New England Patriots

Sept. 20, 1997

Ah, it seems like six Lombardi Trophies ago – actually, a bit longer – that Bob Kraft was nosing around to see if he could find a proper home for his New England Patriots.

The hottest alternative to Foxborough, Mass., on this particular day was Rhode Island – Providence, specifically. Political honchos, including the mayor and the governor, made their sales pitch to Kraft.

Meanwhile, in Boston, an exasperated Massachusetts pol, house speaker Thomas Finneran, called Kraft “a whiner” in the lead story of that morning’s Boston Globe. The chairman of the Foxborough selectman, a gent by the name of Michael Coppola, said he and his colleagues did not feel as though they were being played by Kraft’s warm conversations in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The political gamesmanship tumbled forward. Eventually, of course, Gillette Stadium rose from the clutter originally known as Schaefer Stadium.

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