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Doug Martin (football coach)

Bob Brookover: Storylines to monitor this NFL season

A new season of the most watched reality TV show in the country resumes Thursday night when Brady's bunch the lying, cheating and perpetually winning New England Patriots begins defense of its fourth Super Bowl title of the 21st century against the Pittsburgh Steelers. You want dysfunction? You'll find it here within the NFL family. For most of the summer, Tom Brady was scheduled to serve a four-game suspension thrust upon him by commissioner Roger Goodell. It was the superstar quarterback's punishment for his alleged role in the deflated balls controversy that erupted after New England's AFC championship rout of the Indianapolis Colts last season. It became the...