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Jim Irsay fittingly changes "GOAT" team criteria to rule out Patriots

Jim Irsay fittingly changes "GOAT" team criteria to rule out Patriots

If you ask Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, there is no greatest NFL team of all time.

We'll try to explain.

The New England Patriots just won their sixth Super Bowl title -- tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most ever -- and third in the last five years, solidifying themselves to most logical folks as the most successful team of the Super Bowl era.

But Irsay apparently will go to great lengths not to give the Patriots credit. Exhibit A:

Ah, the old "changing the criteria" strategy: New England can't be the greatest NFL team of all time, because the greatest NFL team of all time -- by Irsay's decree -- has to win three consecutive championships.

How about winning back-to-back titles on two separate occasions? How about reaching the Super Bowl 11 times, three more than the next-closest team? Nope. Gotta win three in a row.

Unfortunately for Irsay, the Green Bay Packers won three straight titles (two NFL championships and a Super Bowl), so he had to narrow his criteria even further in a follow-up tweet.

Of course, Irsay and the Patriots have history (who wants to talk about Deflategate?), and we almost respect his blatant moving of the yardsticks, which is the rough equivalent of claiming Tom Brady isn't a Hall of Famer because he needs to win five Super Bowl MVP awards, not four.

Looks like New England will just have to win another title next year for Irsay to give the team its due.

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Adam Humphries explains how Patriots' free-agent offer had his 'mind spinning'

Adam Humphries explains how Patriots' free-agent offer had his 'mind spinning'

Adam Humphries could have joined the New England Patriots, but he ultimately chose to go in a different direction in NFL free agency.

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout was among the best slot receivers on the free-agent market. The Tennessee Titans made a strong offer that Humphries was comfortable with, but he got a call from the Patriots in the later stages of his decision-making process. 

The opportunity to play for a perennial Super Bowl contender and catch passes from a legendary quarterback in Tom Brady is an ideal scenario for any wide receiver. Humphries, however, remained firm on his commitment to the Titans. He explained the craziness of the situation to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport during a recent episode of the Rapsheet + Friends podcast.

“I had kind of made my mind up on Tennessee," Humphries said. "The number was good. That was exciting. And then the defending world champs come calling and come with a really strong offer. That kind of had my mind spinning. I knew obviously they are great at (utilizing) my skill set and guys similar to the way I play. They have done a great job with that.”

Humphries later added: "... I felt like everyone expected me to go (the Patriots), and I kind of wanted to create my own way and help the Tennessee Titans become a really powerful team. I was sticking to my guns, my initial decision, and I’m happy I did that. Like I said the whole time, it was stressful, it was tough, a lot of great offers on the table. It’s hard to come down and make that final decision. Either way, it would have been awesome, and I’m just excited to play at the highest level.”

Humphries should be among quarterback Marcus Mariota's top targets in the Titans passing game. He's also making $9 million per season on a four-year contract.

From an individual perspective, the choice to sign with Tennessee could prove to be the right one. If Humphries is hoping to win a bunch of playoff games with the Titans, he's probably going to be disappointed. 

As for the Patriots, they still haven't made a marquee wide receiver addition in free agency. With few quality players at the position left on the market, the most likely place for the Patriots to add more wide receiver depth probably is the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Sheriff expects "pretty ugly" videos in Robert Kraft case to go public

Sheriff expects "pretty ugly" videos in Robert Kraft case to go public

If you ask William Snyder, Robert Kraft's latest legal efforts are probably just delaying the inevitable.

Snyder, the sheriff of Martin County, Fla., who oversaw the Florida human trafficking investigation that resulted in Kraft being charged with soliciting prostitution, said Thursday he expects surveillance video of Kraft in the act will reach the public eventually.

"I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released," Snyder told CNBC's Scott Zamost.

The New England Patriots owner and other defendants filed a joint motion Wednesday asking that any evidence in the case (including video footage) not be made public. Even if the courts honor that request while Kraft and others are on trial, Snyder noted the videos would just be released after a verdict is reached.

"Once a case is over, it’s not an ongoing investigation,” Snyder said. “There has to be a specific reason not to release a public record. And the fact that there is sexual activity is not an exemption."

Police say they have surveillance video footage of Kraft and others visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Palm Beach County. While Snyder didn't specify if he watched Kraft specifically, he admitted he has seen some of the illegal activity and described it as "explicit(,) sexual and graphic."

"I watched and just left the room," Snyder said. "There is nothing to see. It’s pretty ugly."

As long as Kraft's case is ongoing, these videos won't see the light of day, and considering he's maintained his innocence at all turns, it could be a while before things are settled. Expect Kraft's high-profile legal team to do everything it can to make sure any video evidence is suppressed, too.

But eventually, public records laws may win the day and thrust Kraft back into the spotlight.

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