BLSays: Other than THAT, Robert Kraft … PLUS +

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BobLee
February25/ 2019

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Other than THAT, Robert Kraft… PLUS +

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I vowed I would not post another column until The World went JUST ONE DAY without proving that Charlie Darwin had his evolution theory completely backwards… and his heirs issued a blanket apology to monkeys. Reparations to monkeys for 160 years of implied insults is, thus far, not being discussed. … But I quickly realized I was painting myself into a corner. So, I disavowed…

Lets do a Potpourri column. Tilt the topical cornucopia and see what pours out.

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Robert Kraft did WHAT…

Have you and your spouse and/or social / professional acquainti come up with a reasonable WHY would a billionaire with six Super Bowl rings frequent a strip mall massage parlour (wink, wink)?… assuming that Robert Kraft did indeed do so?

If the preliminary news reports ARE indeed true … and Lord knows we don’t just assume THAT any more… do we Mr Smollett?

I don’t feel sorry for Robert Kraft. I am an Actions Have Consequences kinda guy. This action’s consequences are pretty disastrous to 77-years of notable achievements.

Two or three more SB wins will not erase this incident from Robert Kraft’s public obituary. Whether it should or not is another debate. It’s 2019 and all media is Tabloid Media now and there is certainly no shortage of Supermarket Headline Fodder.

I know NOTHING about “massage parlours” (wink, wink) or paying for sexual acts or “human trafficking”… or being a billionaire owner of the most successful sports team of the Millennium.

Palm Beach is a Money Is No Object Enclave where the price of pleasure / perversion is never a concern… but “Reputations” ARE.

Is under-inflating footballs and spying on opponent’ practices a “gateway” to frequenting strip mall massage parlours?  Who knew?

Is it a “I’m bulletproof… I’ll never get caught” thing?  Is it a “high risk” that “WHAT IF I did get caught” thing? I suppose Bill Clinton would know…

Prior to last week’s BREAKING NEWS, a lot of people hated Robert Kraft for the usual reasons “a lot of people” hate anyone who is very successful… especially in sports. The more successful, the more hatred is ginned up apparently.

I’ve never understood that; but I don’t understand Gravity … Electricity … or Oprah’s popularity either. Being “a friend of President Trump” is, of course, an added incentive to hate Kraft for some folks.Bezos

Jeff “Mr. Amazon” Bezos, who is NOT a “friend of President Trump” at all… has also had a recent sexually-related incident. What I don’t know about “massage parlours” (wink, wink) pales beside what I don’t “get” about taking “dick pics”.

I have conducted an unscientific poll of about a dozen acquainti and, thus far, I’ve found NO ONE who “gets it” either. I have NOT polled Prince Albert, JudgeBob or The Bob Kennel on this one.

Lets move on from such YUCKY STUFF…

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Chattanooga and The Hundred Years’ War…

I’ve been on a heavy “listen to books” regimen of late. It really helps me disassociate from the reality that The World as I have known it is vanishing faster than (insert something that vanishes really fast).

I’ve found a great crime series set in Chattanooga TN. How many of those can there be? The Harry Starke series by Blair Howard should appeal to those who enjoy Stuart Woods’ Stone Barrington or even Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch. Especially the former.HarryStarke

The PR blurb for “Harry Starke” compares him to Lee Childs’ Jack Reacher??? Harry Starke is as close to Jack Reacher as Harry Potter is to Reacher. Why does every author publicist have to use the Reacher comparison? Harry is a wealthy Private Investigator who gets every gruesome crime that takes place in Chattanooga. There are at least twelve so far…

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I’m also into historical fiction with a series by Bernard Cornwell involving an English archer during The Hundred Years’ War between England and France. You may recall a great series about Robin Hood I read last year. This one is similar. I’ve never known much about those centuries. Apparently people did not get along any better THEN than they do NOW… Surprise!

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Zion… Zion… Zion ???

Yes, I saw “the Zion Shoe Thing”. I never miss a game where Spike Lee might be, do you? If I was advising Zion, I would advise “shutting down”, leaving Duke and moving back to Spartanburg. Hire a rehab staff and a personal trainer and negotiate a shoe deal.  Regardless he will not be at Duke long enough to know how to spell it you spot him the “-uke”.

I can’t recall even two of Duke’s One & Dones from the past 6-7 years. Not that that should matter to anyone except me.

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Baseball Stuff …

I don’t miss not hearing what Manny Machado had for breakfast. Now that Manny is a Padre, his every action is no longer an OMG! The OMGs are now totally “Bryce Harper just sneezed and it sounded like “Philadelphia” or maybe “San Francisco”.

I am sooo over MLB’s Free Agent Crap. I realize MLB pundits have 24/7 to fill with something. I’m just tired of the Free Agent somethings.

The $$$$ amounts don’t bother me. MLB is a multi-billion $$$ business and the best players on Earth should benefit from that. The MLB rules on free agency / arbitration etc need tweaking. I hope level heads can work that out over the next few years. I’m not optimistic that will happen.

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UNCBlue

I have never gotten Oprah! Even tried to watch and found her unwatchable. My guess is same sentiments and forces as ones that got Obama elected.

Doug
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Doug

Although it doesn’t rise to the level of Robert Kraft’s faux pas. I tried to Brunswick Stew at The Players Retreat today. It comes close to a crime against humanity for even ordering it. Lesson learned. Next time stick to Pete’s Burger.

Doug
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Doug

Thanks to CNR for reconfirming my belief that some (not all) NBA teams like the Golden State Warriors epitomize team play. The passing game is incredible. Despite many issues and some players seeking attention for non-basketball matters the skills in the NBA game is vastly superior to NCAA ball and the gap is growing. . In football the NCAA game is influencing the NFL. The situation is reversed with some NBA game influencing the college game but archaic rules are in the way. A player like Kevin Durant is basically a 7′ point guard as is every other player on… Read more »

CNR
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CNR

Enthusiastically agree with your assessment regarding Zion.

Tim Moretz
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Tim Moretz

Oh I absolutely know Roy recruited all the top recruits. Zion had UNC in his final 3. But the fact that UNC has still been as successful as it has has to be a credit to Roy. I do understand you don’t have a lotta luv for him but hard to argue his success without the top one-and-Dones.

Tim Moretz
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Tim Moretz

Wow. Some of you guys can get really deep on this stuff. I’ll keep it simple. I’ll never know the mindset of a “sports” billionaire. I would imagine it’s different from a “business” billionaire. Lots more testosterone in the air. But a 77 yr old sports billionaire, I’m guessing, may have a mindset of “couldn’t give a shxx” and will do as he pleases. When one is 77 yrs old and have a $1B+ by all means have a good time while you can. A vast number of 77 yr olds can’t get out their front door. But then one… Read more »

CNR
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CNR

Babs, you are correct on all counts. . Doug, you are a hoot. My first thoughts regarding the shoe explosion was the poor little thing who put the inspection ok as well as the stitcher and gluer are in some really really deep trouble. The Mekong swim seems likely. Or perhaps an agent of another shoe producer secreted a counterfeit into Zion’s locker. . Several acquaintances called me last week to tell me to watch the UNC-Duke game to watch Mr. Williamson. That I did. I watched other games of his after the mishap. Golly Gee! Gulp! Holy Toledo! WOW!… Read more »

CNR
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CNR

Words of Wisdom from Wildatheart: We never seem to pay attention to a problem until an epidemic addiction ensues. Opioid abuse is now the addiction de jour. . Wildatheart is correct. Pornographic offshoots are the root elephants secretly entering the homes of the faithful. Wildatheart, you are to be commended for your knocking the evil one out of your home. Also, for your choice of a magnificent mate. Your comment brought smiles and joy in this home, as well as enthusiastic approval from a weeping Jesus. Thank you. . Every representative from below has presented the presence within their congregants… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

I’m sure Lyman or someone was able to alert certain pillars of the community of the impending sting. An expose of a gay lover caught shimmying up the exterior to the penthouse at the O’Neil would be a even better “Bonfire of the Vanities” style read. Somewhere Tom Wolfe is shouting, oh hell yeah, a real CF! BTW, thanks for the potpourri column. I’m in Raleighwood with mama-mel in the middle of a 10 day grandkid babysitting marathon (parents are romping in some Central American rainforest) and needed something to jolt me back to unreal everyday fodder. Interesting fact. Did… Read more »

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Nothing screams going incognito like a portly silver haired billionaire showing up at a generic strip mall massage parlor or at Eunice’s Court in a chauffeur driven blue Bentley and parking amongst the 12 year old Honda Civics and mini-vans for a 15 minute rub-and-tug. THAT is the strangest part of the saga for me. Zion. Maybe CNR can recall a player with similar physical skills in college but I can’t, at least in the last 30 years. Wes Unseld, Bill Russell, might compare in an earlier era. I hope the 8 year old kid that made “the shoe” isn’t… Read more »

Babs.Derm
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Babs.Derm

Visiting a massage parlor is one thing, involvement with human trafficking is another. We will see! You are right, people hate Kraft because he’s successful, just like they hate Tom Brady (more jealousy there than anything else). Kraft and Brady being pals with our President doesn’t help the hate scale.

Former96Heel
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Former96Heel

There is either an Asian Spa or Asian nail place in every strip center in America. I have no idea which ones a respectable person wouldn’t go into, but I do know when my wife treats herself to a massage, it’s not a place with neon lights in the window. . What I do figure is, there is a WHOLE lot of tax evasion going on in all these places. Human trafficking, illegal employment, all cash business, and so on. But I bet you their rents get paid every month. The minute they start missing those rent payments, any of… Read more »

Wiladtheart
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Wiladtheart

Well first I bet he was driving a rental and second those places are not in areas like North Hills and Cameron Village where people are going to know someone famous if they are walking around – especially if they park within 20 feet of the door. You have to remember there is a whole world out there which you know nothing of, but unfortunately at one time I did.

Wildatheart
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Wildatheart

Well those massage parlors are populated by women brought over from China and other places (the reason for the human trafficking sting) so no, they would have no clue who he was. It is happening right now in Raleigh and Cary, just no one talks about it. I am hoping like with me it will be a turning point in his life. Solomon tried it all and then he wrote Ecclesiastes. Robert Craft just won the Super Bowl and yet it was not enough.

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NCSU68Grad

Let’s see if I read the news accounts correctly. The Jupiter PD had the strip mall “Day Spa” under external video surveillance since 2012? Said Day Spa had indentured sex workers that lived on site and Ma Jong was a stern Madam… . But, to make sure that the workers did not ask for help from the customers, the Day Spa has its OWN video surveillance setup. The JPD knew, via facial recognition and/or license plates the NAMES of several prominent individuals that frequently came by and stayed for 30 minutes. Seems like these Sr. Citizens no longer had porn… Read more »

Wildatheart
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Wildatheart

For some reason the “reply” button did not work for me. I am sure Kraft thought what he did would be way more anonymous than the options you mentioned. Who expects a sting operation at a strip mall massage parlor?

ENC1
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ENC1

The worst part of this for Zion was not being able to play in the Duke vs Unc game. You think Nike will not try very hard to get him to sign a shoe contract with them? IMO if 100% healthy he will play again. All this talk about shutting him down is the main reason if you are 18 you can work in or for the NBA and NFL if they hire you. Time for colleges to shut down the free football and basketball farm teams.

Wildatheart
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Wildatheart

So you may not post this and that is fine. I understand completely what Robert Craft did and why. Up until 18 years ago I had a sexual addiction, while being a good husband (it was totally secret) and church member. It is an insidious thing which started innocently enough (or so everyone thinks) by finding my dad’s Playboy magazines in under the shirts in his drawer as a 12 year old. . As most addictions it escalated to the point of frequenting massage parlors (THOSE kind of parlors were in Greensboro back in the day) among other things. It… Read more »

unctarheel1984
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unctarheel1984

Zion who?