The bluster surrounding the four-game "Deflategate" suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has carried over to the baseball diamond.
In response to the Pawtucket Red Sox's "Free Brady" promotional night slated for June 10, the Buffalo Bisons have countered with a "Keep Brady Suspended" night for the June 11 doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field against the Charlotte Knights. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.
Buy one, get one free tickets will be available for any fan who brings a fully inflated football to be donated to area youth football programs, while functioning cell phones will be accepted for the Cell Phones for Soldiers charity. Tickets, ranging from $10 t0 $13, can be purchased here.
Perhaps most amusingly, any fan named "Tom" or "Brady" will be admitted into the stadium but not permitted to watch the first four innings of the first game, the press release relayed. There's been no confirmation on whether this bit will be enforced (how could they, you might ask). Also, videos on the Bisons' massive scoreboard will focus on some of sports' most notorious cheaters.
The Bisons' store is also giving a 12.5 percent discount for any fan who donates a Tom Brady jersey or t-shirt; the submissions will be then imploded as part of the fridaynightbash! post-game fireworks display.
For those unfamiliar with the long-unfolding scandal, Bills' rival Brady had his suspension reinstated for his role in the Patriots' use of under-inflated footballs in a January 2015 playoff game, due to the NFL's appeal. The league successfully swayed the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had the authority, given by the league's collective bargaining agreement, to issue a suspension.
Here's a quick excerpt from Jay Skurski's recent piece on BN Blitz:
"In a 2-1 decision, the court concluded that Commissioner Roger Goodell 'properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness. Accordingly, we reverse the judgement of the district court.'"
Although another appeal is in the works, Brady's four-game suspension would force him to miss the Patriots' Oct. 2 clash against the Bills.
Email Ben Tsujimoto, who does not own any Tom Brady apparel, at firstname.lastname@example.org