Blank needed to unburden himself of a minor beef with Kraft. It involved the aforementioned Super Bowl LI. After the Falcons blew a late 28-3 lead over the Patriots and lost in overtime, and “28-3” entered the lexicon of football taunts, Kraft ordered exactly 283 diamonds embedded into each of the 10-karat white gold Super Bowl rings he commissioned for the Patriots. Blank, who bought the Falcons in 2002, mostly took the loss and the attendant trolling in stride. But the ring stunt bothered him. He found it unnecessary and tacky. “I said to Robert, ‘You didn’t have to do the 28-3 in the ring,’” he told me recently. “It kind of pissed me off.”
I don't even know what that gif is from but it's extremely accurate.
With all due respect to Count Chocula aka Arthur Blank I'm going to disagree that Robert Kraft "didn't have to do the 28-3 in the ring" because Robert Kraft 100% had to have a shot at 28-3 on the Patriots Super Bowl ring. Had he not then he'd be being doing his players, coaches, family and fans a disservice.
Accomplishing the greatest comeback (I know the Bills came back from 35-3 against Oilers in the playoffs, but with how much time was left and all the breaks they needed this was better) in NFL history is something rather noteworthy. Given that it happened in that little game called the Super Bowl it's probably going live on forever, as it will on the Patriots Super Bowl rings.
If you want to be mad at someone, Artie, be mad at Kyle Shanahan for some of the worst play-calling and decision making in not just the history of sports, but all of mankind. It goes past football. Worse than Hitler invading Russia, worse than Prohibition, worse than Steve Carrell leaving The Office. It's like when Chris Rock said George Bush wasn't the worst United States President but any President in any setting (joke may have not aged great but was v funny in 2009).
Artie, be mad Matt Ryan for fumbling when Dont'a Hightower blew Devonta Freeman up. Be mad at your entire offense for going from first and ten on the Patriots 22 yard line to punting when they could've just run 3 straight hand offs, milked the clock and attempted a relatively short field goal with a chance to seal the game even after the Patriots made a run. Or be mad that your defense couldn't make a single stop when spotted a 25 point lead.
Don't be mad at Bob Kraft for celebrating the greatest single game comeback in the history of the NFL, that's really ugly of you, Mr. Blank. Be mad at your loser franchise for blowing it's best chance at a championship when it was nearly statistically impossible.
Only a loser franchise would recognize a meaningless sack record in a game they blew the biggest lead in Super Bowl history at their stadium. This is worse than the old 16-0 banner at Gillette (that I fucking HATED).
You're literally reminding your fans of 28-3 every time they step foot in your stadium, so don't give me this "he didn't have to do the 28-3 in the ring" shit because he (Mr. Kraft) most certainly did. When you start winning Super Bowls you can do whatever the fuck you want. Until then it's 28-3 forever.
P.S. While I'm on the subject of bad decision making s/o Pete Carroll ......
Happy Three Year Anniversary Malcolm :D :D :D