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Posted January 29, 2009
"New England Bandwagon Nation" by Angel Navedo (Senior Writer) <BR/> <BR/>Editorial <BR/>January 23, 2009 <BR/> (Today's Must Reads) <BR/><BR/><BR/>There are harsh realities and truths that people will always choose to ignore. Something about the written word brings legitimacy to previously neglected ideas and notions. <BR/><BR/><BR/>People can't only be told the truths, sometimes it has to be written with conviction, with no hesitation and no apologies. <BR/><BR/><BR/>That is exactly what Ken Knight did when he took on the daunting task of researching and writing his first book, New England: Bandwagon Nation. <BR/><BR/><BR/>An aspiring writer by his own admission, Knight isn't going to dazzle any readers with his poetic or rhythmic prose. Instead, Knight carries readers through a conversation for over 200 pages, channeling his honest and passionate spirit as he details the history of professional football in New England. <BR/><BR/><BR/>Supported by documented facts, an overwhelming barrage of statistics, and the all-important incorporation of life experience, Knight provides readers with profound material too significant to be disregarded as mere shock value. <BR/><BR/><BR/>As a New England native and resident, Knight isn't writing from the perspective of an outsider looking in. His experiences are the supportive backdrop for the irrefutable facts surrounding the New England Patriots' fanbase and their questionable history as a loyal and supportive bunch. <BR/><BR/><BR/>Knight's introduction does an exceptional job of setting the tone for what's to come. <BR/><BR/><BR/>"If you only support the team when things are going well, that makes you a fan of winning, not a fan of the team. There is a huge difference." <BR/><BR/><BR/>The opening chapter does exactly what's necessary to support Knight's theories. Beginning with the inaugural season of the 1960 Boston/New England Patriots, Knight impresses as he recaps every season up to the 2007 campaign. <BR/><BR/><BR/>Every single detail is researched thoroughly as Knight compiles dates, scores, locations, and attendance records for every home game played by the Patriots. Knight effectively explains the startling trends between drops in attendance and losing seasons. <BR/><BR/><BR/>From the Pats' 17-game television blackout streak to record-breaking attendance totals in seasons following a Super Bowl appearance, Knight drives home his point about fair-weather fan support in New England. <BR/><BR/><BR/>However, it's Knight's history lessons of professional football prior to the Boston/New England Patriots that provides the biggest indictment of Boston sports fans and their inability to remain loyal to their football teams. <BR/><BR/><BR/>Detailing the history of two of Boston's previous franchises,the Redskins and the Yanks,Knight explains their pathetic, short-lived existences in Massachusetts. The Redskins found a new home in Washington, D.C., and the Yanks eventually became the Indianapolis Colts the NFL knows today. <BR/><BR/><BR/>The fact that both teams moved on to other states and became some of the NFL's most storied franchises is proof-positive of every claim Knight makes about Boston's football faithful. <BR/><BR/><BR/>As if the loss of two franchises wasn't enough, Knight also reminds readers of the constant threat of relocation New England faced all the way through the early 1990s. The arrival of Bill Parcells was the only thing that saved the Patriots from calling St. Louis home. <BR/><BR/>New England: Bandwagon Nation is an important read for everyone who values the NFL and its rich history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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