Robert Kraft bought the Patriots 26 years ago today

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On this day in 1994, the landscape of the NFL would dramatically change. Although it wasn’t obvious at the time, Robert Kraft’s purchase of the New England Patriots became the first block in a foundation that would become one of the greatest franchises that the NFL or any sport ever has produced.

Kraft purchased the team from James Orthwein (on the left in the photo accompanying this item) for $227 million. The team now has an estimated value in excess of $4 billion.

The Patriots have qualified for 10 Super Bowls since Kraft bought the team, winning six of them from 2001 through 2018. The Patriots also have won the AFC East 19 times since 1994, and they made it to the AFC Championship every year from 2011 through 2018. In all, the Patriots have hosted 27 playoffs games in 26 years, winning 23 of them.

Yes, the 2019 season represented a step back for the Patriots. But there’s every reason to believe that the Patriots will continue to find a way to be competitive, with or without Tom Brady at quarterback. With 20 years and counting of Bill Belichick as head coach, the Patriots will be in good hands for years to come — especially with a growing sense that Steve Belichick, Bill’s son, eventually will be taking over.

However it plays out moving forward, amazing things have happened since January 21, 1994 for the Patriots and their fans. At the time, real doubt existed as to whether the Patriots would even stay in Boston. Stay they have, and stay they surely will. The only question is when they’ll get their seventh Super Bowl win, and how many more they’ll capture.

89 responses to “Robert Kraft bought the Patriots 26 years ago today

  1. No question the BB/Brady combo will go down as the best in history. Thankfully this era is now closed.

  2. Niners ARE the GOLD standard of the NFL and if they win the SB they will be 6-1. The Pats are 0-2 in legit SBs….not even in the same universe as the Niners. Caught 3 times, RK with a human trafficing angle. As a head coach, BB had a losing record with the Browns and was fired for that…..only success was with Brady, but nothing under BB counts during that debacle of getting caught 3 times.

  3. A real fan stepped up and bought the team and kept them in town. Yes, he made a lot of money. Smart. He’s made his share of mistakes, especially early. But, his HCs have been Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll and Belichick. His 2 QBs have been Bledsoe and Brady. Haters that think that the Pats are going back to the 3-13 days are in for a rude awakening

  4. And he helped usher in an unprecedented era of cheating. How many players and coaches were denied their day in the sun because of you endorsing these shenanigans? Thanks for nothing Kraft.

  5. “Thankfully this era is now closed.”

    Lol I realize you’re saying that on your knees with your hand grasped in front of you praying to whatever god you believe in that this will actually happen.

    In the real world Belichick will keep coaching and keep assembling highly competitive rosters.

  6. nflhofcounts says:
    January 21, 2020 at 11:14 am
    Niners ARE the GOLD standard of the NFL and if they win the SB they will be 6-1. The Pats are 0-2 in legit SBs….not even in the same universe as the Niners. Caught 3 times, RK with a human trafficing angle. As a head coach, BB had a losing record with the Browns and was fired for that…..only success was with Brady, but nothing under BB counts during that debacle of getting caught 3 times.

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    This is the danger of cheering for the 49ers in the Super Bowl. I do want to cheer for Jimmy and Sherman, but still.

    Cheering for the Chiefs isn’t much better, although I like Reid and Mahomes for sure.

    The good news is that one of the two teams has to lose.

  7. Kind of crazy that this was the first AFC championship game that did not feature the Pats since my son was born — he is 9 years old!

  8. nflhofcounts says:
    January 21, 2020 at 11:14 am
    Niners ARE the GOLD standard of the NFL and if they win the SB they will be 6-1….
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    Yes, the Niners did have a lot of success when they were cheating with stickum and silicone, as well as cheating on the salary cap. Those cheating Walsh, Rice, Montana, and Young years are, indeed, their golden years.

  9. tedmurph says:
    January 21, 2020 at 11:17 am
    A real fan stepped up and bought the team and kept them in town. Yes, he made a lot of money. Smart. He’s made his share of mistakes, especially early. But, his HCs have been Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll and Belichick. His 2 QBs have been Bledsoe and Brady. Haters that think that the Pats are going back to the 3-13 days are in for a rude awakening
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    Patriots had the #1 overall pick to get Bledsoe and he was a no brainer at the time. Patriots lucked into Brady because he was a 6th round pick. If the Patriots knew he was that good then why wait until the 6th round? Something tells me they didn’t entirely plan on drafting him that year and he just fell to them. As for the whole quote Brady telling Kraft he’s the best decision they ever made, I call BS on that. How can Brady or Kraft prove it was said. Only two guys “know” about it and we’re suppose to believe two guys who have lied before.

  10. 26 years ago the only funny thing Dan Shaughnessy ever wrote was referring to Bob Kraft as Amos Alonzo Kraft because he seemed to think he knew as much about the NFL as Bill Parcells.

  11. And about the time the cheating began , caught so many times for little things while the bigger things went unnoticed … I bet they have worn wires just like they did in baseball. And Gibbs is the GOAT 4 Super Bowls in the 80s with 3 different QBs , he didn’t need the crutch of having a Hall of Fame QB he just out coached you

  12. A real fan stepped up and bought the team and kept them in town. Yes, he made a lot of money. Smart. He’s made his share of mistakes, especially early. But, his HCs have been Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll and Belichick. His 2 QBs have been Bledsoe and Brady. Haters that think that the Pats are going back to the 3-13 days are in for a rude awakening

    Et me guess you did a Tarot reading …..or was it tea leaves or the homeless guy from Cleveland. Your predictions are about as accurate as Tylawspic6……not very.

  13. With all eyes on the Astros scandal, amid legalized gambling, the shady shenanigans will be under an even more intense microscope.

    It’ll force the Patriots to work hard at covering their tracks, having their stories straight and their alibis ready.

    Hopefully they be able to dream up better excuses than the Deflator wanting to lose weight. 🙄

  14. And in those 26 years, there have been multiple fines and suspensions for cheating. A player charged in multiple murders and even the owner himself being implicated in a crime this year. Outside of the Lombardi hardware they have, I would not call them an exemplar franchise.

  15. I love Patriot hater tears. 🙂 Expected some in this topic and was not disappointed!

    So fresh and tasty! 😀

  16. Prefer the Grogan era, did not win much but no cheating scandals. Should have been forced to sell the team when he failed to fire Bellacheat. Disgraceful.

  17. This is the danger of cheering for the 49ers in the Super Bowl. I do want to cheer for Jimmy and Sherman, but still.
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    Jimmy Dilfer wannabe is going to get trucked in this game.

  18. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    January 21, 2020 at 11:36 am
    tedmurph says:
    January 21, 2020 at 11:17 am
    A real fan stepped up and bought the team and kept them in town. Yes, he made a lot of money. Smart. He’s made his share of mistakes, especially early. But, his HCs have been Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll and Belichick. His 2 QBs have been Bledsoe and Brady. Haters that think that the Pats are going back to the 3-13 days are in for a rude awakening
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    Patriots had the #1 overall pick to get Bledsoe and he was a no brainer at the time. Patriots lucked into Brady because he was a 6th round pick. If the Patriots knew he was that good then why wait until the 6th round? Something tells me they didn’t entirely plan on drafting him that year and he just fell to them. As for the whole quote Brady telling Kraft he’s the best decision they ever made, I call BS on that. How can Brady or Kraft prove it was said. Only two guys “know” about it and we’re suppose to believe two guys who have lied before.

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    So adorable watching the Patriot Hater talk about the 6 time World Champs. It’s like a bunch of little weakling mice squeaking about the grizzly bear next door!

    🙂

  19. Would someone (Patriot fan or non-Patriot fan) please explain how any rational thinking person could believe that the “Deflator” got his nickname from (what the team claims) a desire to lose weight?

    Anyone?… Anyone at all?… Seriously?… That excuse is what you’re going to get behind?
    REALLY???

  20. We have been blessed ! Since 2001 there have been 12 championships in New England! We have been so spoiled!
    Thanks Mr Kraft for not only buying the Pats but developing the surrounding land into Patriot Place. Excellent shopping, food and medical care!
    Go Niners!

  21. It’s hilarious seeing the Patriot hater react to topics like this. They start seething, their hands shake with rage and their eyes bulge out of their head as they dribble on with nonsense that deep down they don’t even believe themselves. Tee hee :😂

  22. I don’t especially like the Pats but I’m old enough to remember that the late Billy Sullivan was probably the worst of the original AFL owners. Kraft has operated in an almost opposite manner to Sullivan which has greatly benefited that team on the field.

  23. Love crybaby nation on here. You know the team you root for is at the top of the mountain when crybabies post more about them than the team they root for.

    The anti-Pats fan way.

  24. Bledsoe was NOT a no brainer. Like many yrs, it was between 2 QBs, Bledsoe and Mirer. Parcells picked Bledsoe and went to the Super Bowl. Mired went to the Bowl I just got off of.
    As for Brady, of course they didn’t know he was the GOAT. You don’t draft a kid in the 1rst rnd with a 6th rnd grade. But, they knew he was worth drafting and kept an unprecedented 4 QBs that yr. Lesser teams, who all had their chance to draft Brady, probably would have cut him.
    As for what Brady said to Kraft, they don’t need to prove it to anybody. They both say it’s true. No reason to lie. Good enough for me.

  25. patsarticlemustpost says:
    January 21, 2020 at 12:31 pm
    Love crybaby nation on here. You know the team you root for is at the top of the mountain when crybabies post more about them than the team they root for.

    The anti-Pats fan way.
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    Even when the Patriots are out it’s still all about the Patriots.

    No wonder the AFC Championship game rating was a 10 year low! 🙂

  26. The Patriots and Robert Kraft would like to thank art modell for thinking he could put more butts in the seats by firing Bill Bellichek and hiring an old baltimore has been fan favorite Ted Marchibroda to coach the Ratbirds. DUMBARSS!

  27. Someone brought up Billy Sullivan. They once asked the late, great Will McDonough, who was there from the beginning and was more wired in to the NFL than anyone I’ve ever read, why he never wrote a book about the Pats. His response was, ‘Nobody would believe it.”

  28. johnnycantread says:
    January 21, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Would someone (Patriot fan or non-Patriot fan) please explain how any rational thinking person could believe that the “Deflator” got his nickname from (what the team claims) a desire to lose weight?

    Anyone?… Anyone at all?… Seriously?… That excuse is what you’re going to get behind?
    REALLY???

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    Sure, no problem. Not that you’ll believe it, because your mind is blinded by hatred, but I’ll go ahead. Anyone who works for a living knows that a lot of workplace jokes are plays on terminology they use in their particular job and/or workplace. Obviously, all football equipment guys spend a lot of their time inflating and deflating footballs. So you’ve got a couple of football equipment guys and one is dieting. Not at all a surprise that his buddy would call him the Deflator. Sure, if you worked retail or something, the Deflator would be a bizarre nickname. But a football equipment guy? Not so much.

    If, by any chance, you have an open mind, You might want to spend some time revisiting Deflategate. The NFL admitted under oath they had no evidence, the ball PSIs were easily explained by the Ideal Gas Law, and the NFL refused to release the PSI data they gathered the following season. Connect the dots. Just this week, ESPN’s Kevin Seifert wrote an insightful piece about Deflategate. Google it. The highlight: “At best, it was a relatively minor rules violation that no rational person would link to the Patriots’ victory two weeks later in Super Bowl XLIX. At worst, Deflategate was a retroactive framing of the league’s most successful franchise and a future Hall of Fame quarterback.”

  29. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    January 21, 2020 at 11:36 am
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    Patriots had the #1 overall pick to get Bledsoe and he was a no brainer at the time. Patriots lucked into Brady because he was a 6th round pick. If the Patriots knew he was that good then why wait until the 6th round? Something tells me they didn’t entirely plan on drafting him that year and he just fell to them. As for the whole quote Brady telling Kraft he’s the best decision they ever made, I call BS on that. How can Brady or Kraft prove it was said. Only two guys “know” about it and we’re suppose to believe two guys who have lied before.

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    This was actually reported on in the Boston Herald shortly after that particular draft

  30. It’s a puff piece of a summary of Kraft’s era in the NFL that doesn’t mention the scandals and the suspicions. Even with disagreement about the pats legacy – I consider the league to contain 31 teams, and this from a guy who was a fan until Spygate broke and a big reason for all their ‘success’ clicked – those like yourself who greatly respect the franchise can’t merely brush the negatives aside as if they never happened.

  31. So adorable watching the Patriot Hater talk about the 6 time World Champs. It’s like a bunch of little weakling mice squeaking about the grizzly bear next door!

    🙂

    Looks like Junior got into Mom’s meth stash. How did your Pats do last weekend there tears taster? Oh my bad they were sitting on the coach like tears taster……..parhetic

  32. Would someone (Patriot fan or non-Patriot fan) please explain how any rational thinking person could believe that the “Deflator” got his nickname from (what the team claims) a desire to lose weight?
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    Would someone please let all of us know what the starting PSI in the 24 footballs were before the game. Oh right, nobody can because this was never documented before that game or any game before. So if there was never an PSI anchor than how does anyone know what deflation occurred.

    Way to choose a text from May 2014. What team do you root for? Still hiding that one because of embarrassment?

  33. 1994 was also the year when small video cameras were widely available. Worked out well for the Patriots, Belicheat, and his spies.

  34. Sure, no problem. Not that you’ll believe it, because your mind is blinded by hatred, but I’ll go ahead. Anyone who works for a living knows that a lot of workplace jokes are plays on terminology they use in their particular job and/or workplace. Obviously, all football equipment guys spend a lot of their time inflating and deflating footballs. So you’ve got a couple of football equipment guys and one is dieting. Not at all a surprise that his buddy would call him the Deflator. Sure, if you worked retail or something, the Deflator would be a bizarre nickname. But a football equipment guy? Not so much.

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    I couldn’t care less if he called himself that because he had a balloon fetish. Deflategate was an absolute farce, there is not one thing about it that was legit. I will never acknowledge it as anything but the farce that it was.

    All other opinions are trash and should be treated as such.

  35. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 21, 2020 at 1:16 pm
    1994 was also the year when small video cameras were widely available. Worked out well for the Patriots, Belicheat, and his spies.

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    Wasn’t Bluetooth invented in that year too? R*vens should be happy about that since that’s the only reason why they were good this year.

  36. Vasteelerfan says:
    January 21, 2020 at 1:10 pm
    So adorable watching the Patriot Hater talk about the 6 time World Champs. It’s like a bunch of little weakling mice squeaking about the grizzly bear next door!

    🙂

    Looks like Junior got into Mom’s meth stash. How did your Pats do last weekend there tears taster? Oh my bad they were sitting on the coach like tears taster……..parhetic
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    😭😭😭😭😭

  37. Such defensive little toddlers. Can dish it out but can’t take it. Grade school mentalities.

  38. Steelers missed the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row. Wow. Didn’t they used to be good….like 40+ yrs ago. I forget. I was too young.

  39. Remember when Steelers fans were not jealous of the Patriots? It has been that long. When was the last time the Steelers beat the Pats in the playoffs? Was it 1998? Being 0-4 vs the Pats in the AFCCG does sting the eyes to tears.

  40. And then institutionalized cheating began. Perhaps if the Red Sox and Astros had attended Kraft University and Massage Parlor, they’d have learned how to cheat and to do it with the audacity of the Patriots.

  41. Judging by these posts, it’s pretty clear my Patriots are living rent free in the minds of haters everywhere.

    I love the taste of hater tears in the morning.

  42. Such defensive little toddlers. Can dish it out but can’t take it. Grade school mentalities.
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    So it is not grade school mentality to complain constantly about the Pats because they are a great team? Look at all the excuses as to why the Pats win from the anti-Pats fans. You have quite a few too. You call others toddlers is laughable.

  43. Steeler fans jealous of the Pats…….for what ?
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    Your constant whiny posts say otherwise. For what? Owning your sorry team the last two decades comes to mind. Hell, the Pats own the AFCN division. You definitely did not retire from a thinking job.

  44. patsarticlemustpost says:

    Would someone please let all of us know what the starting PSI in the 24 footballs were before the game. Oh right, nobody can because this was never documented before that game or any game before. So if there was never an PSI anchor than how does anyone know what deflation occurred.

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    I’m sure Goodell destroyed the PSI data just like he did the tapes from Spygate 1.

    Do you believe the reason given for the Deflator nickname or not?
    Just tell me that the excuse the Pats gave was lame and I’ll drop it.
    Because if you buy that weight loss excuse then you are hitting the Kool Aid too hard.

  45. See what can happen with good ownership allowing their people to be successful! And staying out of the limelight! Are you paying attention,
    Jerrah?

  46. wreckdeutschland says:
    January 21, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Even with disagreement about the pats legacy – I consider the league to contain 31 teams, and this from a guy who was a fan until Spygate broke and a big reason for all their ‘success’ clicked – those like yourself who greatly respect the franchise can’t merely brush the negatives aside as if they never happened.
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    The problems with posts like these is that you make it perfectly clear that you do not know what so called “Spygate” was. And certainly saying it was the reason for their success shows ignorance beyond belief. It was 1 game- i repeat 1 game, the very first game of 2007 against Mangini’s Jets. It was a rule violation for sure, Bill said outright that it happened- he never denied it and took his lumps from both Kraft and the NFL. The violation was that they were filming from the wrong location, and were panning from the sidelines up to the clock and back down again which you are not allowed to do. That same level of taping is still done/allowed by every single team. There was no “spying”- it was done completely in the open, you can even see the video guy from the TV broadcast. That is all Spygate was. Any references to previous “taping” practices or SB walk throughs are not from Spygate, you are just repeating a Pats hit piece which came out 2 weeks before the 07 SB. The NFL investigated and said it never happened, and the paper that printed it also printed a FULL RETRACTION. I understand that people hate the Patriots, but ddon’t repeat made up stories- at least learn the facts.

  47. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    January 21, 2020 at 1:36 pm
    Such defensive little toddlers. Can dish it out but can’t take it. Grade school mentalities.

    I know Anti Patriots truthers are the worst and you’ve got the stones to call them out. Also you have the best alias on this site.

  48. I don’t cheer for cheaters.

    Patriots (specifically Bill) screwed up with Spygate. I accepted his explanation but only that one time.

    Deflategate was a complete sham. League admitted in federal court under oath they had squat on them.

    The league has already leaked that no connection to the football team existed with the videographer that filmed the sidelines. Shortly the league will confirm it, clear the football team and probably issue a nominal fine to the org for doing so but I don’t acknowledge that as a cheating incident because I’m smarter than that.

    Like I said I don’t cheer for cheaters. If any of these were cheating incidents I would not be a fan anymore.

    Patriot hater will weep and downvote but it’s not my fault they don’t like the facts. 🙂

  49. GoodellMustGo says:

    I don’t cheer for cheaters.

    _________

    Bet you believe the world is flat, too.

    Just because you make a declarative statement that the Patriots don’t cheat (despite tons of evidence to the contrary) doesn’t mean they’re innocent.

    Sky is blue, grass is green, water is wet, and the Patriots cheat…
    Certainties, son.

  50. johnnycantread says:
    January 21, 2020 at 4:57 pm
    GoodellMustGo says:

    I don’t cheer for cheaters.

    _________

    Bet you believe the world is flat, too.

    Just because you make a declarative statement that the Patriots don’t cheat (despite tons of evidence to the contrary) doesn’t mean they’re innocent.

    Sky is blue, grass is green, water is wet, and the Patriots cheat…
    Certainties, son.
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    If by “tons” you mean none whatsoever than you’re right on. 🙂

  51. I’m sure Goodell destroyed the PSI data
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    Now why do you suppose that is? 🙂

    Anyone with a brain knows the answer. Do you?

  52. wreckdeutschland says:
    January 21, 2020 at 1:07 pm
    It’s a puff piece of a summary of Kraft’s era in the NFL that doesn’t mention the scandals and the suspicions. Even with disagreement about the pats legacy – I consider the league to contain 31 teams, and this from a guy who was a fan until Spygate broke and a big reason for all their ‘success’ clicked – those like yourself who greatly respect the franchise can’t merely brush the negatives aside as if they never happened.

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    I’m curious as to what you think Spygate actually was. All the Patriots were found guilty of was filming the opposing sideline from the wrong location; had they filmed from almost anywhere else in the stadium they would have been well within the rules. You couldn’t have been much of a fan if you think that was an egregious enough violation to stop rooting for them, unless you honestly believe that all their success stemmed from filming opposing sidelines from the improper location. But have fun with that logic, I guess.

  53. I’m curious as to what you think Spygate actually was. All the Patriots were found guilty of was filming the opposing sideline from the wrong location;
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    Well it’s a bit more than that. They were told to stop and Bill continued because he believed the letter of rule technically allowed him to. The league disagreed.

    He admitted he should have checked with the league first (he’s right) and nothing like that would happen again. Good enough for me but he should have just focused on coaching this team and not playing lawyer with the memo,

    Was it cheating? For me it would have been if he did it in secret to hide it because that’s what cheaters do. But he did it out in the open for all to see just like his and other teams were doing over the years. So no I don’t call it cheating,

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    GoodellMustGo says:
    January 21, 2020 at 5:09 pm
    I’m sure Goodell destroyed the PSI data
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    Now why do you suppose that is? 🙂
    Anyone with a brain knows the answer. Do you?

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    Yeah, I know why.
    Goodell did it to protect the Patriots and his old buddy Kraft, claiming it was “in the best interest of the league”.

    Goodell destroyed the evidence, so no one could revisit it at a later date to see how damning it was against the Patriots, confirming that those trophies are tarnished.

    Coverup of the chicanery by N.E. so the NFL as a whole doesn’t get a black eye.
    Covered up, because if the fans don’t believe things are fair and square, they’ll lose faith in the game and the league will suffer… Billions of dollars are at stake, you know.

  55. Practices and walkthroughs that the Patriots taped other than their own: 0

    Patriot Hater once again will weep and downvote because that’s what they do when they don’t like facts and truth. #notmyfault

  56. Yeah, I know why.
    Goodell did it to protect the Patriots and his old buddy Kraft, claiming it was “in the best interest of the league”.

    Goodell destroyed the evidence, so no one could revisit it at a later date to see how damning it was against the Patriots, confirming that those trophies are tarnished.

    Coverup of the chicanery by N.E. so the NFL as a whole doesn’t get a black eye.
    Covered up, because if the fans don’t believe things are fair and square, they’ll lose faith in the game and the league will suffer… Billions of dollars are at stake, you know.
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    Bzzzt. Wrong answer. 🙂

    No prize for you!

  57. Deflator.
    Explain the excuse.
    Because he was overweight and he wanted to lose weight, so he the “Deflator”?

    Why would he be called the Deflator instead of something that makes more sense?
    Calling him “Jenny Craig” would make sense, but “Deflator”?

    The guy who handled the footballs that were deflated was called the Deflator, by his own team!!!
    That wasn’t a name given to him by the media… His co-workers gave it to him!
    Then came the mad scramble to come up with an excuse, and all these college graduates couldn’t come up with anything better than that pitiful weight loss explanation.

    Any excuse no matter how ridiculous will satisfy the Pats fans looking to spin away the mess.
    I guess a drowning man would be willing to cling to a barbed wire fence if it could save his hide.

  58. johnnycantread says:
    January 21, 2020 at 6:18 pm
    Deflator.
    Explain the excuse.
    Because he was overweight and he wanted to lose weight, so he the “Deflator”?
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    He called himself that ONCE bro. One time. One message. I couldn’t care less whether the team’s explanation was accurate or not. If he or his coworkers had called himself that several times then my eyebrow would be raised. But it was one time so… who cares.

    And no his coworkers didn’t give him that nickname. But hey it’s fun to make up fairy tales when you got nothing 🙂

    Honestly you can’t bait me because I don’t take anything a Patriot hater has to say seriously. I just enjoy making fun of them instead. Which I will continue to do so as I please because well it’s fun!

    Now carry on your weeping. 😭

  59. Now why would Goodell stomp the tapes into little pieces if everything was on the up and up……why would detailed notes found in Belichick’s secret room be shredded…..why would Belicheck and the Patriots be fined so heavily……

    Read the Outside the Lines article. It spells it all out. You’ll need an attention span longer than 10 seconds to get through it. Just a friendly suggestion.

  60. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    January 21, 2020 at 7:10 pm
    Now why would Goodell stomp the tapes into little pieces if everything was on the up and up……why would detailed notes found in Belichick’s secret room be shredded…..why would Belicheck and the Patriots be fined so heavily……

    Read the Outside the Lines article. It spells it all out. You’ll need an attention span longer than 10 seconds to get through it. Just a friendly suggestion.
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    I did read it. Was quite the letdown actually…i was expecting a major scandal and Instead it was filled with a bunch of speculation and hyperbole from ESPN, and details about a practice by one team that was commonly done around the league until outlawed by the memo in 06. Changed nothing about my stance on the issue.

    Bill made a mistake continuing to do it and so did the league for deliberately being obtuse about the whole thing to feed into a narrative that they wanted to set about the Pats.

    As for “destroying the tapes“… the owners most of them being jealous of the Pats which was understandable wanted the league to do “something” so that’s what they did. They were also played for the media and we learned nothing new from that either. The PAts of course were punished simply because Bill was basically flipping the bird to Goodell when he kept doing it. It’s not hard to understand.

  61. one of the greatest franchises that the NFL or any sport ever has produced.
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    one of the great franchises and THE greatet sports dynasty.

  62. one of the great franchises and THE greatet sports dynasty.

    You forgot to mention the stain of……
    CHEATING.

    The Celtics Yankees and Canadians want you to stand behind them……they realize you can help yourself about the cheating but we’re still pretty good

  63. one of the great franchises and THE greatet sports dynasty.

    You forgot to mention the stain of……
    CHEATING.

    The Celtics Yankees and Canadians want you to stand behind them……they realize you can help yourself about the cheating but we’re still pretty good
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    Never cheated so hard to have that stain 🙂

    Yankees and Canadiens haven’t been a dynasty this century so they don’t belong in front of us.

  64. Pittsburgh steelers ushered in the illegal steroid and PEDs industry when they had their dynasty*. 45 yrs ago. That’s when it was banned from the Olympics and illegal without a prescription. They wrecked the NFL and MLB. Treasure those dusty trophies and keep crying cheater because you couldn’t beat the Pats

  65. Yankees and Canadiens haven’t been a dynasty this century so they don’t belong in front of us.

    Who made you a God? Facts are something meth heads need to respect.

  66. Vasteelerfan says:
    January 21, 2020 at 8:54 pm
    Yankees and Canadiens haven’t been a dynasty this century so they don’t belong in front of us.

    Who made you a God? Facts are something meth heads need to respect.
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    U mad bro? 🙂

  67. Kraft and Belichick did nothing special until the got lucky with a 6th round draft pick in 2000. And they will do nothing special without him.

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