Tom Brady’s apparent ankle injury made front page news in today’s New York Post.
The tabloid's headline shouts in enormous font, “Who’s afraid of Tom Brady now? – Girlie man limps home.” Call Pulitzer.
Gossip web site TMZ.com posted a video yesterday that showed a limping Brady carrying a box of posies while entering the home of girlfriend Gisele Bundchen, which might spark some concern amongst Patriots fans as the team prepares to face the Giants in next week’s Super Bowl.
Today, in reporting the story, the Globe chose to go with the straightforward “Brady wearing cast on foot.”
The Post got a bit more baroque in its story headline: “Flowery Tom a Posy Patsie.”
“Tom Brady hasn't been brutally beaten down by the Giants yet - but at least the petal-pushing flower boy is limping,” writes the deep-digging investigative team of Chuck Bennett, Mike Puma, and Melissa Jane Kronfeld. With additional reporting by Don Kaplan, Kelly Magee and Tim Perone. “The cocky quarterback for the undefeated* New England Patriots was caught hobbling to the West Village home of his gal pal, Gisele Bundchen, yesterday - carrying a box of pretty little posies.”
Yes, they’re still using the asterisk.
Af for how the other New York tabloids covered the development, it made the back sports page of the New York Daily News, which approached the topic a bit more straightforward. Newsday didn’t mention the story on its front or back pages, including it as a recap by the Associated Press in its pages.