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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 6, 2015 ~O0000000000000000000OO0000000000@OOO00@OOO00~ i by Bob Morello i WS. . . more than meets the eye O00000000QOOOOOOOOOgOIOQOQQOOOOOOQiOOOQ000 NURSE JACKIE: SEASON 6 (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. The twisted and darkly funny 'Nurse Jackie' re- turns for a sixth season with Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, a role that has earned Falco her fourth consecutive Primetime Emmy nomina- tion. Jackie realizes sobri- ety is the ultimate cover for getting high, and now she's saving lives at work, taking care of her kids, and her boy- friend is loving the new her. Everyone's fooled, but what goes up must come downl OLIVE KITTERIDGE (DVD) HBO Home Ent. 'Olive Kitteridge' tells the poignantly sweet, acerb- ically funny and devas- tatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New En- gland town wrought with il- licit affairs, crime and trag- edy, told through the lens of Olive (Frances McDormand), whose wicked and harsh de- meanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. The story, which spans 25 years, fo- cuses on her relationships with her husband, Henry (Ri- chard Jenkins); and their son, Christopher (John Gallagher, Jr.). THE AVIATORS (Bin-ray) Cinedigm Join 'The Aviators' in this thrilling and patriotic tale based on an incredible true story. When life on a peace- ful farm is disrupted, a brave group of carrier pigeons and their quirky mouse friend (Jeff Foxworthy-voice), team up to defeat the enemy. Following their fearless '--- and feathered- leader (Brad Garrett-voice), the unlikely heroes work together to save the lives of American soldiers. GAME OF THRONES: FOURTH SEASON (DVD) HBO Home Ent. In the suspenseful fourth season the Lannisters' control over the Iron Throne remains intact, the ques- tion is, can they survive their own egos as well as the ongoing threats around them? While an unshaken Stannis Baratheon contin- ues to rebuild his army on Dragonstone, a more imme- diate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing "Red Viper of Dome," arrives at King's Landing to attend Joffrey's wedding. At the Wall, the Night's Watch seems overmatched against Mance Rayder's advancing army of wildings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe. Non-stop excitement pro- vides thrilling scenarios, not to be missed! LAGGIES (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz shine in this feel-good comedy about two unlikely friends: Megan, a 28-year-old who's not ready for adulthood, and Annika, a 16-year-old who wonders if there's life after high school. As their paths intertwine in surprising and hilarious ways, Megan and Annika help each other to stop lag- ging ... and start living! THE EASTER PROMISE + ADDIE AND THE KING OF HEARTS (DVD) CBS+Paramount Two inspiring tales of tra- dition with this Mills family double feature! Addie Mills is a spunky and sharp-minded young girl who takes life's lessons to heart and enjoys adding fun and variety to the lives of her stern and seri- ous father James and her quirky Grandma. In 'The Easter Promise,' Addle be- friends a famous but down- on-her-luck actress and en- courages her to give back to the community by hosting the school fashion show and having dinner with one of her old schoolmates -- James! Love is in the air in 'Addie and the King of Hearts,' as Addie copes with her father's new girlfriend and develops a crush of her own during the Valentine's Day dance. With each heart- warming adventure, we are reminded of the importance of kindness, community, and family. DIGIMON FUSION: SEASON ONE (DVD) Cinedigm A human boy and his two best friends are transported into the Digital World where they encounter a strange group of creatures called "Digimon" who engage in epic battles for control of their empire. Mikey Kudo and his friends, Angie and Jeremy, meet a feisty Digimon called Shoutmon and his formidable but quirky companions. Brave Shoutmon longs to be the King of the Monsters and asks for the kids' help to achieve his goal. Mikey agrees to help but Evil forces threaten annihilation, and Mikey is charged with lead- ing the Fusion Fighters against the evil Bagra Army, putting the fate of Digital World in the hands of one human boy, before being de- leted once and for all! POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE: THE SILVER WARRIOR (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. As the fight against evil Prince Vekar's alien Ar- mada gets tougher, the Power Rangers Super Megaforce find themselves receiving help from the Leg- endary Samurai and Jungle Fury Red Ranger! The odds are further evened when the Rangers are joined by an unexpected new ally from another planet, -- Orion the Silver Ranger! Witness more action, more team- work, and more Legendary Rangers than ever before, in these four epic episodes. Monument on Boston Common commemorating the Oneida Football Club with surviving members in 1925. With the Civil War occupy- ing headlines and the minds of the century old republic with the nightmarish notion of separation, a group of Bos- ton area preparatory school boys met on the pastures of Boston Common to play a game. At this time the "game" lacked any real rules, and was quite chaotic and frankly disorganized, symbolic of the nation it was being played in. This would change when a student from the Latin School, Gerrit Smith "Gat" Miller decided that he had had enough of this violent and messy af- fair. Miller, the grandson of well-known New York aboli- tionist Gerrit Smith, wanted to fashion a game that would follow a specific sys- tem of rules and sought out to organize and produce a less violent, more gentle- manly game. This was an era before the evolution of the forward Pictured (L-R) Agent Sean Stellato, Kowloon owner Andy Wong, New England Patriot Jonas Gray and myself It's not every night that a person has the opportunity to sit back with a drink, take in a delicious meal, all while hearing standup from a Su- per Bowl Champion football player. But that's exactly what unfolded at the Kowloon Restaurant on Route One in Saugus last Saturday night. With NFL star Jonas Gray headlining the evenings pro- gram at the Restaurant's second floor Komedy Club, a packed house had the first rate privilege of seeing the lighter side of a sports celebrity. Gray quickly got the crowd going when he fired a jab at himself, "Speaking of being late..." a reference to his un- fortunate tardiness which led to his benching and sub- pass, so Miller blended run- ning, a precursor to rugby, and kicking, from the ever- popular sport of soccer, to create what historians refer to as the "Boston Game", a hybrid of the two sports. During the summer of 1862, he and about 15 other boys formed a squad, the Oneida Football Club. Wearing simple gear con- sisting of a red silk hand- kerchief tied around player's heads, between the years 1862-1865, it is chronicled that the Oneida's never lost a match or surrendered a point. The objective of the game was to cross the opposition's goal line, (sound familiar?) while taking part in a continuous play, until one team had accomplished the feat twice. This could last hours. The most famous game in Oneida history came in a November 7, 1863 meeting versus a combined squad from Boston Latin and En- glish schools. After nearly three hours of mostly non- stop action, the Oneida's tri- umphed as they would throughout their three-year existence. This new way of playing the sport was soon adopted in area colleges, most nota- bly at Harvard University Ball used by the Oneida Club during its Novem- ber 7, 1863 match versus the inter-school squad of Boston's Latin and English schools. (Courtesy of Historic New England, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston) during the 1870'5. Harvard would stay with the Boston style while other Ivy League Universities such as Yale and Princeton continued to use the traditional kicking game. This in turn put Harvard University on the path to playing rugby, prima- rily versus the MacGill School in Montreal, Canada. These interactions would lead to other U,S. schools joining in on the fun. Although it was far from the game that Tom Brady has played to perfection with the New England Patriots, a solid case can be made that the birth of the game we love today began in the city of Boston. Gray Humor at Kowloon sequent back-seat role on the Patriots running back depth chart. "People ask me 'How do you miss a practice?' but just to clarify, I was late to a meeting and then I also happened to miss practice." Gray humorously brought those in attendance into the world of the New England Patriots, in particular Head Coach Bill Belichick. "The worst part of the situation was having to face Coach Belichick. Explaining it to Bill was like falling asleep at the wheel of a car. You know you're in for imminent dan- ger." Gray shared the stage with Chris Zito, formerly of 103.3 WOOS and local comedian Mark Scalia who each did their part in filling the room with laughter. "Looks like Jonas is running a little late. Bad news is he may not make tonight's show, good news is that LeGarette Blount will take his spot (Continued on Page 11) with Christian A. Guarino History of Football in Boston Part I Boston 1860's Drawing of an Oneida match on Boston Common.