Robert Kraft: Oscar Buzz


Robert Kraft: Oscar Buzz

By now, we've all seen the Robert KraftRicki Lander audition tape. And by now, I think we can all agree that we'll be hearing about this for a long, long time.

I mean, it's pretty obvious. Once Lander wins the role, and eventually an Oscar, todays viral sensation will be a piece of cinematic history. It will be embedded museums. We'll laugh at ourselves for ever laughing at it.

Meanwhile, Kraft will be the King of Hollywood.

The most powerful man in movies and the NFL.

Here's the video one more time: (Thanks to Barstool Sports for the original link.)


Just one question: What the hell is going on here? We need more plot.

As far as I can tell, Lander's character (Mary Elena) is a part-time stripperpart-time senior citizen dance instructor who's run into some problems in her personal life.

Kraft plays one of Mary Elena's grooviest, most-happening students, who just happens to recognize her at the club. He's drunk and horny, and not at all disturbed by catching his teacher on the "job." In fact, he's into it. It only makes him want her more. And he'll stop at nothing not even re-living the "most embarrassing moment of his life" to get just one dance.

In the next scene, Mary Elena's confronted by her boss from the dance studio (Lyle). He just heard from one of his other employees (probably Tina, Mary Elena's arch rival), that she had started dancing shifts at the strip club. He's basically telling her: "Listen, if you stay here, I'm going to fire you," . . . when Kraft barges in looking for pleasure. And the rest is history. Seriously, don't be surprised if "Nut Up or Move on" becomes this decade's "Show Me The Money."

And we can say we were there in the beginning.


P.S. One of the most underrated parts of this video? Kraft actually connects on his punch at the end. Seriously, go to take another look. He really hits the guy. What a ridiculous move!

Just goes to show you how locked in he was to that character.

I mean, for a second there, I almost started to believe that Kraft was really an old, horn dog who runs around trying to pick up strippers.

Well played, Mr. Kraft!

I can't wait for the full release.

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Not a lot of talk about Cannon this season, and that's a good thing for Patriots


Not a lot of talk about Cannon this season, and that's a good thing for Patriots

Marcus Cannon has had his run as a piñata. The Patriots offensive lineman is a frequent target when things go wrong up front and, usually, he’s deserved it.

A bit of anecdotal evidence? 

Sunday, I tweeted that every time I watched Cannon, he was making another good play.

On cue, about 10 tweets came back at me with variations of “Keep watching him!”

I asked Bill Belichick if he agreed with the layman’s assessment that Cannon’s playing well.

“I think Marcus [Cannon] has done a good job for us for quite a while,” Belichick began. “I mean he’s stepped in for Sebastian [Vollmer] and then last year when Nate [Solder] was out [and he substituted] for Nate. He has played a lot of good football for us.

“We extended our agreement with him off of his rookie contract which I think speaks to the fact that we want him on the team and we like what he’s doing and so forth and he’s continued to I’d say show with his performance [that he has] validated the confidence that we have in him.”

Cannon’s ending to 2015 – a poor performance (along with the rest of the line) against the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game was followed by a performance against the Cardinals that was marred by late-game holding calls.

But with Sebastian Vollmer injured (and still injured) it was sink or swim with Cannon which had plenty of people rolling their eyes.

But – as I said – every time I see Cannon, he’s either holding off a defensive end in pass protection, steamrolling downfield in the running game or making really athletic second-level or cut blocks in the screen game.

“Like every player, as they gain more experience they do get better,” said Belichick. “I think our offensive line’s certainly improved over the course of the year and playing with more consistency than we did last year. But there’s always room for improvement and the continuity that we’ve had there since (right guard) Shaq [Mason] has gotten in the last few weeks – we had Shaq over on the right side a little bit at the end of the season last year and then this year most all of the year except when Shaq was out for a few weeks there at the end of training camp and the start of the season – but our overall consistency and communication on the offensive line has been better because we’ve had more continuity there so that helps everybody.”

It can’t hurt that the lineman whisperer, Dante Scranecchia, has returned to coach the group. Cannon’s conditioning and physique looks better. He just appears more athletic and explosive. And he’s seemed more relaxed in the limited time the media’s in the locker room.

All off that added up equals nobody really talking about Marcus Cannon.
“Like any lineman, the less you call his name probably the better he’s doing,” said Belichick. “It’s probably a good thing when you guys don’t talk about him. Then that probably means they’re not doing something too noticeably wrong, right?”