From Darkness to Dynasty by Jerry  Thornton audiobook

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

By Jerry Thornton
Foreword by Michael Holley
Read by Chris Andrew Ciulla

13.60 Hours 09/06/2016 Unabridged
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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 four 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 who is internationally recognized as the face of the NFL. The longer the Patriots continue to dominate on the field as well as in the media and the American pop culture landscape, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success and 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. Though difficult to fathom now, 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 NFL history. Witty, hilarious, and brutally honest, From Darkness to Dynasty returns to the thrilling, perilous days of yesteryear—a welcome corrective for those who hate the Patriots and a useful reminder for those who love them that all glory is fleeting.

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Summary

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 four 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 who is internationally recognized as the face of the NFL. The longer the Patriots continue to dominate on the field as well as in the media and the American pop culture landscape, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success and 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. Though difficult to fathom now, 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 NFL history.

Witty, hilarious, and brutally honest, From Darkness to Dynasty returns to the thrilling, perilous days of yesteryear—a welcome corrective for those who hate the Patriots and a useful reminder for those who love them that all glory is fleeting.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Once upon a time, the Patriots didn’t have Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, or four Super Bowl rings. They were not a dynasty. They were dysfunctional. There is nobody better than Jerry Thornton, a lifetime member of Patriots Nation, to provide this very entertaining and funny account of the hopelessness that once defined New England’s football team. From Darkness to Dynasty is a must-read if you love the Patriots―or love to hate the Patriots.” Gary Myers, author of Brady vs. Manning
“Jerry Thornton is the best Patriots writer in New England. He has been for a decade. There is nobody who knows the team better or expresses what it’s like to be a Patriots fan better than him. This book is vintage Thornton from start to finish. If you like the Patriots or even football, this is a must-read book, period.” Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports
“Jerry Thornton resorted to cannibalism to survive the Rod Rust era and now bleeds every time Tom Brady suffers a paper cut. This intense loyalty to the Patriots helped launch Jerry from local blogger and stand-up comic to Boston sports media star, while endearing him to a generation of fans young and old. From Darkness to Dynasty proves that Jerry’s the real deal: a quick-witted fan forged in the comedic hell of the now-dynastic franchise’s laughably miserable early years.” Kerry J. Byrne, founder, ColdHardFootballFacts.com

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by Odin 4/22/2018
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Reaching a goal and keeping it.

For taking the brunt of the NFL jokes, the Patriots held it together while finding their mojo game. Now, they have proven themselves worthy of much praise as Jerry Thornton brings out with stories covering the 40 years of their climb to the top. And what a rise it was. They struggled through many years of being laughed at by the press and wanna-be-fans. That rise took them to the most dominant franchise in the league, insuring them a permanent place in football history. As Thornton laid out his history, he employed sidebars of humor that serve the book well. A definite recommend whether a fan or not. This book transcends the Patriots and gives every sports lover a sense of the difficulty reaching the top.

Author

Author Bio: Jerry Thornton

Author Bio: Jerry  Thornton

Jerry Thornton is a founder of Barstool Sports and a cohost of the daily Dale & 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 worked colleges and clubs all around New England. He has appeared on HBO’s Emmy Award–winning The Curse of the Bambino and Comcast Sports New England and has written for ColdHardFootballFacts.com.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 13.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English