I thought football was big in Texas until I moved to New Hampshire. Even the women swear allegiance to the Patriots (and the Sox).
Against all odds, 14-year-old Anna Grant had just out-punted, out-passed and out-kicked the top four (of 32) national finalists to win this year's NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick title for her age division.
But when the Stratham champion stood on the field Sunday in Indianapolis to be honored before the fourth quarter of the Colts-Chargers game, she found out it's tough to be in enemy territory.
Sporting a Patriots jersey, she was roundly booed by thousands of Colts fans. Anna took it in stride.
Did she have to wear the jersey? Of course she did: she's a New Englander.
If only New Englanders took their religion so religiously!
Clare Kittredge, "Boos don't bother NH football champ," Manchester Union Leader (January 15, 2008), p. 1.