Shirley Leung joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk to look at Boston's Olympic hopes.

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CSNNEThe Deflategate controversy took an interesting turn on Tuesday when Robert Kraft threw in the towel instead of challenging the NFL like many thought he would. … That’s when Ron Borges threw out an interesting piece of information.

“Belichick never believed his story, from what I was told,” said Borges. “Because they all know. Why do you think all those retired quarterbacks, the Troy Aikmans of the world — Troy Aikman is about as nice a guy as I’ve ever met in football — nobody’s backed [Brady]. Nobody, not a single guy. Why do you think that is? Because they hate Brady? No. Because they’re not stupid. They know nothing’s done with those balls that the quarterback doesn’t want done.”

I’m going to try to recover from my initial shock that Ron Borges believes 1) the Patriots have been less than truthful and 2) behind the scenes in Foxboro there is dissension, division and mistrust.

Old Ctrl+C Borges has, since the day 21 years ago that Mr. Kraft saved the Patriots and spared the world from the abomination of the St. Louis Stallions, never once talked about an issue facing the club without making it sound like there’s more infighting and palace intrigue than the boxed set of “The Tudors.”

I mean, what is he saying here? He’s a reporter, correct? Granted he’s a grenade-tossing, agenda-driven, slant artist. But I imagine on his 1040 he puts “Reporter” in the box marked “Occupation.” So is he reporting that Bill Belichick thinks Tom Brady lied to him, to the team owner, to the public and the press?

Or is he simply saying he “was told” that? Because if I’m not being too nosy, I’m curious to ask, by whom? Sources within the organization? Someone close to Belichick or Brady? His barber? One of the skeezy guys who hang out at the corner of Mass. Ave and Melnea Cass selling flowers?

I’m no journalist (thank God), but I’d say there’s a huge distinction between “reporting” a thing and casually throwing it out there on TV because you’ve been “told” it. One is what a professional reporter does and puts his name on it. The other is wildly irresponsible, takes no balls and does nothing but make people look bad to fit your own agenda. I’ve been told by a lot of people that Belichick and Brady are emotionally linked like Elliot and E.T. Does that make me more right than Ron Borges? I’ve also heard that Ron Borges was the one who shot Archduke Ferdinand, so both World Wars are all his fault. If I go on television and repeat that and permanently damage his reputation, are we cool with that?

While we’re on the subject, that’s a cute trick, playing the “nothing’s done to the ball the quarterback doesn’t want done” card. Because none of us doubt it’s true. But it conveniently ignores the inconvenient truth that nowhere in the Wells Report do they show where anything was done to the footballs. Certainly not that they were illegally deflated below the legal amount. The proof just is not there. Troy Aikman can be canonized tomorrow, every living quarterback can sit on their hands and not speak up for Brady and Borges can draw whatever inferences he wants. But if they’re really “not stupid,” they have to admit that.

But I won’t hold my breath. There’s no sense in letting the facts get in the way of a good smear campaign.

@JerryThornton1

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Boston HeraldAaron Hernandez should probably pace himself.

A little more than a month into his lifetime prison sentence without parole, the former New England Patriots tight end reportedly has already gotten himself into trouble.

Hernandez allegedly was the lookout during what is believed to be a gang-related fight that took place Monday at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a law enforcement source told CNN on Tuesday.

According to CNN, Hernandez stood as lookout as one inmate entered another prisoner’s cell and those two men got into a fight. All three men were disciplined, CNN reports, with Hernandez being put in a special management section.

As much as I hate Aaron Hernandez and believe that every breath he draws is an affront to humankind, I have to give him credit where credit is due.

A lot of guys go to prison and just waste away, happy to suction their lips to the teat of the taxpayers, enjoy the three hots and a cot we provide them and live out their lives as unproductive parasites. But not our guy AHern. At least he’s doing something productive with all the time in the world we’ve given him.

I mean, they don’t make license plates or bust big rocks into little ones with sledgehammers in jail any more the way we wish they would. But at least he’s learning skills. Prison tattooing is an art form. It takes skill, creativity and an aesthetic eye, and he’s shown all three with that “LIFETIME” masterpiece of his. Now obviously I’m sure he didn’t do it himself in the mirror or anything. One, because it wouldn’t have come out nearly as good and probably would read “EMITEFIL.” But at least he’s seeing how it’s done so he can apprentice for now and maybe help others with their prison ink.

Second, it’s rewarding to know he’s learning the time-honored and noble profession of Jail Fight Lookout. It shows he’s got an active social life going in the Stoney Lonesome. He’s gaining valuable “No Snitching” experience. And it’s heartwarming to see him interacting with his peers without putting bullets in them.

Does this mean he’s rehabilitated? Not yet. I’d still argue he’s got a ways to go yet. But at least he’s making the effort to turn himself into a better, more well-rounded convicted murderer serving a life sentence. And with any luck it’ll help him with those parole hearings in 40 years.

@JerryThornton1

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In the kingdom of Thorntopia, this is exactly the speech Tom Brady would give Roger Goodell at his appeal hearing. “I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.” It’s perfect. If he’s going to be treated this shabbily by frauds and liars anyway, then he might as well just start telling them to say ‘ello to the da bad guy.

@JerryThornton1

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Bucky Brooks, NFL.comGiven some time to the review the All-22 Coaches Film from last season and examine the circumstances that could affect each guy’s play this fall — which led me to make a tweak or two — here are my top 10 quarterbacks heading into 2015 …

5) Tom Brady, New England Patriots*
Despite being a proven winner (four titles, six total Super Bowl appearances) and one of the NFL’s ultimate clutch performers (46 game-winning drives in his 15-year career), Brady’s standing on this list is a reflection of the stench emanating from the Deflategate scandal (hence the asterisk). The controversy adds to the notion that the Patriots’ long-term success has been fueled by various misdeeds. While there isn’t a proven correlation between deflated footballs and Brady’s on-field performance, the fact that another scandal is hovering over the Patriots certainly clouds the evaluation.

Statistically speaking, Brady remains one of the top players at the position, posting a passer rating of 97.4 and a 33:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio last season. He continues to pick apart defenses with exceptional precision. … Brady remains one of the elites at the position.

I offer this as a reminder that this is what Mr. Kraft’s goodwill, idealism and cooperation has wrought. NFL.com, the league’s official state-run newspaper, is not only empowering a Jets fan named Duane Munn to troll the Patriots as their social media director, they’re giving space to Bucky Brooks so he can slap an asterisk on everything the G.O.A.T. quarterback has ever accomplished. Tom Brady is clutch, precise, efficient, a proven winner and still one of the elites at his position. But there’s some uncertainty about the pressure in the footballs for 30 minutes of a 45-7 win, so he gets the permanent mark of shame. Thanks, official site of the NFL!

And that’s not even mentioning Mr. Kraft’s “partners,” the other 31 members of the Billionaire’s Club to whom he extended the olive branch. Giants owner John Mara, whom he palled around with at a Friars Club roast of Boomer Esiason I was at the week of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, responded to his high-minded gesture by saying Mr. Kraft “ultimately accepted the penalties because he knew he didn’t have anywhere to go.” Whether he said it waving the two Super Bowl rings he won over the Patriots on his middle fingers we can only speculate.

But again, this is the thanks he gets. It’s only been three days since he tried to do (in his judgment) the right thing. And rather than get respect in return, the animal kingdom that is the NFL has only sensed weakness, and the pack is moving in for the kill. It’s just further proof, as if you needed it, of the old adage that says no good deed ever goes unpunished.

@JerryThornton1

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