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Bruins' loss destined to prove unbearable When a team makes history in the regular season then stumbles short of a championship, the words of Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Curtis come to mind. Curtis played most of his career with the Baltimore Colts. In Super Bowl III, the NFL champions played the AFL champion New York Jets. At that point, “upstart” remained linked to any introduction of the AFL, particularly when it was poised to play the role of punching bag in what was officially called The World Championship Game: AFL vs. NFL. One need ...

April 27, 1983

April 27, 1983 This was not the greatest day in the history of Boston sports. Nor was it the worst. But, as days go … For one thing, the Bruins lost to the New York Islanders in the first game of their conference final series. The B’s vowed to do better in Game 2. Then there were the Red Sox, getting shut down in Seattle, by 44-year-old Gaylord Perry. The 7-6 decision  brought Perry’s lifetime record against the Red Sox to 20-5, with a 2.51 ERA. Then, to cap it all off, the Patriots took Tony Eason ...

Jan. 9, 1963

Jan. 9, 1963 Having no way to imagine how five years later, karma was going to circle around and kick them in the butt, the Baltimore Colts fired Weeb Ewbank, who won consecutive NFL championships in 1958 and 1959. Ewbank brought life to the previously moribund Baltimore franchise, but after the second title the team began slipping backwards. In the 1962 season the Colts were a disappointing 7-7. And who did Baltimore hire? A 33-year-old Detroit Lions assistant named Don Shula. Ah, but Ewbank the ultimate last laugh, or at least a quiet chuckle. He coached Joe ...

January 10, 2023|Categories: History, NFL|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Nov. 28, 1977

Nov. 28, 1977 For anyone who doesn’t grasp that the NFL has always used a Rubik’s Cube to design its playoff tie-breakers, we look back to 1977. The circumstances are very different. Back in the day in question it was a 14-game schedule. And only four teams qualified in each conference. There were two Divisional Playoffs in each conference, followed by Conference Championships and the Super Bowl. It is amazing that Commissioner Pete Rozelle, who surely grew up making a daily search for coins hidden in seat cushions, left so much money on the table for so ...

Nov. 7, 1972

Nov. 7, 1972 In the first Monday Night Football extravaganza at Schaefer Stadium, the Patriots lost to the Baltimore Colts, 24-17. It could have been worse. The Colts had a touchdown called back by a referee’s mostly unheard whistle. The whistle came when a fan fired a beer onto the field. Baltimore eventually settled for a field goal. In the most important – and memorable – play of the night, a fellow by the name of Jumpin’ Joe Gerlach dived from a hot air balloon onto an air mattress at halftime. A gaggle of ushers and other ...

Oct. 24, 1977

Oct. 24, 1977 A packed house at Schaefer Stadium saw the Patriots slap down the Baltimore Colts, 17-3, handing Baltimore its first loss of the season while lifting the Pats to 4-2. In its first six games New England allowed 100 points. The Pats defense had established its reputation as an aggressive unit and would stay that way for the duration of the season. Baltimore tight end Raymond Chester proclaimed that the Patriots were the best team in the AFC East. Well, they were that Sunday. Ultimately the Pats went 9-5, a game behind both Baltimore and ...

October 24, 2022|Categories: History, Patriots|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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