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New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Makes Classless Quip Regarding The Manning Family

Robert Kraft is a bitter old man.

Sportsmanship is important to the game of football. The old platitude goes, "It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game". 

Greats like John Elway and Joe Montana exemplified this mantra. 

Whether you subscribe to that ethos or not, it's clear that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who's presided over a lot of winning, does not. 

Kraft's Patriots watched Super Bowl 50 from home, after the Denver Broncos defeated them for the second time in three years in the AFC Championship Game. 

Apparently, the sting of that loss didn't sit so well with Mr. Kraft, who was in attendance in Santa Clara, CA with his quarterback Tom Brady, to watch the Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in the big game.  

We all know the Broncos won the game 24-10. But while at the Super Bowl, Kraft says he ran into Archie Manning, and afterwards, capitalized on the opportunity to fire a shot across his bow.

“I happened to see Archie there,” Kraft said. “He has two sons who have won two Super Bowls [each]. But with all due respect, we have one son who's won four.”

Tom Brady has four rings, true. But how many of them were ill-gotten? From Spygate to Deflategate, there's no question the Patriots' success is viewed through the prism of an asterisk for many NFL analysts, experts and historians.

Kraft did himself and his franchise no favors by this remark, even if it was tongue-in-cheek. This is another reason why few teams in professional sports are as hated as the New England Patriots.

Kraft is clearly upset that Tom Brady was the only Super Bowl MVP that was booed at Super Bowl 50. That was awkward. 

Peyton Manning now has two rings. He's been to four Super Bowls. Three of those Super Bowl berths came at the expense of New England. 

Eli Manning also has two rings, and both of them came at the expense of Kraft's Patriots. Methinks someone is still a touch bitter. 

Collectively, the Manning family has been New England's biggest obstacle to total NFL domination. And God bless them for it. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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