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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.

Robert Kraft: Lockout Could Start to Really Annoy Fans

With the baseball season just starting to heat up and the NHL and NBA playoffs well underway, it’s easy to forget that we might not have football to look forward to in the fall. NFL players are currently locked out of team facilities while guys like Drew Brees are digging into their own pockets to keep their teams fresh.  If nothing else, at least the owners are acknowledging that the entire situation is starting to look bad.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald called our attention to some comments Patriots owner Robert Kraft made about the lockout on Sunday, in which he acknowledged that the current labor struggle is starting to make the league look bad in the eyes of the fans.

“The problem can be solved. I really believe that,” Kraft said. “We’re blessed to have one of the greatest sports businesses in the world right here in America. And one of my concerns is that we not aggravate our fan base, because they don’t really understand, and they don’t want to understand whether it’s the owners or the players (fault). They just want to have football.”

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Was Bob Kraft Drunk Thursday Night?

For as long as I can remember, listening to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft speak has baffled me.  He’s never been much of a talker and my mother (die hard Patriots fan) always insists that he’s hammered when they show him in the owner’s box or interview him on the sidelines.  My response has always been something along the lines of, “Come on, Ma, he’s one of the most powerful people in the NFL — get real.”  I’m not saying he was or was not drunk Thursday night during the Patriots preseason game with the Saints because I have no idea, but I can certainly say his speech at halftime had me squirming in my seat.

The Patriots welcomed former running back Sam Cunningham into their Hall of Fame and Kraft was the guy who introduced him.  Let’s just say Cunningham probably wishes somebody else was given the honor.  Check out the video of Robert Kraft slurring his words when introducing Sam Cunningham as a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame:

Yowza.  Congratulations on being the newest inducted “mammer” of the Pats Hall of Fame, Sam.  If not for your contributions, there’s no way New England would have managed to rush for 365 yards over the course of the season in 1978.  Amazing feat, isn’t it?  I can only pray Kraft is a bit more articulate in trying to convince Tom Brady to remain a Patriot for life.

Video Credit: YouTube user jay5704