Divorces can be messy, and the New England Patriots seem about formally separate in prelude to the final breakup.
Perhaps the brass of New England's football team should take a lesson from their benighted wide receiver of last season, the cursed "Ochocinco," now re-baptized as Mr. Hanging Chad Johnson.
The Kraft ownership family may be torn asunder by the deteriorating relationship of Josh McDaniel and Wes Welker, which has only worsened since the Welker marriage this summer (when McDaniels found his name scratched off the bachelor party guest list).
Right now the heat is on back in Foxboro as the ugliness between the Offensive Coordinator and his slot receiver has taken on a new urgency. Members of the Kraft family fear that one of twosome will head-butt the other under game conditions.
The nuptial challenge between Welker and McDaniels began in the Super Bowl last season when Wes dropped the ball as he marched down the aisle to toss a bouquet to Tom Brady.
Ever since then media members have insisted the tension between the Josh and Wes takes on electric current whenever Tom Brady is in the room.
Sooner or later someone will hire an attorney and charge "alienation of Tom's affections." Wes may be prepared to plead "nolo contendere" and throw himself on the mercy of the court. He'll be lucky if he walks away with a slap on the wrist and a year's franchise tag probation.
Not since Iago poisoned the mind of Othello has there been such whispering of sweet nothings into the ear of Belichick. If anyone will be named co-respondent in breaking up Tom and the man he always professes to love publicly-the aforementioned Wes Welker, it seems to be Josh.
Every Sunday lately Josh McDaniels commandeers Tom Brady and sits down in tete-a-tete to show the handsome QB fax photos while Welker sits nearby cooling his heels during the game. Matters are expected to come to a head coach sooner or later.
Some old timers recall the time when the knife ran off with the spoon, leaving the fork in the road. This may be worse.