The softer side of Patriots owner Bob Kraft

The softer side of Patriots owner Bob Kraft
July 9, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Bob Kraft is a more sensitive man than most if he fell for Aaron Hernandez's charm. (AP)

Giant fans have been served with extreme prejudice; their heroes have been overtaken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the most important contest there is – being hated by the Los Angeles Dodgers. After Ian Kennedy hit Hanley Ramirez in the first inning with a pitch, and Ronald Belisario returned serve by hitting Arizona’s Miguel Montero in the ninth, Belisario said the feud between the two team isn’t over. He also said he hit Montero on purpose.

The Giants? Just trying to figure out how to beat the Mets at home before midnight.

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If Bob Kraft, the New England Patriots owner, could be duped by the Bradley Cooper-esque charms of Aaron Hernandez, I think the next few Patriot players who want to renegotiate their contracts might want to bypass the football side of the building and go right to Kraftie. Based on this admission alone, which must have made his lawyers beat themselves cranially with hammers, he may be the softest touch ever.

I mean, even after you throw out 30 percent of the evidence the prosecution tries to present at Hernandez’ upcoming murder trial, the former tight end looks like he will barely finish lunch before the jury returns from its deliberations with a verdict of “spectacularly guilty.” And if Bob Kraft can’t be smarter than a jury of Aaron Hernandez’ peers, you have to wonder how he ties his shoes in the morning.

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Chris Wondolowski’s three goals against Belize in the Gold Cup Tuesday night should be enough to convince people he can be a U.S. National Team fixture. What it’s likely to convince them is that he is just slightly older than the norm. What it’s sure to convince them is that Landon Donovan’s return makes him a hero, and that Stuart Holden is the next Clint Dempsey. Sigh.

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Speaking of which, the crowd in Portland erected a large tifo at one end of the stadium with the featured thing being an Uncle Sam. Nice work, but it’s a bit clichéd, and not scary enough to come close to this from the magnificent genii in Dortmund.

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Has anyone figured out how the NHL owners who couldn’t find any money during the lockout relocated it in the free agent market? Oh, yes. The magic couch.

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Oh, and Justin Bieber got to pose with the Stanley Cup in Chicago last night. Somehow, that news seems to cheapen the entire playoff culture.

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Reggie Bush, who singlehandedly destroyed all that is good and noble about USC football according to some elderly prigs and the Heisman Trophy people, is referenced 68 times in the Trojans’ 2013 media guide. In other words, the facts will always endure in college sports – almost as much as the money.

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And finally, Pirates-Athletics in October must happen. It simply must, damn it.

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