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

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512603187
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 252,662
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Jerry Thornton writes daily for Barstool Sports; co-hosts their NFL podcast, Laces Out; and is the former co-host of WEEI sports radio’s Dale and Holley with Thornton and NBC Sports Boston’s Patriots pregame show. He is the author of Five Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far).

Table of Contents


Foreword by Michael Holley • Introduction • The Foolish Club: Billy Sullivan and the AFL • A Mountain of Matchsticks • The Beginning of the End . . . at the Beginning • Home for Little Wanderers • Breakdowns • Building and Loan • Growing Pains • Darkest Before the Dawn • Grogan’s Heroes • Back to the Future—The 80s • The Wrong Kind of Super Bowl Record • Too High to Get Over, Too Low to Get Under • Fishing for Tuna • The Super Bowl Run • Picking up the Pieces • The Hooded One • Out of the Shadows • Calm Under Pressure • Epilogue • Notes • Index

What People are Saying About This

Kerry J. Byrne

“Jerry Thornton resorted to cannibalism to survive the Rod Rust era and now bleeds every time Tom Brady suffers a paper cut. This intense loyalty to the Patriots helped launch Jerry from local blogger and stand-up comic to Boston sports media star, while endearing him to a generation of fans young and old. From Darkness to Dynasty proves that Jerry’s the real deal: a quick-witted fan forged in the comedic hell of the now-dynastic franchise’s laughably miserable early years.”

Ian Rapoport

“Over the past decade and a half, the NFL world has come to know the Patriots as champions, an organization to emulate. It’s like everyone forgot the trials and tribulations it took to get there. Of course, Jerry hasn’t forgotten. That’s why this book is so great—an unfettered appreciation for the ugly, hilarious, sad, and tumultuous history of the Patriots. But seen through Jerry’s tortured and comical eyes. I love it!”

Dave Portnoy

“Jerry Thornton is the best Patriots writer in New England. He has been for a decade. There is nobody who knows the team better or expresses what it’s like to be a Patriots fan better than him. This book is vintage Thornton from start to finish. If you like the Patriots or even football, this is a must-read book, period.”

Gary Myers

“Once upon a time, the Patriots didn’t have Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, or four Super Bowl rings. They were not a dynasty. They were dysfunctional. There is nobody better than Jerry Thornton, a lifetime member of Patriots Nation, to provide this very entertaining and funny account of the hopelessness that once defined New England’s football team. From Darkness to Dynasty is a must-read if you love the Patriots—or love to hate the Patriots.”

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