The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Tom Brady's petition to have his case against the NFL reheard, meaning his four-game ban continues to be upheld. While getting his suspension overturned is now a significant long shot, the Patriots quarterback does have options.
Should Brady wish to continue to fight the ban, he has 90 days to appeal to the Supreme Court. In turn, he could ask the Second Circuit for a stay of the suspension while his team prepares its latest appeal.
If the request to the Second Circuit for a stay is denied, Brady could seek a stay from the Supreme Court as it determines whether or not it will consider his case. That decision would not be decided by the entire Supreme Court, however. Instead the decision would come down from the Supreme Court Justice assigned to the Second Circuit.
The Supreme Court Justice designated to handle Second Circuit cases at the moment is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which might be good news for Brady. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by a Democratic president (Bill Clinton), and her history of decisions suggests that she might be more likely to side with labor than management.
On the other hand, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk suggests that Brady's friendship with Donald Trump could potentially muddy things. Justice Ginsburg recently called the presumed Republican nominee for president "a faker," and Trump responded on Twitter by saying Justice Ginsburg's "mind is shot" and that she should resign.
Regardless of how Ginsburg feels about any of Brady's pals, she could very well hold the key to Brady's availability for the first four weeks of this season.
It's been over six months since the Patriots and Eagles squared off in Super Bowl LII, but fans on their way to Gillette Stadium for the teams' week two preseason matchup will have trouble getting the memory out of their heads.
According to Sports Illustrated, Eagles fan Gina Lewis, who lives in Massachusetts, placed a bet with her coworker over the amount of traction one of her tweets could get. The reward for surpassing her mark? A billboard outside Gillette Stadium reminding Patriots fans of their defeat at the hands of Nick Foles and the Eagles.
After launching a GoFundMe page to pay for the billboard, Lewis had a Philadelphia-based artist named Jordan Spector design it, which is now up at the intersection of Route 1 and North Street.
While the billboard will surely draw the ire of New England fans, it's hard to be too mad knowing that five is greater than one.
Tom Brady shed some light -- a little, at least -- on his future plans this morning.
In the first of this season's scheduled interviews on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show, the Patriots quarterback said his long-term plan to continue playing into his 40s -- which he himself cast doubt upon with nebulous comments about the future on his Tom vs. Time show after the Super Bowl -- remains in place:
And, as usual, he wouldn't be drawn into any potential controversy about his contract:
As for the reported back injury he suffered earlier in camp?
Which means we'll probably see him in action Thursday:
Another talking point this offseason has been Brady's relationship with coach Bill Belichick, which has been speculated to be frayed. On the first of Belichick's weekly WEEI interviews, on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, Monday night, Belichick downplayed any friction:
Brady himself followed that same path today: