Kraft didn't seem too broken up about the news in the moment, and Brady was able to smile about it. But other people weren't so flippant about the larceny: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released a stern statement that ended with a line that felt ripped from a bad CBS prime-time procedural: "Whoever took this jersey should turn it in. The Texas Rangers are on the trail."
TMZ Sports spoke with law enforcement sources involved in the search who tell us they are "hopeful" the jersey was put on a team equipment truck destined for Boston. We're told the truck was never thoroughly searched before it left NRG Stadium in Houston -- and contains all sorts of team and player equipment. Our sources tell us the truck is scheduled to be unpacked in Boston on Thursday and cops are crossing their fingers the #12 jersey turns up!
I don't see the need for an exclamation point there, but I'm not here to debate Harvey Levin's editorial code. Personally, I think the Texas Rangers should check the basement of the Alamo and work backwards from there.