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Judge won't give court time to Patriots fans suing to get picks back

FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Fans at Gillette Stadium before the New England Patriots play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Fans at Gillette Stadium before the New England Patriots play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

So a group of New England Patriots fans sued the NFL over its decision to take away the team's first-round pick this season and fourth-round pick in 2017 as the punishment for its role in Deflategate.

The suit seemed like a joke -- they cited emotional distress, after all -- but it got a very real response from a Massachusetts federal judge on its way to dismissal, according to the Boston Herald.

"After reviewing the complaint, it appears highly unlikely that plaintiffs will succeed on the merits of any of their claims," wrote Judge F. Dennis Saylor in an order late yesterday. "The Court is denying plaintiffs' motion without the benefit of an evidentiary hearing or an opposition brief," Saylor wrote. "However, the federal courts are courts of limited resources, funded by the taxpayers, and it would not be a prudent expenditure of those resources to permit the motion to progress to the hearing stage."

The lawsuit -- filed by seven fans -- requested a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order that would have given back the Patriots' 2016 first-rounder in time for the start of the April 28 draft.

But apparently, the legal system realizes that if it starts handling cases of NFL-induced emotional distress it won't be long before fans of every team that loses on Sunday are filing lawsuits on Monday.

Case dismissed.

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