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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 20, 2015 with Christian A. Guarino HISTORY OF FOOTBALL IN BOSTON n PART II In 1929, professional football officially arrived in the City of Boston when the Maroons of Pottsville, Pennsylvania relo- cated to the city. Renamed the Bos- ton Bulldogs, the organization and owner Robert McKirby found the move to be short lived as the team folded following their 4-4 inaugural campaign. 1920s game lead over Pottsville, giving the Cardi- nals the title. The move to Boston was largely facilitated by a 2-8 season in 1928, which prompted owner Doc Streigel, a retired surgeon with deep pockets, to finally decide he was losing too much money to keep both Pottsville and himself afloat. He sold the team to a group from New En- The 1929 Boston Bulldogs, the first professional football team in the city. Prior to relocating, the Pottsville Maroons entered the National Football League in 1920 and enjoyed a rather star-crossed existence, as they were the rightful NFL Champions of the 1925 season. However, controversy hit the Maroons, who bested the second place Chicago Cardinals, today's Arizona franchise, 21-7 to clinch the best record in football at 10-2. This was before a playoff or Champion- ship game was instituted, so the best over- all record would equal a Championship. The league allowed teams to play some games fol- lowing the official completion of the season to create more revenue. The Maroons de- cided to play a team of Notre Dame All-Stars in Philadelphia, which upset the local Frankford Yellow Jackets, citing that the Ma- roons had invaded their territory. The league agreed, suspending the Maroons, which al- lowed the Chicago Cardinals to gain a half gland headed by McKirby. The team, which donned blue uniforms, would play its home games at Braves Field, home of Baseball's National League Braves. The first professional football game for a Boston football team ended in defeat, as the Bulldogs were bested 7-0 by the Orange Tor- nadoes in New Jersey. The team's first win came at home a week later versus the Day- ton Triangles by a thunderous 41-0 score. From there the team would split their re- maining six games, finishing in fifth place in the NFL standings, but having never played the top four teams, the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Frankford Yel- low Jackets and Chicago Cardinals. Professional football was a tough sell to the Boston fan base and it would not be any less challenging for the next pro franchise to call the city home. JABAAL ABOARD! Having lost out on retaining the services of all pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, the New England Patriots turned their focus to bol- stering the defensive front seven by adding end/outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard, who spent his first four years in the league with the Cleveland Browns. Sheard made an immediate impact his rookie season tallying 8.5 sacks, and followed that up with a decent sophomore campaign with 7.0 sacks. His next two seasons in Cleve- land were marred by continuous upheaval within that organization with a change in coaching staff bringing with it a brand new defensive philosophy. Sheard fell out of grace with the Browns, which clearly factored into his declining numbers, which saw Sheard register only 2.0 sacks last season. With his numbers deteriorating since his rookie year, the 25-year old Sheard, who'll be 26 by the 2015 season opener, came at a team friendly price, 2-years at $11 million. The Patriots are banking that a change of scenery and a switch back to a base 4-3 de- fense, will see Sheard return to his early production. Sheard confirmed the deal last Thursday through his twitter page @jabaalsheard Blessed!t!!! Thank God for the opportu- nity to keep providing for my family. Thank you to the @Browns and #dawg- pound for the last 4 years!!!! With that being said, I signed with @Patriots and can't wait to get started! #PatsNation turnupt!!!! #Blessed BROWNER DEPARTURE REINFORCES SECONDARY CONCERNS Last Tuesday, before news broke that Darrelle Revis had agreed to return to the New York Jets, the Patriots declined a $4.8 million option on Cornerback Brandon Browner making him a free agent. Although he was the most penalized player in the league during the 2014 regular season with 15 accepted penalties, Browner brought a physicality to the defensive unit that had been lacking since Safety Rodney Harrison roamed the team's secondary. Amazingly not one of his penalties directly led to a Patriots loss. Browner was of the mindset that refer- ees would throw some penalty flags, but they wouldn't call them all; he could get away with a few here and there. Browner finalized a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints last Thursday. With the losses of the teams top two cornerbacks, and with limited quality free agent options at the position, Head Coach Bill Belichick and Director of Player Person- nel Nick Caserio now find themselves with a depleted secondary that may call upon slot comers from 2014, Kyle AiTington and Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, who made the greatest interception in Super Bowl history, but who is still an unproven commodity, thrust into starting roles. If the team is intent on rolling out the (Continued on Page 12) iiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiii!!i i i i il i ..... ~! ~?illiiii!!~ii!!i ~: For information about advertising in the Post-Gazette, call 617-227-8929. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P1130EA Estate of CLARA B. ZAWADA Date of Death December 24, 2014 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by John Carl Zawada of Acton, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that John Carl Zawada of Acton, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on April 9, 2015. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. If you fail to file a timely written appear- ance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are en- titled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: March 12, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 3/20/15 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P1179EA Estate of EDWARD NICHOLAS STACEY Also known as EDWARD N. STACEY Date of Death May 10, 2014 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by Victor R. Negrsts of Gardena, CA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Victor R. Negrate of Gardena, CA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve With- out Surety on the bond. YOU have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a dght to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on May 11, 2015. This is NOT a headng date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection it you object to this proceed- ing. If you fall to file a timely written appear- ance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Represen- tetive under the Massachusetts UnIform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the CourL Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the court, but recipients are en- titled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including dletdbution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: March 16, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Rundate: 3/20/15 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P0959EA Estate of PETER J. YAROSSI Date of Death January 14, 2015 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Paul A.Yareasi of Kensington, NH a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Paul A.Yarossi of Kensington, NH has been informally appointed as the Personal Repro- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 3f20/15 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P1023EA Estate of NICOLE M. HECK Date of Death December 10, 2014 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by Kevin J. Heck of North Reading, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Kevin J. Heck of North Reading, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a dght to oblect to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on April 7, 2015. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. If you fail to file s timely written appear- ance and oblection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the retum date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Represen- tetive under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are en- titled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Repreesntetive and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: March 10, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 3/20/15