Is it possible Tom Brady won't be the big loser in Deflategate after all?</p>
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It sounds like “Deflategate” has spurred the league to action when it comes to the pre-game handling of footballs.

ESPN’s John Clayton joined Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss the fallout from Deflategate and the Patriots’ reaction to the punishment handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The letter the NFLPA sent Troy Vincent appealing Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension became public on Friday. To read the entire letter, click here.

Attorneys representing Aaron Hernandez filed an appeal of his murder conviction Friday in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, insisting “no reasonable jury” could have found Hernande

Aaron Hernandez‘s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, had a perjury charge against her dropped on Friday after she testified under an immunity order in March.

Roger Goodell is just one of many who looks bad right now.</p>
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It appears there's an ultimate showdown brewing between Roger Goodell and the NFL and Robert Kraft and the Patriots. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)So where do we go from here?

Although likely not what Tom Brady and the NFLPA wanted, Commissioner Roger Goodell will be the one who hears Brady’s appeal.

The NFLPA announced Thursday afternoon it has filed an appeal on behalf of quarterback Tom Brady in the wake of Brady’s four-game suspension. Here’s the statement, which was issued just prior to 4 p.m.