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Robert Kraft Says He Wanted Patriots to Lose to Get Drew Bledsoe

Robert Kraft is widely considered to be one of the best owners in all of professional sports. When you think NFL owners, Kraft is almost certain to be one of the first that comes to mind. His obvious commitment to success has created one of the winningest teams in football over the past decade.  With that in mind, it would be ludicrous to say Kraft has ever rooted against his own team.  Or would it?

Drew Bledsoe was inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame on Saturday.  While many have forgotten, the man whose injury paved the way for one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time actually played in a Super Bowl himself.  The Patriots selected Bledsoe with the first overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft — a selection New England secured with a 2-14 record in 1992.

“Can you remember the last time you rooted against the Patriots?” Kraft asked during his speech to which fans insisted they never had. “For me, it was the 1992 season finale against the Miami Dolphins. With a 2-13 record, a loss would secure us the first overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft and a chance to draft a true franchise quarterback.”

Kraft added that the Bledsoe selection contributed to his decision to purchase the Patriots outright in 1994.  Little did he know, a sixth-round draft choice in the 2000 draft would forever change his franchise.  To those of you who think it’s terrible that an owner would want to throw a game: Get a grip — the fans wanted it, too.

Drew Bledsoe: Scott Zolak Had the ‘Dick in a Box’ Trick Before SNL

If you happen to be one of the few people in America who has never seen Justin Timberlake’s Dick in a Box music video from Saturday Night Live, you need to go check it out — now.  Timberlake, along with Andy Samberg and company, debuted the skit back in 2006 and it has since become as popular a Christmas tune for adults as Deck the Halls or Jingle Bells.  The song is original.  According to former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the concept is not.

Bledsoe joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh and Zolak Show Thursday morning, and at the end of his segment Andy Gresh begged him to give the audience some dirt on former teammate and Patriots backup quarterback Scott Zolak.  After a few seconds of thinking about how he could share it on the air, Bledsoe delivered.

“You know that Saturday Night Live skit with Justin Timberlake from a couple years ago where the guys put their junk in a box or whatever?” Bledsoe asked. “Well, let’s just say that wasn’t an original idea.  (Zolak) used to walk around the locker room with a donut box and offer guys donuts and when they opened the box he’d have a little surprise for them.”

Do these types of shenanigans go on constantly in locker rooms all across the sporting world? Of course.  Does that make it any less funny to hear them from a first-hand source?  Absolutely not. The only question is which skit was better, the Dick in a Box or open fly Wranglers?