, Salem, MA


August 19, 2013

Our view: Some cheers, jeers for local newsmakers


Sounds like they need to get their stories straight.

CHEERS to the Ipswich Police Department for calling on the town’s youth to help name its new police boat.

Chief Paul Nikas and his officers selected the new name — Tigershark — from about 500 entries submitted by elementary school-aged children across town.

“There were some great names,” Nikas said. “They used some ingenuity. They thought it out.” (The Ipswich High School mascot is a tiger.)

The names were submitted by four students: Summer Smith, Casey Nordberg, Anna Jones and Colin Hansen. They each won a ride in the boat with their families during Crane Beach Picnic Day in June and a $20 gift card to Dairy Queen.

JEERS to the panic over the most important set of knees in New England.

When offensive lineman Nate Solder rolled over Patriot quarterback Tom Brady’s left knee during practice last week, you could hear horrified gasps from Providence, R.I., to Presque Isle, Maine. Fans prepared for a season of covering their eyes as fleet-footed but errant-armed Tim Tebow dropped back to pass.

Brady limped off the field and soon enough, word came through social media that Brady was done for the year, maybe for his career. One Bloomberg business reporter tweeted that Brady had torn the medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his knee. Which was true — in 2008.

Turns out, Brady’s pretty much fine. And we’ve learned yet another lesson about waiting for facts before assuming the worst. The regular season can’t get here soon enough.

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