Five Rings

The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far)

Jerry Thornton

Five Rings

Jerry Thornton

Distributed for University Press of New England

360 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $27.95 ISBN: 9781512602715 Published September 2018
Since 2001 the Patriots have played in eight Super Bowl championships and won five, a run of excellence unparalleled in all of professional sports. In a league designed to ensure that no one franchise can dominate over time, New England won for over a decade and a half. A dynasty that began with an improbable run to a championship in 2001 has rebuilt, rebooted, and retooled several times over, winning most recently in 2017. But during those years, no other franchise reached the same level of controversy, drama, and turmoil—or even came close. Jerry Thornton, bestselling author of From Darkness to Dynasty, provides an all-access pass to the Patriots’ years of unparalleled greatness from the unique perspective of an observant, obsessive, utterly dedicated fan.
Contents
Foreword • Introduction • Bears, Cheeseheads, and Tuna • I. ONE RING • Time Is a Flat Circle • Legs Twitching, Quietly Barking • Snow Bowl • Quarterback-Shaped Balloon Animal • That Calm Inner Plumbing • II. TWO RINGS • You Always Remember Your First • Finally, We Could Have Nice Things • Attitude Adjustment • Pond Scum Again • Schopenhauer on the Fifty • Superhorse • Legit • III. THREE RINGS • The Patriot Way • Last Season Meant Nothing • Chum in the Water • Flap Your Wings • IV. FOUR RINGS • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest • Martyball • A Van Gogh Underneath • Your Team Cheats (or Asterisks Like Ninja Stars) • Any Day the Giants Lose (Is a Good Day) • Anger, with Sh*tloads of Fighting Back • Losers and Sore Losers • The Super Bowl That Shall Not Be Named II • A Tale of Two Tight Ends • “We’ll Take the Wind” • Chaos Theory • Maybe They Oughtta Study the Rule Book • Because Karma • Malcolm GO! • V. FIVE RINGS • Defend the Wall • Not Bitter • Like Some Teenage Goth Girl • 28–3 • You Can’t Always Get What You Want • Epilogue: The Luxury of Ordinary Losses • Acknowledgments • Index
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