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Don’t Forget the First Warrior Who Built This Town We Call Patriot Nation

So Robert Kraft is a sell out eh? If it weren’t for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Kraft wouldn’t be rolling in the cash right? Hold on while I laugh out loud for a moment.

Okay, laughing complete. Commence disappoint with a dash of anger at my fellow Patriot fans who follow in line with the likes of Skip Bayless in thinking Kraft sold out his quarterback and the Patriots to the NFL for cold hard cash. Sorry, but I’m not buying the crap you or Skip are trying to sell. Kraft has more money than you or Skip could ever dream of (pre and post Patriot owner) and if you haven’t noticed, he isn’t the youngest of bucks any more.

Rich people like Darrelle Revis are about cold hard cash. Wealthy, savvy businessmen like Robert Kraft are interested in building things and making their mark on the world. You don’t destroy the house you built for one public battle you can’t win. Kraft could care less about one battle, he’ll take that bullet so long as he wins the war.

Need I remind you of the laughing stock the Patriots were in the NFL before Kraft took it over? Do I need to remind you he was a Patriots fan and season ticket holder during those dark days? Did you know that because of his keen business sense, Kraft saved the Patriots from being moved to St. Louis, Missori?

Yeah that’s right. If it weren’t for Kraft, there would be no Tom Brady. No Bill Belichick and no four Lombardy trophies shining in a case in Foxboro, MA.

You can read more about Mr. Kraft and why you should put more trust into his decisions here.

But you don’t care about all the work he put in as an owner to help create the elite organization the Patriots have become. All you care about is why he publicly swallowed his pride and surrendered to Goodell and 31 other owners. You want to know why he “sold out” the best quarterback of all time to the NFL.

He didn’t sell out anyone, least of all Tom Brady. Maybe if you had a lick of the business sense and strategy Mr. Kraft has, you wouldn’t be so quick to judge one of the best owners in the history of the NFL.

As for his feelings about Tom Brady, take this into consideration: before any Wells report or any evidence but what the NFL told him they were guilty of, Kraft staked his reputation on nothing but Tom Brady’s word. Before Wells even got involved they could’ve taken a small hit and given some excuse. Instead, he allowed the multi-million dollar investigation happen and stood there and publicly backed Tom Brady and the team during the most televised NFL event: the Super Bowl. He even went so far as to all but demand an apology from the NFL for what Tom, Bill and the rest of the team had to endure since the whole mess started…two weeks before their most important game of the season!

He knew damn well if that report found Tom Brady guilty, the punishment would be more severe and he would look like a fool.

And to you these are the actions of a “sell out”.

When Goodell handed him the Lombardy trophy, Kraft told everyone watching that out of all the Patriots’ Super Bowl wins, this was the one that meant the most to him. Do you think that was because of the money he made or because maybe it was the ultimate comeback to all those who ran Tom Brady and the Patriots through the mud?

For crying out loud, the man kisses his players on the cheek! He danced, albeit badly, with them at the Super Bowl celebration. He loves the Patriots and he loves this organization. This is his baby that he nurtured for two decades.

There are only two reasons Kraft publicly “surrendered”: one, Brady is guilty or two, he took a bullet now, in order to win the war, later…and this includes helping Brady.

Want your mind blown? Think about this one: what if the public war on the NFL that Kraft initiated was all a stage? What if Robert Kraft never planned to appeal the punishment. Boom.

When the Wells report came out, Kraft expressed his disappointment but said he will accept whatever punishment the NFL delivered. I’m pretty sure he and his team of lawyers and PR people were prepared/preparing for whatever scenario they would face. When they received one of the worst punishments in the history of the NFL, operation “take down Goodell” was in full effect.

The PR fight, the releasing of the Wells Report Context site, the interview with Peter King all needed to happen for two reasons: one, to help Tom Brady in his own appeal and two, get an understanding of where he and the Patriots stand in the eyes of 31 other owners vs. the Commissioner. Without support of the majority of the other 31, he will have no chance to take down Goodell. He would’ve destroyed his house for nothing.

If you think for one second that Kraft isn’t helping Brady behind the scenes, then stop reading. There’s no hope for you. The man just publicly humiliated himself in front of his fans to do his job and protect his house. Our house! And in return you ridicule and all but spit on him?

Wow. I suppose you also haven’t noticed that ever sense he stepped down and “surrendered” that all the negative publicity against the “arrogant” Patriots has died down tremendously. I suppose you don’t see that a lot of the attention is now focused on Goodell and his next move with Tom Brady. I suppose you haven’t noticed the articles coming out that are beginning to shine a light on the failures of Goodell and the NFL.

The most powerful owner in the NFL was defeated and “reluctantly” agreed to a punishment he doesn’t believe in. This owner swallowed his pride for the sake of the 32 teams united as the “heart and soul” of the NFL.

Do we see Goodell swallowing pride? Nope. Who looks arrogant now? Do you see where I’m going with this?

Be patient and let Kraft do what he does best…his job. And do your job as a fan and show some respect for the first warrior who built this town we call Patriot Nation.

#ShowRKSomeRespect #DefendTheWall #FreeTomBrady

This warrior tribute video to Tom Brady used to be on Youtube, but it was taken down because it contained NFL footage. G12solution did their job and posted it on Facebook. Best tribute video to Brady ever!

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9 thoughts on “Don’t Forget the First Warrior Who Built This Town We Call Patriot Nation

  1. Mark says:

    Beantown Gal, once again you have provided readers from all sides of the issue with a well thought out OPTION of a possible series of events that are currently unfolding. Excellent work.
    A question frequently asked by those who deny the possibility of the Patriots outright innocence is why would the NFL do all the things that would have to have been done in order to set up and perpetuate the attack. I believe the answer lies in the expression “the boy is father to the man.” Roger Goodell saw his father, a moderate Republican senator, humiliated at the hands of the Nixon administration. His father took an unpopular position within the Republican Party, but a position he believed to be correct for the nation. For this, his party had him run out of office. This happened while young Roger Goodell was helping his father solicit votes on street corners. I believe this event has marked Goodell for life. I believe that Goodell wants to make up for his father’s loss by also taking an unpopular position and sticking with it ignoring all personal peril. But unlike his father, Goodell is doing it using any means at his disposal. His father stayed on the high road because anything less was not worth the victory.
    I believe the young boy in Goodell will bring the whole “parity in the NFL at any cost” plan down because he gave up his father’s most important principal, integrity.
    His biggest failure will come when he realizes that the man he choose to fight against, Mr Kraft, is more like his father than he will ever be. And rather than earning his father’s pride, all he would earn is his disappointment. I pity Goodell a little. I think.

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  2. In some ways yes. Certainly in his ruthlessness, his inability to see shades of gray, his determination, his sense of moral purpose. Hopefully not in his final decision.
    My concern for Goodell is that he hasn’t developed Javert’s intellectual honesty. Javert recognized the dilema resulting from Jean Valjean having bettered himself. He was still a wanted fugitive but was no longer that criminal. What to do, what to do? Javert couldn’t live with himself by allowing Jean Valjean to go free and couldn’t live with himself if he arrested him. So he extricated himself in the only way he knew how.
    Goodell’s father stood by his principles by proposing the bill that he felt was right knowing it could end his political career. Goodell however refuses to even acknowledge that the Patriots and Brady especially may be completely innocent. And by continuing to excersize his misapplied authority, actually becomes the criminal he so badly wants to punish. He fails to accept that he has actually become the one he needs to protect the shield against. When that all dawns on him, what will he do? Will he apologize and resign, as I believe he should. He is a brilliant PR guy and has a sound financial base to start in some other field. But I don’t believe he will because of the scars from seeing his father never recovering from his reelection loss.

    I should have prefaced that its been 10+ years since I read the character descriptions from Les Mis, so I may not be on the same wavelength as you regarding the Javert reference.

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    • Your line ” He fails to accept that he has actually become the one he needs to protect the shield against.” says it all. Where I once felt anger towards him, I am starting to feel sorry for him. He dug himself in a hole. But I don’t respect him.

      As for Javert, this is my interpretation of him… I never found him to have moral purpose, but I could agree with intellectual honesty. Javert is a very interesting character. As the son of a prostitute, he has a lot of resentment for his upbringing and who his mother was (we see this when he beat the prostitute Fantine, the mother of Cosette that Valjean promises to raise as his own). Javert clung to the law because it was the only thing that made sense to him, but he didn’t take into consideration that law (created by man) could be flawed in itself. To Javert, he was like a God, protecting the law and punishing those who did not follow it. It was black or white, there was no in between. His demise was not so much because he realized Jean Valjean changed into a better man, but because he came to realize that man’s law was imperfect. Javert was stuck in a catch 22. Valjean was a wanted criminal, and now a leader that Javert has sworn to serve and protect (before realizing who he really was). Thus everything he became, was, and stood for was meaningless.

      Compare that to the priest in the beginning who upheld the law, but it was divine law. God’s law. He was merciful. He lead by example. He taught moral guidance depending upon the individual. This was his way to get man to see God’s divine law and path. He didn’t see himself as God issuing punishment or praise for right and wrong. He saw himself as a servant of God and his duty to help man see the light.

      I see Goodell becoming like Javert where he becomes the “God” issuing punishment because the rules say it is wrong and must be punished. He isn’t taking into consideration that in an NFL filled with PEDs, domestic violence, criminal actions (from drugs, DUI’s, assault, and even murder), a man like Brady is not someone you want to make an example of and tarnish a reputation that’s been nothing but exemplary on and off the field for 15 years. Brady is a loving husband and father, he takes exceptional care of his body and would never use PEDs, he is competitive, a leader and considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

      What Goodell did by even doing this Wells investigation was a sad day in the NFL. We’re talking a few PSI’s in a football that didn’t even make a difference in the game. Does this really warrant a 5 million dollar investigation? Meanwhile those that represent the shield could’ve cared less about it in the past and illegally over-inflate.

      This is so over-blown and the punishment hardly fits the crime (true or not). He just ruined the reputation of one of the few football players you want more of in the NFL and to represent the integrity of the NFL. Not just a football player, but one of the greatest in NFL history. Goodell only sees black and white, but you’re right, he lacks to use that same mentality within his own office and the officials.

      I don’t know what he’s trying to accomplish, but he just sent a message to many current and future football players, that it doesn’t matter if you’ve been practically a saint or the worst human being on the planet…you’ll still get the worst punishment he can give, no matter how little or large the rule break.

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  3. Hey thanks again for your reply. It strengthens my opinion of your writing; its very well researched, contemplated and documented. You don’t often find that today at all, let alone in a sports blog/article. Add to that your ability to incorporate classical literature in an entirely appropriate fashion is quite extraordinary.
    I’ve read your response but I haven’t digested yet. I’ll need some quiet time to do that. I also intend on rereading Les Mis after glimpsing your response. You have included way too much detail for me to depend on my memory from my last reading of it. But you have included details/interpretations that I don’t recall and therefore feel I may have missed out some key aspects. So thank you for all of that.
    Keep up your great work. I look forward to reading your perspective on the daily events.

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    • This blog is just a side hobby. I happen to be passionate about my Boston teams and only contribute to this blog when I feel moved to write. Lately, this deflategate madness has taken away from other writing I should be focused on! : )

      I have never read Les Miserables, but I have seen the play a few times and I have also seen the movie version (non-musical). I should read it. If I recall, the suicide happened after Valjean was found innocent in court when another took his name and place as the prisoner. The law failed. Valjean also saved Javert’s life and didn’t seek revenge. I really find this to be about the imperfection of man’s law vs. the perfection of divine law. Valjean found God and lived the rest of his years serving God and following his law. Javert did not follow God’s law. He followed and enforced man’s law. He was no longer God nor perfect, and everything he stood for as a man thus meaningless.

      I’m sure a scholar could find much more into all of this than I could. 😉

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