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Today in Patriots History
Mel pushes OJ over the edge



Happy 71st birthday to Mel Lunsford
Born June 13, 1980 in Cincinnati
Patriot DE, 1973-1980; uniform #72
Acquired in a trade with Washington for a 1974 fifth round pick on July 26, 1973


Despite playing college football at relatively obscure NAIA Central State (Ohio) University, Mel Lunsford was a third round pick by the Raiders in 1972. He was then with both Atlanta and Washington, but had no playing time with any of those three teams. The Pats acquired him at the start of training camp, an obscure entry on the transaction wire at that time along with several other unknown players being waived. Lunsford became a starter the next season, then surprisingly retired for personal reasons after four games the following year. He returned in '76 and missed only one game over the next four seasons. Lunsford was named the Pats best defensive lineman in 1979, and ended up playing 94 games for the Patriots.


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Lunsford is perhaps most well remembered for a 1976 game against the Bills. Three years earlier OJ Simpson had set an NFL single season rushing record, eclipsing what most thought to be an impossible benchmark of 2,000 yards rushing in a single season. That feat was accomplished in large part to two 200-plus yard games by Simpson against the Pats. One of the reasons Chuck Fairbanks switched the Patriot defense to the 3-4 was expressly to slow down Simpson in order to defeat division rival Buffalo.

The week nine schedule included Buffalo at New England on November 7, 1976. The Pats were coming off a loss to Miami, dropping their record to 5-3 and placing them two games behind the Colts and one ahead of the Dolphins.

During the first quarter Simpson ran a sweep, and was stopped for no gain. In the scrum after the tackle OJ gave us a preview of things to come in 1994, becoming completely unhinged, flipping out and losing all self control. The Juice stated afterwards that it was due to a late hit, but that would not explain the frantic and frenzied outrage. In reality Lunsford may have possibly landed a punch to OJ's nether regions during the attempt to force a fumble.

The part-time runner, part-time actor completely lost control, wildly throwing punches and swinging his helmet at anybody and everybody. The end result was Simpson being ejected and the Pats winning by the score of 20-10. That would be the start of a six-game winning streak to finish the season at 11-3, before the season came crashing to an unjust finish in the Ben Dreith Game.


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Mel Lunsford (72) sacks Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler (12) with Patriots linebacker Steve Zabel (54) and defensive tackle Ray Hamilton (71) providing support during the AFC Divisional Playoff game on December 18, 1976, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland.​


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Today in Patriots History
He overcame asthma and ADHD to play in the NFL


Happy 35th birthday to Myron Pryor
Born June 13, 1986 in Louisville
Patriot DT, 2009-2012; uniform #91
Pats 6th round (207th overall) selection of the 2009 draft, from Kentucky


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Myron Pryor played in 13 games his rookie season, and in nine games with two starts the following year. A shoulder injury limited him to two games in 2011, and resulted in his spending 2012 on the reserve/physically unable to play list. He was released in April of 2013 and never did play in the NFL again after that, finishing his career with 34 tackles and one sack in 24 games played.



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"It’s official. The Patriots’ 2009 draft was a bust."

(Note to Luke Hughes: Julian Edelman, Sebastian Vollmer and Patrick Chung all say 'hello'...)


 
Today in Patriots History
Maybe he was conceived while his parents were listening to Shining Star and Boogie Wonderland


Happy 42nd birthday to Earthwind Moreland
Born June 13, 1977 in Atlanta
Patriot CB, 2004; uniform #29
Signed to the practice squad on September 22, 2004


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Undrafted out of Georgia Southern, the guy whose mother named him after the R&B band bounced around with the Bucs, Jets, Saints, Jaguars, Browns and Vikings for four years while appearing in just three games (plus a season in Europe). The Pats promoted Earth Wind & Fire from the practice squad mid season after injuries to Ty Law and Tyrone Poole left them with Troy Brown starting in the secondary. Moreland ended up playing in nine games with two starts for the Pats, with 17 tackles and a fumble recovery. While he did earn a ring for Super Bowl 39, by season end he was a non-factor behind Asante Samuel, Randall Gay and Troy Brown on the depth chart at cornerback, and was inactive in the playoffs. After a couple years of arena football he became an elementary school phys ed teacher and high school football coach in Georgia.






After a four year college career, Earthwind spent time on the roster/practice squad of the Buccaneers, Saints, Jets, Browns, Jaguars, and Vikings, with no actual playing time. He finally received playing time with the 2004 Patriots, where he had 17 tackles and a fumble recovery, but was cut after the season. This was a shame considering that he had worked his way up to playing in Dime package for the Patriots, but considering that Troy Brown was the Nickel corner at the time, this was less than impressive.


Earthwind Moreland knows a thing or two or four about winning big. He brought home hardware after a win in the 2005 Super Bowl Championship as a new New England Patriot. But just four years before that, he helped the Georgia Southern Eagles win a national title, too, and it was that experience and his former Eagles head coach Paul Johnson he credits with preparing him to step on to one of the world's biggest stages.
His former NFL coach Bill Belichick led that 2004-05 team to victory, and Moreland wants the trophy to go home with New England again this Sunday night. He played corner back for other NFL programs until he retired in 2008. He says his heart forever belongs to the Patriots because of the once in a lifetime opportunity.
 
Today in Patriots History
Should have rolled the dice and kept Ted rather than Nick


Happy 32nd birthday to Ted Larsen
Born June 13, 1987 in Palm Harbor, Florida
Patriot guard, 2010 off season; uniform #62
Pats 6th round (205th overall) pick of the 2010 draft, from North Carolina State


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Ted Larsen was projected by some to be a 2011 replacement for Dan Koppen at center. Although he had a somewhat inconsistent training camp and preseason, it was still a bit of a surprise that the compensatory draft pick was waived at the end of camp as part of final roster cutdowns prior to week one. Any chance of signing him to the practice squad quickly disappeared when the Bucs brought him home by claiming him on waivers[/URL].

While I admit to some provincial bias (I was rooting for Larsen from day one; he grew up in the same town I was living in at that time), at the time I felt it was a big mistake to give up on Larsen so quickly. Nick Kaczur was 31 and dealing with chronic back issues; he was adequate but not great. Dan Koppen was also 31 and his contract was expiring the following year. To me it made sense to have Larsen spend a full year learning from Dante Scarnecchia, and replace one of those two by the following season.

In retrospect it would have been much better to have kept Larsen over Nick Kaczur, at a lower price. The veteran had severe back issues for all of training camp and after four games on the inactive list he went on IR, then was released the following spring. In other words, after the decision was made to release Larsen, Kaczur never played in a single game for the Patriots (or the NFL for that matter). Larsen on the other hand has played in 137 games with 88 starts over eleven seasons, and will receive a super bowl ring after being on the Bucs roster last year. Not too shabby for a guy who never played any football until high school. When he is not rescuing teenagers in the Gulf of Mexico, Larsen enjoys quiet backcountry fishing in the Everglades or the Keys.


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Today in Patriots History
He overcame asthma and ADHD to play in the NFL


Happy 35th birthday to Myron Pryor
Born June 13, 1986 in Louisville
Patriot DT, 2009-2012; uniform #91
Pats 6th round (207th overall) selection of the 2009 draft, from Kentucky


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Myron Pryor played in 13 games his rookie season, and in nine games with two starts the following year. A shoulder injury limited him to two games in 2011, and resulted in his spending 2012 on the reserve/physically unable to play list. He was released in April of 2013 and never did play in the NFL again after that, finishing his career with 34 tackles and one sack in 24 games played.



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"It’s official. The Patriots’ 2009 draft was a bust."

(Note to Luke Hughes: Julian Edelman, Sebastian Vollmer and Patrick Chung all say 'hello'...)

Darius Butler too, if Bill had been more patient with him...
 
Today in Patriots History
Should have rolled the dice and kept Ted rather than Nick


Happy 32nd birthday to Ted Larsen
Born June 13, 1987 in Palm Harbor, Florida
Patriot guard, 2010 off season; uniform #62
Pats 6th round (205th overall) pick of the 2010 draft, from North Carolina State


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Ted Larsen was projected by some to be a 2011 replacement for Dan Koppen at center. Although he had a somewhat inconsistent training camp and preseason, it was still a bit of a surprise that the compensatory draft pick was waived at the end of camp as part of final roster cutdowns prior to week one. Any chance of signing him to the practice squad quickly disappeared when the Bucs brought him home by claiming him on waivers[/URL].

While I admit to some provincial bias (I was rooting for Larsen from day one; he grew up in the same town I was living in at that time), at the time I felt it was a big mistake to give up on Larsen so quickly. Nick Kaczur was 31 and dealing with chronic back issues; he was adequate but not great. Dan Koppen was also 31 and his contract was expiring the following year. To me it made sense to have Larsen spend a full year learning from Dante Scarnecchia, and replace one of those two by the following season.

In retrospect it would have been much better to have kept Larsen over Nick Kaczur, at a lower price. The veteran had severe back issues for all of training camp and after four games on the inactive list he went on IR, then was released the following spring. In other words, after the decision was made to release Larsen, Kaczur never played in a single game for the Patriots (or the NFL for that matter). Larsen on the other hand has played in 137 games with 88 starts over eleven seasons, and will receive a super bowl ring after being on the Bucs roster last year. Not too shabby for a guy who never played any football until high school. When he is not rescuing teenagers in the Gulf of Mexico, Larsen enjoys quiet backcountry fishing in the Everglades or the Keys.


Program Spotlight: Ted Larsen | NC State University Official Athletic Site






Granted, Larsen & OxyKaczur had differing roles on the OL - the former at C/G and the latter mostly Tackle but also some Guard - but it was still a mistake to waive Larsen before lesser talents such as Ryan Wendell, lil' Richie Zeroburger & (the traded-for!) Quinn Ojinnaka...
 
Thanks, jmt, I look forward to your daily timelines. I've been reminded in several of your recent timelines of just how much the Patriots got screwed by the refs in the 1976 playoff game vs. Oakland. Patriots really outplayed the Raiders that day, and were a better team than the Raiders that year IMO, but Ben Dreith and team insured there was no way that the Pats could win. Really should have been in the Super Bowl, and I think they would have been the champs had they been there. Refs were the Raiders 12th man for real that day. Rant over.
 
Today in Patriots History
Sale, EJ and the rest of June 13 trivialities



Happy 49th birthday to Sale Isaia
Born June 13, 1972 in Honolulu
Patriot guard, 2000; uniform #72
Signed as a free agent on August 30, 2000

Sale Isaia went undrafted out of UCLA in 1995 and spent time the Browns, Ravens, Colts, Raiders, as well as in NFL Europe from 1995 to 2000. He was on IR with Cleveland as a rookie, then had played in nine games for the Ravens in 1996, spent '97 on IR with a knee injury, and '98 on IR with an Achilles tendon injury. Isaia then spent the 1999 offseason with Indy, and was allocated to Frankfurt of NFL Europe in 2000. After being waived by Oakland in late August he was signed by the Pats in Bill Belichick's first year as head coach in Foxboro, after Todd Rucci was placed on injured reserve. Sale was signed so late there is no mention of him whatsoever in the 2000 Patriots Media Guide.


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Isaia appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots in 2000 with 14 starts, but was released the following spring. The Pats re-signed him at the start of training camp; in early September he was placed on IR for the fourth time in his career, and then released with an injury settlement. He was unable to generate interest from any other team, thus ending his NFL career at that point with service time of 25 games played - and one season short of receiving an NFL pension (which he surely could have used after all those injuries).

Nov 10, 2000:
Hawaii will always be home to Isaia

"It's been a long year," said the 6-foot-5, 320-pound starting right guard for the struggling Patriots (2-7). . . .​

The Hawaii-born Isaia, who is of Samoan ancestry, said he idolized Mosi Tatupu.​

"I still haven't had a chance to meet him,"said Isaia, referring to the ex-Patriot who coaches at a high school near Foxboro.​

"I miss spam musubi like crazy," added Isaia, "and I've missed Rainbow Drive-In since my wife first took me there."​

But as the temperatures begin to dip below 40, his focus is on the crisis at Foxboro Stadium. Patriots' quarterbacks have been sacked 34 times. Drew Bledsoe has been dropped 30 times. At this rate, Bledsoe will top last season's career-high 55-sack total. . . .​

He is a member of a line that has been in a state of flux all year. The only lineman who's been at his position since the start of training camp is center Damien Woody.​

Head coach Bill Belichick's plan to protect Bledsoe's blind side suffered when the University of Hawaii's Adrian Klemm, the team's top draft pick, was injured last summer and was unable to start at left tackle in his rookie year.​

Klemm has just been activated and will play a little. But he will not start this season.​

"I think we're beginning to jell," Isaia said of his patchwork line. "We just have to keep our heads straight and stay focused."​


How bad was the 2000 offensive line (and team as a whole)? Here is a reminder, from December 11, 2000:
They allowed Shane Matthews, a backup quarterback with a 46 rating and one who had completed 49 percent of his passes, to complete 15 straight to set a team record. The Bears had scored just one offensive touchdown in 18 quarters entering the game.​
Five times Bears receiver Eddie Kennison caught slant passes over the middle.​
(Bledsoe) blamed himself for missing some throws that might have pulled the game out. He came close to blaming young offensive linemen Adrian Klemm and Greg Robinson-Randall, who had trouble competing. Left guard Klemm was called for three penalties and often was beaten by his man, and right tackle Robinson-Randall also struggled.​
The third quarter was a disaster. The Patriots ran six offensive plays for 3 yards. It could have been worse, as J.R. Redmond fumbled following a 9-yard run deep in New England territory, but Sale Isaia recovered.​


August 1, 2001:
Isaia, 29, returns to the Patriots after starting 14 of 16 games last season, establishing career-highs in both categories. The 6-foot-5-inch, 320-pound tackle first signed with the Patriots on Aug. 30, 2000 after being released from the Oakland Raiders. He was inserted into the Patriots starting lineup by the second week of the regular season and missed just one start (10/8/00) the remainder of the season.​




Happy 34th birthday to E.J. Biggers
Born June 13, 1987 in Miami
Patriot CB, 2016 off season; uniform #39
Signed as an unrestricted veteran free agent on March 30, 2016


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Edjuan Cinclair Biggers had played in 92 games with 34 starts when the Pats signed the veteran free agent in March of 2016. The Western Michigan alum was competing for a backup role behind Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, but he was always a bit of a longshot to make the team - eventually losing out in his roster battle to Jonathan Jones and Justin Coleman and being cut August 23.

March 30, 2016:

May 19, 2016:

August 23, 2016:




June 13, 2019: Pats trade for TE Michael Roberts
Roberts was viewed as a low risk (traded for a 7th round draft pick), high ceiling possibility. The 6'5, 265-pound target had been a fourth round draft pick mostly used as a run blocker in two seasons for Detroit. He had caught 45 passes for 533 yards and 16 touchdowns – the most by any tight end in the nation – as a senior at Toledo, and measured in with 11.5-inch hands and with a three-cone drill of 7.05 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. But Roberts never reached the sum of those parts while in Detroit, logging four receptions for 46 yards as a rookie and nine receptions for 100 yards and three touchdowns in 2018.

A day later the trade was voided due to a failed physical. With the deal falling through the Patriots were back to Ben Watson (suspended for the first four games), Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and undrafted free agent Andrew Beck at tight end.




June 13, 2013: Drug dealer Alexander Bradley files a civil rights case in federal court against Aaron Hernandez. This came after the two were unable to agree on a settlement stemming an incident where police found Bradley bleeding in a parking lot from a bullet wound that caused him to lose his right eye.




June 13, 1997: Pats sign DT Henry Thomas
Thomas was a 32-year old veteran who had been named to two Pro Bowls during his twelve season NFL career when he signed with the Pats. The team was able to squeeze every last bit of mileage out of him as he never missed a single game over four seasons with the Patriots, compiling 237 tackles, 21 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions during his time in New England.




June 13, 1960: Pats sign lineman Abe Cohen
An original Boston Patriot, Abe Cohen played in every game for the Boston Patriots in the inaugural season of the American Football League.


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Several other pro football players born on this date with New England connections:

- Dave O'Brien, 80 (June 13, 1941); did not start playing football until his senior year at Watertown High School. He was a walk on at BC and was drafted by the Pats in 1963, but instead signed with Minnesota. O'Brien was on the field for Jim Marshall's infamous wrong-way touchdown/safety. The lineman played in 60 games over five seasons before a broken fibula ended his NFL career at the age of 26. In a bit of trivia, he was part of the only Massachusetts high school football game that had five players that would go on to play in the NFL.

- Fritz Barzilauskas (6/13/20-11/30/90); born and raised in Waterbury, then went to Holy Cross and Yale. The guard was the 3rd overall pick in the 1947 draft by the Boston Yanks. Spent two seasons in Boston and two in New York, playing in 36 games.

- Veto Kissell (6/13/27-3/19/97); born and raised in Nashua, then went to Holy Cross. The fullback and linebacker played in 20 games in 1949-50.

- Tom Cichowski (6/13/63-9/17/15); grew up in Southington CT, was a 2nd round pick by the Packers in 1966, and played in 13 games for Denver at tackle in 1967-68.

- Mike Dwyer, 58 (6/13/63); Dwyer went to Barnstable High School, the University of Rhode Island and UMass. The defensive tackle played in three games as a replacement player for Dallas in 1987, and is now back home as an assistant football coach in Barnstable.

- George Smith (6/13/41-3/5/86); center/linebacker won two NFL championships and was named to one Pro Bowl over seven seasons; played for the 1945 Boston Yanks.

- Jack Riley (6/13/09-3/22/93); starting tackle for the 1933 Boston Redskins.

- Frank Martin (6/13/1919-11/15/1981); halfback spent four years in the league, including three games for the 1945 Boston Yanks.

- Sam Adams, 48; Seattle defensive lineman is the son of Patriot guard Sam Adams, a member of the Pats 1970s all-decade team who played 119 games for the Patriots.
 
Granted, Larsen & OxyKaczur had differing roles on the OL - the former at C/G and the latter mostly Tackle but also some Guard - but it was still a mistake to waive Larsen before lesser talents such as Ryan Wendell, lil' Richie Zeroburger & (the traded-for!) Quinn Ojinnaka...
True about the different roles. The reason I mentioned that was because I seem to recall that the Patriots were reportedly planning on sliding Kaczur from tackle to guard (something he balked at), as Sebastian Vollmer was in his second season and ready to become a full-time starter at right tackle even if Kaczur was healthy.

Did Ohrnberger make the roster over Larsen too? If so, that was a pathetic travesty. I realize that Wendell became a serviceable lineman filling in due to injuries later on, but obviously his ceiling was always going to be much lower than Larsen's. Thanks (I think) for jogging my memory on some of those personnel decisions...
 
June 13, 1997: Pats sign DT Henry Thomas
Thomas was a 32-year old veteran who had been named to two Pro Bowls during his twelve season NFL career when he signed with the Pats. The team was able to squeeze every last bit of mileage out of him as he never missed a single game over four seasons with the Patriots, compiling 237 tackles, 21 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions during his time in New England.



- Dave O'Brien, 80 (June 13, 1941); did not start playing football until his senior year at Watertown High School. He was a walk on at BC and was drafted by the Pats in 1963, but instead signed with Minnesota. O'Brien was on the field for Jim Marshall's infamous wrong-way touchdown/safety. The lineman played in 60 games over five seasons before a broken fibula ended his NFL career at the age of 26. In a bit of trivia, he was part of the only Massachusetts high school football game that had five players that would go on to play in the NFL.



- Sam Adams, 48; Seattle defensive lineman is the son of Patriot guard Sam Adams, a member of the Pats 1970s all-decade team who played 119 games for the Patriots.

Kinda feel sad for Thomas...Played every game between SB seasons 1996 & 2001 without the benefit of going to one of them...

Pardon my selfishness, but who were the other four?

Should've been a Patriot like his dad, perhaps as early as 2003...
 
True about the different roles. The reason I mentioned that was because I seem to recall that the Patriots were reportedly planning on sliding Kaczur from tackle to guard (something he balked at), as Sebastian Vollmer was in his second season and ready to become a full-time starter at right tackle even if Kaczur was healthy.

Did Ohrnberger make the roster over Larsen too? If so, that was a pathetic travesty. I realize that Wendell became a serviceable lineman filling in due to injuries later on, but obviously his ceiling was always going to be much lower than Larsen's. Thanks (I think) for jogging my memory on some of those personnel decisions...

Yep...He was inactive for all but 2 of the last 3 games of the regular season, including the shocking PO loss to da Jete...


A complete, predictable Zero here...The fact he played (and started!) for a couple of other teams after he left speak more about the suckiness of those teams than it does about any ability which he didn't have.
 
Kinda feel sad for Thomas...Played every game between SB seasons 1996 & 2001 without the benefit of going to one of them...
So true. Got to feel bad for somebody in that situation that just misses out - especially for a player that had such a lengthy and productive career.


Pardon my selfishness, but who were the other four?
Hang on, let me see if I can find that (I have no idea). . .


Here it is:
In their only win of the 1958 season the Red Raiders shocked previously unbeaten Matignon, 8-6. In that particular game the Raiders had two future professional players in O’Brien and Cappadonna, while Matignon had three future pros on their roster. To this date it is considered to be the only time a Massachusetts high school game ever had as many as five future professional football players.​

Okay, the article doesn't give me the names of the other three, let me see if I can figure this out. . .

Looks like it must be Jack Concannon, Art Graham and Don McKinnon. The first and last from Matignon to play pro football.


The Pats drafted Concannon, but he wanted nothing to do with the AFL and signed with the Bears. Art Graham was a good player, and member of the Patriots All-Decade Team of the 1960s. I don't remember the name Don McKinnon at all, but apparently he played for the Pats in '63 and '64.


Should've been a Patriot like his dad, perhaps as early as 2003...

Yeah, that is a shame the younger Adams never played in New England. Besides the fact that he was a good player, it would have made for a good story.
 
Didn't know about Matignon's football history...They were of course a hockey powerhouse during my high school daze at Boston Latin in the 1970s...Doubt that they even play football now...
 
Didn't know about Matignon's football history...They were of course a hockey powerhouse during my high school daze at Boston Latin in the 1970s...Doubt that they even play football now...
Yeah, I can recall there were certain schools that dominated high school hockey back then: Matignon, Catholic Memorial, Arlington Catholic, Arlington, etc. Eventually some of the public schools like Winthrop and Braintree started catching up as kids who had played hockey from a young age in pee wee hockey were getting into high school. (Prior to Bobby Orr becoming a Bruin, youth hockey didn't get anywhere near the interest that little league baseball did, a much less expensive sport.)
 
Didn't know about Matignon's football history...They were of course a hockey powerhouse during my high school daze at Boston Latin in the 1970s...Doubt that they even play football now...
Looks like they still play football, but barely. Intramural flag football may be an alternative in the near future.

They field a team in Division 8 (the smallest of the eight divisions playing high school football in the state), but only on a combined team with St Johns Prep.

 
Today in Patriots History

June 13, 1960: Pats sign lineman Abe Cohen
An original Boston Patriot, Abe Cohen played in every game for the Boston Patriots in the inaugural season of the American Football League.


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Abe Cohen, #62, pulling, in front of HB Larry Garron, 1960

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Yeah, I can recall there were certain schools that dominated high school hockey back then: Matignon, Catholic Memorial, Arlington Catholic, Arlington, etc.
Went to the 1979 Mass. High School Championship hockey game between St Johns Shrewsbury and St Johns Prep (Danvers) with their stud sophomore Bobby Carpenter...played out in Springfield at the Eastern States Coliseum built in 1916 (what a relic).
Double overtime 7-6 win by SJ Prep with Carpenter simply taking over in the extra periods, looking like Bobby Orr with his end to end rushes.
Wish I could find a box score for this game to jostle my memory, but SJ Shrewsbury was down by something like 3 or 4 goals with 5 minutes left in the 3rd and as if they flipped a switch, they tied the game forcing it into two OTs.
It was bedlam.
Best sporting event I ever went
 
White bronco Chase was 6/17 thought that was going to be the unhinged story.
 
Wasn't MA high school football divided into 5 divisions? Why the need for 3 more of them I wonder.
I think at some point they put an 'a' after each number, so there was division 1, 1a, 2, 2a, etc. Of course it was not obvious if 2 is higher than 2a or the other way around - so division 1a became 2, 2 became 3, 2a became 4, 3 became 5, etc.

To make it even more confusing in hockey has gone from two divisions, with 1a (the best) added in 1991, 3 added in 1984 and then 3a (the smallest) added in 2008. I can almost make an argument for 1a, but why 3a rather than 4?


Eight separate divisions certainly does seem like overkill. You probably end up having some leagues with high schools placed in three different divisions.
 


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