“I personally wrote a letter to the commissioner responding to his comment that if any new facts came up, he would take them into consideration and I personally believe that when the league made their decision they did not factor in the Ideal Gas Law. They admitted that publicly. They have had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was and make any judgements there. We have laid it out pretty straight forward and now it’s up to them to decide.”
“I want our fans to know, I empathize with the way they feel.”
Mr. Kraft is back in the game.
I’m sure this won’t be nearly enough for a very vocal subset of the population of Patriots fans. And I respect where they’re coming from. This fanbase is in no mood for diplomacy. They want war. This isn’t the time for polite communiques between envoys; it’s a time for Mr. Kraft to pick up the red phone and tell the Kremlin the B-2s are scrambling and we’ll nuke you back to the czarist days if you don’t stand down and give us back our draft picks.
I get it.
But this is still a positive step. It at least shows the man who Kraft-pitulated back in May is not sitting this one out. On the eve of the NFL’s owners meeting, he’s willing to be the skunk at the lawn party, making Roger Goodell answer for why his team got whacked with a draconian punishment when the league’s own multi-million dollar investigation said, “In particular, we do not believe that there was any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, or any other Patriots coach in the matters investigated.”
Granted, I’d like more. I’d rather he unleash a battalion of attorneys and tell them to do their worst. At the very least, I’d like him to amp up the rhetoric. Tell the world what a fraudulent, conniving, soulless, thin-lipped automaton Roger Goodell really is. But for now I’ll settle for the fact he’s making life uncomfortable for the Ginger Despot.
There’s a theory that every superhero franchise follows the same pattern. The first movie is an origin story. And the first sequel always involves the hero regretting his powers, giving up his super abilities to pursue a quiet, normal life until some major threat gets him back to kicking bad guy ass. Superman II, Spider Man 2, The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2, have all explored the same, familiar theme. Well last May was Mr. Kraft surrendering his powers. Temporarily. But it looks like he’s determined to go after New England’s number one super-villain. Sure it could be more, but at least he’s back in game. Stay tuned.