Tomorrow at 1 p.m. I will be where I am most every Sunday in the fall, watching the Patriots like I have since Jim Plunkett was throwing the bomb to Randy Vataha.
It's been a tradition ever since my dad and I would watch the New York Giants back in the '60s. Back then the Patriots were pretty much an afterthought in New England, but more importantly, they were never on TV, so we'd watch the New York Giants, who were always on.
Once the leagues combined into the NFL, it was all Patriots, who were always on TV unless it was a home game and there was a blackout because they didn't sell the old Schaefer Stadium out.
One time in the late 1970s - when we knew the now-called Sullivan Stadium would not sell out - we took an Amtrak train down to New London and watched the game from a sports pub near the station.
At the time I worked for Amtrak, and the conductors who knew me did a wink/wink as they let my dad ride for free.
We came onboard packed with a half dozen 16-oz Piels and a bag of peanuts to enjoy on the way down to New London.
I can barely remember the game, itself, (I'm pretty sure we lost) but I do remember the great time I had just with my dad on the train.
By the way, coming home we pretty much snoozed.
My dad loved the Patriots. It was his favorite TV sport.
He served in the Navy during World War II on a destroyer escort both in the North Atlantic and Asian theaters.
When you're fighting on the battlefield politics has no place. You're there to defeat the enemy.
The same holds true in football or any team sport.
I wonder how my dad would feel about these images of players refusing to salute the flag or even stand during the National Anthem.
Pretty sure he'd be pretty disgusted.
They're taking the fun out of football.
If the owners are smart they'll quietly rein this in and get back to winning games and keep politics out of the game.