This weekend’s game with the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders has me thinking of the past. And when I first think of these two teams playing, I automatically think back to a great night. A cold, wet, snowy evening in January. It’s a Saturday the exact date is January 19 th 2001, and what a memory is was. It’s one that will stay with me to the day I die, or I lose my memory, which ever comes first. Winter’s in full swing in the Northeast. The winds are blowing and the snow is falling faster than we’ve seen in ages. The parking lot at Foxboro Stadium is fulled to capacity, people are barbecuing, tossing the ole pigskin, drinking it up and most importantly trying their damnedest to stay warm.
I know people are racking their brains trying to remember that night and it’s events. But for all of us that truly are fans of the Patriots we will never forget. Not even the small details of that frigid, painfully long night. The Patriots being rested after coming off a first round bye are ready to face the warm weathered, and favored Oakland Raiders in a divisional playoff game. After the opening kickoff it’s so freaking cold no one wants to stand up or move unless the entire section joins in. But Foxboro is packed, the place is electric, fans are pumped and the hot chocolate is selling like crazy. Do you remember this game or what happens? If not you’ll have answers soon enough. This is only part one, stay tuned for the next part coming soon.