Gronkocalypse 3!! (Globe Rips Off Herald Division)

April 8, 2013

From our Gronkmageddon desk

Sunday’s Boston Herald plays its New England Patriots scoop Gronk-and-center in the Sports section:

 

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The Ron Borges/Karen Guregian report:

STON2744.JPGAnother Rob Gronkowski setback

Sources say readiness for year in peril

Wes Welker may not be the only important pass catcher Tom Brady is missing when the Patriots season begins in September. His biggest one may be absent as well.

According to multiple sources familiar with the situation, tight end Rob Gronkowski has been battling a stubborn infection in the area around where a second metal plate was installed to repair his broken left forearm and his readiness for the season is in jeopardy.

 

Crosstown rival Sunday Boston Globe had, well, nothing on the Gronkbeat in its print edition.

But our stately local broadsheet did post this on its website at 11:33 on Sunday morning:

Texans Patriots Football.JPEG-0884e-4033Gronkowski has infection and could need more surgery

Rob Gronkowski’s left arm continues to be a concern for the Patriots and their standout tight end.

The infection that led to Gronkowski undergoing a third surgery on the forearm has lingered, and according to league sources, he could be facing a fourth surgery if it does not clear up in the coming weeks.

If the infection continues, doctors could decide to remove the second plate he had placed in his arm because that could be the cause of the infection — but it is unknown at this point exactly what is causing the infection, one of the sources said.

Things could be further complicated if it is discovered that the infection has spread to other parts of the arm.

 

One thing that didn’t spread: Credit to the Herald for breaking the story.

Poor form, Globeniks. Poor form.


Gronk: Giving New Meaning to Tight End

February 5, 2013

Patriot party boy Rob Gronkowski is all over the place – literally and figuratively – these days. Except, that is, at the Boston Globe. The stately local broadsheet has a small item buried in today’s Names column.

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The feisty local tabloid, though, really goes to town today. Start with the back page:

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Inside, Karen Guregian gives Gronk a big helping of what-for:

STON2744.JPGTime for Rob Gronkowski to cut out some antics

Not such a grand slam

Rob Gronkowski is a 23-year-old single male who loves to have fun and provide entertainment for the masses. The Gronk is a party animal. That’s no secret.

Taken at face value, it’s hard not to appreciate and enjoy someone who so thoroughly enjoys life.

But then you watch the TMZ video of the Patriots tight end at the XS nightclub in Las Vegas on Sunday night, dancing shirtless on stage and lifting up a presumed friend and slamming him to the ground, wrestling-style.

This might seem like harmless fun, except Gronkowski was using his recently re-repaired broken left forearm to help hoist his friend up and over. According to a source close to Gronk, he didn’t appear to do any more harm to the forearm, which was in a long black cast.

But you still have to sit back and wonder what he was thinking.

 

Probably nothing, which seems to be his strong suit.


Gronkpocalypse 2! (Formerly Gronkmageddon 2!)

November 20, 2012

The Boston Herald is a bit bipolar in its Gronkoverage of the Patriots tight end, who broke his arm on a meaningless play in Sunday’s rout of the Indianapolis Colts.

(Front page: THE GRONK CRISIS. Back page: GOTTA MOVE ON.)

But the feisty local tabloid is absolutely sure that the Gronkastrophe deserves four full pages in today’s edition.

Start with this Duh! headline in the news section:

Doctors: Best play is to let it fully heal

Despite the public clamor and Rob Gronkowski’s obvious determination to return as soon as he can from a broken forearm, the general consensus from medical professionals is that the 23-year-old All-Pro tight end should err on the side of caution — even if it means missing the start of the playoffs.

Dr. David Forsh, chief of orthopedic trauma at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said that Gronkowski could potentially be sidelined up to eight weeks. Even when the tight end gets his cast off, he could be delayed with more rehabilitation to get his range of motion and strength back.

“The concern with these fractures is not how soon they heal, which is normally about 6-8 weeks, but when he’d be able to return to play,” Forsh said. “It really depends on how he does with his rehab and how quickly he heals it.”

The print edition has a swell illustration with all kinds of medical claptrap to obsess over.

Then there’s this piece on the facing page:

Patriots must break the mold in life minus Gronkowski

All-Pro tight end’s absence won’t be filled by just one player

FOXBORO — Sunday afternoon, Rob Gronkowski ran over, around and past hapless Colts players, debilitating Indy with his full arsenal of skill, brawn and athleticism.

Today, those are mere highlights to a Patriots [team stats] team and fan base that now must bear life without their All-World tight end.

Gronkowski had successful surgery yesterday morning and had a metal plate inserted into his broken left forearm. He told people Sunday night that he would miss 4-6 weeks, according to sources, and a separate source said he would miss “a few weeks” after yesterday’s procedure. Unless there’s a drastic change, those sources all believe he’ll be back for the playoffs.

Then it’s on to the sports section for two more pages of coverage, starting with this Ron Borges column:

No ‘extra’ work needed

Silly to play Gronkowski on special teams

FOXBORO – The argument that Rob Gronkowski should not have been on the field when he broke his forearm blocking for an extra point because his team was leading by 34 points Sunday is a specious one.

The argument that he should not be blocking for extra points and field goals at any time is not.

And then finish it all off with this Gerry Callahan piece:

No Gronk? Next man up

While fans gnash teeth, Pats shrug off injury and move on

The news broke one hour and 43 minutes after the forearm did. From the parking lots to the private boxes, from barrooms to living rooms, Patriots [team stats] fans were in a panic.

Did you hear? Gronk was down. Gronk was out.

The news was bad, real bad: Gronk broke.

Just like the hardreading staff’s patience with this story.

Regardless, we dutifully trundled crosstown to the Boston Globe to see if they’d developed more of a sense of urgency than they exhibited yesterday.

And indeed they had:

Can we go now?

 


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