50 Years of Patriotic Passion

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Published: March 26, 2009

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... both turning 50! Actually, the Patriots are technically a year older than I am. They started their first season in 1959, mine was 1960.

I grew up with the Pats, and like the Pats. I had a few rough years in the early going. That’s a large part of the reason the Patriots have always held a special place in my life. Like the Pats, I went through some lean years, some failures, nearly lost my life at times, and saw a few ownership changes. There were times when I wasn’t sure if I had a home and many periods where any home was temporary.

Like the Pats, I learned how to persevere and how to create opportunity out of disaster!

The “nouveau fan” will not understand what I’m about to say; the die-hard Pats fan will. Parts of my hind-quarters are probably in some scrap-metal yard, forever frozen to the old Schaefer Stadium benches.

We did actually drink ...

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