Patriot Pat says...
We New England Patriot fans are more than just fans, we are fanatics, and we need the best, most up to date information that we can find.
We scour the Internet day-in and day-out, looking for the most recent news concerning our beloved Patriots.
Just know this, Patriots fans: there is only one place to which you need to turn (besides myself of course), and that is Reiss's Pieces. The site is Mike Reiss's blog, who works for The Boston Globe, and is posted on Boston.com.
If anyone from Boston doesn't know who he is, then you are missing out. Also, you must not really care all that much about the Patriots.
He has the inside scoop, because he is in with the team, and, to add to that, he is truly knowledgeable with football. Leading up to the draft, he released some of the most interesting, and impressive analyses about the Patriots needs and potential targets.
Mike understands the different aspects of the game, from the actual play to the small details of the current bargaining agreement. If he doesn't know the answer, then he knows where to find it—and does.
Mike Reiss makes the most accurate, calculated thoughts about our Patriots, and is also the most humble person whom you may ever meet.
On numerous occasions, I have emailed Mike at his work with a question about the Patriots, and each time he has taken the time to respond with a well thought out response.
He also entertains fans, by posting a weekly mailbag, wherein he takes questions from fans, and tries to answer them to the best of his ability.
Mike Reiss in the man, and, as a writer, I aspire to be like him.
Then there is the anti-Mike, John Tomase. This man should not be allowed in New England, let alone to work as a Patriots beat writer for the Boston Herald.
If you don't know, John Tomase released the story that the Patriots had used a tape of the Rams Super Bowl XXXI walk-through to help win that game, and he did so days prior to Super Bowl XXXXII.
I don't know about you Boston fans, but I don't think having that weighing down on the Patriots helped their cause that Sunday.
The Herald had to recant the story, because it came out that it was based on the rumor of a rumor.
"First and foremost, this is about a writer breaking one of the cardinal rules of journalism. I failed to keep challenging what I had been told...I had repeatedly heard that this walk-through had been taped, and from people I trusted. Eventually I accepted it as fact and stopped questioning the assertion," Tomase said when trying to explain his blasphemy.
So, Boston fans, if you need information about the Patriots, then you know where to turn.
If you do decide to take a look in on Tomase's blog, then you had better be doing it to help run the guy out of town.
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UPDATE: One more plus for Mike Reiss. I emailed him with the link to this article, and he actually defended John Tomase. What a show of strong character.
Thank you for the kind words. I wish they didn't come at John's expense. He made a costly mistake, but I can tell you he is a good person.
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