Correction On Ron Borges

Yesterday, I wrote that Mr. Ron Borges ate dinner at Drew Bledsoe’s house, based on this tweet from Bledsoe:

This claim has since been clarified by Bledsoe:

 

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.

From Bledsoe Turned to Borges for Advice…

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.

  • LJ Sandwich

    A “Ted Sarandis” round of applause to you Bruce. Cover his tracks on this Bledsoe dinner is the hardest this plagarist has worked in years.

  • http://twitter.com/DryHeave1 DryHeave

    So much of the “Sheppard vs. Borges” scream-fest was semantics and minutiae. Bottomline, Borgie has always had an agenda against Belichick….all the evidence you need is right here…..CASE CLOSED! >>>>>>>>>

    http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/2006/01/fire-ron-borges-the-broadsheet-bully

  • http://www.bostonsportsmediawatch.com/ bsmfan

    On Rondo, Woj just put up a column that’s a good read:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba–rajon-rondo-s-misplaced–loyalty–in-scuffle-with-kris-humphries-hurts-celtics-165109932.html

    I wonder how soon before we hear Rondo is dating Kim Kardashian?

  • latetodinner

    What I find so interesting about the Borges stuff (and in the same ways the Shaughnessy stuff) is that the editors of the papers they write/wrote for…whether it be the Globe or Herald have a conscious choice to continue allowing the shotty journalism and borderline slander to continue all in the name of circulation. They proudly point to a Borges or Shank column as being among the most read in the paper…content be damned. Integrity seems to not be a fundamental driving principle at any level.

  • Winning_Again

    If Ron Borges plagiarizes a newspaper article, but no-one reads it, is it really plagiarism?

  • GRBSPR

    I do believe that most the rage expressed by media hacks is that they lament being seen as ‘media hacks.’ Theirs is a miserable life, as they all suffer through the realization that no one respects (or even likes) them. Once must wonder what kind of sadness envelopes their family lives.

  • http://twitter.com/DryHeave1 DryHeave

    to you “tweeters” out there I highly recommend @BestofBSMW

    ( NOT affiliated with BSMW in any way)