Only in Boston can a new multi-year contract not even be signed yet before the media starts trying to panic the fans about what will happen after the deal has run its course.
That’s the case here, where Tom Brady and the Patriots have yet to formally agree to a new deal, yet newspaper writers and radio hosts are already trying to stir up Patriots fans into a panic over the short “window” that the Patriots will have to win a Super Bowl while Brady is still here, and before he heads to San Francisco or a new team in Los Angeles, or wherever. Others tie it to when Bill Belichick’s contract runs out, and stir things up about what the team will do then.
We’ll try to stay away from that, as well as comments like the one from Ron Borges this morning, where he claims that the Patriots will try to make it look like Brady signed for less than he really did, just so they can make the claim that he took a discount. When two columns this morning compare the Patriots to the Nixon White House, (even if one of those columns is defendingthe team) we’ll just leave them both out, including Dan Shaughnessy’s column today, which we’ll avoid except for one segment that will be the topic of a post later this morning.
Brady was on Dennis and Callahan this morning, and side-stepped the contract questions. The better answers came when he was asked about the national media picking seemingly everyone but the Patriots.
Tom Brady deal close – The Herald (after it was mentioned on WEEI yesterday) has led the way on this story right from the start.
Tom Brady may have deal soon – After semi-shooting down the story yesterday, Adam Schefter confirms many of the details of the potential deal.
Brady deal is closer, but not done yet – Albert Breer weighs in on the situation as well.
Pats face stiff challenge right out of the gate – Robert Lee says that Sunday will be a tough one for the Patriots.
Rookie Fletcher earns his keep, for now – Monique Walker’s notebook has a look at the undrafted rookie linebacker.
Gotta Love NT Kyle Love’s story – Ian Rapoport’s notebook looks at the undrafted rookie defensive lineman.
Red Sox will have to wait ’til next year – Michael Silverman has the plug officially being pulled on the 2010 season last night.
Dice-K snuffs all remaining hope – Bill Ballou has Matsuzaka getting lit up in a must-win game.
Varitek wants to play a few more years – The CSNNE notebook has the veteran catcher not ready to call it career just yet.
Bruins lace ’em up with Zdeno Chara leading captain’s practice – Stephen Harris has many of the Bruins gathering for a “Captain’s Practice.”