How the New England Patriots Became the NFL’s Biggest Circus Act

June 21, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The world's sports media are, literally, hovering over New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez as authorities reportedly prepare to arrest him for something much worse than speeding.
Tim Tebow is on the roster as a quarterback. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is recuperating from an unexpected back surgery. Former receiver Wes Welker is saying he and Tom Brady were "upset" at the Patriots not seriously trying to re-sign him, according to Yahoo! Sports's Mike Silver.
Welker even cast doubt on Brady's famous hair, according to USA Today's For The Win blog.
What's going on in New England? How did the most no-nonsense, team-first organization in sports turn into the biggest circus act in the NFL?
The Patriot Way is No More
In the last decade, the Patriots established a sterling reputation. They followed "The Patriot Way," focusing on football, putting the needs of the team above their own—and above all, keeping away from (and out of) the medi...

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