He’s back. Linebacker Tedy Bruschi stepped before the cameras, microphones and notebooks yesterday to talk publicly about his situation and comeback. He confirmed that he will be out on the practice field tomorrow, and that he has done his everything possible to ensure that this is the correct decision. Accounts from the media session are filed by Chris Kennedy, Fluto Shinzawa, Dan Ventura, Paul Kenyon and Christopher Price. The medical risks in this situation are low, reports Scott Allen in the Globe, who notes that a full stroke recovery is not an uncommon occurrence especially for a minor stroke, which is what Bruschi suffered. Jon Brodkin also reports that because the doctors repaired the hole in his heart, Bruschi’s stroke risk should be the same as everyone else’s.
The columnists weigh in as well, with Ron Borges making the case that the Patriots organization really had no choice but to accept Bruschi back regardless of any fears that they might have. Jim Donaldson says that Bruschi understands and appreciates the concern of the fans over his well being. Lenny Megliola notes that Bruschi is entering a brave new world here. Injuries are common in the NFL. Strokes aren’t. Unlike his radio partners John Dennis and Jon Meterparel, Gerry Callahan (subscription only) doesn’t think that this is a “selfish” decision by Bruschi, it’s decision made because NFL players are tied to the game in a fashion that you and I cannot fathom. Dennis and Meterparel have disgraced themselves with their comments and accusations towards Bruschi, their claims that this is a selfish decision and one that is all about Tedy. Meterparel was on FSN last night furthering this viewpoint, and when pressed on it, stated “I get paid to give my opinion”. If only it really were your personal opinion, Jon. It’s obvious that for those two people it’s only about being a contrarian and taking the unpopular stand. Steve Buckley (subscription only) states that those who feel Bruschi should have just called it a career are certainly within their rights. He feels it’s Bruschi’s choice. I agree with that. If people are concerned with Bruschi’s health then they have a right to say what they feel. When they start vociferously calling Bruschi selfish, I have a problem. Dan Pires notes that Bruschi’s comeback speech was vintage Tedy. Dan Ventura says that the woes of the team were not a factor in Bruschi’s return.
Michael Felger has his Patriots Report Card, with several positions on the roster receiving “D” and “F” marks after the performance in Denver. Steve Grogan also has his grades on Patsfans.com. Jerome Solomon notes that many of the Patriots problems can be traced to a substandard defense. Tom E Curran states that the next 12 days will in a large part determine what the rest of the Patriots season is going to look like. Alan Greenberg says that the bye week will give the Patriots a chance to get their house in order for the stretch run. Jonathan Comey says that there is still time for a Super Bowl run, but he pinpoints five things that need to happen for that possibility to be realized.
The BSMW Game Day Rear View is up and ready for your perusal. Albert Breer looks at Tom Brady’s efforts on Sunday to bring about a miracle comeback. Bill Reynolds has a peek at the new David Halberstam on Bill Belichick “The education of a coach”, which can be pre-ordered through the link at the end of this post. Breer’s notebook looks at some disturbing patterns with the Patriots, while Kenyon’s notebook says not to expect any moves before tomorrow’s trade deadline.
As first reported last night by Jeff Goodman on FoxSports, Marcus Banks will miss at least six weeks due to a stress fracture in his left tibia. Peter May and Steve Bulpett have more on this blow to the third year point guard. Shalise Manza Young has a report on Kendrick Perkins, who aims to become a rebounding and defensive force, and to help with that aim, the third year center has dropped 53 lbs since coming into the league and lowered his body fat from 24 to 11. Bulpett says Doc Rivers wasn’t happy with the film he reviewed of the team’s play on Saturday night in Chicago. May’s notebook looks at David Stern’s new edict on what players are to wear when in public representing the league. Bulpett’s notebook looks at whether we’ll be seeing more of Ricky Davis at the point guard position. Young’s notebook has more on the injury to Banks.
Stephen Harris looks at the Bruins putting in some work on the transition game at practice. Check out the BSMW Boston Bruins Blog Power Play for some round table thoughts from the crew on the first half dozen games of the season for the Bruins. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports that Jiri Slegr will sit out of tonight’s game against the Canadiens due to a sore back. Harris’ notebook reports that the Senators player who kicked Hal Gill on Saturday night will be suspended for five games.
Bill Griffith has a look at Hazel Mae, and does a little follow-up to John Molori’s column from last week on the NESN personality. The interview with Molori caused a buzz at NESN headquarters and prompted a meeting with Mae, after which NESN President Sean McGrail stated: ”I’m comfortable that [the interview] doesn’t reflect her core beliefs and values.” Dom Amore wonders if the White Sox in the World Series is going to have as much of a impact for FOX as having the Red Sox did last year. If you missed it yesterday, check out David Scott’s report on the possibility of Howard Bryant leaving the Herald to be the beat writer covering the Redskins for the Washington Post.
OLN has Bruins/Canadiens at 7:30.