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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Squish the Fish, Berry the Bears...

It's sounding like the Patriots last regular season game, vs. the Dolphins, is shaping up to be quite an event.

Not only is Sully from Godsmack going to sing the National Anthem, but at half-time, The Patriots are going to have a tribute to the 1985 Patriots, who were the 1st Pats team to win a Conference Championship and get to the Superbowl.

I think it's great that the Kraft family holds these types of events to honor the great teams and players from The Patriots past. People always seem to want to bring up the bumbling aspect of the old Patriots but there is a lot of Patriots history there to be proud of too. It's good to be reminded of it.

I remember that '85 Championship run very well. Up until Superbowl 36, I considered that '85 AFC Conference Championship to be my greatest 'Sports Moment'. To go down to Miami, a place where the Pats had not won a game in something like 20 years, and smack around The Dolphins, who were the only team to defeat the Bears that year, was just an incredible feat. I remember Coach Raymond Berry getting carried off the field in victory. Whenever I think of that team, I don't think about the Superbowl 20 blowout, I think of that AFC Conference Championship victory.

I no longer have my 'Squish the Fish' or 'Berry the Bears' t-shirts, they kind of disintegrated from old age, but I do still have a Superbowl XX t-shirt. Amazingly, it still fits, though I never wear it anymore. I keep it safe in a drawer, along with the Superbowl 31 t-shirts, at the bottom of a stack of Superbowl 36, 38 and 39 Championship T-Shirts. By the way, I have room for more...



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