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The Stan Kroenke era begins with a little Robert Kraft trash talk

The first play in Stan Kroenke’s tenure as majority owner of the Rams was a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown by the Patriots’ Brandon Tate.  At that moment, Kroenke’s phone rang.

“I said, ‘Welcome to the NFL,’” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said, relaying the story to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Kraft did later congratulate Kroenke with a message on the team’s jumbotron, and Kroenke got the last laugh with a preseason road win and a terrific performance by rookie Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. 

Now all Kroenke has to do is turn his franchise around, like Kraft did 16 years in New England.

Let’s be honest: Kroenke can’t be much worse than the Rams’ ownership since they arrived in St. Louis.  The Greatest Show on Turf happened despite the ownership, and no team has looked more rudderless over the last 5-8 years.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo, running back Steven Jackson, and others all sounded hopeful that the Kroenke regime will provide more stability.

“Just his presence at the end of the game meant a great deal to
me, and I know it meant a great deal to the players,” Spagnuolo
said.

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16 Responses to “The Stan Kroenke era begins with a little Robert Kraft trash talk”
  1. petro says: Aug 30, 2010 12:12 PM

    Ummmm…how was that trash talk? Wow, Rosenthal, you must be from the mid-west to have such a lame perception of trash talk. Bet you call soda pop too.

  2. Nacho says: Aug 30, 2010 12:16 PM

    Kroenke, all you have to do is hire a cheating, lying scumbag of a coach and you too can have 3 fraudulent meaningless Super Bowls.
    Sounds wicked awesome.

  3. red13 says: Aug 30, 2010 12:19 PM

    Uh, Gregg, Kroenke has been a minority owner of the Rams since they moved to St. Louis – just an FYI…

  4. hizzle1281 says: Aug 30, 2010 12:26 PM

    Robert Kraft could never be a school teacher because he has no “class.”
    get at me

  5. Crazy Nick says: Aug 30, 2010 12:34 PM

    Those slimy low-life Patriots.
    3 “championships?”
    What a bunch of crap.

  6. 420fan says: Aug 30, 2010 12:36 PM

    Matt Walsh is available!

  7. BerlinRaider says: Aug 30, 2010 12:42 PM

    “no team has looked more rudderless over the last 5-8 years.”
    Huh? Where’s the obligatory Raiders slant here? And after all, it actually wouldn’t be wrong either, unfortunately.
    As for Kraft’s phone call – I love it! Shows that even billionaire boys sometimes will be just boys…

  8. SomeFans says: Aug 30, 2010 12:48 PM

    “Kroenke, all you have to do is hire a cheating, lying scumbag of a coach and you too can have 3 fraudulent meaningless Super Bowls”
    From the mouth of jealous jest fans. You wouldn’t know how to react to winning as it’s been 41 years of utter failure. Enjoy year 42.

  9. Rhapsody says: Aug 30, 2010 12:56 PM

    Kraft represents the arrogant ” winning is everything” attitude of the Pats. Even cheating. Even rolling up the score. Kraft is despised even more than the Pats.

  10. Meat Tuperello says: Aug 30, 2010 1:25 PM

    Kraft wasn’t calling to talk trash, he was calling to ask if the Kroenke had any more vodka left since Kraft guzzled down his in the pre game.

  11. brasho says: Aug 30, 2010 2:55 PM

    “Now all Kroenke has to do is turn his franchise around, like Kraft did 16 years in New England”
    I can always tell who wrote the crappy article without reading the nameplate.
    Rosenthal must be Yiddish for Failure.

  12. MistrezzRachael says: Aug 30, 2010 2:59 PM

    Nacho & Yawn Florio [ same person, Nacho in drag]…are why entire NFL hates jets.
    Not because they’ve ever won anything…at least in last 42 years.
    Slime???…starts/ends w/jet fans.

  13. Rick says: Aug 30, 2010 3:45 PM

    Rhapsody says:
    August 30, 2010 12:56 PM
    Kraft represents the arrogant ” winning is everything” attitude of the Pats. Even cheating. Even rolling up the score. Kraft is despised even more than the Pats.
    Despised by who? The are truly America’s Team. And not one person has yet been able to see how they cheated when 60 thasand people were seeing the same exact thing they were taping. Jealousy is a hellava drug.

  14. CliveRush says: Aug 30, 2010 6:42 PM

    If you think that the Pats cheated for what took place in front of 60,000 people then your ability to reason and use logic is very suspect. Writing comments claiming that a great coach who players respect, is a cheater for filming what anybody in the stadium could have done is plain wrong. Your team must be so horrible that the nitwits a ESPN have you speaking their bull. Just think of Brett Farve if you think the media is and objective. Following their lead proves what a shallow mind you have.

  15. TheProfessor says: Aug 31, 2010 2:04 PM

    I noticed that this thread seems to have more Patriots slamming than usual. Then I got it: Super Bowl 36. A lot of Rams fans still bitter, as they should be. With all due respect to the major upsets of Super Bowl 3 and Super Bowl 42 (Giants beating Pats), I still contend that the Pats beating the Rams is the biggest upset in Super Bowl history. Absolutely unbelievable. One of the most exciting games in pro football history.

  16. Ram_Country says: Aug 31, 2010 6:24 PM

    SB 36 was 8 1/2 years ago, Professor. No, I doubt this is all Ram fans.

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