Here’s Some Fat to Chew On Before Tonight’s Kickoff:

(1) Ox“Bob Kraft is in this for the money” –  when I first wrote that early in the season right after the Logan Mankins trade I was told he’s a business man and there’s nothing wrong with it. I had complained earlier how John Henry decimated the Red Sox half way through the 2014 season to cut back on the payroll. I was told the same thing what’s wrong with making money.

The Kraft and Henry athletic supporters pointed how they had brought to the city championships in the past. That’s true, we’ve had a good run under them but now that they have put good teams on the field to sell out their ballparks they figure the money will still pour in no matter what quality team they put on the field.

You won’t read anything like that from the Boston or other sports writers who cover these teams and need access to the bennies the owners give out. If any dare cross the owner they may lose their club house privileges which pretty much puts them out of business. So they avoid telling us how we’re being taken for a ride while these owners keep pocketing more and more money.

I’m an outsider. No one wants to be considered a rube and admit he is being taken for a ride. So it was easy to disregard what I said.

Now the sports writers outside of Boston are beginning to take notice and agree with me. Here’s a headline from the N.Y. Post. Tom Brady Thinks He’s Being Replaced and Is Livid.” The article talked about the Patriots “historic beating” last Monday night. It went on to talk about Brady being uncomfortable with the coaching staff and the personnel around him, as well he might be.  Brady’s not dumb and he’s looking around him and seeing that the team is being staffed with less expensive players which is making his job doubly difficult.

Other players are noticing also. Former Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, now with Arizona, spoke out the other day. He said the struggles on the Patriots “extend all the way back to owner Robert Kraft’s wallet.” Kelly went on to say: “I couldn’t take busting my tail every day getting to a game and them taking me out of the game for someone who I know isn’t better than me, because he’s a cheaper option. Are we worried about money here? Or are we worried about winning?”

I think we know the answer to that. The business man thinks about money. The fan who puts his money up thinks about having something to cheer about which means winning. Look at the stars the Patriots lost because they became too expensive and wouldn’t “restructure their contracts” which is the nice way of saying take a pay cut.

Here’s Brady’s big problem. There’s a young brass Italian kid anxious to take his job. Bob Kraft is anxious to make the switch. Remember, we’ve been told over and over again it’s a business and loyalty has nothing to do with it.

The switch means big bucks for Kraft. Sit Brady for a bit. Put the kid in for more snaps. Brady gets ticked off and quits. The kid takes over and Kraft saves millions.

That’s just one theory that’s gaining a bigger following. If it is true Tom’s in the queer situation of playing to win for an owner who wants him to lose. It can’t be easy for him.

It all makes tonight’s game doubly delicious. Tom’s fat’s on the fire. Only the Shadow knows at this time what’ll happen. Soon we’ll all know what will happen to Tom Terrific.




4 thoughts on “Here’s Some Fat to Chew On Before Tonight’s Kickoff:

  1. Msfreeh, this may be of general interest, especially to those of us who knew the Grand Boo Hoo and Holder of the Toad of Tim Leary’s Neo American Church.

  2. I don’t know why I am doing this
    but I thought I would use the quarterback
    sneak knowing Matt has that warm and
    fuzzy glow from the Patriot win tonight
    over the Bengals.
    I also want to give him a gift that keeps
    on giving unlike the Wall Street Journal.
    Maybe his son can pick up a copy of this new documentary
    for him, eh?


    “Dying to Know” is an intimate portrait celebrating two very complex, controversial characters in an epic friendship that shaped a generation. In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Leary became the LSD guru, challenging convention, questioning authority and as a result spawned a global counter culture movement landing in prison after Nixon called him “the most dangerous man in America”. Alpert journeyed to the East becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation who continues in his 80’s teaching service through compassion. With interviews spanning 50 years the film invites us into the future encouraging us to ponder questions about life, drugs & the biggest mystery of all: death.

    In 1995 after years of estrangement Leary found out that he was dying of cancer. The first person he called was Ram Dass. In the 60s they had collaborated on a book entitled, ‘The Psychedelic Experience‘ which was based on The Tibetan Book of The Dead and explored the similarities of the psychedelic experience and the dying process. Each holding a remarkably different point of view about death they share their thoughts/perspectives and rekindle the love they have always felt for one another.

    In this provocative film the viewer is a fly on the wall, observing an intimate conversation between Leary and Ram Dass just a few months before Leary’s death. It is a genuine exploration and an emotional respectful goodbye between two life long companions. We include subsequent interviews with Leary as he shares his dying process with us. Ram Dass who suffered a stroke himself not long after Tim’s passing shares his own perspective on death and dying. This story is much larger than a simple conversation between two old friends. It embraces the arcs of their entire lives helping us understand how two Harvard professors became counter – culture icons. We will explore their upbringing, early life and their fateful meeting at Harvard where together they ran fully sanctioned experiments into the nature and use of psilocybin and LSD before being fired in 1963. We follow them from Harvard to Millbrook where their experimentation continued and
    ultimately their friendship was tested and fractured. They both went their own way becoming legends in their own right. These chapters are highlighted using archival footage and stills. This tale of taboos: sex, drugs and death includes interviews in 2012 with Dr. Andrew Weil, Huston Smith, Roshi Joan Halifax, Ralph Metzner, Joanna Harcourt-Smith, Lama Tsultrim Allione, John Perry Barlow, Peggy Hitchcock and Zach Leary.

    Robert Redford’s iconic voice as narrator gives a classic American feel and tone. Dillingham, the Producer/Director has contributed on & off 17 years of her life to this labor of love. She uncovers the wisdom these two men have as they continue to guide us on the next revolution – a right to access our own consciousnesses and our own death.

  3. Hmmm … Yeah , Jimmy dreamboat is in the wings, and he has Joe Willie Namath chops ; But Tom B.has iron in that velvet glove of his. He will not so easily be usurped. It is quite the volatile mix. Put your safety goggles on !!! 🙂

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