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Monday when Mr. Kraft took questions at the NFL owner’s meeting, his comments about losing Darrelle Revis seemed pretty cut-and-dried to me:

‘€œWe thought we made a very competitive offer,” he said. “I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots ‘€” we wanted to keep him. We wanted him in our system, and we have certain disciplines. We had hoped it worked out. It didn’€™t. …

“As a fan, in March and April, I hate to lose (Revis). But our real focus is what goes on in the fall and winter. I put my faith and respect with (coach) Bill (Belichick). We have a lot of discussions, and he’€™s done pretty good the last 15 years. The fan in me argues all the time with him, but he has a pretty good record.’€

Then he was asked if he considered matching the Jets offer but was talked out of it by Belichick.

‘€œNo. I listen to what he says,’€ he said. ‘€œWe discuss things thoroughly, but he has done a pretty good job. Once again, the emotion and fan in me, you want to keep all the good players and we have a salary cap. I know what it’€™s like when you lose a game in the fall and the winter, so the emotion of the spring has to have some discipline if you want to be good long-term. I think he’€™s proven to be a pretty good manager of our resources.’€

I mean, there’s nothing earth shattering there. Other than the rarity of an owner of a professional sports franchise admitting he can’t help think like a fan. Which to me is refreshing. Hell, I like to know that he thinks the way I do sometimes. That his heart wanted to keep Revis but his GM made the dispassionate, bottom line decision that is in the best interest of the team. It’s a reminder that long before Mr. Kraft walked into his house and broke the news to Mrs. Kraft he’d just bought the worst franchise in all of sports like a guy bringing home a mangy stray dog, he was a fan just like the rest of us. And he has to separate those impulses from making sound personnel decisions.

The reason I bring this up here is the radio and TV airwaves in this town are currently lousy with media types who are acting like they have no idea what he’s saying. Just since Monday I’ve heard it said he’s talking out of both sides of his mouth. That he’s contradicting himself. Even that he’s lying.

About what? How hard is this to grasp? The Patriots liked Revis. He was a major contributor to a title. They would have liked to keep him. But the Jets wildly outbid them with a contract that includes an amount of guaranteed money that is off the charts for a 30 year old cornerback. The Jets had the money to spend because they are a terrible team that’s not paying for much in the way of talent. The Patriots didn’t have it to spend because they’ve been paying for championship-caliber talent and they’re trying to keep their young core together.

I mean, that’s pretty much it, right? At least it seems it to me. But the Legion of Gloom in this town are either just so blinded by knee jerk opposition to anything the team does, they’re being intentionally obtuse. Or they’re just being objectionable for the sake of being objectionable because they think it makes for a better argument. And frankly I don’t know which is worse.

The bottom line is we all wanted to keep Revis, from the GM to the owner to the fans and even the Patriots-haters on the air. But the Patriots didn’t win four Super Bowls over 15 years of elite, championship driven football by those first two guys I mentioned thinking like the other two groups.

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BBC - Chinese officials say they will introduce guidelines to regulate square-dancing in the country.

The dance is wildly popular with elderly Chinese women and is performed en masse at night in public squares.

However, Chinese authorities say the “over-enthusiasm of participants has dealt it a harmful blow, with disputes over noise and venues”.

Fitness authorities plan to introduce 12 authorised routines and also permissible times and music volume.

The chief of the General Administration of Sport’s Mass Fitness Department, Liu Guoyong, told the state-run China Daily newspaper that following complaints officials would “have to guide it with national standards and regulations”. …

The use of public space for the exercise has led to tensions boiling over. In 2013, Wuhan residents made headlines after they showered faeces on a group of boisterous “dancing grannies”.

See, America? See what we’re up against? Sometimes I feel like the scientist in a Sci-Fi original movie, trying to convince the authorities that there’s a disaster coming. But no… one… will…. listen! And then by Act III you’ll all be coming to me asking me why we didn’t stop this catastrophe from happening.

I’ve been trying to alert you all about the Chinese for years, and this is just the latest dire warning. These are not kidding around. While we’re over here obsessing about Kardashian’s and Bieber’s and which former Disney girl twerked what at whom, the Chinese are playing for keeps.

You think it’s easy to organize a nation of over a billion people into a flash mob? The dancing grannies are working out their routines, getting their timing down and perfecting their choreography and we’re lucky if we can get a dozen or so high school kids to pull off a “Glee” routine at the mall.

And let’s face it, there’s not a square dancer among us with the grit and balls to withstand a faeces shower for our art. Fling poop at your average American street dancer and they’ll run for shelter, call 911 and never flash mob again. But the dancing grannies are so fierce not even flying crap or a brutal crackdown by an oppressive totalitarian regime can stop them.

So get ready for the public square-dancing, flash mobbing grannies are coming, and they’re bringing hell with them. And nothing you, nor I, nor the general administration of sport’s mass fitness department or even showers of human waste can do anything to stop them.

Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Jackie MacMullan's piece on ESPN Boston chronicles the recent struggle of Celtics forward Jared Sullinger.

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Linda Cohn tried out for the Florida Panthers back-up goalie position. She expertly explains to Christian how much harder it is than it looks.

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Sal Paolantonio joined the show to talk about the Jets tampering with Darrelle Revis, and the Patriots offseason.

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Bob Kraft answered questions from reporters regarding the departure of Darrelle Revis, Roger Goodell and the Deflategate investigation.

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I post this just to make two points.

The first is obvious: If you’re going to go through the one and only life we’re given on this spinning blue marble, being Tom Brady is not the worst way to spend it.

And secondly, Brady walked away from this to come to Gillette and workout Monday, according to WEEI’s Christopher Price. The official start of the offseason workout program doesn’t even begin for another month or so, and the reigning Super Bowl MVP is tearing himself away from the world’s most beautiful woman, turning his back on paradise in the tail end of the worst winter ever and heading to Foxboro to lift weights and eat avocado ice cream.

If you have any doubts remaining that the Patriots might not be back in the championship hunt in 2015, this should remove it.

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Jerry Thornton
School administrators in Lexington reversed their decision to ban patriotism at a school dance. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

School administrators in Lexington reversed their decision to ban patriotism at a school dance. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Boston.comThe ‘€œAmerican Pride’€ theme of a dance at Lexington High School has been restored after it was dropped out of concern about excluding other nationalities.

Lexington School Superintendent Paul Ash’€™s office told Boston.com this morning that the original theme of the dance will stand. …

The ‘€œAmerican Pride’€ theme was originally selected by students. Then school officials changed the theme to ‘€œNational Pride’€ so it would be more inclusive and students could represent their different nationalities, Assistant Superintendent Carol Pilarski told WHDH.

Students took issue with the change, telling WHDH the decision was ‘€œridiculous’€ and America is a ‘€œmelting pot.’€

We are living in strange times indeed when the ones making sense are high school kids.

When you’re in those teen years, you are basically, by all clinical definitions, insane. Your hormones are a newly formed force of nature you have not yet learned to control, you’re still forming as a human being and at that point a rapidly growing carbon blob of conflicting impulses. So you shouldn’t really be making any decisions beyond the question of in which order should you sort the songs on your Meghan Trainor playlist.

But there’s one group that even high school kids are better equipped to make, and that group is academicians.

No one in society is more insulated and out of touch than school administrators. On the whole they tend to exist in this little isolated bubble where enjoy the luxury of theory and never have to solve real world problems. As William F. Buckley famously said, he’d rather have the country run by the first 100 names out of the Boston phone book than the faculty at Harvard.

I mean, tell me this harebrained idea to ban “American Pride” as a school dance theme wasn’t a solution in search of a problem. What student would be offended by the idea of being proud of their country? And believe me, I’m not about to go all jingoistic on you, when I’m talking about “American Pride,” I’m not picturing Ted Nugent driving a monster truck over a bunch of  Toyota’s, blasting Lee Greenwood music, spraying assault rifle bullets in the air while a Fox News anchor throws bibles out the window. I’m talking about a simple show of Patriotism, which is a concept that the kids at Lexington High obviously grasp that has somehow managed to confuse and frighten the (alleged) adults in charge.

It’s hard to imagine that a school in say, Lexington, Belgium would have a problem with a “Belgian Pride” dance. That the administrators would be worried about offending non-Belgians with their show of waffles, endive and Kim Clijsters. But do likewise in our own country and there are educators who just assume it’s hate speech.

What those kids understand though is that none of us are non-Americans. That’s the point. And a big stick-tap to the kids who called the idea of that “National Pride” compromise “ridiculous.” Because we are a melting pot. As that great fighting man John Winger put it, “We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi. We’re not Spartans. We’re Americans, with a capital ‘A’, huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog. We’re mutts!”

I love that the kids of Lexington High get that. It gives me hope for the future. And I’m not at all surprised that the administration had to be dragged kicking and screaming to accept the simple concept that appreciating your country is not a hate crime. But I’m glad the smarter people won.

Now I just hope they play this song at the dance:

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton
Schefter joined us live from the owners meetings.

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