Pa­tri­ots fans vent

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS -

BOS­TON — In bars across down­town Bos­ton, New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots fans ex­pressed sur­prise and anger at Tues­day’s rul­ing while still hold­ing out hope their beloved NFL quar­ter­back would be vin­di­cated — ei­ther in the court­room or on the field.

John Parthum was en­joy­ing a beer at the Bark­ing Crab be­fore head­ing to Fen­way Park to catch the Red Sox game when he heard the most un­wel­come news. “What? That’s ab­so­lutely not fair. Four games is out­ra­geous. The pun­ish­ment doesn’t fit the crime.”

Some fans were con­fi­dent Tom Brady’s sus­pen­sion would ul­ti­mately be re­duced be­fore the new sea­son kicks off in Septem­ber.

Oth­ers boasted it won’t make a dif­fer­ence: With or with­out Brady, the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl champs will find a way to win.

“No mat­ter what hap­pens with the Pa­tri­ots, they al­ways over­come what­ever chal­lenges are in front of them,” said bar em­ployee Mike Sturte­vant. “They’ll adapt and they’ll pre­vail.”

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