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Some of the most entertaining stories from one of the most remarkable franchises in sports are told in this revealing look at the Super Bowlchampion New England Patriots. While the team’s owner, coach, and stadium now all rank among the best in the National Football League, the team was known for decades as having comically inept management and ownership, as well as the worst stadium in the NFL.

In Tales from the Patriots Sideline, former players share their tales of the tumultuous years. They played home games in six different venues, as well as one in Birmingham, Alabama. Their initial owners had to sell the team after going bankrupt promoting a Michael Jackson concert tour. The new owner may have been even more inept. Their coaches have been a colorful lot, too, including one who accepted a new job the day before a playoff game.

From the AFL years through the lowest of low seasons, Patriots history has also been sprinkled with the occasional spikes of success, including two Super Bowl trips that ended in double-digit losses. They were a franchise on the verge of being relocated before current management took the team to its new heights as two-time Super Bowl champions. Fans can find stories about it all in Tales from the Patriots Sideline.

About the Author
Michael Felger has been a sportswriter for the Boston Herald for more than 13 years. He has been the paper’s lead Patriots writer since 1999. He also covered the Bruins as the lead reporter from 1997-99. Felger appears on local sports radio station WEEI and is a regular analyst for WBZ television’s Patriots coverage. He is also a fill-in host at Fox Sports New England. Felger is married and lives in Boston.

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ISBN-10:  158261525X
ISBN-13:  978-1582615257
Author:  Michael Felger
Publisher:  Sports Publishing LLC (August 2004)
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review by . March 13, 2009
Michael Felger provides a mini-history of the New England Patriots through a series of chapters, ordered mostly chronologically, that details many of the woes, and a few of the highlights, of this historically inept team. Being a Patriots fan, this was a very nostalgic book. Unfortunately, many of the memories are bad ones. While this is not an in-depth detailed team history, Felger hits all the key events. The book is organized into a series of very readable chapters that cover many of the laughable …
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