There are more details surfacing about DefelateGate.

Tom Brady's people are circling the wagons and it looks like they are rallying around issues of precedence.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Here' Camp Brady says that Brett Favre was not forced to turn over his phone

Man we are tired of this. 

Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will sit down Aug. 12 and try to hash this out, and it looks like each side is kind of painted into a corner now. 

It's hard to imagine either side backing down much now.

Would Brady take a two-game suspension now? Maybe.

Would the NFL be willing for that? Maybe not.


Mocs ticket deal

UTC's 30-minute ticket deal — where if you order tickets they will deliver them in 30 minutes or less (within a 5 mile radius of the campus) — goes until 5 p.m. today.

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Defensive linemen Josh Freeman, left, and Keionta Davis run a drill during the first day of football practice for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

It's a cool promotion on what should be a banner year for the Mocs.

As practice starts this week and realistic talk of a national title.

What say you Mocs fans: What constitutes a success this year?

Is it simply getting farther than last year?

What's the baseline of success for this team barring injury?


Second chance

If you missed Jemele Hill's excellent interview with Ray Rice, well, here it is.

Rice was emotional and contrite. He was clear in his remorse.

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FILE - In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice pauses as he speaks during an NFL football news conference at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ex-Ravens player Ray Rice has posted a statement apologizing to fans for a "horrible mistake" and asking for forgiveness. In a statement released Friday, Feb. 1`, 2015, to The Baltimore Sun and posted on his Facebook page, Rice wrote that he was sorry for letting down the young fans who looked up to him. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

It's time for some one to give him a second chance.

Don't know about you, but I pray often that the people around me and those I love don't only judge me by my worst moment. What Rice did was awful — and the fallout was made seven layers worse because we all saw the video — but it should not be career ending.

If Rice gets to camp and can't cut it — he averaged a paltry 3.1 yards per carry in the 2013 season before the domestic violence — that's fine. The league does not suffer lack of skills.

But the fact that he's not even in camp — he's only 28 and has more than 9,000 yards from scrimmage in his six years in the NFL — is telling about the reason.

We think he deserves another shot. 


This and that

— Here's Braves outfielder Eury Perez thinking he made a diving catch as the ball makes a break for it.

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Atlanta Braves' Eury Perez watches a two-run single the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Atlanta.

— Why is it so hard to follow the rules? Here's a youth basketball team protesting the fact that they got disqualified from a national tournament for having a girl on the team. The girl has been on the team for multiple years and played in at least two previous national tournaments but no one said anything before a team protested this year and the team was DQ'ed.

— Odd 24 or so hours in Houston Texans camp. Arian Foster severely injures his groin and likely will miss significant time for surgery. Then we learn that Jadeveon Clowney's dad was charged with attempted murder. And yes, Jadeveon's old man goes by Chili Bean. 

— Here's an awesome idea from ace TFP sports columnist Mark Wiedmer.


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FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA, a footprint left by one of the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission shows in the soft, powder surface of the moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after blastoff from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on July 16, 1969. (AP Photo/NASA, File)

Today's question

OK, today would have been Herb Brooks' 78th birthday. Here's Kurt Russell's version of Brooks' speech before the US-USSR hockey game in 1980.

We'd also throw out Neil Armstrong would have been 85 today. Armstrong of course was the first man to walk on the moon.

In his honor, who is on the Rushmore of most famous person in their profession? Armstrong is almost assuredly the most famous astronaut ever, right? Who else is there?