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Kraft Goes All Al Davis on Goodell

Charles Robinson, Yahoo Sports

Patriots Will Be Just Fine Without Brady

Bill Barnwell, The Triangle

Brady, Goodell Deserve Mess - You Don't

Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report

Brady Ready to Sack Goodell in Court

Daniel J. Flynn, Breitbart Sports

Tom Brady and Robert Kraft now have an inkling of what it feels like to be poor and trapped inside our criminal justice system. "I was wrong to put my faith in the league," Kraft, ...(full article)

The NFL is on a crusade to destroy its best player and ambassador. That is what one of the league's most powerful owners has asserted. This is powerful stuff from New England Pat...(full article)

When the NFL confirmed Tuesday that Roger Goodell was upholding Tom Brady’s four-game suspension and denying the Patriots quarterback’s appeal, it sparked all kinds of ...(full article)

Tom Brady deserves this. He can't get away scot-free after foisting upon the world cellphone shenanigans, The Deflator, Donald Yee, a middle-school plea for Facebook sympathy and...(full article)

Roger Goodell doubled down on dumb. The commissioner consistently plays bad hands this way. People losing the house’s rather than their own money often do. The scandal of Roger...(full article)

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