2012 brought us the Summer of Gronk, a tour de force for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski that ended by force, sort of, when the team pulled the plug on his various antics.
A sequel is now in the making, apparently. It started, as all summers do, on Memorial Day weekend. Sure, Gronk yielded top billing to Johnny Football. But Gronk was right there with Manziel in Vegas, in all his post-ACL surgery glory.
More recently, Gronk showed up on a show that most didn’t realize was still on TV. Starring Wayne Brady, who most also didn’t realize was still on TV.
Gronk appeared on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, an improv show that was popular in the ’90s or thereabouts, and that apparently is still using the same set. (Or maybe they found stuff from The Merv Griffin Show in a dumpster.) Made popular by ABC, the show now airs on a network called The CW. Which many also didn’t realize was still on TV. Or ever on TV.
So it appears that, like most sequels, the Summer of Gronk, Part II won’t be nearly as good as the original.
The good news for Patriots fans is that Gronkowski seems to be moving around normally on his surgically-repaired knee. Of course, that may not mean he’ll suit up as of Week One — or that he’ll stay healthy through Week 17 and/or the playoffs.
The best news for Patriots fans is that there most likely won’t be a sequel to 2013’s Summer of Hernandez.