Let me break it down for all those people wondering what those cleverly laced together words actually mean. Basically Tom Brady's suspension is being reinstated not because it was proven that he didn't act in accordance with league rules, but because it doesn't matter if he acted in accordance with league rules as long as Roger Goodell says he didn't. The Patriots won the DeflateGate argument in the sense that the NFL's "evidence" was circumstantial at best. The NFL won the DeflateGate argument in the sense that they never even needed evidence to begin with. The Wells Report? That was just 250+ pages to silence the critics and persuade the public. Why worry about proof when Roger Goodell is contractually permitted to be the judge, jury, and executioner regardless of whether or not he actually has any?
In essence, Roger Goodell won because he can't possibly lose. Whatever he decides goes. Tom Brady's name was dragged through the mud for the better part of 6 months over a pump or two of air that probably weren't even missing from a football. He had to deal with allegations of lying and cheating. He had to take time away from preparing for the season to go to court and win the opportunity to be active to start the season. Yet somehow, someway, the victim here is Roger Goodell. Talk about the world's best loophole. It's not about who was right and who was wrong about what actually took place. It's about not having the ability to question the power of someone whose job description allows them to be inherently wrong.
I know that shit really hit the fan when the NFL was locked out, but did ANYONE from the NFLPA even look at the CBA before they signed it? What the fuck were they fighting over if they were inevitably going to give ALL the power to the commissioner anyway? I feel like maybe they should have stopped worrying about monetary splits for 5 minutes to discuss whether or not one man should be given the ability to WHATEVER THE FUCK HE WANTS WHENEVER THE FUCK HE WANTS TO DO IT.
Either way, I have got to give credit to Roger here. He possesses a dedication to winning that's quite possibly never been seen in the sports world. You know when you are beating your girlfriend's ass in an argument and she brings up some indefensible thing you did in the past? That's what Roger Goodell just did. Instead of admitting defeat he just decided to start playing an entirely different game. He's like the little kid playing cards in 'Big Daddy'. A 6, a 5, a jack, a 4, and an 8? I WIN!!!