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Gathering for the Big Game

It’s not a massive contingent, percentage-wise, of football fans among Smith students. But come Sunday, when the year’s biggest sporting event airs nationally, Smith’s National Football League fans will faithfully gather to cheer on their teams.

As they did last year, nearly 100 students will watch the game together in the Campus Center Carroll Room. That game pitted the Indianapolis Colts against the Chicago Bears. But given this year’s regional competition, between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, the crowd can be expected to swell.

“We expect that well over three quarters of the crowd will be Pats fans,” predicts Patrick Connelly, assistant director of student activities, who is coordinating the party. “The crowd is rowdy, loud and all about having a good time.”

A large-screen television will be brought in for the purpose. But like tailgaters outside a stadium, the students will show up long before the 6:17 p.m. kickoff to participate in football and New England Patriots trivia games and try their luck in raffle drawings to win Patriots goodies and wear.

But when it’s game time, spectators will likely be drawn to the big screen to catch the action—and the sights.

“Many of these students grew up watching football and are very knowledgeable about the game,” says Connelly.

Students’ favorite players? Like the rest of the country, many Smith football fans are crazy about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, “but [Patriots receiver] Wes Welker and [Giants quarterback] Eli Manning are favorites, too.”

Connelly expects the SuperBowl party to be an annual event. The party is sponsored by the Campus Center Activities Board, which coordinates numerous cultural events throughout the year.

Who knows? If the Patriots keep up their winning ways, the SuperBowl party could become a New England football tradition.


1/31/08   By Eric Sean Weld
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