Curran: NFL can accept high-fives for its pyrrhic victory

Curran: NFL can accept high-fives for its pyrrhic victory

Tom Brady’s facing fourth-and-forever now in his fight to have his absurd Deflategate suspension overturned.

With the Second Circuit’s decision to refuse an en banc hearing of Brady’s appeal (of the NFL’s successful appeal that trumped Brady’s successful appeal, which came after his unsuccessful appeal to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell), Brady and his NFLPA legal team can now craft an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ask yourself this: If the Second Circuit wasn’t willing to rehear this case, in which an arbitrator changed the rules during an appeal hearing in a case in which he meted out his own brand of industrial justice, why would SCOTUS think it’s relevant for them to intercede? All the amicus briefs, opinions and effort expended to point out -- rightly -- that Goodell and the NFL ran a bag-job investigation and a dog-and-pony show appeal hearing had no impact. The main reason? The NFL and the NFLPA collectively bargained to give Goodell the right to be the emperor, henchman and hanging judge. Not a lot of industries do that, so why should SCOTUS spend it’s time on that?

My man Michael McCann from does point out that Brady can ask for a stay of his suspension while the appeal to SCOTUS unfolds. It will be up to them to decide whether a) Brady has a good chance of winning the appeal there (or even having it heard) or b) Brady suffering irreparable harm if the suspension is carried out and his case is ultimately heard and the decision is again vacated.

The first is very unlikely. The second? What do you think?

The only other way Brady will avoid missing all of September’s games would be to throw himself on the mercy of the NFL and ask to cut a deal. Fat f****** chance. Brady and the NFLPA haven’t carried it to this point to bend a knee and ask for benevolence. And the NFL isn’t going to feel much sympathy for the union, Brady, the Patriots or the New England fanbase after being treated like a piñata and having its ethics and competency questioned for the past 18 months.

So the NFL and Goodell will take their victory lap over the next few days while Brady and the NFLPA try to figure a way out of, or around, this.

There will be plenty of awkward high-fiving on Park Avenue or at whatever vacation location the NFL suits are staying at currently. Helluva win for them. They suspended the best quarterback of this or maybe any generation for a quarter of a season and are on the verge of having that stand up.

Brady will miss his first games since 2008 when his knee was destroyed. The NFL -- not just Goodell but Troy Vincent, Mike Kensil, Jeff Pash, Ted Wells, the Colts, Ravens, and the cabal of vindictive owners who wanted the Patriots brought to heel -- will get its pound of flesh and the scar will be visible on Brady’s legacy.

Congrats, boys.

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion. 

The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.

Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

1:20 - Despite throwing a depleted roster out there, the Celtics were able to get back in the win column vs. the Magic. Michael Holley and Tommy Heinsohn break down the win.

6:17 - Finally, the Patriots have done something! On Friday night it was reported that New England signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn as well as running back Jeremy Hill. Tom Curran, Alex Giaimo and Ben Volin discuss the impact these additions will have on the team.

11:05 - While the Celtics were able to pull out the win on Friday, the team did announce that Marcus Smart is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. A. Sherrod Blakely expresses his optimism on Smart’s return for the playoffs.