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  1. NoCal Patriot

    NoCal Patriot Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    This story goes back to the first season at then Shaeffer Stadium.Everyone knows the stories about the toilets not being installed for the first game,and the huge traffic mess getting to the first few games but here's a story many either don't know or have forgotten.
    This story has to do with a long forgotten Patriots Linebacker from The University of Tennessee,Steve Kiner.He came to the Pats from Dallas and almost immediately became a starter.In those days ,The Patriots Defense was pitiful to say the least.It was so bad that in consecutive seasons their Free Safety led the team in tackles !Ricky Harris ,take a bow! Steve Kiner came in and began making plays.He used to fly around the field with his hair flowing in the breeze beneath his helmet.He became somewhat of a "Cult Hero" to The Foxboro Faithful.
    Now ,"The Rest of The Story", Steve also enjoyed "The Herb" and would often show up high to practices and games.He also lived in an Old Greyhound Bus for the first year at Foxboro in the Parking Lot at the Stadium! He and his girlfriend were quite a sight to see for everyone tailgating before the games.This was in "The Hippie Era" and they both lived that lifestyle while He played for The Patriots.After Games win or lose Steve and his Girlfriend would come out and join the party.Somehow I don't think behavior like this would fly with the current regime.
    For You younger guys that was your father's Foxboro.It was a far different place than today.I hope You enjoy it Italian Pat Patriot !
     
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    Oh man,,,yes indeed and Kiner was not the only one.

    As a matter of fact, the walkways leading to stairs to the pavillons at old Schaeffer were just filled with smoke at halftime. I mean smoke (not exactly tobacco) would be billowing up and out of the stairs. Even "security" would join in and the police would look the other way , totally.

    In the stands - I recall corks popping from champagne bottles every time Randy Vataha would take one to the house from Plunkett.
     
  3. NoCal Patriot

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    There was a guy and his buddy in my old section (Section 210) who would drive to every home game from Buffalo,NY and they would start partying when they left Buffalo on Saturday Evening. Whenever Randy Vataha caught a pass He would stumble out of his seat and start a "RANDY VATAHA" Chant.
    I'm surprised these guys lived but they were there for every Home Game.These guys were versatile,they both smoked and drank.I'm glad I didn't have to travel The New York Thruway!
    Everyone who went to the game in those days lived by the old Shaeffer Beer Slogan of Shaeffer being the one beer to have when You're having more then one.Wild days indeed.
     
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    I miss the old Shaeffer Stadium. I haven't been to the Razor yet, so my perspective is skewed.

    I used to carry joints in my shoes, under my feet; a flask of booze inside the hood of my sweatshirt; and for a time I had fake binoculars which I bought at one of the joke shops downtown - they were filled with booze, naturally.

    I also remember the Shaeffer Beer commercials, during which someone would scratch out the number 1 on a frosty mug, then the number 2.
     
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    I miss the fans love and passion for the game - season ticket holder since 92 and have seen the evolution from cavemen to sober to uptight yuppy puke

    I miss the passion the old fans had, today crowd is there because it is the place to be and many corporate seats are wasted on people who go for the wrong reasons - because they are free seats.


    I don't miss the out of controll drunk falling down but a happy medium needs to be reached - too many empty red seats in the middle of the field
     
  6. NoCal Patriot

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    Caveman is a little harsh.The crowd was a product of the times. Anything went in those days,even drunk driving wasn't the big deal it is today.The crowd was far different then as well. First back then Season Tickets were only $100. for the Sideline Seats. The crowd was mostly male and young and ready for a party.It was a rough and tumble group of Roofers,Painters,Truck Drivers, Plumbers,Electricans, and College Students.The Football Team for the most part was BAD with notable exceptions in 1976 and 1978.When the Team was good the behavior in the stands improved greatly.Another point to remember,We only remember the exotic events and we forget the mundane.
     
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    I hear ya, Mikie.
     
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    Probably the thing that ended Steve Kiner's career was a practice

    when a play was run and ten defensive players reacted and Steve was too stoned

    to respond.
     
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    Jimke,You're probably closer to the truth than We'll ever know.:rocker:
     
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    Oh I remember the stories from my older brothers during the mid to late 70's, the dent in the car from a butter knife stabbing or the gun alledgedly pulled in the crowd by a drunk from an unattentive cop at that MNF Jets game.

    I was going to Foxboro in 76 and later started going from 84 on at least 2 games a year until getting seasons in 92 so I have seen the progression.

    OK cavemen was a bad reference - neanderthals better :D -

    I've seen more stuff at the games than I wish to remember - that said it is no worse than any other stadium crowd and better than most for a home team fan - heck I went to the Cleveland Browns last home game and that was insane with the move to Baltimore already in the works
     
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    I can only imagine what that day in Cleveland was like. There can be nothing worse that angry drunks who are losing their team ! I am not making light of anything that happened . There are many stories some true and some that are very exaggreated.There was an "Urban Myth" that someone got thrown over The Stadium during that MNF Game against The Jets.The Pats didn't play at home on MNF for years after that game.We all have seen things that make Us kringe but I choose to focus on simply the fun stuff.Was there completely "Out Of Control " Behavior? Sure. Did it happen every game ? Yes, to some extent but We also watched the Game.
     
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    It was great for us as Pats fans we drove up from the saturday Pats/Pitts game and were loved by the fans because we supported their cause - we had to change seats because someone decided to remove the bolts securing it to the floor and pass it overhead unto the field - I later had my seat bottom broken off and I took it home on my flight - something I could nbever do today
    I heard it was alcohol not getting thrown over, the dude got up on top of the back wall of the endzone and fell over - some great stories mostly false but somethings you could see happening
     
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    I'll share a great Alcohol Throwing Story.It was in the early 1970's and Sports Illustrated came to Foxboro to do a story on "The Special Teams".SI brings into the Stadium a "Bucket Truck" to take Photos for the magazine.They parked the truck in front of the granstand on The Press Box Side of the Field down by the North Endzone. As You can imagine this would never stand.The crowd began to throw everything available at the truck and they began chanting "F$$K the Truck, F$$k the Truck". It was really getting out of hand.After 10 minutes they rolled the truck out of the stadium.After the game they interviewed the guy who was up in the bucket.He said He really wasn't scared until the crowd began throwing Full Beer Bottles ! It took them 15 minutes to clean up the mess!
     
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    Grazie NoCal Patriot !

    you are becoming one of my favourite posters !

    pls continue with those stories
     
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    question

    in wich year happened that Monday Night Game against the Jets and what really happened ? for how much the Pats did not playied, after it, a night game @ Foxboro ? thks
     
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    Re: question

    Those are great questions. I'll have to go do a little research on that and then I'll post my memories of that wild night ! I am glad that You enjoy these stories.I enjoy telling them!
     
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    a...nice mix !

    i wait yr feedback about that night
     
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    October 18, 1976 I believe was the date
     
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    i have real mixed feelings about this thread. yes, i too long for a less corporate environment and indeed inhaled... But it was tough to take your family or young kids to the games in those days. Please don't slam me for this. I'm just saying I wish there were a happy medium between the old and the new.
     
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    No slam at all.I think many of Us who experienced the "Old Days" feel exactly the same way.Remember,our memories are those of 18- 25 year old guys at that time.We looked at the world differently then .
     
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