Some Patriots fans will just not let it go.
After more than a year of fury over the "Deflategate" decision, even after it was mostly reversed, a group of fans is now taking a case to court.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Federal District Court, with a home-field advantage in Boston, the fans demand that the N.F.L. return the first-round draft pick taken from the team as punishment for the scandal. The suit seeks no monetary compensation.
Fans live and die with their teams, and some surely suffer acutely when the team has a setback. But legal experts say this suit has little chance of success.
"We have an uphill battle," Seth Carey, the lawyer who filed the suit, acknowledged in a statement, "but that never stopped a bunch of simple farmers with muskets from taking down a mighty repressive regime."
Michael McCann, a sports law professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, told The Associated Press, "Paying for a ticket to watch the Patriots play isn't interfered with by the team losing a draft pick or two."