With the New England Patriots set to compete for another Super Bowl championship Sunday, Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday he’s thinking about taking in the big game in person.
“I may be in Atlanta. I’ve been talking to some of my friends about whether we can get down there or not,” Baker told reporters.
For superstitious fans, the governor said he’s been to two prior Super Bowls when the Patriots were playing, and his record is 1-1. That includes a 32-29 victory in Houston over the Carolina Panthers in 2004, and the near perfect 18-1 season in 2007-2008 that ended with a loss to the New York Giants in Arizona.
“That really sucked,” Baker said. “One of the worst days of my life.”
Baker is predicting more success in Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
“The New England Patriots are going to win. That’s my Super Bowl prediction. I don’t know by how much. I don’t know how. I don’t know what the score’s going to be. But they’re going to win, because they win games like that. That’s why they’re going to win,” Baker said.
“I also think they’ve proven especially this season that they’re incredibly resilient. They’re healthy and when the Patriots have two weeks to prepare for an opponent a lot of really good things happen on game day,” he said.
Baker said despite this being the Patriots 11th Super Bowl appearance and ninth with head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, it “never gets old,” as evidenced by the turnout of fans at Gillette last weekend to see the team off to Atlanta.
“I think for all of us it’s a nice distraction from the polar vortex, the winter weather and the slip and fall and all the rest that comes with being here in January,” Baker said.
The governor did reach out to California Governor Gavin Newsom about a possible bet, but said he didn’t think they’d heard back yet.
“New governor. He may be busy,” Baker said.