Chai tells me he’s been a Pats fan for decades

دسامبر 26 2013

The Super Bowl Was a Game

, Not World WarTrump’s Patriots vs. ATL cheap jordans from china style democracy? Marky Mark vs. Outkast? To the real Americans in Houston this weekend, politics didn’t matter, and Tom Brady was not the president by proxyBy Michael J. MooneyFebruary 6, 2017

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In terms of cultures, this was New England’s cult of Patagonia coats versus Atlanta’s bedazzled T shirts and dyed red leather jackets. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch versus Outkast. A cast of old, white, powerful men versus a team from the cradle of the civil rights movement, the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.o cool that a spontaneous dance party broke out at the airport over the weekend. Even the postseason team mottos seem to echo modern political sentiments. On all official postseason signage and documents, and on giant flags along the Patriots bench, the team printed the words ONE MOREhich might as well be the sentiments of a greedy, petulant tyrant. Meanwhile, the Falcons’ motto, RISE UP, sounds remarkably similar to RESISTspecially when recited by Samuel L. Jackson in a video that played throughout the stadium in the first quarter.

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Some people are quick to cheap jordans online confirm stereotypes. Like the tall, bald white guy high fiving his way through the bar and lobby of the Sheraton when I first check in. With each stranger he encounters, he insists again that Tom Brady “is the greatest in the world.” Except he isn’t saying “Tom” or “Brady.” He refers to the legendary quarterback only as “Tahm meh,” as in “Tahm meh is gonna show Goodell! Tahm meh is gonna shove that trophy right up Goodell’s ass!”

A few feet away, though, is another Patriots fan. A soft spoken, gentle man who says his name is Chai, “like the tea.” He is wearing cheap jordans from china a weathered Patriots cap with the old minuteman logo. Chai tells me he’s been a Pats fan for decades, long before they were winners. He moved to Boston 30 years ago from Bangkok.

“Have you ever been to Thailand?” he asks after a minute or two of talking. “You should go. You’d like it.”

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“Tahm meh is gonna show Goodell! Tahm meh is gonna shove that trophy right up Goodell’s ass!”?PATRIOTS FANOne of the guys points out that members of the media aren’t allowed to film in the locker room unless one of the players is talking. And on the day Brady had the Make America Great Again hat in his locker, the quarterback made a point to talk to the media. And he almost never talks at his locker. He usually prefers to be showered and coiffed, standing behind a podium in the media room.

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