Why should Bills fans be upset about Tom Brady’s suspension not being overturned?
It was announced today that Tom Brady lost his appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan in order to get his Deflategate suspension from the NFL overturned.
It’s now “fourth down” and Brady’s only remaining hope if he wishes to get the suspension reversed is trying to complete a “Hail Mary” by getting the Supreme Court to hear his case. The chances of them hearing the case are very slim.
According to civilrights.org, the Supreme Court only hears about 80 cases and rules on another 50 out of over 7,000 requests they get every year which is under 2 percent of the total.
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If Brady is unable to get the suspension overturned, he would miss the first four weeks including their Week 4 game against Buffalo in New England. The Bills obviously have a much better shot at winning that game with Jimmy Garoppolo starting than Brady.
As we saw last season when the Bills defeated the Jets Week 17 to prevent them from going to the playoffs, one game could be the difference in a season. If the Bills can pull out a win in Foxboro it could drastically alter their playoff chances. So how could I possibly be making an argument that Bills fans should be unhappy about the suspension?
The answer is that world class athletes and teams should not fear anybody. All the best athletes that ever lived all wanted to compete against the best. It’s that drive, on top of their natural abilities, that led them to their success.
Ever since the Bills beat the Patriots 31-0 on September 9th, 2003 the teams record against the Patriots is 2-23. At the start of any given season, you can just assume two losses to the Patriots. Beating the Patriots without Brady will not help get rid of that stigma.
However, a win in Foxboro, against one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game (vomit), would do a lot towards restoring the confidence in this team that they can compete with the best in the league.
In order to be the best, you need to beat the best. You can’t be afraid of another team because they are good. The right attitude is to get excited about competing against one of the top teams and players in the league.
Just look at Lebron James when the Cavaliers won the NBA Championship this past season. He was able to defeat the best regular season team of all-time and didn’t shy away from that challenge. That is why he is the best basketball player on earth. He wants that challenge and he rose to the occasion. That’s what makes a champion.
If the Bills want to change the culture, the attitude, and the direction of their franchise, they need to rise up when competing against the best. They need to look forward to those games, prepare, execute and come away with a victory which can instill a confidence in the team, and players, that will take them to the next level.
That is why Bills fans should be upset that Tom Brady will miss their Week 4 game. The organization and it’s fans should look forward to the task of beating Tom Brady and the Patriots every season even if the outcome has generally not gone their way. If Bills fans want the team to make it to the next level, they need to play against the players that are on that level and that includes Tom Brady.