Tom Brady, Pats keep the Patriot Place soap opera going

Alan Greenwood

One of the most impressive abilities displayed by the Patriots in their best of times has been their blocking out what is often referred to as “The Noise.”

All teams, in all sports and at all levels, are tested by the inner swirl of locker room intrigue. It is impossible for any group of individuals in such close quarters to get through an entire season without so much as a cross word spoken.

At the highest level, it is fueled by gossip and rumor, never more so than during the age of social media. (Bill Belichick has referred to this as “MyFace” and “Spacebook.”

Tom Brady offered no insight Saturday into the Patriot Place soap opera in his first press conference of the 2018 season. Anyone who expected otherwise needs to find shorter windmills at which to tilt.

Brady took questions about his relationship with Belichick, his skipping the team’s voluntary practices and Julian Edelman’s suspension and if his personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, shoulders any responsibility, for Edleman’s failed PED test.

No comment, no comment and no comment. Well, there was a little comment to the Edelman question: “Just ridiculous.”

Brady is right – this is all ridiculous.

But the ridiculousness of it all was not borne from, or nurtured by, the folks he sees with notebooks, recorders or cameras.

TIME TRAVEL: July 29, 1976 – “Nashua came up with three runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat Post 79 of Manchester last night, 6-3.

“Mark Crisman led off the inning with a base on balls. Scott Koskela sacrificed him to second and Mike Gauvin had an infield hit moving Crisman to third. Gauvin stole second and Frankie Anderson walked to load the bases and Mike Krueger hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring Crisman in with what proved to be the winning run.”

Jim Ford’s two-run single padded Coffey Post’s lead, capping a rally cobbled together with as many walks as hits.

As pitchers of all ages are eternally reminded: Throw strikes.

OF NOTE: Very sad to hear the news of Bill Neverett’s passing away Friday. The Neverett name has been high on the pyramid of Nashua sports for decades.

With BJ’s great success as an athlete, high school teacher, coach and manager/personnel director for the Silver Knights, and the extraordinary broadcasting career that brought Tim into the booth on the Red Sox radio network, it’s tough to imagine how a dad could be prouder.

The Boston sports media also suffered a mighty loss Friday as the legendary Clark Booth passed away. Few, if any, reporter had greater abilities as both a writer and broadcaster, who also possessed such humility and class.