Kraft dreaming of Super Bowl at Gillette


Kraft dreaming of Super Bowl at Gillette

By Tom E. Curran
DALLAS - A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium? Well, at least we know how to clean the roads. With snow drifting down outside the downtown convention center in Dallas, Robert Kraft was asked about the possibility of hosting a Super Bowl. "I woke up this morning and my sweetheart says to me, 'Wow, it's snowing, we should have a game in New England,' " Kraft said. "I'm thinking about it, maybe we should have a Super Bowl in New England, maybe we should get on the list. We have a lot of great things in Boston, Providence and New England. We have the hotel rooms, we have everything."With this week's nasty weather and horrendous public works effort, it's unlikely the NFL wants to seek out more inhospitable climates for future Super Bowls. But the 2014 games to be held outdoors at the New Meadowlands could serve as precedent for Kraft to lobby for one on Route 1. "I love games that are played in the elements," he said. "I think our snow game against Oakland (in January 2002) was one of the greatest games ever played. And think about it, here we have this situation here with the weather here and there are 5,000 members of the media show up, we're going to have a record attendance. The weather I think will help us have record TV ratings. You have two small market teams, so maybe we should consider a Super Bowl in Boston, I don't know.

"We like playing games outdoors," Kraft added. "I think it will help to make the game. You look at the kind of support and ratings we get for outdoor games and the real fans, we got them up in the third deck, they come. I think having the elements be part of the game is pretty special."After this season, the Super Bowl is in Indianapolis, New Orleans and New YorkNew Jerset the next three years.

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NFL owners release statements on Trump comments


NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally. 

He also lamented that football has become less violent.

“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.