Patriots Nation exults over ruling allowing Brady to play

BOSTON (AP) Patriots Nation is crowing after a federal judge erased quarterback Tom Brady's four-game ''Deflategate'' suspension.

The decision rippled through lunchtime conversations among office workers, construction crews and tourists in downtown Boston on Thursday.

Fans heading to Gillette Stadium for Thursday's final exhibition against the New York Giants said they were energized by the ruling.

Many, like Peter Cordero, of Revere, never doubted the NFL's punishment would be overturned.

Some, like Maine resident Rachel Cote, expressed frustration the controversy even got this far, dampening the glow of last season's championship and casting a shadow over the franchise.

But like their beloved team, fans like Eric Newman of Swampscott, said they're laser focused on exacting revenge in the season ahead.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, meanwhile, jokingly declared September 3 ''Tom Brady Day'' as other New England politicians joined in celebrating on social networks.


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