U.S. District Judge Richard Berman overturned Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension yesterday (September 3rd), saying that the New England Patriots quarterback had been treated unfairly by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who Berman charged had dispensed, quote, "his own brand of industrial justice." The NFL quickly appealed the decision, but didn't ask for a stay, meaning Brady is free to start the Pats' season-opener next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Berman cited several problems with the league's actions, including not giving advance notice of potential penalties and what was apparently the first time a player was disciplined based on "general awareness" of wrongdoing by someone else. He said, "The court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others." Berman also said that Goodell went, quote, "far beyond" investigator Ted Wells' report, which said it was "more probable than not" that two Patriots employees deflated balls at the AFC championship game, but didn't cite any direct evidence that Brady know about or authorized it. Goodell instead found that Brady conspired with the two and tried to obstruct the probe, including by destroying his cell phone.
In reaction to the ruling, the Patriots tweeted a celebratory photo of Brady from last season's Super Bowl:
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight.
Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, which rescued the wild, castrated merino ram dubbed Chris, said Thursday she hoped to register the fleece with the Guinness World Records. An official of the London-based organization was not immediately available for comment.
The fleece originally weighed in at 42 kilograms (93 pounds), but that included the weight of the wool bag.
This a great picture for you to check out. Maybe it'll make you feel old.
A car dealership in Lockport, New York recently had a teenager come in to complain about his Ford. He said the iPhone dock in the car didn't work, and it was scratching up his screen.
But they found out his car didn't actually HAVE an iPhone dock. It was an older model that had a TAPE DECK . . . and the kid had no idea what that was. So he kept shoving his phone in, and didn't understand why nothing was happening.
The dealership shared a photo of the guy's phone in his tape deck on Facebook, and it's been shared more than 160,000 times.
Opening today (Wednesday September 2nd) is the new comedy, A Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal and Nick Offerman. The film follows travel writer, Bill Bryson, played by Redford, who, instead of retiring and spending more time with his wife, challenges himself to hike the Appalachain Trail.
According to Cinema Blend, Redford orginally wanted to star in the film opposite Paul Newman, which now stars Redford opposite Nick Nolte. But when Newman passed away in 2008, Redford, according to the film's director, Ken Kwapis, "shelved the project for a while." Kwapis explained, "he couldn't imagine doing it with anyone else. He'd developed it as a vehicle for Paul and himself."
Newman and Redford starred together in The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Social media was abuzz yesterday (September 1st) over something you wouldn't expect -- the news that it looks like Kermit the Frog has a new girlfriend, just weeks after breaking up with longtime love Miss Piggy. People unveiled the first photos of Denise, who's also a pig, and is described as head of marketing at ABC, which will be airing the upcoming series The Muppets, a rebooted version of the old The Muppet Show. People "reported" that Kermit's been spotted around town with Denise, and that's she's always stopping by the set of Up Late with Miss Piggy, Miss Piggy's late-night talk-show-within-a-show on The Muppets. This soap opera-style love triangle is all promo for The Muppets, of course, which is debuting on September 22nd, but that isn't stopping people from loudly voicing their opinions about Kermit and Denise on social media. For what it's worth, Kermit took to Twitter yesterday to deny that Denise is his girlfriend, saying they are just "close friends." Yeah, right.
A Texas dachshund delayed a minor league baseball game after deciding to take a lap around the field. The El Paso Chihuahuas help an "El Paso's Fastest Wiener" dachshund race during the game but it went on longer than expected when one of the dogs got away from his owner and ran around the field...