A front row seat to Patriots' glory

by Matt Couture / Beacon Staff, Max Reyes / Beacon Staff, and Libby Sweeney / Beacon Correspondent • February 9, 2017

Beacon reporters spoke to Emerson students to get their thoughts on the Patriots' Super Bowl parade. 

 

Lizzie Rattoballi

Freshman political communications major

Rattoballi, a Giants fan, said she attended the parade for the culture. While she wasn’t sporting Giants gear along Boylston Street, she said that if she was and took guff, she would simply remind Patriots fans of the 2008 and 2012 Super Bowls, both New York wins over New England. Rattoballi was providing a soundtrack for disgruntled revelers waiting in the rain—honking out some tunes on a plastic pink and blue trumpet.

“I’m in Boston, why wouldn’t I come to the parade, it’s right here.” 

 

Anthony Pugliese

Sophomore visual and media arts major

Pugliese also made the smart play, securing a perch in the student lounge with a perfect view of the parade route. The Emerson baseball pitcher said he is a Patriots fan originally from New York, so he was excited to be on hand to witness Boston’s party for the five-time Super Bowl champs.

“I kind of hoped for it and almost banked on it, so I had this planned since day one.”

 

Alivia Kinney

Freshman communication sciences and disorders major

Kinney said she felt the snowfall added to the effect of the celebratory parade. She also described her emotions as the Super Bowl wore on and the Patriots staged their historic comeback—from nervous to jubilant.

“I thought we were going to lose, and I was pretty upset. I was antsy. All of a sudden, we just came back, and it was unbelievable and we were screaming.”

 

Shawn Preval

Freshman marketing communication major

Preval, a Massachusetts native, was more than willing to overlook the inconvenience of a sea of bodies flooding campus walkways, particularly in light of recent political unrest nationwide.

“It’s a good change from all the politics and everyone being angry. At least people here are getting together and being happy for the first time in a long time.”

 

Josephine Bryan

Junior performing arts major

Bryan said she watched the game with her dad, a Melrose native, and was on the edge of her seat throughout. She said she was shocked by the Patriots comeback.

“Seeing him [Brady] make it down the field … that was incredible. By the end of the game, I was completely numb … I was utterly speechless.”