NFL Brady Deflategate appeal, Super Bowl week: Could happen as early as Feb. 1.

NFL Appeal in Brady Case Could Be Heard During Week of Super Bowl

NFL Appeal in Brady Case Could Be Heard During Week of Super Bowl

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Sept. 29 2015 5:21 PM

NFL Appeal in Brady Case Could Be Heard During Week of Super Bowl

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Tom Brady during the Patriots' Sunday game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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The good news for the NFL is that its request for an expedited appeal of the ruling that overturned Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension was just approved. The bad news for the rest of us is that the appeal now could be heard as early as Feb. 1, 2016—six days before the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California.

The real good news for the NFL is that everyone continues to enjoy watching football games despite league administrators' spectacular and continuous bungling. On that front, 2016's title game will be the fiftieth Super Bowl, and the league has decided to brand it as Super Bowl 50 rather than Super Bowl L, which is lame and disrespectful to the game's long and proud association with Roman numerals.