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  1. PonyExpress

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    Alot of the firestorm IMO was drummed up to apply pressure to Mr. Kraft to fire BB. This served the competitive interests of many teams and people around the league and in the media. Those voices combined to create an intolerable environment, using public humiliation to weaken the will of our owner, force the firing of our coach, and in so doing wreck our franchise for years.

    Instead, Mr. Kraft responded by announcing BB's contract extension thru 2013, that very week.

    Mr. Kraft never buckled. He never lashed out against over the top critics raking the Pats across the coals. He never pointed a finger at other franchises, though he had every right to denounce the commissioner's double standards and various holier than thou hypocrites around the NFL. Instead, throughout the ordeal Mr. Kraft showed the class his critics lacked as they savaged his franchise on a trumped up charge.

    Many fans, like myself, wanted the Pats to defend themselves more aggressively in public, not just behind the scenes; but Mr. Kraft played the game according to rules established by the commissioner. He continued to believe in the system, even though the system had done him wrong in this instance. Still, he set an example of league loyalty which I doubt other owners under similar circumstances would imitate. In so doing, despite the commissioner's questionable stewardship, league ownership appears not to have fractured heading into crucial CBA negotiations.

    In the end, the enemies of this team failed to land the killing blow. The Pats, the Krafts, and BB are still standing. Maybe we will never receive "vindication" in the eyes of our competitors, but Brady & Co. will have the opportunity to exact vengeance on the field, the only appropriate place for football competition.

    IMO Mr. Kraft is the main reason for this team's remarkable success. Leadership starts at the top, and this crisis again demonstrated we have the best owner in the NFL.
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    Seconded and well said. Thank you.
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    I agree.......a toast to Mr. Kraft!
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    Like Brady said on WEEI today, paraphrased, "as long as we have Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick, I think we'll be alright".

    And, yeah, the announcement of the contract extension was a hugely needed shot of confidence at exactly the right time.
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    Billionaires are not built on poor decision making. I am glad the Pats have a smart, patient, and shrewd leader like Kraft.
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    BINGO.

    You know what? He may squeek when he talks, but keeping your mouth shut and your head up, and running your shop as you see fit despite overwhelming pressure, takes some serious stones, as well as some serious class.

    It occurs to me that the media bullcrap only works on people in love with their egos, not on people who put mission first.

    PFnV
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    "mission first","serious stones","serious class"

    yup...spoken like a true CIA spook

    I just want to know when it was you first got to Matt Walsh...and was water boarding involved?
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    I hope the Herald would print something tom, but I bet it wont make the back pages.. Thank you mr kraft...
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    Nice insight Pony! I admit I'm one of the guys who wanted Mr Kraft to fight back and maybe he should. But after reading your post, part of me believes he did the right thing in the face of enormous pressure and temptation not to.

    For that, I must give him credit. I just hope he has some weapons of mass media destruction stockpiled high....just in case!:cool:

    I guess in a sly way, Mr Kraft flipped the perverbial bird to all haters when he extended Belichik's contract. What more could the man say?
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    I half believe that you half believe this Joker.

    I am not now nor was I ever employed by the Central Intelligence Agency.

    I'm super super serial here.

    PFnV
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    A well-thought sentiment, well put.

    Thanks Bob, Jonathan, Scott, and Bill once again for making me proud to be a Patriots fan.
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    Very well-put, thanks for writing this.
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    kudos pony, well thought out. if you're ever in san diego, beers are on me.
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    Great team

    Great players

    Great coaches

    All possible due to Great ownership....

    Thank you Kraft family
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    I believe you. besides, only folks in the media and Congress-Critters refer to it as "water-boarding'...

    And to mr.Kraft: Thank you, sir, from the bottom of my heart for all you have done and continue to do for this franchise.
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    Yes, Kraft has taken the high road on this and I applaud him for it!!!
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    bob kraft, BB >anyone
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    Well said pony, and I'll add my thanks as well to the Krafts! Patriot nation is well served by an old fan and outstanding businessman!
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    Kraft and Belicheck are genious' together
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    FWIW, though, keep in mind that while Robert Kraft has been described as something of a teddy bear, Jonathan Kraft is not so mild-mannered. :)

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