From a Patriots perspective, the biggest story from Super Bowl 50 was Tom Brady being booed when he was introduced with the previous Super Bowl MVP winners.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was at the game and in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with WCVB’s Maria Stephanos on Wednesday, he shared his thoughts on what happened.

Tom Brady was booed at Super Bowl 50.  (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tom Brady was booed at Super Bowl 50. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

From a Patriots perspective, the biggest story from Super Bowl 50 was Tom Brady being booed when he was introduced with the previous Super Bowl MVP winners.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was at the game and in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with WCVB’s Maria Stephanos on Wednesday, he shared his thoughts on what happened.

“I mean to us, we didn’t hear it,” Kraft said. “We just heard loud noise and I just heard cheers everywhere around me. I didn’t find out what people — all the social media chatter, and I think there were a lot of Denver fans and Raider fans in the audience since it was so close. I don’t know. I think they see us as a big rival.

“He is such a classy, wonderful guy. He went there representing our team, our coaches, our fans.”

Kraft was also asked if he saw Roger Goodell at all during the week.

Typically he would see him at Goodell’s state of the league on Friday, but there was a Hall of Fame luncheon during that time so Kraft went to that instead.

The Patriots owner did say he talked to him briefly at the owners’ meeting Thursday night, but the conversation wasn’t “eventful.”

A lot of Patriots fans have wondered why the treatment of Peyton Manning and his case with HGH being sent to his home has been handled differently both in the media and with the league than Deflategate with Brady last year at this time.

“Well, I’ll let you and all the media experts opine on that,” Kraft said. “I happened to see Archie [Manning] there. He has two sons now who have won two Super Bowls, but with all due respect, we have one son who has won four.”

Kraft also relayed a gameday superstition where he typically uses an electric razor, but on gameday he uses a straight edge Gillette.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

With the 2015 season complete, here’s a timeline of some key offseason dates, and how they relate to the Patriots.

February 16: First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition Players. The Patriots aren’t expected to use the franchise tag this year.
February 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. Usually coach Bill Belichick or personnel chief Nick Caserio speaks with the media about the offseason.
March 1: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition Players.
March 7-9: The legal tampering window. Clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents when the new year begins (March 9). However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
March 9:  The 2016 league year and free agency period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time. Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2016 on all players who have option clauses in their 2015 contracts. In addition, all clubs must be under the 2016 salary cap prior, and the trading period for 2016 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2015 contracts.
March 20-23: Annual League Meetings, Boca Raton, Fla. Another opportunity to hear from Belichick at the annual AFC coaches breakfast.
Mid-April: Usually, the upcoming regular-season schedule is unveiled. The Patriots will likely be in the mix as one of the Broncos‘ opponents for the regular-season opener, expected to be in Denver on Sept. 8.
April 4: Teams with new head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 18: Teams with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 22: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
April 28-30: 2016 NFL draft, Chicago. The Patriots do not have a first-round pick.
April 30: After the final selection in the draft has been made, clubs may begin signing undrafted free agents who were eligible for the 2016 draft.
May 6-9: The first weekend after the NFL draft, clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp.
May 13-16: The second weekend after the NFL draft, clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp.
June 19-25: Rookie Symposium, Aurora, Ohio.
July 15: At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a franchise player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2016 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.
Late July-early August: Start of training camp.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have gotten their respective teams to the top of the mountain this decade. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The Steelers of the 1970s. The Niners of the 1980s.



The Patriots have waived running back Montee Ball, according to the NFL transaction wire.

Ball, 25, was signed by New England to the practice squad in December. The former second-round pick of the Broncos in 2013 did not see any game action with the Patriots this season.

The Patriots have waived running back Montee Ball, according to the NFL transaction wire.

Ball, 25, was signed by New England to the practice squad in December. The former second-round pick of the Broncos in 2013 did not see any game action with the Patriots this season.

Ball was charged with two misdemeanors in a domestic assault case involving his girlfriend earlier this winter, but it was revealed Monday that he won’t face felony charges.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Cam Newton continues to embarrass himself. (Mark Rebilas/USA Today)In whose world is this OK?



Cam Newton was one of the biggest stories in Super Bowl 50.

Cam Newton defended his actions Sunday in Super Bowl 50. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Cam Newton defended his actions Sunday in Super Bowl 50. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Cam Newton was one of the biggest stories in Super Bowl 50.

One, for not diving for his own fumble late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line and then after the game, he only spoke to the media for about three minutes with a few one-word answers. Afterwards, some called him a sore loser.

The quarterback defended both actions on Tuesday — two days after the game.

“Show me a good loser and I’€™ll show you a loser,”€ Newton said, via the Charlotte Observer. ‘€œIf I offended anyone, that’€™s cool … I don’€™t have to conform to anybody’€™s wants for me. I’€™m not that guy. This is a great league with or without me. I am my own person.”

Newton also defended not diving for the fumble, adding the Panthers didn’t lose the game because of that.

“I don’€™t dive on one fumble because the way my leg was –€” it could have been [contorted] in a way,”€ Newton said. “OK, you say my effort. I didn’€™t dive down. I fumbled. That’€™s fine. But we didn’€™t lose that game because of that fumble. I can tell you that.”

Carolina finished the regular season 15-1 and Newton was the league MVP.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Cam Newton and the Panthers will be looking to flip the script next year. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Cam Newton and the Panthers will be looking to flip the script next year. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Come next season, Carolina will be looking to duck one of the stranger hexes in all of sports: the so-called Curse of the Super Bowl Loser.

Seven of the last 15 Super Bowl losers have missed the playoffs the following season, and while there have been some that have ended up winning playoff games the following year, no Super Bowl loser in that stretch has come back to win the title the following year. In fact, since 2000, only two teams have even made it as far as the conference title game the year after losing the Super Bowl. (The last team to even play in a Super Bowl the season after losing it? The 1993 Bills, who lost back-to-back big games to the Cowboys.) Of the 49 previous Super Bowl losers, only two won the big game the next season –€” the 1972 Miami Dolphins were the last team to do it.

Here’€™s a look at the year that team lost the Super Bowl, and their record and playoff performance the following season.

Super Bowl 49: Seahawks (10-6) lose in divisional round to Panthers, 31-24
Super Bowl 48: Broncos (12-4) lose in divisional round to Colts, 24-13
Super Bowl 47: Niners (12-4) lose in NFC championship game to Seahawks, 23-17
Super Bowl 46: Patriots (12-4) lose in AFC championship game, 28-13
Super Bowl 45: Steelers (12-4) lose in wild card round to Broncos, 29-23
Super Bowl 44: Colts (10-6) lose in wild card round to Jets, 17-16
Super Bowl 43: Cardinals (10-6) lose in divisional playoffs to Saints, 45-14
Super Bowl 42: Patriots (11-5) miss playoffs
Super Bowl 41: Bears (7-9) miss playoffs
Super Bowl 40: Seahawks (9-7) lose to Bears in divisional playoffs, 27-24
Super Bowl 39: Eagles (6-10) miss playoffs
Super Bowl 38: Panthers (7-9) miss playoffs
Super Bowl 37: Raiders (4-12) miss playoffs
Super Bowl 36: Rams (7-9) miss playoffs
Super Bowl 35: Giants (7-9) miss playoffs

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price