Brady pokes fun at ‘Deflategate’
With his “Deflategate” suspension behind him, Tom Brady is making fun of the scandal in a new Foot Locker commercial.
The ad begins with two Foot Locker customers questioning how the shoe retailer’s annual Thanksgiving sale could continue to be great year after year. A frustrated Brady overhears the conversation and tells the men, “Just because something is great year after year doesn’t mean anything is going on.” He then says such questions “turn into assumptions, and then assumptions turn into vacations.”
Brady closes the commercial by asking why Foot Locker should be punished “for something that never even happened.”
The Patriots quarterback served a four-game suspension to start the season after an NFL investigation concluded the team intentionally underinflated footballs used in the 2015 AFC championship game. NBC using Tirico: Mike Tirico will replace Al Michaels as NBC’s playby-play announcer for four prime-time NFL games.
Tirico, who joined the network this summer after handling play-by-play duties Monday nights for ESPN, will work Sunday night’s Packers-Redskins matchup. He also will do the Thanksgiving night game between the Steelers and Colts, and the Nov. 27 game between the Chiefs and Broncos, partnering with analyst Cris Collinsworth. That duo also will handle the Dec. 22 GiantsEagles matchup. Griffin cleared: Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III was cleared for noncontact drills but isn’t ready to practice.
Griffin has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the opener against the Eagles. Once he begins practicing, the Browns will have 21 days to decide whether to take Griffin off injured reserve and put him on the active roster. Extra points: Texans players were advised by the team that for safety and health reasons t hey shouldn’t leave the hotel or order room service during their trip to Mexico City for Monday night’s game against the Raiders. ... Chiefs LB Justin Houston, who had surgery in February to repair the ACL in his left knee, could make his season debut Sunday against the Buccaneers. ... Dolphins Pro Bowl LT Branden Albert (Glen Burnie) was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Rams with a dislocated left wrist. ... The Vikings finalized their contract with K Kai Forbath. ... Bob Gain, an eight-time All-Pro def ensive l i neman who helped the Browns win three straight league titles in the mid-1950s, died. He was 87.