This is an email I received today from George.
I am officially calling out the anti-Patriot Cartel.
This “Cartel” was founded by the plagiarist, Ron Borges. Comcast SportsNet having Borges on Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight to give opinion on the Patriots is like having Keith Olbermann on to give opinion on the Republicans. Not exactly fair and balanced. I also find it amusing that Borges is now such a big Tom Brady supporter, after adamantly insisting that Drew Bledsoe was the better quarterback until Super Bowl win number two.
Next comes Bert Breer. Hey, Bert is plugged in, is a good writer, and has good sources, but I love when he tries to tell us that the Colts are a better-run organization than the Patriots. Let’s do the math Bert: Patriots three Super Bowl wins, five appearances under Bob Kraft. Indianapolis Colts, one Super Bowl win, two appearances. It’s not even close.
Chris Gasper and Tony Massarotti come next. Gasper does anything to be noticed, he was a big Patriot supporter last year until things went south, then he tried to be their biggest critic. Was this because the front office wouldn’t talk to him, as is the case with The Boston Globein general? We certainly can’t forget “Naughty” Massarotti. Tony started his shtick back on WEEI when he was “Angry Tony”. Now he’s anti-everything except the Bruins (which, by the way, is another pathetic attempt by 98.5 to prop up the Bruins fan base for their show). Yes, Felger rips the Bruins but also gives them more airtime, which is fine, hockey has its place, but Felger is a hockey fan, so hockey is great and the NBA stinks.
But back to Massarotti for a second, Tony’s big comment last year was, and I paraphrase, “I hate to break the news but the Patriots aren’t the dominant franchise anymore, both the Steelers and Colts have won Super Bowls more recently.” Well, true, accept everyone disregards the Patriots 18-1 season like it didn’t even happen. They went to the Super Bowl folks, and lost on a hail-mary pass and a bad wheel that had Tom Brady in a funk all day. That was only two Super Bowls ago and let’s not forget Brady missed the next year or they might have been right back there.
Finally, the head of the Cartel….Michael Felger. Felger to me is an enigma, he’s entertaining, and no doubt has a place in the Boston scene on TV and radio. But, he has definitely fallen in love with his own press clippings and ratings. Felger used to be the proponent of the Patriots Way, but in his short stint at ESPN 890 he lambasted the Patriots throughout the season and spent more time on gossip than analysis of the team. Felger thinks by being the opposite of the Big Show, who tend to be Patriot back-rubbers, that he’s found his niche. And maybe he’s right, but as sports fans we need to hold him accountable.
He decided in 2007 he would take his Bruins shtick about being a mean-spirited, cheap organization to the Patriots arena, but that argument falls short. Yes, the Patriots can go overboard at the negotiating table, and some of their methods are not as effective as they once were. This team can and should be criticized when warranted, as should every team. Yes they have made mistakes with Richard Seymour, Deion Branch and Asante Samuel and maybe Brady should have been re-signed 2 years ago.
But let’s see Mike, you want to demonize the greedy Kraft family. You mean the team that took over not just the worst franchise in the NFL but one of the worst franchises in professional sports? And what have they done in their 16 years of ownership?
- 5 Super Bowl Appearances
- 3 Super Bowl Wins
- 9 AFC East Titles
- Hired 2 Hall of Fame coaches
- A brand new state of the art stadium built with almost no public financing.
- #1 team in the region
- One of the top brands in the NFL
- One of the most valuable franchises in the world. And by the way Mike, that’s what the team is worth on the market. That value isn’t based on entirely on profit margins. So when you insinuate that Kraft has a billion dollars in checking account your off.
- And don’t forget, he’s made 98.5 a viable station in the market as well.
So if Bob Kraft wants to secure himself and his league going forward, he’s earned the right. I think he knows you have to win to make money, he’s not trying to screw the fans to make a profit.
Leave it to sports writers and TV people to tell the guy who risked everything how to run things.
So this is the cartel, they believe negativity makes them successful. We’ll see, but the ratings in this town are much richer when the teams win. And that’s what they’ve been doing for 10 straight years. There will eventually be a dip and we’ll see if Pitino’s famous words re-appear. But the cartel needs to be called out now. That’s our responsibility.
Let’s stick to facts, or is Sports TV nothing more than TMZ?