SB 49 Hype edition
NFL finals Seattle 28 Green Bay 22
New England 45 Indy 7
Seattle 1.5 pt favorite over New England
I was born in 1952
My Dad, Ed, was an avid NY Giants fan at the time.
The Patriots were born in 1960
Ed became an instant Patriots fan and dragged his 8 year old son along onto the bandwagon that I’ve been on ever since.
My son #1 was born in 1980, the Pats, led by legendary QB Steve Grogan and HC Ron Erhardt missed the playoffs with a 10-6 record
Son #2 was born in 1981, Under Ron Erhardt and a gimpy Steve Grogan the Pats finished last with a 2-14 record
The Patriots first ever trip to the SB was the 1985 season, SB XX
The bandwagon was all in as the AFC Champion Patriots worked their way to the big game by running the ball.
The Bears 15-1, led by one of my favorites, Coach Ditka were the NFC Champs.
They totally dominated the Pats 46-10
Sons 1&2 became bandwagon Pats fans
1989 brought son #3 and the Pats went 5-11 under HC Ray Berry and were still led on the field by the ageless Steve Grogan
1991 was the year my only daughter was born, the Pats went 6-10 behind Dick Mc Pherson and the new guy in town QB Hugh Millen. My little girl went on to become a Marine and married a…Baltimore Ravens fan!
She is loyal and he has the potential to switch.
1992 son #4 was born during the last Dick McPherson season 2-14 and the last of Hugh Millen. That off season James Orthwine hired a new HC, one Dwayne Charles “tuna” Parcells took over and brought in 1st round #1 pick Drew Bledsoe to QB the rudderless ship. Though they finished 5-11 the Pats struggled but finished strong with four straight wins to end the season.
1994 Robert Kraft, a local Boston Businessman and lifelong season ticket holder bought his favorite team. The New Owner with the HC and QB brought a 10-6 record home to the faithful. The next week they traveled to Cleveland to face the Browns led by QB Vinny Testaverde and HC Bill Belichick. The Browns won 20-10 and Belichick had his first playoff win...and it was against his former mentor Parcells.
A note on the Browns of 1994, Belichick’s top scout was Jim Schwartz and his DC was Nick Saban.
1996 The Patriots 11-5 led by Bledsoe, Curtis Martin and Terry Glenn made it back to the SB. Brett Farvre led his Packers to a 35-21 win. Parcells did not return to Foxboro with the team and resigned shortly after. He and Robert Kraft didn’t see eye to eye and Parcells coined his famous quote. “If you’re being asked to cook the dinner you should be able to shop for the groceries”
In the off season of 1997 Kraft hired then former Jets HC Pete Carroll to a 3 year deal. Carroll put up three mediocre seasons with what the Kraft’s and the fans thought were SB potential teams. Caroll’s Pats went 10-6, 9-7 and 8-8 with Bledsoe at QB.
In 2000 Kraft finagled HC for a day Bill Belichick away from the J E T S and started the dynasty we know and love today.
Although his first season was only a 5-11 affair the winds were shifting. In the 6th round of the draft Belichick (by recommendation of the late Dick Raybine, his QB coach) selected that 6’4” 220lb skinny kid from Michigan by the name of Tom Brady. Then he went against conventional wisdom and kept 4 QB’s on the roster during the 2000 season.
The Harry children were on the verge of seeing their team, adopted from their Dad and Grandfather go on a winning spree the NFL has never seen.
2001 brought 911 and the revamped Patriotic attitude to this great land.
The Patriots started with Drew Bledsoe at QB and promptly lost the first two games. 23-16 to Cincinnati and 10-3 to the Jets. In the Jets game Bledsoe suffered a chest injury that would put him on the sidelines for 8 weeks. Belichick went to his backup, Tom Brady over Damon Huard and the team responded to the confident kid. They went 11-3 under Brady and earned the second bye. They then beat Oakland in the famous Sno-bowl aka the Tuck Rule game and then went into first seed Pittsburgh and won there. On to the SB #36 and a win over the greatest show on turf with Vinatieri’s 48yd game winner. Capping off the gutsy last minute drive by Brady. John Maddens famous words still echo in all Pats fans ears “ Brady should just take a knee and play for overtime”
The Pats won again in SB 38 & 39 (the last team to win back to back) they lost in SB 42 & 46 and now return in #49 to play Pete Carrolls Seahawks, the defending Champions.
We, a bandwagon Patriots family have been blessed with one of the greatest runs in sports history, If it results in another SB win it will be that much sweeter. I witnessed the Celtics incredible run of the 1960’s, 9 titles in 10 years and absolutely took it for granted. I think my kids have a different, almost humble attitude towards the rare sports dynasty they have to enjoy. We true Patriots fans can ignore the scandals and hate from else ware and dismiss it as jealousy.
I posted most of this Tuesday for delay posting before the NFL reported that 11 of 12 balls tested were underinflated. I'm all for taking advantage of an edge you can get on your opponent. BUT, it should all be done within the rules. If the Patriots were caught bending the rules again then it's on them to carry. If you cheat you're wrong, if you cheat and get caught you're stupid.
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