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The Super Bowl – at Atria!

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Peter Berkowitz

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As he enjoyed his morning coffee, Atria Stony Brook resident John Keedy was eager to discuss this weekend’s Super Bowl XLIX, a battle between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. He quickly admitted to a little bias.

“I grew up in Boston. I’m a lifelong fan,” he said. He dismissed the recent “Deflategate” controversy by repeating an adult word four times (think of what a bull does after a meal…) - and we had just met! Those Boston fans are very passionate and protective of their team, even those who have moved away. Though he lives in Louisville, Kentucky now, John loves to follow Boston’s pro sports teams.

“The Bruins are my favorite, then the Celtics, the Red Sox and the Patriots.”

He thinks the Patriots will win, and shared his guess for the final score: 24-23. A close one! He likes quarterback Tom Brady, and the man’s man has never heard of halftime headliner Katy Perry, the pop singer. He’d rather see Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the New Jersey rock-and-soul band that came up in the 1970s alongside their good friends Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Still, John remains, as always, loyal to what he loves.

Another resident, Mike Elias, is a lifelong Louisvillian. He agrees that the Patriots deserve to be in the Super Bowl this year. “They’ve earned it,” he nods.

While John doesn’t care about the big game’s highly anticipated commercials – “I turn off the volume” – Mike is looking forward to them. “Especially the one with the dog,” he says about the Budweiser ad that’s already earned notice.

An avid TV watcher, Mike keeps up with what’s making news. His thoughts on controversial Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch? He makes a face and says, “Hmmm… no comment.”

A shorter man, Mike played a little ball when he was younger, but found himself overshadowed by his school’s star players. He still cheers for his school, Male High School, as well as another local school, St. Xavier.

John thinks the Patriots will only win by one point. Mike is more hopeful. “31-27, Patriots,” he guesses. Who will win? Tune in Sunday to find out!

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