It should surprise no one that Seth Wickersham and ESPN dropped some details from his upcoming book on the Patriots on Wednesday, right in the middle of Patriots-Bucs week.
The book, titled It’s Better to be Feared: The New England Patriots Dynasty and the Pursuit of Greatness, seems to cover what anyone who’s read Wickersham before might expect. Not a ton in the way of actual football insight, but all kinds of salacious details on the backstage drama, if you’re into that sort of thing. Per ESPN, the book isn’t based on any new interviews with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, or Robert Kraft. Not like they’d be important to this story or anything.
Wickersham’s “inside” stories read like a soap opera. The list of excerpts released at ESPN.com Wednesday morning resemble Page Six or the Inside Track at the Boston Herald. There may be nuggets of truth as to the things that happened, but they’re all dressed up and pieced together all too perfectly, like a Hollywood script. So it’s hard to blame any Patriots fan who reads them with skeptical eyes, and then rolls said eyes.
Anyway, let’s get to these excerpts and a quick “breakdown” of most of them…
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