A bizarre rumor that Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi died on Monday is swirling through New England.
I'm in Atlanta and I've gotten four phone calls and two e-mails asking whether it was true.
Happily, it is not.
How did it get this far? Well, the answer won't really drape the journalism industry in glory.
Apparently, an anonymous e-mail to a TV affiliate in Boston came in Monday afternoon saying that Bruschi had gone to Jesus.
Before getting confirmation from the Patriots that Bruschi was (and is) indeed alive, the rumor made its way to other media types putting them on red alert as well. This caused them to start calling every contact they could to find out if tragedy had struck Bruschi and the Patriots again. And they called two friends and so on, and so on.
The rumor mill has continued churning through the day on Tuesday.
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