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    December 21, 2005
"The Night of the Big Game" (Revisited)
By:  Stan Jaksina
PatsFans.com Fan Columnist

Twas the night of the big game and all through Gillette

The crowd was waiting, the stage was set

Signs in the stands were hung with much pride

And Patriot fans poured in from far and wide

Fans in their parkas, gloves and hats.

Were waiting for their team the New England Pats

Some had waited for hours tailgated with food

All were ready and waiting in a football mood

Visions of past wins danced in their heads

Some easier wins, others won by threads

Opening night fanfare, unraveling banner anew

The Patriots took out the Raiders who didn't have a clue

Adam's last second kick beat the Men of Steel

And two weeks later in Atlanta it was the same deal

Bruschi returned to a stadium filled with high fives

And Colvin's recovered fumble sparked the big go ahead drive

Newcomer Evans ran hard leading the offensive band

A last second tying pass came out of Chamber's hands

They led big on the Saints but it didn't really stick

Last second desperation endzone pass, Wilson pick

And in the Jets game kicker Adam Vinatieri

Became all time Pats scorer past Gino Cappeletti

The game was quite ugly but the Patriots won

And the start of the Bills game was not all that much fun

Brady's scramble into the endzone jump started the win

Even though he was limping having been hit in the shin

Buffalo was routed and then Tampa Bay went down hard

The defense was immense, wideout Givens starred

But that was the past, the fans wanted more

Couldn't wait to see the Patriots come up with a score

People were anxious and started to cheer

Everyone knew that the game was growing near

Colonial muskets went off with puffs of smoke

And then the Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke

He thanked the fans for supporting the team

and helping make football in New England more than a dream

He turned and smiled and waved to the crowd

All the fans stood and cheered very loud

Now it was time, all the pregame talk done

It was time to introduce the team, one by one

Seymour, McGinest and quarterback Brady

Faulk, Dillon, Pass, and clutch Vinatieri

Hobbs, Hawkins, Poteat, Stone, Sanders and Watson

Graham, Branch, Cassel, Flutie, Evans and Bethel Johnson

Hochstein, Ashworth, Gorin, Big Gene Mruczkowski

Browns, Troy and Chad, Hill and stroke recovered Bruschi

Wilfork, Neal, Wilson, Tucker and Light

Fauria, Yates,Warren, Chatham and Dwight

Green, Mankins, Vrabel and special teams wiz Izzo

Givens, Colvin, Kaczur and 12th player Klecko

Samuel, Banta-Cain and Davis's Andre' and Don

Miller, Biesel, Wright and long snapper Paxton

Practice squad players, Britt, Thomas and Sam

Alexander, Ventrone and Childress the Bam

Then came Coach Belichick, his assistants and aides

And a contingent of ex-players from past decades

The cheerleaders followed dressed in red, white and blue

It was a wonderful sight for all to view

Players warmed up, balls were thrown in the air

Some were nonchalant about it, others did it with flare

They exercised, ran and stretched really wide

And after a few minutes moved to the side

Coach B dressed casually his demeanor was even

He gave everyone a lot to believe in

The players worked hard, were unselfish and humble

They focused on each game, so they would not stumble

They gave one hundred percent all of the time

The rookies, the older vets and those in their prime

The concept of team was understood in full

Others talked the same thing but it was really bull

This year was different, the schedule was tough

Four of the first six away was very rough

The team overcame injuries on the O and the D

Pulled muscles and breaks and tears to the knee

The injured reserve list really grew

It started in camp with Claridge and McGrew

Scott's Guss and Chad, Koppen and Randall Gay

Poole, Starks and Harrison, what more can one say

The team struggled with so many out week to week

but now at the end the team is starting to peak

The coach raised his hand, the team came like a herd

Surrounded him to hear his last minute words

With a loud yell, the huddle broke apart

All were ready for the game to start

The refs took the field, as did the opponents in white

Merry Christmas to all, it will be an incredible night!

Happy holidays to all, whatever religion, faith or belief. peace.

 Stan Jaksina
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