I was thinking... Goodell was in a no-win situation. If he didn't come down hard on the Patriots he'd be accused of being a puppet for Kraft, who is largely responsible for him being named Commissioner. If the Patriots have a legitimate way out of this, perhaps they came up with a plan for the Commish to come down hard on them, then they'd take their case to an arbitrator and win the appeal. This would allow the Commish to save face in the eyes of the lynch mob that is simply to unintelligent to be dealt with honestly. The masses must be manipulated because they are too stupid to be handled any other way.