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Old 06-28-2005, 10:43 AM   #16
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I pretty much "found" football on my own as my father flew the coop when I was 5-6 in 1962/63. I can remember being over my grandfather's house in the fall and watching a Rams game and hearing the announcers describe the "Fearsome Foursome". I was hooked.

The LOS ANGELES RAMS became my first team and the one I rooted for a number of years. In 1967, I started to read about the Patriots in the local papers and soon realized that there was a local pro team in my area. The more I read, the more they became my team. I always wanted to go to a game, but with my mother working 2 jobs and my uncles living far away, that want became unfullfilled.

When the Patriots moved to Foxboro, my mother and her former boss, formed a new company and he purchased 2 seats at the new stadium. About mid-season, I finally went to my first game. I thought it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was so excited about the game, my mother went and bought 2 season tickets the very next year. (I still have the cancelled check, which I used to establish our longeviety as ticket holders)

I went to most of the games in 1972 and 1973 by going with Mom's business partner or friends of the family who drove. In 1974, I was able to drive myself and go to every game.

In 1974, we moved from S110 to S112 and added 2 more seats. In 1976, we added another 4 seats to make our total 8. After 5 years, we cut back to 4 seats and stayed in S112 for a number of years.

Tired of dealing with "gamers" and away team fans in S112, we pleased with the Patriots to move our seats to S205, close to the partner's 4 tickets.

In 1990, the partnership dissolved and we took over his tickets, since they were officially the company's tickets. That same year, we were able to combine all 6 tickets to get them together and a year later, we reduced the count to our current total of 4.

The rest I spoke about earlier in another thread so I won't bore you with any of those details.

During SB36, I was comfortable with both boths teams playing since I had my "home" team and "first" team on the field of play. However, I had my "first" team win the year before and was happy that a team I rooted for finally win. Now it was time for my "home" team's first win.

That's my story.........it continues as we speak.......
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Old 06-28-2005, 11:25 AM   #17
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I've always been a "sorta" fan because like BradyGirl stated: I always thought of the Pats as the Red Sox of football (so why bother with an emotional investment, especially with so many other sports choices in this area)

Never desired season tickets and only attended one game (sometime in the 80's, pre-season, no less) at the old stadium. Only followed the team when they were "in season" to have something to do.

vaguely remember when televised home games were reliant on sell-outs (and it was a 50/50 chance consistantly of not being shown)

watched a succession of owners and coaches come and go :zzz: until Kraft bought the team (and even then I figured here's "Billy Sullivan II")

but now I'm paying attention, watching Kraft bring in Parcells: great move that just didn't work out; watching Kraft bring in Carroll: ok move that was impossible to work out and then: dawn breaks over Marblehead, Kraft brings in Belichick, the star-system is thrown to the winds and presto.......

coaches......coach
players.......play
owners.......own

fans............win

so I guess you can say my true birth as a Patriots fan began with BB as HC. He is indeed a god among men and I am proud to confess my unrequited love for him.

maybe this should be a poll.
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Old 06-28-2005, 12:51 PM   #18
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As a youngster growing up in New England I was a fan of the local teams. I can remember playing Back-yard football and pretending to be Plunkett or Vataha. Over time I became more of a football fan than anything else.

I'm not sure when I became a fanantic but I do remember when I realized it. In 76 I was 12. When Fugging Ben Dreith threw that flag I punched the floor, and nearly broke my hand. It surprised me that I cared so much.

In 85 my brother purchased season tickets (after a year as a Boston Breakers season ticket holder). I was always the "definite yes" if he had an extra ticket. I went to a lot of meaningless late December games with 20,000 other hearty souls and every time a Lombardi is raised I think of those diehards. That's who I light the victory cigar for.
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Old 06-28-2005, 12:51 PM   #19
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The answer to why is obvious, I'm from New England. But, I remember when I was five getting a jets uniform with the #12 on the jersey and the name Namath on the back for Christmas. It had the helmet and all the pads. My Dad was still new to the area and didn't know any better. He's from Louisville.

My earliest memory of following the Patriots was when they drafted Jim Plunkett.

As for my 3 year old son. He became a Patriots fan a month before he was born.

On the day of SB 36 we allready had a name for our son. We were going to name him for ancester that brought my mothers family from Sweden to America. My wife was 8 mos. along. After the moment the Pats became champs my wife stood up and announced to the party we were attending that we would name our son Adam when was born. Adam will know no other way.
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Old 06-28-2005, 02:17 PM   #20
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Yeah, when that idiot Dreith threw that flag I couldn't believe it. I had this outraged feeling of "We wuz robbed!" That's why when Oakland fans boohoo over the Tuck Rule, I say karmic payback, baby.
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Old 06-28-2005, 03:07 PM   #21
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I wanted to be the next John Hannah and that brought me to the local team the Pats. I even tried his turtle block with your head in your shoulder pads and explode your neck as you plant it into the chest of the defender, I couldn't move my neck for a few days but thought it was the best pancake block an 11 year old playing with kids 2 years older ever did.

Started going to games as part of the Family thing to do(35 male cousins all played various levels) withmy 3 brothers, my uncle, who was like my dad after the parents split, and his 6 Boys and we would come home and play all week beating the living @#$* out of each other especially at family pick up games of touch turned tackle.

I started with 6 seasons tickets with my little brother and 3 friends and have continued for a years.

I love football, any level, and really enjoy the whole sunday NFL experience that I have turned my Wife onto and hopefully my children in the future. My son is 2 and already wraps his arms when taking down his sister or the poor dog. Will get upset when I take of his "ball game" shirt off and he watches the games with me when they are away yelling at the TV when I do.

I later found out my dad, who now lives with me, was a stud in highschool, and I knew 4 of my mothers 5 Brothers were all studs, with 2 being the full page story in the Boston papers during the late 40's - early 50's for the athletic talent.


sports were just always part of our life in my house, playing or watching.
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Old 06-28-2005, 05:15 PM   #22
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I became a fan the season when we one our 1st super bowl in the dynasty. It was 4 games into the season and bledose was done. I wouldn't think of myself as a bandwagoner cause I had no idea they would win the super bowl.
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Old 06-28-2005, 05:57 PM   #23
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Always have been. I'm pretty much a hometown team guy. I root for the Pats, Bruins, Sox. (No I didn't forget the Celts. Basketball just flat out sucks now.)
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Old 06-28-2005, 09:21 PM   #24
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I'm a local Boston guy so I'm into the Sox & local teams, but my love for the Pats is in my blood - inherited it from my Dad ...

He's been with the Pats since Day 1. In '63, the Pats had to win a tiebreaker against Buffalo to go to the AFL Championship game - The game wasn't televised in the Boston area but I guess was televised in upstate NY. So he drives with my uncle to NY and rents a motel room so they can watch the game.

In '76, at 11 yrs. old, was the first time I got into the Pats. I rode the wave until the BS roughing the passer call. In '78, dad scores a couple of tix and takes me to the Pats' first playoff game in Foxboro (but it's a blowout loss to the Oilers).

In the 80's, the Pats typically didn't sell out their home games, so they were blacked out in Boston area. My dad and I would ride up to my uncle's house up in Salisbury (northern MA) to watch the game on a snowy signal from a NH station.

Pre-Parcells, we'd go to a sports bar that had satellite tv so we could watch the home games that were blacked out. In Drew's rookie season, I remember us going wild in that sports bar when Drew threw a TD pass in OT to beat the Phins to end the season on a 4-game winning streak and knock the Phins from the playoffs.

Just about every Pats game for the past thirty years has been a father/son event for me. Now, it's become a father, son, grandson event (although my son at 8 yrs. old thinks the Patriots are supposed to win the SB every year!)

Anyway, the best was SB 36. I was in my 30's and I'm with my Dad watching the SB. We sat through the two prior SB losses. Now, Tebucky's TD return gets called back, Rams score, then score again to tie the game. Brady goes on his 2 minute drive, and Vinatieri runs on the field.

Right then, my mom walks in front of the TV and Dad says: "Get out of the way, they're about to break my heart again!"

Paxton Snaps, Walton Holds, Vinatieri Kicks ... It's Gooood!!!

Dad cries ... I cry ...

That's why I'm a Pats fan
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Old 06-29-2005, 07:49 AM   #25
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My dad had season tix since I was a little'un, so it was all I knew until about 85 when he had to give them up. O course, we all know how that season went. qI've been a fan through thick and thin. Dad and I watched the first SB win in a bar/ restaurant in Florida the year after I moved down here, and returned for the Panthers. I was worried they'd lose the Eagles game because we wouldn't be able to be at the bar. I realized that the superstition was unfounded.
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:22 AM   #26
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I've been a fan since I can remember. Always wanted to do what my older brothers did so I watched the games with them. Then when I got older and understood the game I loved it!

Even when they weren't so good I still loved em because I am a New England girl and no other team would or will ever be better in my eyes. No matter where the Patriots are 20 years from now.


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Old 06-29-2005, 10:25 AM   #27
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I became a Patriots fan on February 3, 2002 after Adam V kicked the game winning field goal.

Well, someone had to say it!!!!!!
In all actuality I didn't like the Pats when I was young, all that losing killed me. It killed me because I really wanted to like them. I became a fan around 91-92.........the Begining of the Bledsoe era.

I've been a fan ever since.
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:13 AM   #28
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But I do love a good rivalry.
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I became a fan around 91-92.........the Begining of the Bledsoe era.

I've been a fan ever since.
I think this might be the case for a lot of fans, sucess brings the fans and a lot remain fans.
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I've been a fan since my junior year in High School. Up till then I flipped between the Rams (loved watching Roman Gabriel) and the Vikings (also loved watching Fran Tarkenton scramble around). I didn't even know the Patriots existed, and I lived about 20 minutes from Foxborough.

Didn't believe it when a friend told me we had a local pro team - I mean, NO ONE in my town ever talked about the Patriots.

But, I went to a game (against the Jets) & they were the home town team from that point on. Lost track of the team some years when I was overseas, but they were still my team.
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