It seemed like an impossible task, stretching the mid-January uproar over allegations that the Patriots had deflated footballs into enough fuel for an entire six-month off-season's supply of debate and intrigue, but the NFL has never shied away from a challenge. This week's announcement that the league would uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension ensured that training camps around the country would open in the shadow of the league's ongoing war of words with Brady and the players' union.
On this week's episode of the Audibles Podcast, SI.com's John DePetro, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar discuss who's to blame for the Deflategate saga and continue to unpack the story that just won't go away before looking ahead to the other storylines to watch early on in training camp.
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GALLERY: Tom Brady and controversy