USA Today begins a series today in which writers will explore the histories of all 10 American Football League franchises, in conjunction with this year's 50th anniversary of the AFL.
Writer Sean Leahy talks with Patrick Sullivan, Gino Cappelletti and Babe Parilli to provide a flavor for what life was like for the Patriots of the 1960s. Cappelletti painted a picture of modest beginnings.
Many of the players wouldn't have been playing professionally if not for the upstart league. So Cappelletti said it was easy for the Patriots, who also didn't have a permanent practice field, to accept watching game film while sitting on milk crates in the bowels of a high school stadium.
"We hung bed sheets over water pipes," Cappelletti says, "and we'd show the film against those sheets."
Patrick Sullivan, the son of owner Billy Sullivan, touched on how the team didn't have a permanent home.
"We really didn't know whether we'd play at Fenway, BC or Harvard. So we printed tickets for all three venues to send to season ticketholders."