The punishment is here. For the Deflategate scandal, the NFL is suspending Tom Brady four games, while fining the New England Patriots $1 million and docking them two draft picks (a first-rounder in 2016, a fourth-rounder in 2017).

Naturally, NFL players current and former had some thoughts.

His teammates were not happy:

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Others reacted with a mixture of surprise and outrage:

While some felt it was the right call, or at least the cost of doing business:

Our own Damien Woody? Fresh off a debate on our airwaves with former teammate and ESPN colleague Tedy Bruschi, the ex-Patriot simply posted this:

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During Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, Dwight Howard hit Blake Griffin with a rather intense foul. Was it over the line?

The SportsNation crew discusses:

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LeBron James hit quite the big shot Sunday, helping his Cleveland Cavaliers complete a comeback win against the Chicago Bulls to even their series 2-2.

The sports world, as it is wont to do, recognized greatness when it saw it -- none more emphatically than Odell Beckham Jr., the New York Giants wide receiver who is a known fan/friend of James.

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Absolutely classic.

Other athletes showed their enthusiasm, albeit via written word and not video. There were basketball players ...

Football players ...

Baseball players ...

At least one enthusiast from across the pond ...

But, of course, some haters (or realists, depending on your perspective; a late review did in fact give the Cavaliers time to figure out a play).

No matter what you think, it was some shot.

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The Chicago Bulls, aiming to strike an almost-crushing blow against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, got an assist from a rather famous Chicagoan on Sunday:

Kanye West, fresh off a Saturday night appearance at Wango Tango in Los Angeles, grabbed the mike before the player intros and got the fans hyped.

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That's not all. During a break in the action, Kanye jumped onto the court for an impromptu performance of his song "All Day":

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And that wasn't all ...

Now it's up to one prominent Cleveland musician/band to pump up the crowd for Game 5. We nominate ... Mushroomhead.

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Rockies' Coors Field hit with snow

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Saturday night's Dodgers-Rockies game was postponed thanks to inclement weather, and on Sunday morning the Denver area woke up to a coating of snow.

In order to avoid a second straight postponement, the crews got to work nice and early to clear the field.

Snow in May? Not a big surprise in Colorado. In fact, the same situation happened right around this time last year.

But it does look like one Rockies player isn't thrilled about playing in this weather.

The good news is the grounds crew got the job done and the game will go on. Even the owner came out to make sure the field was ready:

Lesson learned: Next year, the Rockies should play the second weekend of May on the road.

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