Robert Kraft hopes to keep haters waiting “for quite a while”

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When this whole Patriots thing started by beating the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, people still viewed them as a charming bunch of underdogs, featuring an improbable young quarterback, and coach known for his preparation and not his gruff exterior.

Now, their popularity outside their own region has waned, since they’ve effectively become the establishment.

None of that bothers Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and he hopes to keep it going for years to come.

During an appearance on NBC Sports Boston‘s “Boston Sports Tonight,” Kraft had a simple message for the people tired of seeing his team make Super Bowls and win them.

“We were just talking about that,” Kraft said. “Seventeen years ago, we were Cinderella — and I understand it, and if I wasn’t a fan of the Patriots, I’d feel the same way.

“And you know what? To all those people, we hope we’re going to make you keep feeling that way for quite a while.”

Given the fact that Tom Brady has said the chances of his retiring are “zero,” and there’s no indication Bill Belichick is going anywhere anytime soon, the dynasty could well continue, because the organization has proven to know the secret to sustained success — which is the hardest thing in a league designed to push everyone to the middle.

67 responses to “Robert Kraft hopes to keep haters waiting “for quite a while”

  1. I have no problem with a successful team that wins. I do have a problem with a team that cheats their way to victory…

  2. The entertainment comes from all the predictions its over, the decline is starting etc. accompanied by logic that is convoluted and sometime downright delusional only to have history then prove all those predictions wrong. We are even past the ‘yeah but this year it feelsdifferent’ stuff thats been repeated too many years in a row. Sure a decline will come someday, but predicting it is a fools errand. Saying its about to cone for a half dozen years straight does not count as oredicting, thats just the fools. But warm up your fingers guys. Sundays game could go either way, both teams are tough. If lost superbowls becomes all anyone can hang their hat on then thats just what they have to do.

  3. I don’t hate that the Patriots have won or been in contention all these years. However I am disappointed they get to play in such a perennial weak division that making the playoffs for them is a joke.

  4. Mr. kraft, are the Patriots going to illegally tape the Rams’ walkthrough this time? Last year, the Eagles did a fake walkthrough and guess what, YOU LOST.

  5. Growing up just outside of Boston, I think I can speak for most all of us about the era that had the feeling (with the Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots mostly—the Celtics didn’t have these issues obviously) that we could never get over the hump. Close, but no cigar. Always. You could set your clock by it. The Canadiens, the Yankees…we were always losing the big one, and usually in the most torturous way. Our teams usually were always good, but theirs were great.

    I hated those opposing teams. Respected them, but hated them. We played the role of Charlie Brown and they played the role of Lucy—pulling the ball away at the last second while we swung our leg and missed, landing squarely on our collective backs.

    We’re more than lucky to have had this amazing reversal of fortune in the last 15-20 years with all the success our professional teams have had. The Patriots in particular had their ups and downs record-wise, but everyone knew at their core, they were one of the most dysfunctional teams in the league. There are some crazy stories during that time that most outside of New England would find hard to believe, but they’re all true.

    Then along comes Robert Kraft, starting as a Patriots fan first and sitting in the cheap seats with his family, only to ultimately own and morph the Patriots into the most decorated, well-managed franchise in the NFL.

    So, I understand the “haters” more than they know. I was one for a long time.

  6. jetsmmt says:
    January 30, 2019 at 8:30 am
    5-4

    ———
    That’s still 9 more appearances and 5 more SB victories than my team has over the past 20 years

  7. Good for Craft. It’s the perfect attitude to have toward these morons who hate them because they’ve been the best organization in the NFL for over 15 years.

  8. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 30, 2019 at 8:28 am
    Mr. kraft, are the Patriots going to illegally tape the Rams’ walkthrough this time? Last year, the Eagles did a fake walkthrough and guess what, YOU LOST.

    38 71 Rate This

    You realize that was debunked, right?

  9. Here come the comments about illegally taping the walk through. You know, the story that was retracted but people keep referencing….reminds of the story from Catch Me If You Can – teams lose to the Yankees because they’re mesmerised by the pinstripes.

  10. greatest franchise the NFL has ever (and will ever) seen. Their success is so far beyond what anyone could have imagined as possible.
    Its such a credit to Coach Belichick.
    Haters are haters and thats also a great credit to their success. Basically every team in the NFL has fallen hard to this great dynasty over the past 20 years so… that comes with greatness and is fine too. 🙂

  11. It has been such an amazing ride as a Pats fan these last 18 years.

    Going into every season with the expectations of getting to the super Bowl. And it coming true 50% of the time.

    Every other team who looked like they were going to topple the patriots dynasty and become one of their own has faltered.

    Broncos
    Saints
    Seahawks
    Steelers
    Packers

    All great organizations but just could not repeat their success even with HOF quarterbacks.

    Looking forward to many more Super Bowls with the Brady led patriots.

    If Bernard Hopkins can fight until 50 Brady can play until 50

  12. It would be nice if Kraft would just keep his trap shut with all this “hate” and “jealousy” crap that he spews all the time.

    I and the rest of the world hopes the Pats lose their 6th Super Bowl on Sunday which is the most by far as far as loses by any team in the history of the NFL.

  13. As a Jets fan I never believed in the “New England Down Fall” it was ridiculous and every fan of a team in the AFC East knew it. It’s hilarious how fans find anyway to make the Pats run look little. The AFC East isn’t weak, how quickly people forget about the 1998 and 2009-2011 NY Jets during that run, also if Pennington doesn’t destroy his shoulder the Jets and Patriots would of been battling it out every year and everyone’s tune would be much different. After last years QB draft and as long as Allen develops as a passer, I think you’ll see what position has been holding the Jets and Bills back.

  14. Having grown up in Mass hating the Yankees and their arrogant fans I was a hater, but now I just laugh at the Pats fans who have become Yankee fans. Enjoy your time being absolute jerks because you ill soon be the bottom dwelling team you were before Tammy and Belicheat came along. It is amusing to see seemingly intelligent people act the fool so joyfully…..thanks for the constant source of jokes and laughter.

  15. Boston fans know hardship.

    It’s been nearly four months since the last Championship.

    (a little fuel for the hatred bonfire).

  16. All joking aside, what they’ve done for 19 years now is unprecedented in sports especially the NFL and I’m a Raider fan who will never get over the tuck rule, give credit where credit is due

  17. I don’t think anyone really hates the Patriots, just their insufferable fans. If they’re not gloating over how much their team wins, they’re whining over how much they think everyone is out to get them. Respect the team, hate the fans.

  18. Just enjoy/hate it while it lasts…. you will never see this kind of domination over a professional sports league again in our life time. Call them “cheaters” if it makes you feel better but the truth is, our coach/quarterback is better than yours that is why they win. Emulate the blue print or keep failing, it is your teams choice.

  19. Am I the only one who hates the expression haters gonna hate?

    Anyhow, I am not a fan of the Patriots at all but you have to give them credit for what they have accomplished for such long time.

  20. The fans that talk about all “the hate” don’t realize the reason people loathe the Pats. Yeah the league is still sour about the team getting off the hook and Rodger covering for them with the taping scandal. But the real reason is the fans themselves. Belicheck is amazing, Brady is arguably the best ever – that doesn’t mean you know how to run every other franchise. That doesn’t mean you have any advanced knowledge of the NFL. That doesn’t make you a better scout. It doesn’t mean you know how to make an NFL gameplan. Just enjoy the ride and stop trying so hard to draw a correlation between how great the team is and you…

  21. It’s not about being a hater any longer. The Pats just love touting this ‘Us against the world’ mentality, and the fact is it’s just not there anymore. 10 years ago? Sure, we were haters. Now? Nobody cares, we’re all just incredibly bored. Most us have just grown to respect them because there’s not much else you can do at this point.

    When the same team is constantly winning a conference for the better part of 20 years, it just gets stale for any fan who is not rooting for that team. That’s common sense. Quite frankly, it’s just bad for the league as a whole. I think the ratings for the upcoming Super Bowl will reflect that, as I expect them to be lower than they’ve been in a long time.

    You can only binge watch a show so many times on Netflix before your just done with it for good. That’s how all non-Patriot fans feel at this point.

  22. seahawkboymike says:
    January 30, 2019 at 10:16 am
    jetsmmt says:

    5-4
    ———————————-
    Yeah, and would be 3-6 if the Seahawks and Failcons didn’t shoot themselves in the foot

    Yeah and “IF” Tyre doesn’t catch a ball on his helmet it Courbet 6-2

    See how STUPID it is. IF is a big word

    Seahawks = one year dynasty

  23. The hater cult should give themselves a big collective pat on the back for helping the Pats get to their 9th SBowl. Instead of ignoring them, this year they’ve embraced it and got an extra edge to get here

  24. “brwmstr says:
    January 30, 2019 at 10:11 am
    Just enjoy/hate it while it lasts…. you will never see this kind of domination over a professional sports league again in our life time. Call them “cheaters” if it makes you feel better but the truth is, our coach/quarterback is better than yours that is why they win. Emulate the blue print or keep failing, it is your teams choice.”

    There is no “blue print”. There never was a “blue print”. It’s a culmination of factors that has led to a historic run. If there was a “blue print” every Owner in the league would be doing the exact same thing. There is no coach in existence like Belicheck, who has been able to do with the Patriots and Brady what he has done. It’s really that simple. But “our team is better than yours” is so much more fun to see. Like somehow, someway if you say that enough, it makes you feel so much better about yourself. In the end, that’s all it is for you.

  25. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 30, 2019 at 8:28 am
    Mr. kraft, are the Patriots going to illegally tape the Rams’ walkthrough this time? Last year, the Eagles did a fake walkthrough and guess what, YOU LOST.

    —-

    At the last second the Pats threw in 8 plays at their hotel.
    They then played KC.
    KC sucked in the 1st half.
    Using your logic, KC cheats. It took them until the 2nd half to figure out what those
    8 plays were.

  26. The New England #Patriots will face off against the Los Angeles #Rams in #SuperBowl⁠ ⁠ 53 Sunday. Under the ownership of Robert Kraft, the Patriots have won 18 division titles, 10 conference titles, and five Super Bowl championships – more than any other team over the last 25 years.

  27. The sole reason why the Pats are still playing is because of dumb-dumb Dee Ford.

    Also if the Pats are so “dominant”, why do they always win by the skin of their teeth? If you look at their Super Bowl wins they either win the last second or because the opposition team makes a bone headed mistake (Seattle and Atlanta), they never blow out a team in the big game.

    I wish the Cowboy teams in the 90’s could play this Pats team, they would totally make a mess of them.

  28. Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 30, 2019 at 9:49 am
    Having grown up in Mass hating the Yankees and their arrogant fans I was a hater, but now I just laugh at the Pats fans who have become Yankee fans. Enjoy your time being absolute jerks because you ill soon be the bottom dwelling team you were before Tammy and Belicheat came along. It is amusing to see seemingly intelligent people act the fool so joyfully…..thanks for the constant source of jokes and laughter.

    ______

    Here’s the deal. You can resent us Pats fans for taking pride in 20 years of our team’s excellence. But you expect us to be perpetually graceful and poised when 25 to 50% of the NFL fans always drum up the same crap.

    Belicheat!!! Wow dude! Your 6th grade humor is showing.

    After a while, the saltiness takes its’ toll. It just gets old hearing people beat the same drums to the same war chants, over and over and over, when they have been completely disproved over and over and over again. (Or in the case of the filming in 2007, explained in a way to severely marginalize the impact they could have possibly had).

    But you guys don’t really want to hear that. It’s FAR easier to just call us cheaters lacking a moral compass than to acknowledge the true greatness you are living through.

  29. There is no “blue print”. There never was a “blue print”.

    *******************

    This is where I would disagree with you. It all starts with BB and his ideas on how to build a team. How many diva players do you see on the Pats? How many players talk trash or do incredibly stupid things that harm the team/franchise?

    You see, that’s the blueprint – he knows what type of player he wants and he’s able to get them to all buy into his notion of team first, leave your ego at the door, etc.

    So while fans of teams are screaming for their team to sign LeVeon or AB, the Pats will continue to muddle along with “lesser” players who just want to play football and win.

    I really don’t know why other owners/franchises don’t try to emulate what the Pats do, but I’m glad that they don’t.

  30. “But you guys don’t really want to hear that. It’s FAR easier to just call us cheaters lacking a moral compass than to acknowledge the true greatness you are living through.”
    —–
    Well said.

  31. I have to laugh at all of these “taped the Rams walkthrough” comments…
    Most people don’t even know what SPYGATE was all about…Saw a video of Howard Eskin getting exposed when asked about it…Funny stuff. And this is what people believe!

  32. chazthespaz says:
    January 30, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Robert, if your adopted son loses his 4th SB against 5 wins, is he still the GOAT? Joe Montana lost zero and won 4. Hmmm.
    ——————
    Such a silly post.
    5 Gold and 4 Silver > 4 Gold.

  33. chazthespaz says:
    January 30, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Robert, if your adopted son loses his 4th SB against 5 wins, is he still the GOAT? Joe Montana lost zero and won 4. Hmmm

    5 is still more than 4

  34. I don’t know what’s funnier; that people STILL don’t know what Spygate was, or that people actually think that going to the most Super Bowls but losing some is a bad thing. These haters literally have nothing left.

  35. “I and the rest of the world hopes the Pats lose their 6th Super Bowl on Sunday which is the most by far as far as loses by any team in the history of the NFL.”

    Lolz and so what if that happens? You realize there are still several teams who have never been to a single Super Bowl, and several others that have only been to one and lost don’t you?

    If the Pats lose they lose, as long as its not a blowout and a great game so be it. The desperation of you people who hate the Pats is funny.

    BTW what makes you think Belichick won’t find another good QB to follow up Brady when he retires, and the success continues? That’s really your worst nightmare

  36. jman967 says:
    January 30, 2019 at 10:39 am

    There is no “blue print”. There never was a “blue print”

    Yes there is a blue print. Forgo prima donnas, draft smart, versatile players, do not over pay for any position or player and prepare for every scenario. Those are the first pages of the blue print. You need the ownership, the coaches and the players all to be on the same page

  37. They’ll keep winning forever and ever. No one ever gets old or retires. How sweet. They’re on top now and say Brady DOES play until he’s 45 – AND is at the top of his game at that age – It’s still only a few seasons before they’ll be without him… then what? WHO they gonna get to fill them shoes? All I can say is enjoy the PRESENT because the future is closer than you think and Tom Brady 2.0 isn’t going to walk through those doors. He’s a ONCE in a lifetime talent and the next guy will be a HUGE drop off (even if he’s pretty good) he’ll never measure up to Tom.

  38. stucats says:
    January 30, 2019 at 11:05 am
    The sole reason why the Pats are still playing is because of dumb-dumb Dee Ford.

    Also if the Pats are so “dominant”, why do they always win by the skin of their teeth? If you look at their Super Bowl wins they either win the last second or because the opposition team makes a bone headed mistake (Seattle and Atlanta), they never blow out a team in the big game.

    I wish the Cowboy teams in the 90’s could play this Pats team, they would totally make a mess of them.
    ============
    Probably because “dominant” could be defined outside of a single game where the score was 52-17 ?!?!??!

    There’s an argument to be made that any of the Pats teams that won the SBs (heck and most of the ones that lost) were better than the Bills and Steelers (cough Neil O’Donnell cough). Cowboys teams were great don’t get me wrong. I’m just pointing out the apples vs the oranges.

  39. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 30, 2019 at 8:28 am
    Mr. kraft, are the Patriots going to illegally tape the Rams’ walkthrough this time? Last year, the Eagles did a fake walkthrough and guess what, YOU LOST.
    =============================
    They lost a couple times before as well. We’ll throw that under the rug.

    While we’re at it we’ll just assume they illegally taped the Eagles, Panthers and Falcons as well.

    Spin it any way you want. Post-Spygate record proves it was much to do about absolutely nothing.

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