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perception of a fair game.
It's a mirror. Lawyers, reports -- people who use words -- universally seem to think that the Wells Report contains damning evidence. Meanwhile, scientists and engineers -- people who use numbers -- look at the science and scoff incredulously. Not surprisingly, Twitter is trending anti-science. What is surprising -- at least to me -- is the number of media outlets that keep reporting on the meta-news of public opinion.
Who cares about public opinion? This is a matter of actual fact.
But, of course, Roger Goodell cares about public opinion, perhaps more than actual fact. He's got a brand to protect. And so here we are.
1. AG Maura Healey: NFL focus on Deflategate `is out of line' (Boston Herald)
Speaking for much of Patriots Nation, Attorney General Maura Healey questioned the priorities of the National Football League a day after it announced a four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady, a $1 million fine and the loss of two draft picks for the New England Patriots for the alleged deflating of game balls.
"I sure wish that the NFL would spend about a tenth of the time that's it's spending on this on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault," Healey said Tuesday after a speech to Boston's business community. "I'm just struck by the fact that somebody like Ray Rice gets a two-game suspension and Tom Brady, over deflated balls, is facing a four-game suspension. It doesn't add up for me."
This is my view as well. What Brady did is on par with a receiver using Stick-‘Em on his gloves during a game. Among many, many others, Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice has long since admitted to this, and nobody cared. Moreover it is 100% beyond question that the deflation of the footballs was a non-issue in the game in question. Now, I’m not a Pats fan or anything, but this is national absurdity taken to a wholly new level. Dudes in the NFL can be guilty of rape and the torture of animals and be forgiven, but this somehow tarnishes Brady’s legacy?
That is ludicrous.
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Honestly, if I was Brady, I would consider retiring.
EDIT: I realize that people have already made their minds up about this issue, but I think Brady’s lawyer made a pretty strong rebuttal, especially in regards to the timing of the gotcha texts, all of which were made in October(!).
The science of this deflation thing has never been straightforward, but reading some of this in greater context has me convinced that not only is Brady not going to be suspended, but in fact, Robert Kraft is still going to get his apology from Roger Goodell. This thing has not been handled well at all, with the League spinning to cover its ass since the beginning. That’s not going to end well.
2. Like It's 1999: Why Verizon Bought AOL To Achieve Domination (NBC New.Com)
Verizon announced early on Tuesday that it would acquire the company, and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong explained his rationale during a CNBC "Squawk Box" interview: "We've made AOL as big as it can possibly be in today's landscape. But if you look forward five years, you're going to be in a space where there are going to be massive, global-scale networks."
That consolidation is why Verizon bought AOL: to harness AOL's strengths in online advertising and mobile video, and transform itself into one of those massive networks.
Speaking personally, I can’t believe that anyone would pay money for AOL, but I guess they do mobile advertising very well, and like it or not, mobile dollars are the future, both for media and the IT sector.
3. The Muppets (ABC)
TVs upfronts were this week, with the result that we got some unexpected trailers for some of next season’s new TV shows. This one’s my favorite, from the producers of The Big Bang Theory.
4. Supergirl (CBS)
This one’s from the producers of Arrow and The Flash.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’ve read a bunch of Supergirl comics, but Berlanti is known for making reasonably faithful TV adaptations of comic books properties, and this looks like no exception. Certainly, they didn’t shy away from some of the goofier aspects of the character’s history. For example, the whole glasses-as-disguise trope is in full effect.
I don’t honestly know that I need Superman-meets-The Devil Wears Prada, but there’s no doubt that my kids will like this, and in a world that’s screaming for a Black Widow movie, I think the timing is excellent. They’ve done a nice job making her less than totally indestructible as well, which is always the problem with stories about Superman. I think this will do well.
This Supergirl clearly exists in a universe with metahumans and aliens, a TV version of the DCU. So do Berlanti’s other shows, Arrow and The Flash. But those shows are on the CW. Can they still perhaps exist in the same universe? I’d guess that they probably can’t, but that’s a shame.
5. Friday Hair Metal: America
This song reminds me of my days living back in sunny Southern California. Not only because POD is from San Diego (at least, I think they are), but also because the mix of sonic influences is reminiscent of the influences that make San Diego what it is. The song is about a girl named America, but to me it sounds like America -- what this country can be when it's at its very best, anyway.
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