Football

Dec. 14, 1993

Well, whenever you think you’ve dug out all of the bizarre Patriots stories there are to unearth, another jumps out.

This one involved a middle-aged, married pair of Pats season ticket holders, a bedsheet tweaking a struggling placekicker, and security guards with neither sense or humor taking up space in their cement noggins.

As reported by the Boston Globe, George and Joanne Kirk of South Kingstown, RI, displayed a bedsheet banner reading, “Home of Missin’ Sisson.” His actual name was Scott, but a Sisson by any other name was still a kicker who had missed four of his previous five attempts, not to mention four misses in his last seven tries inside the 30-yard line.

Ouch,

The pair of lunk-headed security guards, hired by the Pats from an outside company, told the Kirks the sign had to be stowed away. George Kirk held it aloft for the fans behind them, then tucked it into an official Patriots duffel bag, The guards then ordered the KIrks to leave the stadium.

The Kirks filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union, and a lawsuit against the Patriots and the security company, Spectra Guard.

“We’re not there to hurt the team,” Joanne Kirk told the Globe. “We go there to support the team. The sign wasn’t personal against Scott Sisson. We don’t even know Scott Sisson. It’s just the way he kicks.”

Spoken like a true New England fan.