Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

Patriots owner Robert Kraft last spoke publicly about Deflategate last summer, shortly after Tom Brady announced he would no longer fight the NFL’s draconian four-game suspension. In a statement, Kraft condemned the league, calling Brady’s punishment “unprecedented, unjust and unreasonable.” Five months later, his feelings haven’t appeared to soften.

In a wide-ranging feature story in the New York Times, Kraft is described as still “simmering” about Brady’s ban. He defends his decision to not take the NFL to court –– Kraft said in May 2015 he would accept the league’s penalties –– but takes a couple of jabs at the commissioner’s office.

“Sometimes, the league really messes up, and I think they really messed this up badly,” he said. “But we’ve all agreed to subjugate our right to disrupt everything. I mean, we can, but we’re a partnership. There’s jealousy, there’s envy, there’s stupidity. Sometimes, life is unfair, and you have to suck it up and move on and not use it as an excuse.”

Besides Deflategate, the other big controversy surrounding the Patriots over the last year has been their affiliation with the divisive President-elect, Donald Trump. Much like Brady and Bill Belichick, Kraft maintains a relationship with Trump. He called him a “good friend” ahead of the Massachusetts primary and visited Trump Tower in November. This week, Kraft was photographed at a pre-inauguration dinner party.

Though Kraft has donated to Democratic causes and candidates in the past, he praised Trump when asked about his incoming presidency.

“Loyalty is important to me, and he has been a wonderful friend,” he said. “I think one of the great problems in the country today is the working poor, the middle class, that there hasn’t been growth in income on an equal basis, and I really think the policies he’s going to bring to bear are going to be great for the economic side of America.”

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Julian Edelman's innocuous comments which the Media spun out of control yesterday. We hear him respond to the Pittsburgh Media on a Conference Call, where he cites the Media making stuff up.

[0:00:00] ... Christian rants about them pat Sox b.'s and c.'s courtesy of Twitter Christian Fauria. Right now we return to more of or way Maloney and 48 but Sports Radio WEEI. Julia you're asked. I get the radio about your round book. It's a live video and said that's how that run. Yeah I mean I think it was taken out of context. I mean an optometrist at Pittsburgh the Pittsburgh Steelers and their political branch. Recently coached solemnly it's almost I think they dismissed. You know I don't know I may have said ...
[0:04:48] ... some sound. We can spin this receiving get a rise out of Ben Roethlisberger as we get some good sound bytes that's what it's about it but I do now. Think it's at times you know ...
[0:09:51] ... the blow back they are. I'm happy where we Alice and for Ben Roethlisberger everybody else to be questioned about what elements in the settlement by the Pittsburgh media. They have to go back to camp ...
[0:10:40] ... a hate baker wasn't anything else but what wasn't about what a Pittsburgh Steelers what do you mean by that Julian. That's another team is run what does that mean oh let me clarify only a ...






According to an article in the New York Times, Robert Kraft "Still Sore at N.F.L., Has Payback in Sight." Glenn, Lou, and Christian try to figure out if there is real animosity between Kraft and Roger Goodell.

[0:01:07] ... the deal. You know people have been pissed off a lot of patriot fans that Robert Kraft because he has not come out and nicks and did our clearly. On his true feelings about how he and his team got stiffed. That was until today. Headline here say it's a headline in the New York Times. New England Patriots owner still sore at NFL. He has paid back inside. So we'll get to the quotes and this is his coach when ...
[0:04:29] ... negotiate in the TV contract. So we'll we we we scrub the New England Patriots or what do we care. And jealousy is a big part of it. But but that's why I you know I guess ...
[0:05:08] ... hours I'm. So we saw the piece the other day but the patriot fans all pissed off because. Wilder woman that wrote that piece was the first moment for the first. Church aren't as Charlotte while up so she wrote a piece the other day patriot fans are pissed off because. Of the patriots alliance with trump. Yes it's sort of this the first time I think Kraft says ...
[0:08:23] ... put him on TV for an award ceremonies at and next to Stevie Wonder and he was the guy that sit next to Stevie Wonder people to him I don't it oh element or one of those guys got bought out there and it noted in our ...






After a pathetic showing this season, Jets owner Woody Johnson is ditching his team to live in the United Kingdom. According to CNBC, he’s been called to serve as Donald Trump’s ambassador to the U.K. The jokes write themselves:

Johnson, 69, is a longtime Republican donor and served as the vice chairman of Trump’s victory committee. Ironically, he first supported Trump nemesis Jeb Bush in the GOP primary, but quickly shifted his allegiance after the former governor dropped out.

Earlier this month, Pro Football Talk reported Johnson would hand over day-to-day control of the Jets to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson, if he were to be awarded an ambassadorship.

Like many of Trump’s appointments, Johnson has never previously held a job in government. But it’s not surprising he’s been named an ambassador. It’s political tradition to reward big-money donors with cushy overseas posts. Steelers owner Dan Rooney, for example, served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2009-2012.

When Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited Trump Tower in November, there was some speculation he was lobbying to be named ambassador to Israel (the job went to bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman). Though Kraft wasn’t a prominent Trump supporter during the campaign, he did call the President-elect a “good friend” before the Massachusetts primary. On Tuesday, Kraft was photographed with senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway at a pre-inauguration dinner.

Given the NFL’s interest in relocating a team to the United Kingdom and Kraft’s role on several league boards, it’s possible he could work closely with Johnson on international expansion over the next several years.

But in order for Johnson to help the NFL make further inroads in the U.K., he’ll have to be a better ambassador than owner. Since he purchased the Jets in 2000, they’ve gone 132-140 and cycled through five different head coaches.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Glenn is irate at NY Daily News' Manish Mehta for his dumb take in today's column: Belichick won't move Brady in the Offseason to make room for Jimmy G. Also, the OMF'ers revisit Colin Cowherd's assessment that Brady has had 2 "Playoff Clunkers" in a row.

[0:04:24] ... what would you trade on that yet because they're going to another Super Bowl. Kate so even if they have a clunker and what's a clunker for him against Tucker is I Houston. That's a clunker yet that's a Tom Brady clunker not the first half of the Seattle Super Bowl the second half was epic. Second a hall of fame athletes. I think as a member. But I guess I may blow ...
[0:07:13] ... five. Who's your view studies compared. I don't glove out right Carl Barack. Obama out maybe Google paths. Well no question. I don't because so I. You're underestimating what I was so it was doable but ...




Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to Bart Scott calling the Patriots "Smug," "The Duke of the NFL," and saying they "Act like they're super clean when they're not."

[0:01:08] ... there because his leader of the team he thinks is a dork Tom Brady. Center called the nap before has. Yes so you're saying that. The Steelers and Tomlin don't respect the way that the patriots ...
[0:01:57] ... smug and arrogant. Is there and it's less smug and arrogant. The Tom Brady can get him to say a bad word about anybody that calls an evil or anything else I would say if you're ...
[0:03:04] ... duke. He's. Now you talk about hold jail and in that it Jalen Rose typed in recently stated yes I'll be jealous of infidelity putting I think to win. A good is that what he's doing ...
[0:05:47] ... it's from all of these guys. Who have been victimized by the New England Patriots but the thing to me is hilarious because that thing. From a door there anything from a given a physical team over ...






Glenn, Lou, and Christian look at the Pro Football Focus numbers, and they marvel at how little Pro Football Focus thinks of Big Ben right now.

[0:04:43] ... fourteens and left with their biggest issues are and for everything that Ben Roethlisberger does that's great. He's been inconsistent like he's been up and he's been down he's been all over the place for me ...
[0:05:30] ... bradys the couple right but. He actually has. Quarterback rating he has Aaron Rodgers one REIT to Matt Bryant three Roethlisberger for it gives the nod to Rogers given how well he's playing the ball. Yeah he need anybody to back ...
[0:09:03] ... two weeks seven was seven for 133 year -- about the first first night go revisit old honor -- really different secondary they're crazy to think that they can just handle that start recording job to ...
[0:12:59] ... pass rush in the problem. When you're when you were talking about Ben Roethlisberger. We're talking about trying to contain him keep him in the pocket and we're also talking about. Your line being patient to ...






Glenn, Lou, and Christian listen to Curt Schilling tell "Kirk and Callahan" that he knows he'll never get into Baseball's Hall of Fame. Also, Dan Shaughnessy called Schil a "Borderline Hall of Famer." Lou educates the Population on what constitutes a Hall of Famer.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian look at the veritable "Who's-That?" of performers at President Trump's Inauguration tomorrow.

Donald Trump filled his cabinet with staunch opponents of gay rights, but his advisors think a dance with Caitlyn Jenner at the inauguration will appease the anxious LGBTQ community.

According to the New York Post, people close to the President-elect are urging him to sway his hips with Jenner Friday.

“The image of Trump dancing with Caitlyn would send a strong message that he supports gay rights and trans rights,” one unnamed Republican said. “A picture is worth a thousand tweets.”

Jenner is a longtime Republican and reportedly lobbied her stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, to considering voting for Trump last year. Trump expressed support for transgender rights on the campaign trail, when he told NBC’s Matt Lauer that Jenner would be free to use any bathroom she wants if she were to visit Trump Tower. The following week, Jenner took him up on his offer.

Though Trump never spoke ill of the LGBTQ community during his presidential campaign –– he said he would protect its members from “violence and oppression” during his Republican National Convention speech –– many of his cabinet choices have histories of advocating for anti-LGBTQ policies. Perhaps the most egregious offender is Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who signed a religious freedom law when he was governor of Indiana that critics say would’ve permitted businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians (he signed an amended version of the bill after facing immense national backlash). In addition to that, Pence is a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage and once appeared to express support for gay conversion therapy.

When it comes to domestic policy, Trump’s personal views are largely irrelevant. The people he’s put in charge will shape what the country looks like over the next four to eight years, and it’s a scary visual for many members of the LGBTQ community. It’s insulting for Trump’s advisors to think one dance with Jenner will ease those well-founded nerves.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer