and the Patriots would be the eventual champs.
Of course, who can forget the sea of boos Goodell had to get through from every Patriots fan in the crowd as he stood at the podium with Patriots owner Robert Kraft to present him with the Lombardi Trophy?
The booing of Goodell was one of the most awkward moments I have ever witnessed in sports. I've never seen somebody look so uncomfortable, as he stood there and took the boos for a second or two, thinking he was playing along and it would be over.
Then it kept going.
Finally, Goodell ceded the Lombardi Trophy over to Kraft, and the crowd erupted into cheers, but only after we were all forced to watch the NFL commissioner completely eat his words, and do just enough to appear classy and scurry off the national stage.
The trolling was only just beginning however, as the Patriots' parade featured some of the following anti-Goodell images.
Of course what has Goodell upset is the fact that Patriots players feel as though they can speak freely now with their displeasure for the man who took their leader from them for what seems like nothing more than an attempt to prove a point.
In the same way the Patriots, all of Massachusetts and anybody else who more or less remained silent in the face of adversity, Roger, it is time for you to do the same.
Reports have recently come out of Goodell's camp that he and some league executives are unhappy with the events that transpired from the Patriots following the Super Bowl, and of course with Matt Patricia's t-shirt.
This is a vendetta that was started by Goodell and ended by the Patriots at the Super Bowl. Can one really expect a team and fan base that that was viciously pursued by the league commissioner to now remain silent when they have the opportunity to throw a league championship in his face?
Much less, a team and fan base from Boston?
Of course not.
Goodell played his best role as the bully, and had to of been beyond excited when he realized he came out victorious in his greatest pursuit of one person ever.
But, like any bully, Goodell is another one who can dish it but not take it, and his camp, embarrassingly enough, is letting media know about it.
Perhaps at this point, the best thing you can do is finally let everything go. Accept the victory where you had it, and accept the loss you have just received.
I hope I'm not putting this out there too late, but I'm not a Patriots fan. Not even close. I have no love or disdain for Tom Brady, but I cannot stand having my sports mornings filled with the same old Deflategate story for a year and a half, and would much rather the see the one who kept pushing it when the case should have been closed, suffer the consequences for it.
Unfortunately for Goodell, he now gets to. Fortunately for us, this mess should finally be over.