THE OHDEER SERVICE AREA, AND THE SUPER BOWL — AND THE PATRIOTS, EAGLES, GIANTS, AND JETS


(image credit: New England Patriots/NFL Properties)

onDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

Out of our corporate office in Wayland, MA we service Metropolitan Boston West and Boston proper.  Our rapidly growing franchise network provides service in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern Long Island, and Central New Jersey.

It has not escaped our notice that the geographic area across which we do business is one that encompasses hotbeds of support for the New England Patriots and the New York Giants and New York Jets — and also a not insignificant area of fandom for, and this would be in Central New Jersey, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Of course, and for sure, outside of New England, with the exception of former New England residents, there is not much enthusiasm and wishes for a Patriots win in the upcoming Super Bowl.  Yeah, the Pats continued success and dynasty building has become a bit much for those who don’t live, or who have not lived, in New England.  Then there is  Spygate and Deflategate.

Polls inform that across the country only the Dallas Cowboys are more disliked than the juggernaut directed by Messrs. Belichick, Brady, and Kraft.

And, no doubt, two Sundays from now, the vast majority of those viewing the big game  will be rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles, with the most throaty and fervent cheering emanating from the a region at the center of which is the City of Brotherly Love, and which extends across Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (and, yes, a little bit into Central New Jersey) and Northern Delaware.

Now, running alongside the East Coast, sitting between the New England and Philly fan base, are the strongholds of New York Giants and New York Jets fans, and Super Bowl LI is not a lot of fun for any of them.

This New-York-State-of-Mind Unhappiness is addressed in two New York Post columns written by the Post’s sports columnist Mike Vacarro, that ran this week; the first, “Have we ever seen anything like this hellhole of a Super Bowl?”, was published two days ago, and the second, “Why New Yorkers love to hate these Super Bowl fanbases”, was published yesterday.

What many may find of interest, and surprising, is that many years ago, prior to the founding, on November 16, 1959, of the New England Patriots franchise — as the Boston Patriots, the final franchise awarded for the newly formed American Football League — for those in New England, the only pro football team in town, wasn’t in town at all; it was the New York Giants, whose home field was in New York City.

And here’s the thing — not long after the launch of the New York Giants in 1925, the Giants fandom grew to include strong representation in New England.  Yes, as difficult as it is to believe, the pro football team for most of New England was the New York  Giants — and that remained the case until the Pats arrived.

Of note, and here is a tie to Easton, MA, the town in which Colleen Garvin-Upham, co-owner and co-founder of ohDEER grew up, is that John Ames Jr., an Easton native and member of the Ames family of American aristocracy, was one of the 10 business people who founded the Boston Patriots.

There are still New York Giants fans in New England, with that affection rooted in the days before the Boston Patriots.  For interesting reading on the New England-Giants link and legacy, please click here to be taken to a Boston Globe story, “Giants fans remain true blue: Before the Patriots, there was an NFL team to be loved,” by Peter Schworm, which was published on January 28, 2012, a week prior to the Patriots and New York Giants meeting in Super Bowl XLVI.

Bowman Trading Card of Ken MacAfee, New York Giants, 1955 (image credit: Bowman Trading Cards)

And a bit more New York Giants history, with a connection, a couple degrees removed, from  Colleen Garvin-Upham.  The history and connection is that Colleen is a 1984 graduate of Oliver Ames High School (Easton, MA), the same high school from which graduated, in 1948, Ken MacAfee, who would play, in succession, offensive end for the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins.

It was in the mid 1950s, in Ken MacAfee’s second season with the powerhouse Giants, while playing split end, that that the team’s offensive coordinator, Vince Lombardi, did something revolutionary: he took MacAfee and put him flush against the end of the line.  MacAfee was still an end, one who was eligible to receive passes, but he was also a lineman. He was what Lombardi called a tight end — and there is credible and supportable argument that Lombardi, as far as the NFL is concerned, invented the name for the position, and the position itself.  Ken MacAfee may have been the first tight end in NFL history.

(Ken MacAfee’s son,Ken MacAfee Jr., starred as a tight end for Brockton High School in Brockton, MA, before going on to the University of Notre Dame, where was a three-time First Team All-American tight end and a member of the 1977 Fighting Irish national championship team.  Ken Jr. played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers.)

So, okay, we have veered a bit in this post today from the subject of all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control, but that is not a bad thing to do on this blog from time to time.  It is all good.

Kickoff for Super Bowl LI is set for Sunday, February 4, 6:30 p.m. ET, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.

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