Football in July

Yes, the New England Patriots open practice in three weeks. Tom Brady will play football in July.

Kudos to Fire Chief Paul Flanagan – the fireworks were awesome. Paul played football for the Vikings. He comes from the Flanagan football family – the late Chief Charlie Flanagan (WHS Hall of Fame), Chuck (a Vikings’ linebacker), and Robert (a Vikings’ end).

Remember East Boston Stadium, practice site for the Boston Patriots in the 1960s. How about Al Sablone’s restaurant? Al and Gino Cappelletti often played golf at the Winthrop Golf Club.

The East Boston Jets and the Winthrop Vikings at East Boston Stadium in August.

Trivia Question: Name the East Boston Jet who played for the New England Patriots.

Tony Conigliaro played in the East Boston Little League.

I watched Bob Neumeier on TV this week. In 1981, I saw with Bob in the pressbox at BC’s Alumni Stadium to watch Winthrop defeat Tewksbury, 14-0 – Super Bowl champs!

The eighth wonder of the world: a new Winthrop Beach and a new Miller Field. Thank you, Speaker DeLeo.

July 18: Four New England Patriots players will be at the Winthrop Elks.

NEC single-season all-time leading scorers in football: 1.Anthony “TD” Palmer (196 points). 2.Doug Santos, Peabody (190 points). 3. Chucky Sullivan (166 points). 4. Steve Staffier (145 points). Dick Jauron, Swampscott (144 points).

I sat with Pistol Pete Pedro at the Agganis Classic. Pistol Pete scored 196 points in a single season for West Texas State. I played against the Pistol in the Lynn Jamboree.

This past year Kristen Siscamanis, Sean Gillis, and Pat Todisco were named to the All-Scholastic Teams. Here is the list of two-time All-Scholastics from Winthrop: Matt Murray, Anthony Palmer, Steve Staffier, Chris Beranger, Courtney Finn, Chris Tsiotos, and Dino Mallios.

Winthrop High football coach Sean Driscoll has announced the 2015 football schedule. The team will play Danvers, Medfield, Lynn English, Salem, Gloucester, Saugus, Swampscott, and Revere (Thanksgiving).

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