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July 6, 1983

A note to any self-proclaimed sports historians:

If you don’t remember the Boston Breakers, don’t fret. There isn’t much to remember.

Also, it should be made clear that we are talking about the Boston Football Breakers, not the women’s futbol team that adopted the name twice.

The Football Breakers didn’t get nearly as much mileage out of it. They played their first game on March 6, 1983, and their last on July 3, 1983. Post mortems on their 11-7 season quickly  lapsed into a discussion of where they might play in 1984.

They called Boston University’s Nickerson Field home, mostly because it was their only viable option. The Patriots offered a deal for Sullivan Stadium that they declared too costly. Boston College and Harvard had little interest in bringing in a tenant.

Patriots owner and founder Billy Sullivan might have had a private chuckle or two watching another football franchise scrambling to find a home in Greater Boston.

They moved to New Orleans for one season, then to Portland for one season, then to whatever serves as home in the afterlife of failed football leagues as the USFL went belly-up.

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