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Hanging Chad

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  September 15, 2011 02:15 PM

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A while back, various Patriot loyalists and house-organ media watchdogs were steadfast in their notion that "The Patriot Way" was largely a myth propagated by those scurvy media wretches who pray outside the camp as regards to the team and its head coach. This usually was mustered in defense of the team's signing people like Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco. (Note -- This Blog was in favor of both those signings.) Some media types noticed that the team had overtly and covertly trafficked in the notion of its inherent moral athletic superiority over the past decade and that these signing were rather, well, dissonant with that tradition. Defenders of the team then fired back that the whole Patriot Way thing was a media concoction in the first place. Unfortunately for the latter, this is becoming a harder and harder proposition to defend, especially since Tedy Bruschi started working this side of the street.

This Blog thinks Tedy Bruschi should dunk his head in some cool water and chill the heck out. Really, now, you're going to rip the guy for tweeting how much he was impressed by Tom Brady's performance on Monday night? Seriously? This Blog has heard for years about players who had not "earned the right" to be critical of their teams because their play didn't measure up, as though you could measure IQ by an ERA. But this is new, unexplored ground -- a player has to earn the right to be complimentary about a teammate?  It's against The Patriot Way -- a concept which we all know doesn't really exist -- for somebody who spent their entire career in Cincinnati to express public admiration for the way Tom Brady played against Miami? This is about eight bulbs short of an chandelier.

Look, This Blog doesn't know if Chad Ochocinco ever will catch on to what the Patriots are trying to do offensively. He might not. If he doesn't, there's very little lost here. But to turn him into a punching bag because he's active in the social media, and because he went out of his way to express admiration for what was literally a historic passing performance, is to engage in mindless pot-stirring and kabuki contrarianism. Period.


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