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Old 06-28-2005, 05:42 AM   #5
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We used to have a pretty good thread on this subject. Unfortunately, I think it got deleted during the dark days.

I was born during the Pats first season. Until the Pats came along, my father was a Packers fan, even though most New Englanders followed the Giants. It was a no-brainer for him to switch his allegiance to the Pats.

Football was the only sport my father cared about. My older brother played HS when I was very young and I was always with my father at his games. We would sit by the radio on Sundays and listen to the Pats. It was inevitable that I had to be a football fan as well as a Pats fan.

I remember crying when he would take my two older brothers to some games and leaving me at home. He felt I was too young. He finally took me to my first game in '67 (I was 6) against Denver at Fenway. I still have very clear memories of the experience. I got to see Namath at Harvard Stadium in '70. As I got older, the visits to Schaeffer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium got more frequent. We generally went to 2-3 games a year.

I moved to a town near Foxboro in late '90. Prior to the '92 season, my wife surprised me with a pair of season tickets. I've kept them ever since.

My father would get very serious about Pats games. I would usually talk to him after every game. If they won, he was animated, if they lost, he was angry. With the season tickets, I was able to return the favor to him and take him to a game every year, even though it became very difficult for him (severe athritis). Sadly, he died in the summer of '01. The end of SB36 was very emotional for me because I kept thinking about him. My siblings and I started calling each other and thinking about how happy he would have been.

So, I guess my father instilled my love for the Pats in me. Stronger than anyone else in my family. But being the youngest boy in the family (I'm 6th of 7, I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers), it was my way of connecting with him. And I think that connection made my fandom even stronger.
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