DATELINE: HUMOR! Deion Branch has been sent packing by the New England Patriots, though some wonder whether he is packing his steamer trunk or just an overnight bag. Fans may want to send up a red flag on the departure of one of Tom Brady’s dearest friends. It might be more appropriate to send up a flag saying “Don’t Tread on Me.” We have not seen Branch offering a white flag in response. nor an olive branch. Already once this season, Branch was dismissed from the team, though his locker was dusted every night and his uniform was cleaned and pressed by dutiful staff at Gillette. Belichick once again has put a message in a bottle and tossed it into Cape Cod Bay rather than give it to the media. The fan that finds the coded message will have better luck than the Colts. After Deion’s most productive game of the season against the Buffalo Bills, some fans may regard Coach Bill Belichick’s action to be heresy, madness, and the height of disloyalty. Since Deion may be suffering from a debilitating injury, he was facing the firing squad, or at least the taxi squad. Instead, he will be sent to Belichick’s secret gulag where old players hide incognito, awaiting the call to return to the Mother Team when code “Skyfall” is sounded. Like the secret elephant burial ground of legend, there is a place where Belichick sends his favored players to hide in the tall grass, awaiting the chance to rejoin the pack and to lead the hunt. As Karen Carpenter used to sing, “It’s yesterday once more.” Branch may be dancing to the tune before tomorrow comes.
- Deion Branch