In the end it was a no-win situation for any fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Either you sided with the hated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or you sided with the just as despised Tom Brady in this whole “Deflategate” issue.
The Federal Judge handed down his decision this morning and to the surprise of no one at Steel City Blitz, Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was lifted meaning he will not miss a single snap for his alleged role in deflating balls.
For fans of the National Football League, this is a massive blow to Roger Goodell and while I don’t think it will lead to his immediate downfall, I do think the confidence that many owners once had in him will dissipate.
The entire event should be a good lesson to other professional sports leagues and to future NFL Commissioners in that the abuse of power can easily lead to one’s demise. Perhaps just as importantly is that future leaders should learn not to “buddy-up” with certain owners while being less friendly with others. For Goodell’s bromance with Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft is the perfect example.
For the Steelers, who have no doubt prepared for Brady all along, it means facing the absolute best on opening night. Thus far, new Steelers’ Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler and his unit have given us little in the way of optimism that we can pull this victory out.
Of course not having Le’Veon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey and Martavis Bryant is a bit of an issue as well for the Steelers but let’s be honest. Does the Steelers’ defense as of today give you any reason to think this team can hold the Patriots to under 30 points?
Obviously, I hope they can but I have to be realistic. Just as I realistically believed Tom Brady would never miss a game, I realistically believe the Steelers’ defense is in trouble.