Arthur Blank was not happy that Robert Kraft put 283 diamonds in Patriots’ rings

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After New England came back from a 28-3 deficit to beat Atlanta in last year’s Super Bowl, Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrated that comeback by putting 283 diamonds in his team’s Super Bowl rings.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank was not amused.

Blank told the New York Times that he found it unnecessary and tacky that Kraft would put 283 diamonds in the ring, as if to mock the Falcons for the biggest blown lead in Super Bowl history.

“I said to Robert, ‘You didn’t have to do the 28-3 in the ring,’” Blank said. “It kind of pissed me off.”

Blank might not have liked it, but the nice thing about winning the Super Bowl is you don’t have to care what other teams like. To the victors go the spoils, and the spoils after last year’s Super Bowl were 283 diamonds.

153 responses to “Arthur Blank was not happy that Robert Kraft put 283 diamonds in Patriots’ rings

  1. Ya then he went and bought 2 planes for all 283 people he takes to every road game……tough business…

  2. Arthur Blank is by all accounts one of the “good guys” in the league but you said it best Michael, to the victor go the spoils. If Kraft wants to be tacky and celebrate the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, after Blank and the other owners in the league successfully petitioned to get Brady suspended for a quarter of the season, that’s Kraft’s prerogative.

  3. I’ll tell you what is disrespectful. Going down to stand on the sideline in anticipation to celebrate when there is still 5 minutes left to play and your opponent still has a competitive shot at winning the competition. Dude didn’t learn his lesson and did it again to the Eagles in the NFC divisional round this year.
    Like Roy Rogers once sang….

    You never count your money
    When your sittin’ at the table
    There be time enough for counting
    When the dealings done.

  4. I think there’s much the country (looking at Yankeeland primarily) misunderstands about the south.

    Likewise, there’s much the south misunderstands about professional football (like how to be a fan of it).

  5. No more tacky than the Falcons fans celebrating victory in the third quarter ..act like you’ve been there before folks, even though you haven’t

  6. Of course it never occurred to dancing Artie that Kraft’s intention might be celebrating a team that overcame being down 28-3 rather than mocking the Falcons for their failure. That’s why he’s The Blankman, beyond being so small as to actually feel think that it takes a special kind of loser to actually say it to the winner.

  7. Maybe you and your wife shouldn’t be down on the sideline with huge grins, dancing and acting like the game is already won while there’s still quite a bit of time left on the clock.

    I’ve never seen any owner do that in over 50 years of watching the NFL except Blank. He and his wife got what the deserved.

    And given the entire NFL world has been “mocking you” since that moment and find the whole thing hilarious, I’d keep my mouth shut and do my best to forget about it if I was you.

  8. Mr. Blank, it’s not always about you. Maybe Mr. Kraft was commemorating his own team’s epic comeback, not your team’s epic collapse. Also, you should be pissed off at your team’s failure to protect a 25-point lead, rather than at Kraft.

  9. Teams that have epically choked just need to sit in silence and whatever punchline they are a part of just accept it. Mr Blank the 2016 Falcons have joined:
    1942 Red Wings up 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final
    1975 Pittsburg Penguins up 3-0 in the playoffs
    2004 New York Yankees up 3-0 in the ALCS
    2010 Boston Bruins up 3-0 in the playoffs
    2014 San Jose Sharks up 3-0 in the playoffs
    So it’s not a lonely club…..

  10. This would only be a problem if they gave these rings to the Falcons players, coaches, and Blank. Those rings represent an amazing comeback for the ages.

    Hey Arthur, why don’t you sell a pack of screws at Home Depot for $2.83 a pack. You might need one since you have a few screws loose.

  11. Is it remotely possible Kraft was celebrating the unique accomplishment of coming back from a 28-3 deficit to win a Super Bowl rather than mocking the Falcons for blowing the lead? It isn’t always about you, Artie.

  12. Like Roy Rogers once sang….

    You never count your money
    When your sittin’ at the table
    There be time enough for counting
    When the dealings done.

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    lmao… I always liked Kenny Rogers version better.

  13. I think Blank is a good guy. I do, but come on! Your team had the most epic collapse in Super Bowl history, and you don’t want the team that won to celebrate the fact that they came back from 25 points down to win!?! That says all you need to know about Blank’s insecurity. For a successful guy, that is pretty thin skinned. To the victor go the spoils indeed!

  14. Well, I wasn’t happy you were disrespecting the players and the sport, by dancing on the sideline at the start of the 4th qtr.

    Mind your business, too.

    PS I shop at Lowe’s.

  15. Don’t go down to the sidelines on the edge of the field holding hands with his wife and playing to the national audience.

  16. A little more incentive for the iggles to destroy Tom knowing you could be mocked with the Pats ring design !
    Iggles 52 Patriots 28

  17. If your team overcame the largest deficit in Super Bowl history to win the game, wouldn’t you be kind of proud of it?

    Wouldn’t you want to somehow commemorate it?

    It’s not a point of underscoring the Falcon’s monumental collapse.

    It’s to celebrate one of the more the historic achievements in Super Bowl history.

    No matter how you look at it—Patriots’ achievement or Falcon’s collapse—it happened.

    And the team that did it should be able to recognize and memorialize it any way they want.

  18. “283 diamonds for the Patriots players to pawn off one by one to make ends meet once their playing days are over.”

    Lolz Bill usually signs players because of high intelligence as well as football skills. I doubt you’ll see any of them having to pawn their rings to make ends meet.

  19. concretechuckles says:
    February 1, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    I hate the Patriots, but I think that’s hilarious.

    Blank needs to lighten-up.

    58 2 Rate This

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    Ever notice that you haters’ comments and thoughts never really add up when discussing the Pats?

    Doesn’t matter what it is, you people are so far gone with your disorders, you just randomly say things that Pats all laugh about behind your backs.

    Here’s another example with Blank.

    It’s none of his business how the winning team designs their ring.

  20. It wasn’t aimed at you, Arthur. “Alot has transpired in the last two years, and I don’t think that needs any explanation.” — Robert Kraft

  21. That was Kenny Rogers
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    LOL! Excellent correction. Now I’m laughing thinking about Trigger. And I want some fried chicken.

  22. Could have been worse, Atlanta could have be the team instead of the Chiefs on opening night…….let’s see opening night, raising the banner, 28 – 3 plastered all over the place…..

  23. factschecker says:

    February 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Like Roy Rogers once sang….

    You never count your money
    When your sittin’ at the table
    There be time enough for counting
    When the dealings done.

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    Does anyone else enjoy the irony of this post by “factschecker” as much as me?

  24. Arthur, it may be hard to comprehend, but it wasn’t about you!

    Coming back from a 28-3 deficit in a Super Bowl is unprecedented. It can be celebrated by the team that came back without meaning they are are trying to stick it to you.

  25. I will never forget watching Blank and the wifey dancing and celebrating on the sidelines during the third quarter. Then, as the game wore on, their cheer and smiles gradually turned to absolute misery. At games end, hey both looked like whipped pups and I can only assume that wifey had a bad night. 283, Blank, 283.

  26. Well, then gear up to knock off the dreaded Patriots this year in a rematch of last year…

    And before you say one conference is easier than the other, the Patriots have 7 times played the BEST team that survived your “grueling” NFC to be beaten by only 1 man…..

  27. Admitting it bothers you Arthur is a big mistake…

    Suck it up, or ice it up, time to move on…

  28. Comments like Mr. Blank’s makes me believe that being an idiot is a prerequisite to being a billionaire. Which, in turn, makes me wonder why I am not yet a billionaire.

  29. The 28-3 comeback was special and amazing and should be celebrated, and how not better to celebrate it that commemorating it on the ring. At least the numbers 28-3 aren’t on the ring.

  30. I wonder what he will say when he finds out Kraft gave out diamond chokers to all the Pats’ wives

  31. I can see how Blank might take it personally, but look at it from the Pats’ point of view – to them, it was a momentous achievement coming back from such a big deficit to win.

    For Blank to be upset is kind of like a marathon being upset that people put “26.2” stickers on their cars. It’s the hurdle they had to overcome – give it to them.

  32. The Saints actually had a HS band spell out 28-3 at halftime of their game against Atlanta. I wonder how Blank felt about that. If Arthur really wanted to do right by his business partner, Kraft, maybe HE could have stepped up and said something about that Brady suspension. He didn’t because these owners are out for themselves, except when it comes to agreeing to massive network contracts.

  33. Maybe you should be upset at your coaching staff for leaving 20 seconds on the clock snap after snap in the 4th quarter, throwing the ball when you should have been running it (uh, strip sacked on 3rd and 1) and allowing yourselves to get sacked out of field goal range when you should have been able to ice the game.

  34. Harrisonhits says
    I’ve never seen any owner do that in over 50 years of watching the NFL except Blank. He and his wife got what the deserved.

    How have you watched 50 years and never seen Jerrah Jones do just that.

  35. “I wonder what he will say when he finds out Kraft gave out diamond chokers to all the Pats’ wives”

    Ok you win the thread, PFT you can close the comments on this one.

    Lolercoaster

  36. This is a typical Robert Kraft move.
    Take something as tasteful as a Superbowl ring and make it gaudy.
    What about respect for the shield?

  37. Be pissed at your defense for not stopping Brady and company – or to your idiotic QB and OC, who don’t know how to run a clock down prior to snapping the ball when trying to protect a lead.

  38. Even the late Jean Yawkey refused to come down when the Red Sox needed just one more out to win the 86 WS….come Arthur, you’re better than that!

  39. Don’t count chickens. The Patriots themselves showed it to be the case when they came 1 helmet catch away from 19-0. I remember Bruschi celebrating with Seau before the clock hit 0. Bad JuJu.

  40. It is a pretty significant part of that Super Bowl win. If someone ever breaks that record for the biggest comeback it would be well within their right to use whatever reminder they wanted to as part of the celebratory gesture.

    Get over it Arthur………….I do like the diamond choker comment though

  41. Blank isn’t too bright to start with but even he should be able to figure out that it has nothing to do with Falcons taking the pipe but more so the Patriots achieving something that had never been done before and will likely never be equaled again. He was great as Bugs Bunny and Daffy duck but maybe the NFL just isn’t for him.( My version of the Roy Rogers Post)

  42. They put those diamonds to remind the team the odds they conquered. It’s a testament to the team’s resiliency. People see what they want to see.

  43. I’m a lifelong, long-suffering Falcons fan, and I am still pissed off that the most Falcons–no, scratch that, most ATLANTA–thing ever to happen to us just had to happen in the freaking Super Bowl with the whole world watching. Be mad at your coaches. I still am.

  44. Don’t tell the Pats how to celebrate a win and the Pats won’t tell the team how they should feel about losing.

    His reaction is embarrassing, both as a franchise owner and man.

  45. kcbosch says:
    February 1, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    This is a typical Robert Kraft move.
    Take something as tasteful as a Superbowl ring and make it gaudy.

    Have you seen the last few rings? They’re all quite gaudy. But considering the amount of gold and diamonds in the players’ teeth and ears these days it’s just more standard bling.

  46. Blank commonly goes down to the sidelines to be with the team in the 4th quarter – it wasn’t just the Superbowl, and yes Jerry Jones has the same habit. But he seemed to get there much earlier in the game when the Falcons were up significantly. If he didn’t think that was going to be seen as early celebrating then he is tone deaf.

    Agree with others, this wasn’t a jab at the Falcons, it was a celebration of the obstacle overcome by the Pats. Perhaps Blank is used to everything being about him and his view of the world.

    And even after all that, yes Mr. Blank, history is written by the victors. If you don’t want to be on the receiving end of commentary or jokes or whatever, then author a version of history that you do want told. In this case – win the damn game and you can tell the story however you want to tell it. Like them or not, there was a whole lot of vindication in the hearts of the Patriot organization and symbolism via the number of diamonds is a pretty low key way to express that point. It wasn’t petty by a long shot – I’m pretty sure they rejected the design that shown a middle finger extended towards NFL headquarters. That would have been petty.

  47. For me, the 283 diamonds represent an incredible comeback against a great team. The Pats wanted to remind themselves of what they did. It is about the Pats, not the Falcons. EVERYTHING about the last Super Bowl is offensive for Atlanta to look at (and always will be, until they win). Time to move on and win it all … whining won’t help, winning will.

  48. Don’t let the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead distract you from the fact that on this day 3 years ago, the Seahawks threw the ball from the 1 yard line with the greatest RB in the game!!!

  49. Yes, 28-3. And wasn’t that about the time that Blank and his wife left their box seats to go down to the field to start celebrating? This guy JINXED HIS TEAM and he still won’t admit it!

  50. “Don’t let the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead distract you from the fact that on this day 3 years ago, the Seahawks threw the ball from the 1 yard line with the greatest RB in the game!!!”

    Keep pretending the Seahawks throwing the ball had nothing to do with the “greatest RB in the game” having been given the ball on 4th and 1 five previous times that season and only picked up the 1st down once. Not so great eh? There was no guarantee had they run the ball the Hawks would have scored.

  51. On the good side, maybe he actually saved money here — Kraft should be happy they didn’t play my favorite team that just lost an NFC championship game 38-7 (yep, some Vikings fans are able to laugh about that damn game).

  52. Well,if the Falcons didn’t come unglued in the 2nd half,maybe they would be the team with the rings, with as many diamonds as they liked. Sour grapes…

  53. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. I hate the New England Cheaters but all your team had to do, Arthur, was to run the ball enough to take 1 or 2 minutes off the clock during the second half and the Cheaters would not have come back.

    Perhaps you should take it up with your head coach.

  54. I heard the 283 diamonds in each ring had nothing to do with the game. Kraft had saved so much money on his own do it yourself project by using Home depot that he put the money he saved into more diamonds for each ring for the team.

  55. Arthur….it wasn’t meant to mock you or your team. It was meant to celebrate an incredible accomplishment by the Patriots.

  56. Maybe Blank should talk to his own coach for mismanaging the game and blowing the lead. The ring was for the Pats players and not for the Falcons.

  57. Maybe you should have challenged Roger Goodell when he was contradicting science in order to steal the draft picks away from the Patriots. If the Patriots 2016 1st round draft pick would have been playing in that game….that added talent would have made it so that the Patriots would not have fallen behind in that game. Then there would not have been a need for a comeback and you would not have to look silly complaining about the diamonds.

  58. sidelinecameraman says:
    February 1, 2018 at 4:04 pm
    Teams that have epically choked just need to sit in silence and whatever punchline they are a part of just accept it. Mr Blank the 2016 Falcons have joined:
    1942 Red Wings up 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final
    1975 Pittsburg Penguins up 3-0 in the playoffs
    2004 New York Yankees up 3-0 in the ALCS
    2010 Boston Bruins up 3-0 in the playoffs
    2014 San Jose Sharks up 3-0 in the playoffs
    So it’s not a lonely club…..
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    The Bruins collapse was much worse than the others you listed as they were up 3-0 in the first period of game four. But they redeemed themselves the next year by winning the cup. Remember that game well. Just as I do the Red Sox series comeback of 2004. We New England sports fans have been blessed in this century. 12 world championships in the 4 major sports since 2002 with a chance for another on Sunday.

  59. Kraft wasn’t mocking the Falcons. He was honoring the great comeback by the Patriots. Perhaps Blank should be angrier at the New Orleans Saints organization, who troll the Falcons choke every chance they get. Now THAT is mocking.

  60. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. I hate the New England Cheaters

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    It’s obvious that you hate all the teams who continue to try to cheat New England.

  61. Why is it any of your business what NE does with the design of their ring? Sounds like a spoiled child.

  62. quid pro quo… do you think .. Mr. Blank.. that Mr. Kraft was happy that you were on the sideline gloating over your perceived win as the Falcons were up 28-3? Stop.. Please…. No one appreciates a hypocrite…… Your coaches poor decision choices in the second half cost your team the championship. Your OC was already hired in SF and you allowed him to focus on his own agenda… and Matty Ice should have the ability to audible…

  63. well dont feel bqd arthur. my vikings choked away a 7-0 lead with 4 minutes gone in the 1st quarter against philly. and then they only gave up 38 points. talk about something i will never recover from!!

  64. Sorry Arthur. The Falcons choked. They gift wrapped a gimme win for New England.

    That choke job was almost as embarrassing as Golden State blowing a 3-1 series lead to lose to the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers in their own building. Then again, Golden State was out coached and out played so maybe the Falcons meltdown was worse after all.

  65. kcbosch says:
    February 1, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    This is a typical Robert Kraft move.
    Take something as tasteful as a Superbowl ring and make it gaudy.
    What about respect for the shield?

    ++++
    Yikes! Where have you been the last 25 years? Please name a recent pro sport championship ring that would even remotely qualify as “tasteful”.

  66. Patriots score first in the 1986 Super Bowl. Followed by 46 points against. Then they had to endure “The Fridge” running one in.

    2007 the Patriots all time great offense scored 14 points and lost to a horrid Eli Manning with the exception of 2 plays.

    Those teams rubbed in the wins over the Patriots. It stung. Blank needs to suck it up.

  67. I’m in no way a Patriots fan, but I find this hilarious. Blank, your boys were up 28-3…if you want to be pissed at someone, look no further than the 53 guys and the coaching staff from your 2016 team! Once again, 28-3…and what, midway through the 3rd quarter? Seriously, how did you guys lose that game?! smh

  68. Wow… just when I thought I couldn’t enjoy that victory any more than I already do….Bam Arthur Blank opens his mouth and cries like a biatch and I get that warm fuzzy feelin all over again!!!

  69. If you want to keep someone from celebrating, keep them out of the end zone.

    You gave up an almost insurmountable lead in an 18 minute window. If you and your wife hadn’t been on the field celebrating so early, maybe your team also wouldn’t have backed off and let Brady burb stomp you.

  70. 238 is a lot of diamonds to fit on even a ring the size of the ones for Super Bowl winner. Arthur, console yourself with the idea that they are really little diamonds.

  71. doni609 says:

    February 1, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Typical Kraft……tacky! Wonder how many diamonds he had placed on the rings he sent to the Officiating crew?

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    Bitter, party of one?

  72. wininer says:
    February 2, 2018 at 3:31 am
    Classless move by a classless organization.
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    I would not call the Falcons a classless organization, as you just did, but I do agree with your underlying premise that it is idiotic of Blank, or anyone associated with the Falcons, to whine about the 283 diamonds.

  73. This is what Arthur Blank gets for going down on the sidelines and preening in the 2nd quarter as if the game was in hand. Apparently he forgot there was another half of football to be played. Now shut up and go back to the owner’s box, ya dope!

  74. hess97 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 11:01 pm
    They should have spelled “tuck rule misinterpretation out of the first ring’s diamonds.

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    Except it was called and interpreted perfecty. Maybe to the outrage of some folks. But it was still correct under the rules that game was played under. And those rules were totally fair. Had the situation been reversed the rule still would gave applied the same way. I think those that complain that the rules favor a given team fail to grasp that point. They are simply angry that a call didn’t go their way. They are not mad at the refs for cheating because they didn’t, instead they are mad at the refs for not cheating in their favor.

  75. I’ve watched the comeback many times, and my favorite part is the look on Blank’s face early on contrasted with the look on his face after the game – classic. .

  76. cobrala2 says:

    February 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I think there’s much the country (looking at Yankeeland primarily) misunderstands about the south.

    Likewise, there’s much the south misunderstands about professional football (like how to be a fan of it).
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    Arthur Blank is from New York and went to college in Massachusetts. He should know if you lose, you get face stuck in it. Of course, no one should no that better than Atlanta and the South.

    Sincerely,

    General William Tecumseh Sherman

  77. factschecker says:
    February 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm
    I’ll tell you what is disrespectful. Going down to stand on the sideline in anticipation to celebrate when there is still 5 minutes left to play and your opponent still has a competitive shot at winning the competition. Dude didn’t learn his lesson and did it again to the Eagles in the NFC divisional round this year.
    Like Roy Rogers once sang….

    You never count your money
    When your sittin’ at the table
    There be time enough for counting
    When the dealings done.

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    You got the wrong singer. That was Kenny Rodgers, not Roy Rodgers.

  78. pwb44 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:54 am
    283 diamonds on a ring is tacky with or without the reason for the number. Way too many diamonds.

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    I guess you prefer a nice modest Super Bowl ring with no more than 280 diamonds.

  79. hess97 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 11:01 pm
    They should have spelled “tuck rule misinterpretation out of the first ring’s diamonds.
    ——

    Still whining over the tuck rule? It’s been what 16, years? Geesh, get over it already.

  80. hess97 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 11:01 pm
    They should have spelled “tuck rule misinterpretation out of the first ring’s diamonds.
    ====================
    They misinterpreted it 4 times previously as well.

  81. atlantablewa28to3lead says:

    February 1, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Well, it could be worse….The Feds could make a proposal to change Interstate 285 to Interstate 283 around Atlanta….Stop being a snowflake, Blank.
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    I’ll vote for that, let’s start a petition.

  82. schrade says:
    February 1, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    It wasn’t petty by a long shot – I’m pretty sure they rejected the design that shown a middle finger extended towards NFL headquarters. That would have been petty.
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    Man, it’s funny that you should mention that, the very first time I saw the SB 51 ring I thought that it looked exactly like someone giving the middle finger! 5 SB trophys with the middle one sticking way up! Check it out.

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