ADDENDUM: Good old Mike Reiss… he changed his latest post’s headline to ‘Bruschi Ready to Go’. If that doesn’t squelch this rumor, nothing will. Mike Reiss knows all.
About 30 minutes ago, my father’s girlfriend called to say she heard Tedy Bruschi died. Supposedly, she heard from her brother-in-law who heard from his friend who had heard from his friend, and so on. My dad came barreling down the stairs in tears as if it was my grandmother. Tedy Bruschi is his hero after all. My dad was told that this occurred within the last hour.
My dad frantically tried his best to get NFL Network on the television. Oddly, they weren’t covering the Bruschi story but were focusing on the Roger Goddell, Gene Upshaw press conference on Michael Vick. Surely, they would have something on Tedy Bruschi, if at that very least, a small mention in the constantly running ticker tape at the bottom of the screen.
Maybe ESPN was ahead of NFL Network. It seemed unlikely, but we needed some info in a hurry as my dad was about to have his very own heart attack. ESPN was too busy covering a Nascar race. Surely, they would have some mention of Tedy Bruschi’s condition, if at the very least a little blurb in the constantly running ticker tape at the bottom of the screen. No dice.
There was no mention on Channel 5, or NECN, or Channel 7 – surely, “If it bleeds, it leads” Channel 7 would have coverage of this epic story, right? Nothing.
Thankfully, we live in the information age. We no longer have to wait for the morning edition of the paper or the 11 o’clock newscast. There’s the internet! Surely, if this was true, I’d find something about it online.
I found something alright… according to Tom Curran, Tedy Bruschi is alive and well.
Surprise, surprise, it appears the rumor started at Fox… SHOCKER! An anonymous email detailing Tedy’s untimely passing was sent to Fox 25 and the rest is Boston urban legend history.
My dad is relieved but now I worry about Friday when we head to the Patriots training camp. I’m going to have to make sure he doesn’t try to run out onto the practice field and hug Tedy.