Suddenly the New England Patriots do not look like a franchise perpetually kissed by the gods - a condition that at one time seemed permanent, much to the aggravation of everyone outside, well, New England.
To summarize: They traded Wes Welker, ticking off the face of the franchise, Tom Brady. Then Rob Gronkowski's arm refused to heal, making him suddenly look like a shaky proposition for 2013. And now the other half of the Pats' dynamic tight end duo, Aaron Hernandez, is in deep, deep trouble with the authorities over the murder of a semipro football player with whom Hernandez had a connection.
Innocent until proven guilty and all that, but if Hernandez is intent on separating himself from Odin Lloyd's death, he's probably going about it the wrong way. To put mildly.
I mean, when you turn over your cellphone in pieces to the authorities, and police discover your home security system has been deliberately smashed, it doesn't exactly make you look un-guilty. Nor does the fact that you hired a team of house cleaners to scrub your mansion the very day Lloyd was found with a bullet in the back of his head.
Doesn't look good. And not a good offseason so far for the Patriots -- although it might be for their newest acquisition, Tim Tebow.
The Blob has been saying all along that Tebow's place in the NFL might be at tight end. And if Hernandez winds up being charged -- an arrest is apparently imminent -- guess who's about to be fresh out of tight ends right now, albeit for very, very different reasons?
Something to ponder.