By David Oliver
Super Bowl 51 is right around the corner, and Worcester State students are excited: they can’t wait for the big game between hometown heroes the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday. Everyone is doing something different for the game, but the students I asked all think the Patriots are going to win their fifth title since 2001. That would be a huge accomplishment, and we as fans would be very lucky to watch it happen.
Shannon Hansen, a 24-year-old graduate student, will be working at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots home field, while the game is going on in Houston.
“I am super excited and I’m working at Patriots’ Place so it should be a good day there,” Hansen said.
Even during the pre-season, the wait for a table at restaurants near Gillette can be up to an hour during games. This Sunday, there should be extra large crowds watching the game on the big screen right outside of the stadium — and at the nearby restaurants.
Senior Nick Alecon, 21, is “stoked” for the game. He is going to a pub to watch the game with his friends.
“This is going to be a bounce back from missing the Super Bowl last year,” Alecon said.
Junior Cameron Tarini will be working at Buffalo Wild Wings during the game. He isn’t ready for how hectic the restaurant will be.
“I’m ready for TB12 [Tom Brady] to get his fifth ring,” Tarini said. “When they win I’ll go crazy and turn up.”
He won’t be alone: most fans in Massachusetts will be “turning up” if the Patriots pull off the victory. Tarini does think that Atlanta has a chance, though, given their strong offense. But he believes that the Patriots defense will prevail in the end.
“Patriots have a better offense, are better coached, and have a more balanced defense, and Atlanta has holes in their defense, which New England will expose,” he said.
What ever ends up happening it should be a good game. I’m sure most of the fans in Massachusetts want New England to win. Bill Belichick once famously said, “Do Your Job,” and if the Patriots just do their job then that should lead to the victory. Patriots fans are very spoiled when it comes to championships, but in this case you can never have enough. So I’ll end with the same remark fans will be chanting all the way through to the end of the game: Lets Go Pats.