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New Englanders in Indy: Family descends on Indianapolis for Super Bowl

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  January 31, 2012 07:25 PM

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Maybe it’s the unseasonably warm weather or the fact that media day was today or both. But the momentum towards Sunday’s main event is building as the first glimpses of what will surely become a throng of Patriots fans stood out in downtown Indianapolis.

Fans posed for pictures in front of the Super Bowl XLVI sign inflated in Monument Circle like a gigantic balloon, giving thumbs up and thumbs down next to images of the Patriots and Giant mascots emblazoned on the base of the sign.

John Wuensch, a Hoosier native decked out in his beloved Colts blue and white, was all smiles as his wife, Joyce Wuensch, clicked away in front of the Patriots logo. And why wouldn’t he be? The country’s largest sporting event is in his hometown, which means his Patriots-loving daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren soon will be too. “We only get to see them about once a year,” Joyce Wuensch said of the family that live in Franklin, Mass.

This will be the second Super Bowl for their daughter and her husband, both of whom are season ticket holders who moved to Massachusetts after graduating from Purdue University, their parents said. In 2005, the couple watched the Patriots defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in Jacksonville and will be in Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday witnessing, they hope, another victory. Who won’t be with them this time are Joyce and John. “They only got four tickets,” Joyce Wuensch said. “Their youngest will be staying with us too.”

For Mary Breen, Indianapolis might now be home but its football league will never be her home team, said the Milford native who moved her in 2004.

Decked out in Patriots gear, Breen and her 16-year-old daughter Riley wore ear-to-ear smiles as they made their way to Monument Circle after Media Day. “We got tickets and all that a long time ago, but when they beat the Ravens I cried like a baby,” Breen said.

The 53-year-old said she’s taken a lot of abuse at work for her team loyalty—and the “Big Brady” head above her desk and Super Bowl championship snow globe.
“I never thought my team would be here,” she said. “It’s like a dream come true.”

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