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Farley ’03 Update

Derek Catsam ’93 has an update on Scott Farley’s ’03 chances of making the Patriots over at his other blog. He cites a Boston Globe article that is this week-end’s must Eph reading.

That’s because Scott Farley, who grew up in Williamstown and played for his father at Division 3 Williams College, is trying to become the lone Massachusetts native to make the Patriots roster. The odds are stacked against him — Ravens offensive tackle Ethan Brooks is the only other Williams graduate on an NFL roster. (Of course, it could help that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is an Eph.)

Really? I know that Jon Kraft ’86 (second in command of the Kraft family empire and current trustee) is an Eph along with Josh ’89. Sally ’79 and Kathy ’82 also seem like possible relatives, but I don’t know that for sure.

But the only Kraft listed in the directory of Bob’s vintage is Richard M. Kraft, Jr. ’52. I could see this as Bob’s brother, but is it the same person? Is the alumni directory wrong?

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#1 Comment By Loweeel On August 28, 2004 @ 9:20 am

In this, Derek is incorrect — Bob Kraft certainly did not go to Williams.

Kraft went to my other alma mater, the one I don’t really care for and hence never plan on giving money to, Columbia University. Kraft is Columbia College class of 1963, and was the primary donor for the absolutely gorgeous Hillel building made out of Jerusalem stone on the south side of 115th Street just west of Broadway.

#2 Comment By Derek On August 28, 2004 @ 2:07 pm

Um, Derek is not wrong on anything. Derek did not say that Bob Kraft went to Williams. The Boston Globe writer in the piece cited in Derek’s blog entry did. Derek likes referring to himself in the third person, a la Ricky henderson. Derek does not like being called out for things Derek did not do, however, as he makes enough mistakes on his own without taking on those of others.

#3 Comment By Loweeel On August 28, 2004 @ 3:06 pm

My apologies for assuming the cited text was your own writing, as opposed to the Boston Globe.

I guess it’s just part of my natural assumption to assume the worst of Sox fans… ;)

#4 Comment By Derek On August 28, 2004 @ 3:33 pm

Derek says “No problem.” He also wonders if even unflappable (by which he means arrogant and obnoxious) Yankee fans aren’t feeling at least a wee bit tense about the go-go Sox creeping up on their dastardly confabulation of base ballers . . .

#5 Comment By Sam Crane On August 28, 2004 @ 8:26 pm

No, we Yankee fans are not feeling nervous. We strongly suspect that the Sox will not continue to win at the same rate they have been winning in the past week or so. We take the long view, the season-long view, the decades-long view.

#6 Comment By Derek On August 29, 2004 @ 4:52 pm

Yes, we know. Yankees fans have such healthy perspective! Nonetheless, this would be a rather historic collapse. It may not happen, but one can hope . . .

#7 Comment By Sam Crane On August 29, 2004 @ 5:19 pm

Yes, should the Yankees collapse it would be historic, but not quite equal to ’78, no?

#8 Comment By Jeff Zeeman On August 30, 2004 @ 8:38 am

In the spirit of “why can’t we call get along?” I’m returning this thread to Scotty Farley. This is an excerpt from Bill B.’s latest press conference. Usually coaches are very coy, but reading between the lines, it sounds like making the 53 man cut is a long shot, but making the practice squad is very realistic. Interesting that the one player he named was Farley, which I take as a good sign. Another good sign (for Farley, not for this player of course), one of the Patriots’ second string safeties, Gus Scott, suffered a season ending injury, enhancing Farleys’ chances to stick:

With the evaluations, I think I can make a point of this too because it seems like nobody talks about this, but I will add this comment to it. It is not really just about the 53-man roster. There is an eight-man practice squad and part of the evaluations are the guys you don’t keep, who you want to try to get on your practice squad. There is probably going to be a point in time somewhere where we will want or need to bring people back on the team that won’t make the final 53. So there is still an evaluation there as to if you go to those people, we can’t keep them all, so which ever ones are out there and we go to them what value do they have and what is the best thing they can do and what would there role be and how did they perform in that role when they were put in it? It is not just the final cut. It is continuing to evaluate to players that could potentially be on your active roster, whether it is on a resigning basis or on a practice squad basis. Like Scott Farley, who was a kid last year that wasn’t even on the roster that we put in Europe whose is now in training camp and is competing for a spot. It is an ongoing process and it doesn’t just end.