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‘Deflategate’ scarecrow mocking Brady stolen from Tonawanda lawn

Where was New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady between 2:30 and 7:30 a.m. Sunday?

For that matter, where was Brady’s coach, Bill Belichek?

Were they anywhere near the Doty home in the Town of Tonawanda, where a satirical lawn exhibit poked fun at Brady and the Deflategate football scandal – that is, until it was stolen early Sunday morning?

Buffalo Bills fan Mike Doty doesn’t suspect that Brady or his coach were behind the theft, but he wonders if some disgruntled Patriots fan got upset by the display and stole it from in front of his East Somerset Avenue home.

Since early August, Doty has displayed a scarecrow version of Brady on his front lawn. The display featured Brady’s Number 12 Patriots’ jersey and a shrunken, deflated football for a head.

For weeks, people had been stopping by his home, taking pictures of the display and joking with him about it, Doty said.

Then, hours after the display was featured in The Buffalo News Off Main humor column Saturday, it was stolen.

“I went to bed around 2:30 and it was still out there,” Doty said. “At 7:30, my wife looked out the window and said, ‘Brady’s gone!’ I can’t believe someone would walk up onto our lawn in the middle of the night and steal it.”

Doty and his family were a bit upset by the theft, but he doubts he will report it to Town of Tonawanda Police.

“They have more important things to worry about,” he said.

On Thursday, a federal judge overturned Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in the use of underinflated footballs during a playoff game last year. The court ruling means Brady will be free to play against the Bills on Sept. 20 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.


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