Tom Brady in Car Accident, New England Patriots Bracing for Media Explosion

Dan KelleyCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrate after teaming up for a first quarter touchdown against the New York Giants on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It’s a gloomy day here in upstate New York.

It’s raining, that familiar fall chill is beginning to settle in, and thanks to Rosh Hashanah cancelling classes, there’s not a whole lot to do today.

Naturally, that makes it a perfect day to just chill out and turn on the television, which of course is already preset to ESPN from the last time I had it on.

Sadly, that plan was abruptly shot down because, prior to turning on the tube, I decided to check ESPN’s home page and found out that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was involved in a car accident this morning.

This…is bad news.

Knowing how “The Worldwide Leader” has an unfortunate tendency to blow things out of proportion—discussing meaningless stories ad nauseam whenever star power is involved—I’m going to have to pass on my daily dose of Sportscenter today.

Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe this little story won’t occupy about 50 percent of the air time today, but their web story doesn’t seem very encouraging on that end.

The report ran 1,268 words and only about a third of that actually had to do with the accident, which left Brady completely unharmed.

In addition to a brief summary of the events this morning, the article also includes quotes from a number of Brady’s teammates and even his father, all basically saying that the news came as quite a shock but it seems as though everything is perfectly fine.

s on for about 400 words, discussing how Brady doesn’t have a new contract yet.

The only part that wasn’t discussed to excess, and in fact was touched on so briefly you could easily scan right over it, was that the woman in the other vehicle had to be pried out of her car with the "Jaws of Life" and was taken to the hospital with serious, although not life-threatening injuries.

But, obviously, the story here is that the guy that emerged completely unscathed and, in fact, doesn’t even have to miss practice today.

Predictably, the news also spawned a blog post from ESPN’s Tim Graham conjecturing on how Brady will likely feel even more pressed to get a new contract worked out now.

Presumably because Graham believes that Brady has never paused to consider the idea that he could get hurt someday and be left with only the millions of dollars he likely (if he’s smart) has stashed in the bank.

Don’t take this wrong though; this is not an attack on Tom Brady. Car accidents are no fun, even when you emerge unharmed, and it’s not his fault that this is probably going to draw far more attention than it really should.

I just hope ESPN breaks from their usual pattern of overblowing stories with this one because, really, there’s no reason that an event that was probably no more than a speed bump in Tom Brady’s day should be saturating the airwaves.