From Darkness to Dynasty: The First 40 Years of the New England Patriots (Hardcover)

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Jerry Thornton is a very funny man, as you might expect from someone who is a stand-up comic, and this is a very funny book. Rather than looking at the current, dynastic Patriots who have dominated the NFL over the past 15 years, Thornton looks back to his childhood and the early days of the Patriots in the 1960s. It's easy being a Patriots fan these days, but back then it was an embarrassment, and Thornton relates some horrifyingly funny stories from those days - like the time they nearly drafted a receiver who had died weeks earlier, or the brand new stadium they built that flooded the first time the restrooms were used. A great gift for any sports fan.

— From Mitch's Picks


Love them or hate them, what the New England Patriots have been able to do over the past fifteen years is nothing short of remarkable. In addition to their four Super Bowl championships, the Patriots have the best coach in the league, a smart and savvy front office, and a future Hall of Fame quarterback who is internationally recognized as the face of the NFL. The longer the Patriots continue to dominate on the field as well as in the media and the American pop culture landscape, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success and accomplishment.

Anyone, that is, except for Jerry Thornton. It wasn't always sunshine and roses for the Patriots; in fact, for the bulk of their existence, it was exactly the opposite. Though difficult to fathom now, the New England Patriots of old weren't just bad--they were laughably bad. Not so long ago, the Pats were the laughingstock of not only the NFL but also the entire sporting world.

From Darkness to Dynasty tells the unlikely history of the New England Patriots as it has never been told before. From their humble beginnings as a team bought with rainy-day money by a man who had no idea what he was doing to the fateful season that saw them win their first Super Bowl, Jerry Thornton shares the wild, humiliating, unbelievable, and wonderful stories that comprised the first forty years of what would ultimately become the most dominant franchise in NFL history.

Witty, hilarious, and brutally honest, From Darkness to Dynasty returns to the thrilling, perilous days of yesteryear--a welcome corrective for those who hate the Patriots and a useful reminder for those who love them that all glory is fleeting.

About the Author

JERRY THORNTON writes about the Patriots for Barstool Sports and hosts its NFL podcast. He is the former cohost of the Dale and Holley Show on WEEI, Boston's leading sports radio station. In addition, Jerry is a standup comic who won the Boston Comedy Riot competition and has performed at colleges and clubs all around New England. He has appeared on HBO's Emmy Award-winning Curse of the Bambino and Comcast SportsNet New England, and has written for
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611689747
ISBN-10: 1611689740
Publisher: Foreedge
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 312
Language: English