The Bruins open the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight and the Red Sox linger precariously in first place in the American League East, yet when you view Boston media sports coverage over the past 48 hours, the dominant story is of the Patriots signing a third string quarterback. Admittedly, it’s not any third string quarterback but Tim Tebow after a very successful college career (Heisman Trophy and two national championships) really hasn’t done much in the pros other than attract a media circus wherever he goes. Maybe the “Patriots’ way” will make him one of those great Belichick success stories where a veteran written off by everyone else is revived as a valuable contributor (Corey Dillon, Randy Moss) or maybe he’ll be a bust (Chad Ochocinco, Adelius Thomas).
The bigger question I have is why do the Patriots routinely blow the other Boston sports teams off the front pages regardless of the accomplishments of those other teams. The Patriots had a great run a decade ago but have only come close the past few years. It’s not like Boston is a football town. When I was growing up the most rabid fans all followed the New York “football” Giants and the Patriots were a team without a home (I once saw them play at Fenway Park). Something more is at work here; I’m just not sure what it is.