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The Vine, home of the
Patriots Fan Club of Arizona and OFFICIAL
Pats Fans headquarters for the Superbowl!
Schedule of Events:
New England Patriots
Fan Club Of Arizona
P.O. Box 43273
Phoenix, AZ 85080
Web: www.nepfca.com E-Mail: email@example.com
Big Blue Collar Bash for Pats Fans
With all the Big Name celebrities appearing at Super Bowl Parties all
across the valley, with the big buck admission fees, the New England
Patriots Fan Club Of Arizona will be holding their own Super Bowl Week
party, and admission is absolutely free, nada, zilch, zippo.
You won't see any Hollywood celebrities, any big name, non football, sports
stars, or recording artists, but you will see thousands of Patriot fans, the
real hard core, blue collar fans that, actually, know the names of the
players, unlike the celebrities who will be headlining those other events.
And, there will be sports writers, radio stations, tv stations, former
Patriot players, and even some of the executives of the Patriot's front
office, there for the fans to talk with, mingle with, and collect
photographs, or autographs, or just to discuss football, not which movie
they might be appearing in next. And, a man named Kraft might make an
appearance, as he has done before.
Patriot fans all across the nation are familiar with The Vine Tavern, on
Indian School Road and 28ths Street in Phoenix, which has been the
headquarters for the local fan club for nine seasons now and has been the
site for three prior Patriot Super Bowl events, and two others when the Pats
were in town to play the Cardinals.
These events have been attended by thousands of Pats fans that have made the
club, and The Vine, gain national prominence as the place for Pats fans to
be, in Phoenix.
The event will begin at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 31st, and any, and all
Patriot fans are welcome to attend. (Giant fans are, also, welcome)
ADMISSION IS FREE, PARKING IS FREE. FOOD AND BEVERAGE ARE NOT.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29th
There will be a crew at THE VINE from WBZ-TV, Channel 4 in Boston to do a
video on the club (with your's truly) and they want to have a lot of Pats
fans there, in Pats gear, for the video which will appear on Boston
SO if you can get to the Vine, it is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th,
between 5-5:30 PM.
ALL PATS FANS ARE WELCOME... COME ON DOWN.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31st
The Official "Blue Collar Patriot Fan Super Bowl Pre Game Bash" will be held
at the Vine on Thursday Evening, January 31st beginning at 7PM until
The Vine will be extending the property into the parking lot with chain link
fencing, outdoor seating, tables, bar, grill and TV's, and there will be a
great Disc Jockey on hand for musical entertainment.
Videos of Patriot 2007 success will be played on the TV screens.
We can't name names at this time, but we are expecting some guests from the
Patriots, some Boston media, possibly some forum Patriot Alumni Players, and
the COORS GIRLS and the BUD GIRLS.
Admission is FREE, and there is NO cover charge. All Pats fans, members or
not, are welcome. We are expecting Patriot fans from all over the country,
and out of the country to converge on the Vine. DON'T MISS IT.
While there will be Super Bowl parties all across the valley during the
week, you would pay anywhere from $200 to $1,000 or more with the hopes of,
maybe, seeing a celebrity or former sports star....at the VINE, you will
have a ball with real fans, and some great guests that actually will talk to
you, and who will be able to name at least three players on the Patriots,
which I doubt any of those, other, celebrities can do.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST AND SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND
Unofficial get togethers at the Vine. Just drop in, see who might be
there, say hello and maybe have a quick bite, or drink. There are bound to
be a lot of Pats fans coming in and out, and maybe some unexpected
Brad Darr, from New Orleans, will be be holding his famous "Pats Pep Rally
and Voodoo Ceremony" at the Vine Tavern and Eatery in Phoenix, AZ home of
the New England Patriots Fan Club of Arizona Sat Feb 2 at pm a must attend
for all Pats fans prior to SB 42.
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd
What may be the biggest Fan Super Bowl Party in the valley, the Vine
will, once more, have the area extended with the fencing, and with the
addition of the outdoor area will be able to accommodate thousands of Pats
fans. There will be Pats items for sale, and lots of other great things
going on, including some give aways, etc.
IF YOU ARE A PATRIOT FAN THAT LIVES IN THE VALLEY, OR VISITING THE VALLEY,
AND DON'T HAVE A TICKET TO THE GAME, THE VINE IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR SUPER
BOWL SUNDAY. DON'T MISS IT.
Doors will open at approximately 10AM. Kickoff for the game is 4PM, Arizona
Latest News: (Newest on top)
Mr. Kraft stops
in at The Vine to meet with the fans and gives away 2 Superbowl tickets!
Tedy's NFL press conference video.
out my Sendoff Rally pics
Listen to my
Soundseeing tour of the Rally.
01/27/08, on CNBC @10:00PM
ET "Touchdown! The Patriots and the
Business of Winning"
GOVERNOR PATRICK TO GIVE A SUPER BOWL
SENDOFF AT GILLETTE STADIUM SUNDAY
Entire Patriots team to participate;
Event open to the public with free
admission and parking
- A trip to the Super Bowl deserves a super sendoff, and that’s just what
the AFC Champion New England Patriots will get at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Jan.
27 when Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick gives a sendoff celebration
at Gillette Stadium.
Patriots fans are invited to see
their heroes off in style prior to the team’s departure for Arizona to
take on the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. The entire team, as well
as head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, will greet fans from
the Gillette Stadium field just before boarding buses to the airport.
The event is free and open to the
public. Parking at Gillette Stadium is also free. Gillette Stadium parking
lots and gates will open at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. sendoff. Please note
that tailgating will not be allowed in the parking lots on Sunday.
Super Bowl Sendoff with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.
Governor Patrick, Robert and Jonathan Kraft, Bill Belichick and the 2007
AFC Champion New England Patriots.
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Owner Kraft the Leader of Unbeaten Pats
By HOWARD ULMAN
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The billionaire owner of the New England Patriots
stops to buy his morning coffee and feels "a communal buzz" among the customers.
He continues to his office where pictures of him posing with President Clinton
and the first President Bush hang on a wall.
Rich or poor, Democrat or Republican, Robert Kraft tries to relate to everyone.
"I care about the image of the team," he said. "I want us to represent something
that people can connect with and feel good about."
That image has taken a hit during the Patriots unbeaten season — the Spygate
controversy in their first game, a temporary restraining order against wide
receiver Randy Moss this week — but Kraft is one of the most respected and
influential NFL owners.
He's been instrumental in hammering out television deals and at times has put
the good of the league above his own interests. He is considered close to
commissioner Roger Goodell, who may have imposed his stiff penalty on the
Patriots for illegal use of a camera in the opener to avoid hints of favoritism.
Kraft also remains tight with Goodell's successor, Paul Tagliabue. During an
interview in his office Tuesday, the phone rang. Kraft picked it up. It was
Tagliabue and they spoke for about five minutes.
In 1994, the 66-year-old native of Brookline, which borders Boston, bought a
team that had won four playoff games in its first 34 years and played in a
bare-bones stadium with metal benches, and turned it into a model franchise.
He opened Gillette Stadium in 2002 after building it with private money and
today the team that plays in that showpiece is 17-0 and going for its fourth
Super Bowl championship in seven years. It will get to that game with a win over
the San Diego Chargers in Foxborough on Sunday.
"It's like running a business," said Kraft, owner of a company that trades in
paper commodities and does business in more than 80 countries. "You have to be a
few steps ahead of your competition. You have to work harder. You have to plan
more. You have to try to get good people."
There's no doubt that his hiring of Bill Belichick as coach in 2000 was a very
sound move. Yet Belichick has incurred enmity from opposing coaches, players and
They criticized him after a Patriots video assistant was caught taping defensive
signals being sent in from the New York Jets' sideline. His brief, unsmiling
post-game handshakes with coaches are captured on camera.
He's been accused of running up the score, and his meetings with reporters are
cliche-filled exercises in which he rarely smiles or reveals anything of
"Bill is one part of the face of this team," Kraft said. "There are many other
faces. And, as a collage, I'm pretty proud about what this team is and how it
conducts itself on and off the field, and no one's perfect.
"I think Bill is a man of substance. I don't pay him to kiss up to people in the
media. I pay him to be respectful of the media but to win football games. That's
Kraft is respected by and respectful of other families that have owned teams for
a long time — the Rooneys with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Maras with the New
York Giants. He also is friendly with Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys.
There is also a connection between the owner and the fans.
When Kraft gets stuck in traffic, people notice him.
"They start honking and giving me the thumbs-up," Kraft said. "They're enthused.
They come with suggestions. They come over at a light and say something."
Players find him equally approachable.
"I think he's made wonderful decisions for this organization ever since I've
been here," said linebacker Tedy Bruschi, drafted by the Patriots in 1996. "He's
a guy that can really relate to players. Thanksgiving time you can ask him, `Is
he a white-meat guy or a dark-meat guy.' He'll give you an answer."
For the record, it's dark meat.
At one of the Patriots Super Bowl celebrations at City Hall Plaza in Boston,
Kraft was goaded into a few dance steps with his much younger, more nimble
"He can sort of hang with us a little bit," Bruschi said with a smile.
Not surprising, considering Kraft loved watching players who preceded Bruschi
with the Patriots from his seat in Section 217 in the old Schafer Stadium. He
bought six season tickets in 1971, the year it opened, and often took his sons.
Then his view of the team expanded.
"In the late '70s, I started dreaming about whether I could own it and what it
would be like," Kraft said.
Today's fans love what he's brought them — perhaps the best team in NFL history
playing in a comfortable, modern stadium.
"I know what it was like when I sat in the stands and I feel their joy and
that's a turn-on," Kraft said. "This isn't something where I just came in and
bought an asset. This has been a passion of mine since I've been a little kid."
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