New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft celebrated his team’s fourth Super Bowl victory in February. The team’s success with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady have pushed the Patriots to a franchise valuation of $2.6 billion, second only to the Dallas Cowboys in revenue and profit. Kraft bought the team for just $172 million in 1995 with profits from his paper manufacturing conglomerate. Kraft got into that business in 1972, buying up packaging firm Rand-Whitney; The Kraft Group now has $2.7 billion in sales. More recently the Columbia University and Harvard Business School alum joined the board of Apollo Global Management and was one of the largest venture capital investors in drug start up Acetylon, which agreed to be sold in 2013 to Celgene for $1.7 billion.
Ho hum. Another day, another billion dollars. How many people can say they moved 199 spots on the Forbes billionaires list and it was only the second coolest thing to happen to them in the last month? One, that’s how many.
You know I get unfairly characterized as a shameless honk for Mr. Kraft. And I do admit I’ve said largely positive, supportive things about the way he’s done business the last 20 years. And not just because we once met and he agreed to take a photo with me which pretty much makes us besties for the rest of our lives, but because I sincerely admire any self-made man who’s been as success as he has.
But the real pertinent question is, how can anybody not? I mean, look at that curriculum vitae. Paper products, pharmaceuticals, not to mention real estate. And that little football team he’s turned into the most valuable franchise in North America’s most valuable sports league was once a worthless laughingstock playing in a dilapidated, Eastern Bloc tenement slum of a stadium that nobody in their right mind would’ve purchased unless their plan was to move the team as far away as possible.
But as we’ve learned time and time again, great men of vision often aren’t in their right mind. They’re minds operate at a much higher plane than merely “right.” Schopenhauer said, “Talent hits a target no one else can. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” Mr. Kraft has the type of genius that looked out over a seedy, run down stadium surrounded by a dirt parking lot that looked like the lunar surface and saw a state of the art sports, retail, dining and entertainment complex, and against the wishes of his own darling wife, conventional business principles and all common sense, bought the Patriots and made it a reality.
So if I come across as slightly pro-Kraft family, just try and hold it against me. There are four Lombardi trophies and 4.3 billion other reasons to prove I’m right.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the Patriots choice not to use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk kick off thier second to last day in Fort Myers by looking at the competition in center field.
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Lou, Christian and Tim react to the Patriots opting to not give Safety Devin McCourty the franchise tag, and instead opting to tag Kicker Stephen Gostkowski
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Joe Kelly sat in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk from spring training in Fort Myers. Kelly explains his progression as a starter and if the Red Sox really need an ace.
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Schilling chatted about his decision to fight back against the Twitter trolls that targeted his daughter. Curt talks about what he would like to see happen to the most vicious trolls.
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE) College basketball: Rhode Island at Dayton, 7 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Villanova at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1) NHL: Sabres at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox vs. Boston College/Northeastern, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
MLB exhibition: Pirates at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, West Bromwich at Aston Villa, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)
A number of individuals made vile comments on social media after Schilling tweeted congratulations to his 17-year-old for committing to play for the Salve Regina University softball team next year. Sean MacDonald was one of the most offensive tweeters, and Schilling called him out.
Yankees director of communications Jason Zillo said MacDonald worked a few days for the team in January, but, “We’ve terminated him.”
MacDonald is a former vice president of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University, from where he recently graduated. The fraternity acknowledged his “inappropriate and offensive tweets” and posted that “cyberbullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”
Another tweeter, identified as Adam Nagel, a student at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey who hosted a one-hour show on his school radio station’s student radio streams, was suspended by the school and is being investigated by local police.
According to a report in The Duke Chronicle, the school’s newspaper, two students accused Sulaimon of sexual assault last school year, and the team was aware of the allegations for at least a year before Sulaimon was dismissed. According to a statement from Krzyzewski at the time, Sulaimon “has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program.”
Krzyzewski declined to comment Monday, but the school released a statement: “Duke takes immediate action when a student reports allegations of sexual misconduct or other violations of the student conduct code. This includes investigation and referral to the Student Conduct Office as appropriate. The University is prohibited by federal law from disclosing information about any individual student or the student judicial process.”
The Vikings weren’t allowed to have contact with Peterson under his suspension, but after Peterson won his appeal late last week the team has been able to reach out to him and gauge his interest in playing in Minnesota again. Peterson’s contract will count $15.4 million against the cap in 2015, making the soon-to-be 30-year-old difficult to trade.
“We are able to have communication now with Adrian. We’ll keep all those communications internal. I don’t want to sit here and give you guys a blow by blow every day,” Spielman told reporters Monday. “I think it’s been very clearly stated that we want Adrian Peterson back. There’s no question about the talent. He’s a unique talent, and he’s under contract with us next year.”
Reports last week indicated Peterson’s agent had a confrontation with Vikings management and said his client would never play for the Vikings again. Spielman declined to address the relationship between the team and player.
“We’ll just leave all those discussions between us and Adrian,” he said. “I’ll just say it’s beneficial that we’re able to talk to him, just like it’s beneficial to talk to any of your players.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 3, 1985, which Celtic scored a team-record 56 points, hitting 22-of-28 shots in a 138-129 victory over the Pistons at the Boston Garden?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I know there are a bunch of [expletives] out there just waiting for you to say something or to do something so they can criticize you no matter what you say or what you do. Why would you criticize guy that has been through the whole thing he’s been through, and then they’re talking about his daughter who is graduating, for God’s sake? Really. Why would you criticize something like that. It makes you angry.” – David Ortiz, on Twitter trolls attacking Curt Schilling and his daughter
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins MFB to talk about Patriots offseason moves and news from the NBA.
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