The New England Patriots fans perform a card stunt commemorating their Super Bowl win before their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Gregory Payan/AP hide caption

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up the game ball after a game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass., in January. A judge erased Brady's four-game suspension for "deflategate" last week. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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Deford: When It Comes To The Courtroom, Bet On The Players

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket Ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday. The NFL Players Union has sued to get a judge to void Goodell's four-game suspension of Tom Brady in the "deflategate" scandal. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Deford: When 'Deflategate' Dust Settles, Put Goodell Out To Pasture

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, seen here arriving at NFL headquarters last month, sought to destroy evidence in the "deflategate" incident, says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The Other Sacred Thing Tom Brady Squashed: Sportsmanship

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft shows the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the crowd during a parade in Boston on Feb. 4. He said Tuesday his team won't appeal the punishment handed to it by the NFL in connection with the "Deflategate" scandal. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 season, for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL." Larry W. Smith/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots was named MVP of the Patriots' Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks. A new NFL report suggests he was aware of cheating by team personnel who tampered with game balls. Jamie Squire/Getty Images hide caption

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Malcolm Butler (right) of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass intended for Ricardo Lockette of the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Tennis Court Offers A Good Lesson For The NFL

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, seen here on Jan. 18, says he "had no knowledge" about the controversy over deflated footballs "until Monday morning." Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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