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March 5, 1969

March 5, 1969 One of the poorest player personnel decisions ever made by the Boston Patriots - and there were many - was the one that sent Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti to the MIami Dolphins. The rumors of Buoniconti’s departure popped up every so often, months before a deal went down. At this point, rumor mongers couldn’t even agree on whether Buoniconti was interested in leaving Boston. The man himself said he would be happy to stay in Boston for the duration of his career. Chasing down this day’s deal in the making had the Dolphins shipping quarterback ...

March 6, 2024|Categories: AFL, Hall of Fame, History, Patriots|0 Comments

Nov. 25, 1968

Nov. 25, 1968 Most folks were still bewildered after seeing Harvard score 16 points in the final 42 seconds to catch Yale in a 29-29 tie. The game has commonly been referred to as a 29-29 Harvard win and the legend has done nothing but grow over a half-century. One day later at Fenway Park, the Boston Patriots created no memorable moments - or even delusions of adequacy - in a 34-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins . Many of the 18.305 on hand may have wished they’d stayed home to watch the replay of Harvard-Yale on Ch, 5. ...

November 25, 2023|Categories: AFL, Fenway Park, History, Patriots|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sept. 18, 1963

Sept. 18, 1963 Upon arriving in Oakland, the Patriots found out that they would have their starting quarterback four days later against the Raiders. Babe Parilli said that the nerve problem in his right arm responded well to treatment from a University of Southern Calif., doctor, would keep him on the sidelines. That came as some relief to Patriots coach Mike Holovak. The Pats struggled in a Week 2 win at San Diego. With Parilli at the helm, the Patriots beat Oakland, 20-14, at Frank Youell Field, a 22,000 makeshift venue the Raiders called home before the ...

September 18, 2023|Categories: AFL, History, Patriots|Tags: , |0 Comments

Aug. 15, 1963

Aug. 15, 1963 Playing before 9,387 at Lowell’s Cawley Stadium, the Boston Patriots blew a 20-0 lead and fell to the Houston Oilers, 21-20, in preseason American Football League action. Let’s provide answers to the obvious question: Yes, the game was played at Cawley Stadium. The Pats, still a long way from having a stadium of their very own, scattered a few exhibitions games around New England in the early days. Team owner Billy Sullivan was a graduate if Lowell High School (Class of 1933). Being an old sentimental softy, Sullivan brought his ballclub there to raise ...

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