Nashua South alum on a Super mission
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By TOM KING
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Ah, the chance to be able to attend a Super Bowl is one of the biggest lures in sports.
Former Nashua High School South hockey player Tyler Gouveia and a few of his friends have been bitten by the latest Super Bowl Bug.
Gouveia and three other Nashua friends – Deb Notinger, her daughter Cali (a freshman at South) and friend Katie Shambo – were set to arrive in the Minneapolis area late Friday night after flying to Chicago and then driving six hours to set up shot in Red Hook, Minn. They hope on Saturday to score four tickets to Super Bowl LII.
“I really can’t wait,” Gouveia, currently a sophomore at Suffolk University, said before he left Nashua. “It’s really something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while.”
Of course, the price can always get in the way. At the beginning of the week, Gouveia found the average ticket price to be – gulp — $4,500. It’s since dropped, he said, to the mid $3,000 range.
The four got the idea after attending the Patriots AFC Championship Game win over Jacksonville at Gillette Stadium.
Ironically, Gouveia works with his former coach, Nashua South hockey coach Shawn Connors, as the two formed an on-line media company called T-Town Sports. He tried to get Super Bowl credentials this year from the NFL but was denied.
So it was time to come to Minnesota cold turkey. “It’s been quite a week, getting all the logistics in place,” he said. “And while I’m there I’m going to try to get the best content I can (for his company).”
And he figures he can do that even if he can’t get into the game.
“The worst case scenario for us, at the end of the day, there will be a lot of Patriots bars,” he said. “But we’re going to give it a go.”
The Patriots and Eagles gave it a go for the final regular practice time on Friday. The Patriots had, according to the NFL Pool Report, their lightest practice of the three days, in helmets and shells, and are so healthy right now they did not list a single player on their injury report.
“Just kind of reviewing moving the field and we did all of our special teams situations,” Belichick said, “so we just got everything one last time. Last tuneup. This is it.” Every Patriot was a full participant in practice, according to the report. The Patriots will gather at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday morning for a team photo and a gathering of family and friends. Patriot kickers Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen actually went to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis prior to Friday’s practice for a kicking session.
As for the Eagles, Brett Favre, a good friend of head coach Doug Pederson, is meeting with the team Saturday morning, and the Eagles are scheduled at some time Saturday to hold a 30 minute walkthrough at U.S. Bank Stadium.
They had a reported Friday practice of red zone drills, final reviews, etc. – for them, a typical Friday practice. Everyone practiced fully, including defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, who had been sequestered with an illness all week.
The famous fan who has been at every Super Bowl, Kennebunk, Me. resident Donald Crisman, has arrived on Friday, accompanied by his daugher. He got his event Day Pass and was making his way through the Mall of America. He’s reportedly bringing a special hat to the game from the only other time the Super Bowl was here, back in 1992, signed by Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, quarterback Mark Rypien and wide receiver Gary Clark. At age 81, he’s hinted that this Super Bowl may be his last.
Belichick was asked about his former players who are up for Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame vote, especially defensive back Ty Law (second try) and Randy Moss (first).
“You can throw Everson Walls in there too,” he said of the former Cowboys and Giants defensive back. “All great players, different styles, different attributes that they had. All great players, certainly worthy of the discussion. It’s hard for me, I don’t really know what the criteria is for the Hall of Fame, so it’d be hard to comment on that. But certainly great players, they performed very well, certainly at a high level for me, and Ray (Lewis) and the ones I coached against.”