The best evah? Not everybody at parade rated this year’s comeback number one

Patriots fans cheered at City Hall Plaza.
Patriots fans cheered at City Hall Plaza.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

With the Super Bowl glow as fresh as ever and the New England Patriots parade barreling toward Boston Common, John Adams lined up with his family along Tremont Street and declared with confidence that Sunday’s win was the best championship he has ever witnessed.

It wasn’t just the thrilling comeback, the Boston resident said, but it was the back story, the Deflategate, and the now-indisputable conclusion that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have safely achieved immortality.

“This is legendary status,” Adams said. “This is completely different than anything New England has ever seen.”

At the Super Bowl victory procession Tuesday, sports fans were taking stock of their incredible run of good fortune since the Patriots broke through with their first championship in 2002.


“The first one’s always the best,” said Karen Erickson, 50, of Webster, who along with her husband, Steven Erickson, 47, stood inside a sandwich shop on Boylston Street waiting for the parade to begin.

The Red Sox followed with three crowns, and the Celtics and Bruins have added one apiece.

Many of those still intoxicated by the Patriots’ comeback win — and some by other means — said they could never imagine being happier fans than in 2004, when the Red Sox overcame the Yankees and trounced the Cardinals to clinch their first World Series in 86 years.

“I’ll say that this Super Bowl will be number two,” said Josh Duhamel, of Clinton, who wore a Celtics championship jacket for good measure. “This is by far the favorite, outside of the 2004 Red Sox.”

Steve Nawoichik, of Burlington, said nothing can change the importance of that 2004 Red Sox win, which to him represented a new epoch for a team that had suffered for generations.

This Patriots win was more about cementing a legacy than turning a page, he said: “There’s nothing anyone can do to take away from it.”


But this year was different, because his two children were experiencing such a celebration for the first time.

He and his wife, Meghan, brought 3-year-old Stephen and 1-year-old Charlotte to the parade, blowing right through nap time as the 11 a.m. parade took its sweet time making it to their viewing spot near the Park Street MBTA station.

“You don’t know how many of these you get to go to,” Nawoichik said to his son. “Hopefully, there’s a couple more.”

Lisa Callery, of Nashua, remembered how her family followed the 2013 Red Sox World Series run while mourning her husband, Michael, who died that year. She believes he was looking down, enjoying the games, and doing the same on Sunday. “You throw a lot into these,” she said.

Dugan Arnett of the Globe staff contributed to this article. Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com.