By Tom E. Curran
FOXBORO - When one adult calls another adult an a--hole , you figure said adults will work it out on their own. At least that's the way I've seen it operate. I mean, if every time we heard someone describe another person asan "a--hole" we ran and told the alleged a--hole that someone thinks he's an a--hole and waited for a response, we wouldn't get much work done. And I'm pretty sure I'd have a steady, round-the-clock stream of informers at my door.No, if someone wants the a--hole to know he's an a--hole, he cuts out the middle man and tells him to his face. If he doesn't feel the need to do that, either it's a passing emotion, it's unwise toshare that opinion or the person is a jelly-spined weasel. Either way, not our problem.
But sometimes, we in the media need to suspend our real world tendencies and channel our inner-fourth grader (ok, more than sometimes). If someone gets called an a--hole, we must let the world know who is doing the insulting and then let the insultee know that he's been so described. And then we wait for his reaction and tell everyone what that was. Wednesday, with the AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Jets and Patriots less than 100 hours away, that's what we spent our day doing. Collecting varied reactions to the fact that the Jets Antonio Cromartie called Tom Brady an a--hole because Tom Brady points at the opposition's sidelines after the Patriots score touchdowns. (I myself haven't seen this often . .. I have seen purposeful spikes and gestures to the crowds but not the sideline pointing . . . still it wouldn't shock me). When apprised of Cromartie's review (and the "Bleep him" that accompanied it) Brady could have asked the basis. Like, if pointing at the opposing sideline makes a guy an a--hole, what does fathering nine children by eight women in six states by the age of 26 make Cromartie? Brady also could have wondered why a guy who Bible thumps in his twitter feed reconciles dropping F-bombs. But why bother?We all got our shortcomings. Brady instead took the high road - he has a house up there, apparently - and said Cromartie's a good player, blah, blah, blah. The funnier thing was, later in Brady's press conference mobapalooza, it was mentioned to the quarterback that Deion Branch called Brady a "dork" on Tuesday. The exchange, after Brady praised Branch, went like this. Q: He called you a dork.
TB: Deion did? Did he really?
Q: Yeah, in the study room, watching film. He said you were kind of a dork.
TB: Maybe, yeah. I could see that, you know? Im flattered.
So as you can see, we're having big fun and ferreting out the info that matters this week.
A few other items from Wednesday with football ties.
Jets right guard and old buddy Damien Woody was placed on IR with an Achilles injury. He's been down for a while so New York is accustomed to working without him. Patriots right guard Dan Connolly and running back Danny Woodhead both spent some time talking with media. Both were recently concussed. Their being allowed to converse is an indication both are fine now. Two Jets were held out of practice on Wednesday, guard Brandon Moore and wideout Brad Smith. Santonio Holmes (quad), Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and James Ihedigbo (knee, ankle) were limited. For the Patriots, Myron Pryor's back kept him out of practice. Tully Banta-Cain (groin), Deion Branch (knee), Jermaine Cunningham (calf), Aaron Hernandez (hip), Eric Moore (hamstring) and Sebastian Vollmer (shin) were all limited.BRADY BALANCE Every quarterback loves to throw it, but they like it even more when they throw it with success. And you don't get more successful than Tom Brady's been this season. He says the running game is the "most important" reason why.
"I think its very important that we continue to stay balanced," Brady pointed out. "Ive been preaching that all year. You become a good offense by running the ball, by play-action pass, by screening, by drawing, by trapping, by running all different kinds of route combinations empty formation all these different things that you come up with as an offense, hopefully they create some indecision with what the defense is trying to do. The running game is the most important thing to all of that."