Don't look now, but here comes Pat Patriot Photo: Aaron Hirsh
Photo: Aaron Hirsh
Photo: Aaron Hirsh
The tour has been over for a little more than a month but things are underway for the next set of shows which should be announced very soon. The guys are all taking time off in very different ways and places. Steven enjoys exotic locations while Tom and Joey are spending time in warm Florida. Brad is loving being home at his new house in North Carolina and surprisingly Joe is has been staying put in Beantown following the Patriots.
Photo: John Bionelli
The Perry's and The Kraft's at Gillette Photo: John Bionelli
Speaking of the Patriots, Joe took his boys to the playoff game on Jan 7th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Pats owner, Robert Kraft, invited him to the game back in late November when Robert came to the Aerosmith show in West Palm Beach. Robert said “If we are in the playoffs we want you there.” The weather that day was near 55 degrees so it was a perfect day for tailgating. Joe brought his bus and just about any kind of meat you could think of. I didn’t see any vegetables unless you count relish. Before the game Joe and clan toured the field and said hello to the Krafts and to Donald Trump, who was getting his own tour. The Pats brass asked Joe if he wanted to see the players come out of the huge Patriots helmet that is set up in one of the end zone. If you look at the video that is up on this site, it is from inside the helmet.
Joe and Donald Trump Photo: John Bionelli
The boys decided to watch the 1st quarter from the field and it was awesome. The Patriots crushed the Jets. The Pats could have beaten the 1972 Dolphins on that day. They watched the rest of the game in a box right near the press box. Tom Hamilton and his wife Terry also took in the game but they chose to sit in seats right on the 50-yard line. The next week the Patriots beat San Diego in San Diego so they get to play their arch rivals the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis. The winner goes to the Super Bowl. The loser goes home.
Joe chats with Troy Brown after the game Photo: John Bionelli
Being from Boston my allegiance is to all the teams I grew up loving but I have noticed that in other parts of the country the fans go just berserk for their teams and I wanted to point out a couple in particular. The Cowboys fans in Dallas absolutely live and die by their team. In KC it doesn’t matter how good the Chiefs are they have the best tail gating in the country every single game. In Washington the Redskins have sold out games for like the last 50 years, which is a true testament of their die-hard fans. Switching to baseball, I hate to admit it but Yankees and Mets fans seem to be most vocal and knowledgeable - but Sox fans have the most heart and the best place to play. There is nothing like Fenway Park. Wrigley is a close second with a great vibe. Chicago is a great city and going to a game at Wrigley was on my list of things to do. I accomplished that a few years ago. Detroit is hockey town and they have the most passionate fans in America. For Canadian hockey teams, it’s a 5-way tie.
I hope you enjoy the pictures from the game as much as I enjoyed taking them and being there. I will fill you in next week on what the spring and summer looks like.
See you on the Road!
PS. I had an on ice accident last week in my Wednesday morning hockey league. I zigged when I should have zagged and ran into an opposing player. Looks like I will be in this walking cast for the next few months but hope to be back in action soon.
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