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Judge rules in favor of Tom Brady; smacks down NFL and Roger Goodell

The Deflategate mess has blown up in the face of Roger Goodell and the NFL. They took a misdemeanor infraction by Tom Brady and turned it into a Watergate-level scandal.

Goodell’s foolishness may not hurt the NFL in today’s reality TV world where any exposure seems to be good exposure, but the NFL was coming off one of the most exciting playoffs and Super Bowl in years, and there has been little talk about those great games.

Goodell has become an embarrassment, and this decision, whether upheld or not on appeal, has really harmed the integrity of the league.

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Does anyone believe Art Briles?

Former Baylor University football player Sam Ukwuachu has been convicted of raping a fellow student.

But there’s much more to this story.

Ukwuachu had been dismissed from the team at Boise State due to violent incidents, and then he transferred to Baylor. When asked if he was aware of the circumstances around Ukwuachu dismissal.

Washington’s Chris Peters, who as the Boise State coach at the time, immediately called out Briles as a liar in a statement: “After Sam Ukwuachu was dismissed from the Boise State football program and expressed an interest in transferring to Baylor, I initiated a call with coach Art Briles. In that conversation, I thoroughly apprised Coach Briles of the circumstances surrounding Sam’s disciplinary record and dismissal.”

Have we seen many instances of a high-profile coach calling out another coach like this?

Does anyone believe Art Briles?

Some are already saying Briles should be fired if he lied.

Baylor claims it will thoroughly investigate, and they should probably start with their own ca,pus police who seem to have dropped the ball on the initial investigation.

But we’ll see how thoroughly Baylor President Kenneth Starr (yeah, that Kenneth Starr) takes this. All Briles correspondence on this matter, including emails, need to be reviewed.

As Paul Finebaum just stated on ESPN, this doesn’t pass the smell test.

Briles should have come clean and explained he tried to give Ukwuachu a second chance. Up until the Ray Rice fiasco, this has been common practice in the NFL and college football. Now things have changed, and teams need to be much ore careful about these situations. Briles would have taken some heat, but lying makes this so much worse.

The RGIII mess in Washington

Things keep deteriorating for Robert Griffin III in Washington. He was hurt again against the Lions, and now the debate begins as everyone tries to assign blame.

Given the offensive play of the Washington offensive line, some are naturally making the argument that Jay Gruden should have sat RGIII earlier in the preseason game.

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Rex Ryan signs Ik Enemkpali

The New York Jets are still a joke, and now Rex Ryan may be bringing the clown show to Buffalo.

After breaking Geno Smith’s jaw with a punch, linebacker Ik Enemkpali was signed by the Buffalo Bills.

This may work out for Buffalo, as Rex knows this player from last season and many feel he’s a promising, young linebacker. But right now Rex isn’t going to get the benefit of the doubt, as it remains to be seen if his run in Buffalo can be better than his tenure in New York.

Meanwhile, are the Jets worse off now that Geno Smith is on the bench? That’s a pretty lame situation if you think you might be better of with Ryan Fitzpatrick!

Johnson Claims Open Championship Crown Following Thrilling Play-Off

After a pulsating final day at St Andrews, the American outsider Zach Johnson claimed the £1,000,000 Open Championship prize after a thrilling play-off with Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman.

As Johnson picked up the Claret Jug, the adulation of the crowd and the thrill of claiming a second major, many of his opponents watched on with envy. At one point in Monday’s final round – delayed due to the high winds experienced on Saturday – 12 players were within one shot of the lead.

But as the pressure mounted during the final 18 holes, many contenders – including two-time major winner Jordan Spieth, Australian Jason Day and the Irish amateur Paul Dunne – fell by the wayside, leaving just Johnson, former Open winner Oosthuizen and Leishman in the mix.

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