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Sunday, February 06, 2005

Through the Generations

I've been thinking a lot about my grandmother this weekend. Ever since the news broke about Tom Brady losing his grandmother, I've had mine come to mind. She passed away two months ago, also in a nursing home, at 103.

It's partly to her, I owe being a sports fan. We used to curl up on the couch together on Sunday afternoons and watch the Patriots or the Red Sox play, depending on the season. She was more of a Patriots fan -she liked the tight shiny pants (if you can picture an 80some year old lady being a butt-gal. Cause she certainly was ). When I see the center, and the quarterback get ready for the snap, I think of her. And smile. She was quite a woman. My dad, her son, took me to my first game at Fenway. And the parade last year. He wouldn't have missed the ride for the world.

My grandfather on the other side was a Brooklyn Dogers fan. And a journalist. My mother recently told me that back when, he got to travel with Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson to do a story on that season. I wish I had know this when he was alive, I bet he had some amazing stories. When the Dodgers left Brooklyn, he split his affections between the Mets and the Red Sox. (He always hated the Yankees.) He took my mother to football games. And me to my only one. Harvard/Yale. Now that's a rivelry.

And so here I am. Patriots Fan. Red Sox Fan. Yankee Hater. Admirerer of Men In Tight Shiny Pants. The beat goes on.

posted at 1:04 PM by Hoothehoo


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