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


Thursday, June 29,  7PM

Lecture: $5 Members/$7 Non-Members

Pre-Lecture BBQ Tailgate & Lecture: $20 (reservations required)

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 five 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. The longer the Patriots continue to dominate on the field, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of 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. 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 the NFL today.

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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

More information can be found at,
@jerrythornton1 or his Facebook page.  

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