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A couple of things I’ve been meaning to bring up……

Steve Belichick Scouting Book Back In Print

I thought some of you might be interested to know that I got an e-mail from a California publishing outfit called Liber Apertus Press, who has had the bright idea of reissuing the late Steve Belichick’s Football Scouting Methods, long out of print and hard to find.

I’ve been kind of curious about this book ever since I first heard the author’s son talk about it, so here’s an opportunity to get my hands on a copy. And just in time for Christmas too.

I always figured that within the pages of that book we’d see elements of the team we’ve watched over the last eight years.

If you’re interested, you can get it from the publisher, but our preferred method is the BSMW Amazon store, where you can get the book at amazon.com prices and help Bruce out with his invaluable work at bostonsportsmedia.com. And we know you want to do that.

Tom Tainted

You have to hand it to Karen Guregian, who has been bulldogging the story of Tom Brady and his infected left knee.  As far as I can tell, she got to the story first and has stayed with it, breaking even more (and worse) news today. I might be naïve, but that sounds like good reporting, no matter who she works for, and no matter whether the subject matter makes me feel good.

It is a big story, what with everyone getting their first glimpse of Brady’s football mortality and everything. Naturally, we reacted to today’s news with our typical evenhandedness. I’m pretty sure at one point we had a one-legged Brady fleeing (hopping?) to the 49’ers after suing the Patriots for suing him, after they’d already sued his doctors for not being their doctors (and for possibly being Steelers fans) before Tom could sue his doctors for being his doctors. His folks were in there too, I think. Maybe a sister. The Herald was prominently mentioned. Anyway, football is pretty much over in New England, from what I can tell. And Matt Cassel sucks!

There’s no positive way to spin three different surgical procedures to kill an infection that is, at last report, still among us. That’s not even counting the first surgery, when they put the dead guy parts in there to begin with. Smooth move, Dr. Exlax! If these dead guy parts are so great, then why’s the guy dead? There isn’t some healthy guy that would give up a few spare parts for a fat check and some tickets to the game? Cripes, it’s like you’re not even trying!

It’s perfectly legit for KG to call next off-season, next training camp, and even next season into question. This, it seems fair to say, is not going according to plan. So you have to wonder when things begin to turn around. The longer it takes, the higher the stakes, it seems.

The whole thing about Brady wanting his own doctors and the Patriots reportedly being upset with that decision – I’ll remind you, early in that ESPN article, it says that the breaking news details are being nailed down by reporter Wendi Nix.

 I say we wait and see.