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Why would anyone believe the NFL on PSI?

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Why would anyone believe the NFL on PSI?

The NFL might release its randomly collected PSI levels from the 2015 season.

Oh. Neat.

People honestly expect the NFL to release information that undermines the ongoing court case against the NFLPA and Tom Brady (which must be running in the $5M range by now), proves the $5M Wells Report was a witch hunt and a bag job, unveils the ineptitude of the league office and exonerates Brady and the Patriots?

Here we are, buried under the NFL’s avalanche of lies, false leaks, misdirections, evaded questions and self-righteousness in this affair and now we’re going to reach a dying hand up and say, “Lemme see the numbers you collected?”

Numbers, we must add, that were collected by guys who have a hard time executing a coin flip. Numbers taken with gauges that are sometimes left back at the hotel?

But we really want to see what the NFL’s “findings” are?

Apparently. Because prior to Mike Florio’s report from Monday night that the NFL is contemplating this disclosure, I’ve been asked dozens of times on Twitter, Facebook, by email and in-person to find out when or if we’d see the data.

I haven’t really had much interest in them myself.

First off, evidence vindicating Brady does nothing to help the NFL’s ongoing appeal of Judge Berman’s September 3 decision. If Berman’s decision stands, Roger Goodell’s despotic power takes a major hit and the league will lose – through precedent – the disciplinary cudgel Goodell believes he was handed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Second, do you realize how stupid the league will look if the data shows that the balls lost air pressure because of Mother Nature and not The Deflator, Dorito Dink or Brady? This thing got humiliating for the league long before last September. Even owners that wanted to see the Patriots get their comeuppance and recoiled at the haughtiness of Robert Kraft demanding apologies were begging for the thing to end in August. You think someone like Giants’ owner John Mara is going to throw his weight behind full disclosure if it’s disclosed that the whole thing was a waste of time, effort, money and aggravation?

Finally, and most importantly, the NFL can’t be trusted on this issue.

A quick refresher:

The league allowed a Colts equipment man to stick a needle into a Patriots football to take a PSI measurement during the first half of the AFC Championship last January.

Mike Kensil, the NFL’s Senior VP of game operations, chose to first break the news to a Patriots employee that the footballs the Patriots used in the first half of the AFCCG lost some air by saying to Patriots equipment man Dave Schoenfeld, “We weighed the balls. You are in big f------ trouble.”

Next, another NFL operations hack, Dave Gardi, sent false PSI information to Patriots owner Robert Kraft which exaggerated how much air the Patriots footballs lost and lied about the PSI levels of the Colts’ footballs.

Then it was leaked to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that 11 of 12 Patriots footballs were underinflated by two PSI.

The NFL tried to pawn off Ted Wells as being an independent investigator. As did Wells. They finally gave up that lie in court.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s VP of Operations either lied to Ted Wells about his recollection of when he first heard that the Patriots were suspected of deflating balls or he lied in Tom Brady’s appeal in June.

Goodell lied  and lied and lied.

I can’t keep going, but you get the jist.

And hopefully, you also get the point. If you never see any of these randomly collected PSI numbers, that’s because they don’t make the NFL’s case. And if you do, the NFL probably ginned them up anyway. Why would they act differently now?

Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

Shawne Merriman is no fan of the New England Patriots, but his son's allegiances seems to differ a bit.

The former Los Angeles Chargers star posted a Father's Day tweet Sunday with a photo of his son getting ready to buy a Tom Brady Patriots jersey with a Super Bowl LI patch, and the three-time Pro Bowler's reaction is priceless. 

A Brady jersey probably is the last piece of NFL apparel that Merriman would want his son to buy, given his history with the Patriots.

Merriman still hasn't forgotten about the Patriots coming into San Diego and defeating the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round. It was the Chargers' best team in a long time, and after the Patriots won in dramatic fashion, some New England players mocked Merriman's sack dance during the on-field celebrations. Chargers players weren't happy at all.

But hey, props to Merriman's son, he knows greatness when he sees it. And he's not alone, evidenced by Brady once again leading all NFL players in royalties from sales of items including jerseys.

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Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

The Raptors saw an estimated 1.5 million people flood the streets of Toronto on Wednesday for the team's first NBA championship parade.

Tom Brady's reaction? Challenge accepted.

Here's the New England Patriots quarterback's simple yet effective tweet upon seeing the massive turnout in Toronto:

Brady knows a thing or two about highly-attended championship parades: Roughly 1.5 million people came out in Boston just four months ago to watch the Patriots celebrate their sixth Super Bowl title.

That attendance number was a record for the city's many Patriots title parades, but it appears the Raptors matched that Monday.

So, Brady and Co. will just have to win a seventh championship to raise the bar yet again next February.

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