Yesterday, I wrote that Mr. Ron Borges ate dinner at Drew Bledsoe’s house, based on this tweet from Bledsoe:
— Drew Bledsoe (@doublebackwine) November 28, 2012
This claim has since been clarified by Bledsoe:
@ronborges I hope u can imagine how this debate seems from 3k miles away. We never dined a my Casa together. U visited and we went to dinner
— Drew Bledsoe (@doublebackwine) November 29, 2012
@doublebackwine Correct. In Bend. OR for the Herald. About 2000 years after you left NE! Crazy, man.
— Ron Borges (@RonBorges) November 29, 2012
So Mr. Borges didn’t in fact actually eat at Bledsoe’s house. He flew out to the Northwest to visit Bledsoe, but they actually dined in a restaurant.
Our apologies to Mr. Borges. BSMW regrets the error.
Now that we have that out of the way…
Of course, their own words indicates that they had/have a close relationship, and that was the ultimate point all along. I’m also sure that there is no chance that Mr. Borges contacted Bledsoe yesterday and asked him as a favor to change the Tweet.
Mr. Borges can split hairs all he likes (although there are media members – multiple – who INSIST that Mr. Borges was a dinner guest at Bledsoe’s home here years ago) while attempting to muddy the waters, but the larger point remains.
Yes, this is tiresome to go over again, but since Mr. Borges insists on trying to cloud the issue, it needs to be run through again.
That larger point is that Mr. Borges had a close personal relationship with Drew Bledsoe and that when Bill Belichick made the decision to stick with Tom Brady during the 2001 season, after Bledsoe was of the thinking that he would be given the chance to win his job back, Mr. Borges immediately went on the attack against Belichick, and hasn’t stopped since.
Mr. Borges has admitted publicly in the past that he advised Bledsoe on how to confront Belichick on the matter.
Michael Felger: How did Belichick lie? What did he say to Drew?
Mr. Borges: What Bledsoe said to him at the original meeting, when he was cleared to practice, and I know this firsthand, for a lot of reasons,
Felger: Why…you were sitting there on the couch?
Mr. Borges: I PREPARED THE GUY TO GO MEET HIM! Quite frankly!
Mr. Borges in the 11/22/2001 Boston Globe:
Why did the normally placid Bledsoe react so angrily this week after Belichick’s announcement that Brady was the starter for the remainder of the season “barring something unforeseen”? Bledsoe’s point of view is reflected in the comments of one source who has personal knowledge of Bledsoe’s thinking on the matter. That person said that Belichick looked Bledsoe “right in the face” and told him he’d get a fair chance. “Face to face . . .” said the source. “Where do you go from there?”
Wait…did Mr. Borges use himself as a source here? He admitted he prepared Bledsoe for this very showdown, so there’s no doubt he would’ve huddled up afterwards to go over how everything went down.
The entire column is shots at Belichick, and contains this all-time classic bit:
Belichick will not be so lucky. He doesn’t have [Jimmy] Johnson’s personality, which can be as jovial and charming as a snake oil salesman’s. Worse, this Patriot team isn’t going to win two Super Bowls any time soon.
Mr. Borges is an angry, increasingly irrelevant man. I’ve wasted enough time on him in the last two days.
Now everyone can get back to vilifying Rajon Rondo.