When Patriots Training Camp opened last Thursday, we here at The Shark Morning Show were concerned by the news that Pats' Linebacker Rob Ninkovich was a no show at the first day. Our speculation that he may be considering retirement was confirmed yesterday at Gillette Stadium.

How many soul crushing departures can I take in less than two days? The absolute rock of The Shark on-air staff, Fish, hits the road on Friday and now the defensive core of The Pats hangs up his cleats for the last time yesterday afternoon.

While I was still waking up this morning, I thought "WHOA! Nink retired. Fish is going to blog all about this today." Then it really sunk in and I thought, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Please be patient with the rest of us as we try to cover the Pats to the very best of our abilities. Fish's absence as official Gronk/Pats correspondent for The Shark is being felt immediately and that is an understatement.