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  1. NoCal Patriot

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    Italian Pat Patriot had an idea to start a thread were everyone can participate in and share their memories of some forgotten incidents in the colorful History of Our New England Patriots.I am going to start this thread with a very colorful event.The time machine comes to a stop on a very important date in Patriots History. The date is August 15,1971,a date that will live forever.It was the Night of the FIRST Game ever at Schaefer Stadium.It was a warm August Night and anticipation filled the air.
    It was my second season of Season Tickets but the first year that my friends Jack and Sully joined Joe and I as Season Ticket Holders.It had been an eventful year prior to this August Night.The Team had started building The Stadium in the previous fall.The Patriots had changed their name from ,The Boston Patriots to The Bay State Patriots, until finally They settled on The now famous,New England Patriots in March of 1971.The Draft that year had brought Us a ray of hope when The Patriots drafted The Heisman Trophy Winner,Jim Plunkett from Stanford University.There was a great deal of anticipation going into the 1971 Season and things were looking up.
    Luckily for Me,my friends were as excited as I was and We left very early to get down for the Game. I drove my 1966 Ford Fairlane into the Parking Lot at 4p.m. I was lucky to beat the worst traffic snafu in the History of Foxboro.I know of many who never made it to the stadium.From the Parking lot the traffic stretched for miles up Route 1.As bad as it was,when everyone reached the parking Lot ,the excitement ramped up.No one knew where to go or what gate to enter.There was the excitement of Christmas Morning as a kid.The crowd that night was 60,423.
    This game was 36 years ago and the memory has faded but I remember vividly Gino Cappaletti scoring The Patriots first points in The new Stadium which was only appropriate since He was the leading scorer in Patriots History at that time.On that evening We all got our first look at Jim Plunkett.The guy had incredible expectations on his shoulders.He played well that night for a Rookie and We all could see the promise.
    We all know the toilets were less than operational and in fact in some Bathrooms They weren't even installed!There were other bathrooms where the plumbers had installed urinals at Six Feet High due to some kind of dispute with The Sullivans.It was such a desperate situation that many relived themselves against the walls! If You weren't there You would not believe it ! There were not enough concession stand or Beer Stands! The lines were enormous!
    The crowd with all of these hardships stayed positive and were rewarded with a Patriots victory.The Final Score was Patriots 20 Giants 14 .
    It took Me 4 hours to get back to Belmont,Mass that night but that evening left Me with a lifelong memory. It was simply a great night !
    All of your memories are invited and anticipated.Remember,this is a group effort.
     
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    Thanks, NOCalPatriot, I can still recall listening to Gil Santos calling the game on WBZ. Well into the 2nd quarter he commented that cars were still slowly entering the parking lots. Two quick stories about the urinals. Will McDonough tells the story about bringing his son to the new stadium just before it opened when the Pats requested their friends in the media to run around the stadium flushing as many urinals quickly to test the plumbing. As for the high placed urinals, visiting QB Roman Gabriel was said to quip that the Pats must have some really big guys.

    And poor Jim Plunkett. Very good QB and a class guy. He didn't deserve what the Pats would put him thru in the coming four years. I was happy to see his Super Bowl success with the Raiders.
     
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    I alway admired Jim Plunkett.He took a beating for the Patriots but no one ever threw a better"Deep Ball" for The Patriots than Jim Plunkett ( This includes Drew Bledsoe).I met Jim several years later at Stanford and we talked about those days. The one day He has never forgotten was the day in 1975 when He was on the ground after being buried by The Dallas Cowboys' Doomsday Defense and about half of the crowd cheered as Jim layed there injured !That to Me was a dark day in Patriots History.I told Jim"Remember,not everyone cheered".He told Me that He knew that and I think He really appreciated my comments.I enjoyed both of his Super Bowl victories since I always viewed them as well deserved.
    It was also the trade of Jim Plunkett to The San Francisco 49ers that built the 1976 Patriots.If anyone can imagine today the Trade was Jim Plunkett for 2 First Round Draft Picks and Tom Owen who was a back up Quarterback for The Patriots for a few years.
     
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    i hope this thread will become soon a 5 star thread
     
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    I had a couple of season tickets during the early years at Schaefer Stadium.

    The tickets cost a grand total of $80 per year ($5 per ticket) for end

    zone seats. You were not required to buy tickets to pre-season games.
     
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  6. NoCal Patriot

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    The first year at Foxboro Our Sideline Season Tickets in Section 210 including The THREE Preseason Games back then were $80.00 each for 10 Games.
    When The Sullivan's began making the needed upgrades to Schaefer Stadium the price of Our Season Tickets skyrocketed to $100. per season.
     
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    1977 was my first Pats game , on a small black and white tv .. I was in the second grade, and they played the Colts.. I think they could not make the playoffs,but a win would knock the Colts off.. The game was played in a downpour, and the Pats had a 21-3 lead, but then Bert Jones brought the Colts back and hit Raymond Chester for a TD and the Pats lost.. I remember going to my first game in 1978 at Shea Stadium , Pats beat the Richard Todd Jets 19-17 .. So many memories, so little time..
     
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    Sean,was that Colts' game the one when Joe Washington ran wild?
     
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    Sadly I am too young to contribute to this thread (my earliest memories are from the Drew Bledsoe days) but I love hearing about the old time Patriots. This team certainly has had a colorful history and I love to learn about it. (Hence my Michael Haynes avatar.)
     
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    I posted these a while back. Thought I'd post 'em again - makes for a good visual aid for NoCal's stories. These are some of the old stubs from when I was a kid (wished I'd saved more of them!):

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    Murphys95, Looking at some of those stubs if the wind was blowing the right way I probably spilt Beer on You since my seat was in Section 210,Row 18,Seat 12. . We had seats 11-14 in Row 18 so if You got doused We apologize!:singing:
     
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    Too funny! That happened so often back then, odds are that you were one of the beer-spill culprits....much obliged! :D
     
  13. NoCal Patriot

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    Even though You were a kid back then I'm sure that You ,like the rest of Us lived The Schaefer Jingle.You Remember,Schaefer, is the ,one beer to have ,when You're having more than one ! Everyone in those days had more than one!
     
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    Can't forget it!

    Two other beer-related memories from Schaefer - 1. Remember when they introduced LA Beer at the concession stands? It was that 3rd-less-alcohol-than-your-regular-beer type beer (something like that). And fans ended up buying 3 times as many just to get hammered.

    2. One of my favorite crowd moments came in '83 against the Jets. Back then, sections would engage in silly chants with one another. With Miller Lite commercials being all the rage, you'd hear one section shout "tastes great" and another respond, "less filling!" back and forth it went..."tastes great", "less filling".

    Of course, at the Jets game, it was done with one teeny little twist - "taste great", "Jets suck!"

    Yup, we were a classy bunch then. :D
     
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    What was the most played song at the staidum during the 70s and 80s?

    (HINT: think Animal House...)

    I don't know why, but when I think of the red uniforms, Schaefer Stadium, I immediately think of the Jets visiting and Grogan putting up 50 points on them. It happened like 4 times during the late 70s and early 80s. Back then, the players thought nothing of rolling up the score on the opposition. I think we beat the Jets so often in that fashion that the media started naming the annual Jets visit, "Super Sunday."

    The one lasting image I have of the Patriots from back then is Grogan going up top to Stanley Morgan for 80 yard bombs.
     
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    Speaking of 1970's songs, what ever happened to the New England

    Patriots fight song "Hail To The Patriots". It used to be played by

    the Norwood High School Band at intermission at Pats Games.
     
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    I know I'd like to see 10.00 dollars for a ticket again.
     
  18. Jimke

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    I'd settle for seeing a ticket for less than a ticket agency price.
     
  19. NoCal Patriot

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    Jimke,I had forgotten that song but You're right They played that song early and often.That was a great memory for this thread.
    I'll add another does anyone else remember the story behind short lived Patriots Place Kicker Mike "Super Foot"Walker ? Here's a hint: Think The Sports Huddle.
     
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    Didn't Eddie Andelman recruit him for the Pats from an

    Australian rugby team? In fact, I believe the Sports Huddle

    people may have gone to Australia to watch kickers perform.
     
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