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Cowboys Catch a Break With Brady Suspension

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    The NFL sanctioned New England Patriots quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for his role in a AFC Championship cheating scandal that found game balls were intentionally under-inflated below game regulations, making them easier to throw. Unless he appeals, Brady will miss the first four games of the season. The Patriots were fined $1 million and two draft picks.

    If you rushed out and bought tickets to AT&T Stadium for Oct. 11, you probably feel ripped off. But look at it this way, you’ll likely witness NFL history.

    Because of suspensions, you won’t see Cowboys’ defensive end Greg Hardy chasing Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady. But you will be treated to a first in the league – a game started by two quarterbacks from Eastern Illinois.

    What? Tony Romo vs. Jimmy Garropolo doesn’t produce the same pizzazz as Mayweather vs. Pacquiao?

    Because of the four-game suspension for his role in the Patriots deflating footballs in their AFC Championship Game romp over the Colts, Brady will miss New England’s trip to Arlington. The game will occur in Week 5, but because of New England's early bye it will only be its fourth game.

    No doubt the Cowboys are catching a huge break.

    Brady hasn’t played on the road against the Cowboys since ’07 at Texas Stadium and, given the NFL’s quirky scheduling, he might never play at AT&T Stadium.

    He is 2-0 against the Cowboys, throwing five touchdowns in the ’07 win and hitting Aaron Hernandez with a game-winning touchdown in the final minute of a Patriots’ win in Foxboro in 2011.

    Part of me said Brady was a willing, knowing cheater and should be suspended. But part of me would like to see him play the Cowboys in Arlington once before he retires.

    I call that my “dumb part.”

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.