It’s the most highly anticipated regular season game in recent memory. The game in which the New England Patriots are expected to exact revenge upon the snitching Indianapolis Colts. Since the schedule was released, everything has been building towards this game.
But if you listen to much of Boston sports radio, you’d think the Patriots were on a bye this week. Maybe it’s because the events surrounding the game have been talked out, or because of the dangerous belief that the Patriots will simply roll the Colts once again, but the dominating subject of talk radio this week thus far has been Boston Magazine’s expose piece on Tom Brady’s personal trainer and guru.
Much of the talk is trying to be couched in terms of “we’re not questioning his training methods, obviously they’re working, but Brady’s partnership with a scam artist needs to be discussed.”
That’s baloney. The purpose of the discussions is to be able to hint that Brady must be doing something illegal or against the NFL drug policies in order to achieve the results he’s getting. Also, to suggest that if Brady is involved with a shady character, he must’ve also done something shady to those footballs!
Meanwhile, Peyton Manning can go to Europe for stem-cell treatment that isn’t sanctioned in the United States, and no one bats an eye. They instead laud him for doing what it takes to get back out on the field.
I didn’t mind Kirk Minihane grilling Brady about it on Monday – the QB was very willing to talk about it at length, and it gave him a forum to do so. It’s the snide talk about Alex Guerrero being a snake-oil salesman or con-man since then -especially when the sports radio airwaves during commercial breaks are filled with miracle weight-loss programs, “natural” male enhancement, hair replacement and energy boosting products.
Self-awareness has never been a strong point of sports radio, but this example is particularly egregious and hypocritical.
(Check out Tom Curran’s personal experiences with the trainer: Who is Alex Guerrero? Here’s what I know . . .)
On another note, what the heck is up with Boston Magazine? The article marked the third major hit piece feature on the Patriots in the last year and half In April of 2014 they had the article The Krafts Are the Worst Owners in the League then they just had ‘I’m Robert Kraft. Do You Know Who I Am?’ and finally the above piece Tom Brady’s Personal Guru Is a Glorified Snake-Oil Salesman.
Try this. Go to the Boston Magazine website and search “Patriots.” Check the results.
But, as we’ve learned over the last 15 years, attacking and criticizing and being snarky about the Patriots is good business for media outlets. Boston Magazine is just following the crowd.
I’m not going to beat on Gregg Doyel this week. The Indianapolis Star columnist can attempt to stir things up, call the Patriots cheaters who fixed the AFC Championship game because they were scared of the Colts, and everything else he wants to do. In a way, I admire it. I certainly don’t want blind homerism from my sports columnists, but it would be nice if one of our major sports columnists here in Boston took the approach of defending “our” city and teams rather than just attempting to antagonize their readers. Besides, the guy’s got some issues.
So the clock operator in San Diego ran approximately 20 extra seconds off the clock in the final minutes of the game. Can you imagine if that happened at Gillette Stadium near the end of a close game? I thought Mike Florio had a good comment on the situation:
With the Patriots and their footballs at the AFC title game, the league presumed guilt and worked backward. In this case, it would be dangerous to presume inadvertence and move forward. It’s entirely possible that someone tried to influence the outcome of the game through what by all appearances was a mistake.
If the NFL is going to scorch the earth (and bastardize science) to prove that the Patriots broke the rules, the NFL should at least apply some basic curiosity to a situation that never should have happened, that possibly happened on purpose, and that now cries out for an overhaul to the way the NFL ensures that each game consists of exactly 3,600 seconds — no more, no fewer.
The situations are really not all that different. Had the Steelers lost, would Mike Tomlin have made as big of a deal of that as he did about the headset issue in the opener?
Deadspin, SB Nation, Barstool Sports Twitter accounts shutdown after NFL requests removal of GIFs – an informational look at the suspension of the three popular accounts.
The Revenge of Tom Brady – Read this. Rich Levine nails it.