The New Prime Time Draft and the Old Patriots

April 22, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Football has changed a lot since I first remember becoming a fan. I’ll turn 50 during my final (again!) season as a semi-pro kicker as we get ready for the first NFL prime time draft. That means I’ve been hooked on football since they tried those crazy clear plastic face guards.
I’ve been a Pats fan as long as I care to remember. In the spirit of full disclosure, I started as a Vikings fan and the first NFL game I saw from the stands was Vikings vs. Giants at the Yale Bowl. I begged my Mom to supplement my meager savings to cover the $15 dollar ticket price. Frank Tarkenton threw the winning touchdown as he was getting knocked on his butt and I was hooked forever.
In the age of Patriot Place, there’s a special place in my heart for the memory of that first game in one of those old time bowls. If you’ve never been to a stadium like the Yale Bowl, treat yourself sometime. At that time we hardly heard about the Patriots even though I lived only an h...

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