May 26, 2018
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Superstitious Maine fans hope the right gear, traditions can help their team to a Super Bowl win

Eric Zelz | BDN
Eric Zelz | BDN
By Nok-Noi Ricker, Special to the BDN

BANGOR, Maine — My husband says there is a legitimate reason why he looks like Wolverine — the X-men comic book character.

He hasn’t cut his hair for the last 12 weeks and the New England Patriots haven’t lost a football game in that time — and he’s taking no chances.

He believes that he must do everything the same as he has during the Pat’s 10-game winning streak. That includes wearing the same clothes for him and the 3-year old, and sitting in the same recliner on game day.

“The risk of changing anything could change the luck,” he said on the morning the Patriots and New York Giants will go at it for the title of Super Bowl champions.

A quick survey of area residents who also have Super Bowl superstitions shows my husband is not alone.

“I’ve been wearing the same Patriot T-shirt every football weekend since Brady took over,” Brewer resident Howard Kroll said of his shirt featuring Tom Brady, one of the NFL’s top-rated quarterbacks.

“I even brought it to Iraq,” Kroll, who serves with the U.S. Navy and is Brewer’s City Clerk, said Sunday just after finishing breakfast at the Coach House. “I know it’s superstitious. It has all kinds of holes in it and my wife is ready to see it leave my wardrobe.”

Brewer City Council member Kevin O’Connell has a similar story. His wife, Gayle, gave him a matching set of Patriot gear — a sweatshirt and sweatpants.

“I’ve been wearing them every Sunday,” he said Saturday during the Brewer Public Safety Museum open house.

Giants fan Tony Robles of Hermon said Sunday morning that he also has been “flying the colors.”

“I’m wearing the same shirt I’ve been wearing throughout the playoffs,” he said. “I have three or four Giants shirts and I’m wearing this one. I’m hoping it helps.”

Other football fans are trying to mix things up, since this year’s Super Bowl is a rematch of the 2007 season-ender in which the Patriots lost to the Giants with just seconds on the clock, ending an undefeated season.

“A co-worker of mine says he’s not superstitious or anything, but he said he’s doing just the opposite of what he did the last time,” said a local store clerk named Vicky from Winterport, who only wanted to be identified by her first name. “Last time they had beer buckets. There will be no beer buckets this year. And he says he’s not superstitious.”

A lot of the fans I spoke to, including Dominic Cesena of Ripley, said they are not superstitious and just show their team dedication by sporting team gear.

“I just wear everything, every Sunday,” he said Saturday during the Bangor RV and Camping Show. He was sporting a Pats baseball cap when he unzipped his Patriots jacket to show off a Wes Welker football jersey underneath.

The steps taken by my husband and other dedicated local New England fans may not have any real effect on the turnout of the big game, but he says there is no good reason to chance it.

“It’s a game where luck could decide it, so every little bit helps,” Cory Ricker said.

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