As I’m sure all of you know by now, the New England Patriots just claimed their sixth championship this past annual Super Bowl. Having been raised on the New York border of Connecticut, the majority of my friends are Jets/Giants fans — therefore, the New England Patriots winning six times wouldn’t matter as much back home as it does here. However, having celebrated the Super Bowl in western Massachusetts for the second year now, I can vouch at least one thing: The New England Patriots winning for their sixth time means a lot here.
When coming to UMass, I anticipated a heavy sports influence. This, in part, is a reason I chose to come here — I wanted a lively campus. Imagine you and your closest friends gathering around a small television, cramming into a dorm, snacking on freshly delivered wings as you attentively watch Tom Brady do what he does best. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, as you come to UMass, I almost guarantee you will spend Super Bowl Sunday celebrating no other way. And you might even enjoy it.
Being someone who doesn’t know anything about football and still looks forward to the Super Bowl tradition, I think that says a lot. My closest friends here have explained to me the basics, and I even was able to follow what was going on this past Sunday. Having lived in a town where the New England Patriots were not nearly as praised as they are here, being apart of such a widely known Massachusetts tradition is fun for me. I love UMass for its lively atmosphere and campus-wide traditions, in which every Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days of the year.