In just a few minutes, at the NFL office at 345 Park Avenue, Tom Brady will begin his appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the Patriots’ ball-deflation scandal. And while drama and reality dictate that I say something like “he’ll be facing off against Roger Goodell,” that’s not technically true. Goodell won’t be across from him. Goodell will be at the front of the room. The NFL Commissioner is in charge of this hearing; the man who handed down the suspension is once again the only person whose opinion matters.