Wayne Lengthy is so large a New England Patriots superfan that he has their brand tattooed on his leg. He spent 13 years on a ready checklist for season tickets – regardless of dwelling on the opposite aspect of a world border.

“It’s six-and-a-half hours to drive from right here to Boston,” stated Lengthy, the member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay.

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He doesn’t imply that it’s far. He signifies that it’s shut.

For the legions of Patriots superfans in New Brunswick, New England’s NFL workforce is theirs too, and Gillette Stadium within the Boston suburb of Foxboro, Mass., is virtually native.


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“I believe individuals could be shocked if they really did a head rely of the variety of individuals – significantly from southern New Brunswick – who go all the way down to Patriots video games. I’d dare say there are a whole bunch.”

A lot of the province shall be watching Feb. three when the Patriots shall be in Atlanta for Tremendous Bowl LIII, their fourth look within the NFL’s championship sport in 5 years. They’ve received it twice since 2015.

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Tremendous Bowl events are deliberate at houses, bars and even in lodge ballrooms.

Lengthy has had Patriots season tickets for 4 years, and stated he will get to about 4 residence video games annually.

There’s a robust bond between New England and Atlantic Canada, he stated: The persons are pleasant and you may stroll alongside Beacon Hill in Boston or Germain Avenue in Saint John and see comparable structure.

The Maritime province has long-standing ties with the New England states and that features assist for the area’s sports activities groups just like the Patriots, Pink Sox, Celtics and Bruins.

“New Brunswickers relate effectively to the oldsters in New England. We spend a lot time in New England, whether or not it’s for vacationing or purchasing, or catching industrial flights out of Bangor or Boston,” stated Bob Hatheway of Fredericton.

The Patriots fan and season ticket holder was nonetheless rejoicing the Patriots’ 37-31 victory over Kansas Metropolis on Sunday to seize the AFC championship.

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“New Brunswickers have such an necessary relationship with New England. We’re nearly like an extension of New England,” Hatheway stated, noting that his grandmother was born in Maine whereas his grandfather was from Florenceville, N.B.

Hatheway and a pal have shared a pair of season tickets since about 2010, and he made his approach to 5 video games in Foxboro this season.

“It’s quite common to run into different New Brunswickers. There are individuals we run into on a regular basis,” he stated.

Rees Hasson of Fredericton stated he’s been a Patriots fan his complete life. He’s 17.

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Nonetheless he stated there’s a little bit of division at residence as a result of his mom can also be a Patriots fan, whereas his father cheers for Washington.

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He’s calling for New England to beat the Los Angeles Rams by three factors, whereas Hatheway expects a much bigger unfold, 28-17.

As a season ticket holder, Hatheway has his fingers crossed for an opportunity to win tickets to the sport in Atlanta, and has associates who’ve provided a spot for him to remain.


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Failing that, he plans to do like many different New Brunswickers – collect with associates for beers and snacks – and cheer on their workforce from afar.

Lengthy stated fan assist for the Patriots will seemingly waver when quarterback Tom Brady, now 41, lastly retires.

However he says he’ll nonetheless be cheering for them lengthy after the Brady period ends. With regards to soccer, the Liberal MP’s blood run crimson, white and blue.

“I’ve at all times been a Patriots fan,” he stated.

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